Ron Paul admits he won't be nominee
June 7th, 2012
09:12 AM ET
10 years ago

Ron Paul admits he won't be nominee

(CNN) – Ron Paul, who has not officially dropped his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, admitted to supporters in an email Wednesday he was not positioned to receive enough delegates to challenge Mitt Romney at the GOP convention in Tampa.

The delegate math, however, won't stop his supporters from voicing their stance on small government and fiscal reform, Paul wrote.

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"When it is all said and done, we will likely have as many as 500 supporters as delegates on the Convention floor," the Texas congressman wrote. "That is just over 20 percent! And while this total is not enough to win the nomination, it puts us in a tremendous position to grow our movement and shape the future of the GOP!"

CNN currently estimates Paul to have the backing of 140 delegates. In May, Paul's campaign said it would shift its focus from competing in primary states to securing delegates at state party conventions ahead of the national Republican convention in Tampa, Florida in late August. Paul is not running for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives.

In his letter, Paul said delegates supporting the presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney would also help his cause.

"We will send several hundred additional supporters to Tampa who, while bound to Romney, believe in our ideas of liberty, constitutional government, and a common-sense foreign policy," Paul wrote.

In May Romney's hit his party's "magic number," securing the 1,144 delegates needed to grab the GOP nomination. He will officially become the Republican nominee at this summer's Republican National Convention.

Paul urged his backers to remain civil Wednesday, saying the movement was poised to wield ever greater sway in future elections.

"Our delegates' presence must be felt both in Tampa and in years to come," Paul wrote. "Stand up for what we believe in. Be respectful. And let the establishment know that we are the future of the Party and of the country."

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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Marie MD

    If it wasn't for his and his son's view against the civil rights act and women I would almost feel sorry for him.
    The daily show had some libertarian clown on, something Johnson, who is going to supposedly run as a third party candidate?????
    Did anyone remember he was still around? bye, bye. 🙁

    June 7, 2012 09:19 am at 9:19 am |

    20% of the republican electorate who stuck with Ron Paul throughout the primaries will not vote for Willard. Two very different views of how to govern.

    June 7, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  3. Travis

    Dont care. To anyone with eyes it was obvious the system worked to steal the nomination from Ron Paul after he won Iowa and it was covered up until well after the fact. I will still vote Ron Paul in November because he is the only one with any integrity and a voting history to back it up.

    June 7, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  4. Vince

    What? This just can't be true! All I've heard from his supporters the past 6 months is about the big upset we're going to see in August.

    June 7, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  5. Randy, San Francisco

    Paul has finally come to his senses. He did not have much of a chance from the beginning.

    June 7, 2012 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  6. scott

    Something has happend to Paul ever since his BREAKFAST WITH BERNANKE.

    June 7, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  7. nevadasmith

    All men dream: but nor equally, Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible. This I did. I meant to make a new nation, to restore!
    T.E. Lawrence from : "Seven Pillars of Wisdom"

    June 7, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  8. Brandon

    Actually, this isn't true. There are nearly 20 state conventions to still be had, and select delegates. The real count is something closer to Romney 755 Paul 229. It's going to be a much bigger mess than it appears. See you in Tampa!

    June 7, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  9. kurt

    funny how thr Ron Paul 2012 dosen't say anything about this. More MSM BS!!!!
    And by the way, Ron Paul has not "officially dropped out"' he is still in it to win it.

    June 7, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  10. Travis

    I find it amazing how you guys use numbers that suit you guys and only quote what supports your story and not providing any links to the supporting message by Ron Paul.

    June 7, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  11. Brian

    Still the press is not getting the message. We Ron Paul supporters can still take over the convention in Tampa if we have a majority of delegates, even if they are bound to Romney. Due to rule 38 no delegate is bound and those who are suppose to vote for Romney the first round can vote for Ron Paul.... If they do not like this, then the majority of the delegates can make a motion on the floor to allow it, and since we have the majority of delegates it will most definitely pass. Sad how pointless the media has become.

    Our revolution does not stop with Ron Paul, it will continue to the next election and the following election until we get our way. Ron Paul sparked the revolution by giving us the cold facts instead of the layered lies that make you feel better. Our numbers are growing and we WILL succeed whether the establishment likes it or not.
    Ron Paul 2012.... and the revolution continues.

    June 7, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  12. Lazz Tantalo

    Fine article, until you stated Romney clinched the 1144 mark. How in the world do you major media outlets continue to print a total mistruth? Its very offensive and obnoxious that you report a statement like that the public when there are a number of intilligent individuals who seek ACTUAL facts. Mitt Romney has secured (MEANING ACTUALLY AWARDED) close to 800 delegates as it stands today. Delegates are awarded at state conventions. Not all the state the conventions have been held. They should be finished by the end of June. But as of now, going off the ones that have been held, Romney has in or around 800 delegates. Ron Paul is close to 250. This article is accurate in everything it said EXCEPT that Romney "clinched 1144" As of today, June 7 2012, he did not clinch. He is likely to clinch in the coming weeks. But he has NOT as of today. Your miseading of facts is what makes the average citizen assume that they have to accept the nominee that the media presents to them. Take pride in your network and report the TRUTH!!

    June 7, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  13. larry

    I wish he had enough money to go 3rd party. Can one of those mega millions winners please pony up and back this guy!!

    June 7, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  14. Four and The Door

    He will not be the nominee but his campaign was a success for the broad audience it gave his message. Get back to the passion of our founding fathers and while you are at it put honesty back in politics.

    June 7, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  15. v_mag

    The article says:
    'In May Romney's hit his party's "magic number," '

    That's nice. The magic number will go so well with the magic underwear. His whole philosophy is based on the magic, or at least fanciful, notion that shoveling money to the rich will give us all prosperity.

    Romney = Bush = disaster.

    June 7, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  16. Thomas

    Theres alweays 2016 , if he only had Romney's money and Super PACs !

    June 7, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  17. SoundFuture

    It's what we needed. Someone with a little common sense to influence the party. I don't think he would have been the best leader, but he was definitely the best choice of the morass that was the Republican primary.

    June 7, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  18. Larry L

    Duh! The Koch brothers "bought" Romney because he's exactly the sort of weasel they can manipulate in their war against the working class.

    June 7, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |