In what can only be described as a bit of a cryptic announcment, Ron Paul sort of ended his Presidential campaign.
He said in a statement that the campaign was not going to expend further resources in states that had not had primaries yet, but he would continue to try to get delegates.
From the Hill:
Ron Paul won't campaign in any more primaries, his campaign announced Monday afternoon.
A letter sent from Paul to supporters promised to continue the battle for delegates at state party conventions in order to try to influence the party's platform, but said the campaign will no longer try to win delegates in new states — an uphill battle now that Mitt Romney is the presumed nominee and most states have gone to a winner-take-all system of delegate apportionment.
"We will no longer spend resources campaigning in primaries in states that have not yet voted," Paul said in the letter. "Doing so with any hope of success would take many tens of millions of dollars we simply do not have."
Paul had already scaled back his efforts in states as compared to the heavy spending he'd done in early elections like Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada, and the timing of his decision means he won't campaign in his home state of Texas, which will vote on May 29.
The letter promises to lay out the campaign's delegate strategy for the Republican National Convention and asks supporters to "stay tuned" for further strategy updates — two words that may make Romney's campaign nervous that Paul's supporters will cause problems at the early September convention.
So what does all of this mean?
Romney has the nomination. We already knew this. Paul will continue an insurgent strategy to gain delegates and have some influence in Tampa at the Republican convention.
Given that Mitt Romney is apparently working with the Republican establishment in Washington towards a Romneycare to replace Obamacare, maybe we should help Ron Paul’s campaign cause some headaches for Mitt Romney and the establishment and send them a message.
We the people are not interested in liberal lite.
You are correct Katie. Ron Paul could fit well in several places. For instance, as Cabinet Leason Officer to Congressional Liberals. And, bring in other Third Party Leaders. Why, he certainly shares much with them!
And on finances, he really knows how to spend money. #3 in pork barrel spending!
Yes, he could help a lot.He's a real Reagan Republican!
To heck with Ron Paul we need to blitz our Republican leaders with emails reminding them fall is not here yet and toforce on us anything resembling Obamacare needsto be axed. We want reform! Not gov't forced healthcare!
As the mainstream media continues to idiotically blather on about Ron Paul “quitting”, the campaign is forging ahead, today releasing a memo outlining Paul’s strategy for the GOP national convention.
“Let me be very clear,” writes chief strategist Jesse Benton in the opening lines of the memo, “Dr. Paul is NOT dropping out or suspending his campaign.”
“As Dr. Paul has previously stated, he is in this race all the way to the Republican National Convention in Tampa this August,” Benton adds, noting that the campaign will look to maximize the resources it has, thus it will not fruitlessly pour money into the remaining primary states.
“We will continue to run strong programs at district and state [party] conventions to win more delegates and alternate delegates to the national convention.” Benton continues, noting that the campaign will enter a “new phase” on Friday at the Minnesota state GOP convention, where Paul will make an appearance
While Benton acknowledges that “barring something very unforeseen”, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney will now secure enough delegates to win the nomination, he asks Paul supporters to stay positive and help the Congressman secure a legacy for the future of the liberty movement.
“We are in an excellent position to make sure the Republican Party adds solid liberty issues to the GOP platform, which our delegates will be directly positioned to approve.” Benton states.
While it is important to defaeat Obama, it is equally important to defeat Karl Rove and the GOP Establishment, i for one will continue to donate to Ron Paul.