Ron Paul suspends GOP presidential campaign

A bit of news for those of you headed for the state GOP convention in Columbus this weekend. From the Associated Press:

WASHINGTON — Ron Paul, the congressman from Texas and a favorite of tea partyers, effectively ended his presidential campaign Monday but urged his fervent supporters to continue working at the state party level to cause havoc for presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

In an email to supporters, Paul urged his libertarian-leaning backers to remain involved in politics and champion his causes despite the apparent end of his presidential aspirations. Paul has found success in wrecking the selection process for delegates to the party’s late-summer nominating convention in Tampa, Fla., and trumpeted that he has delayed Romney’s expected nomination.

“Moving forward, however, we will no longer spend resources campaigning in primaries in states that have not yet voted,” Paul said in his statement. “Doing so with any hope of success would take many tens of millions of dollars we simply do not have. I encourage all supporters of liberty to make sure you get to the polls and make your voices heard, particularly in the local, state and congressional elections, where so many defenders of freedom are fighting and need your support.”

Paul’s supporters have proved successful in winning state GOP conventions in places such as Maine and Nevada. His supporters in Iowa and Nevada were chosen to lead the state central parties.

Paul’s flock is likely to make similar inroads this weekend in Minnesota, which Paul was slated to address. Paul has already dominated the state’s congressional district conventions, winning at least 18 of the 24 national delegates selected, even though he finished a distant second to Rick Santorum in local caucuses in February.

“Our campaign will continue to work in the state convention process. We will continue to take leadership positions, win delegates and carry a strong message to the Republican National Convention that liberty is the way of the future,” Paul vowed.

Primaries have not been Paul’s strong suit — he hasn’t won a single primary or caucus. But Paul’s supporters have successfully navigated the convention process in a number of states, adding to Paul’s delegate total while gaining influence over state parties.

Romney, however, is on pace to capture the nomination this month. He has 973 of the 1,144 delegates required to formally become the GOP’s nominee, according to an Associated Press tally. Vanquished foe Santorum has 264 and Newt Gingrich has 130. Paul badly trails with 104 delegates.

Romney already is campaigning against Obama, and Paul’s announcement does little to change the head-to-head campaign in November.

Paul is unlikely to endorse Romney as the party’s nominee. The pair strongly clashed during the debates over foreign policy, and in interviews Paul has refused to say he would champion Romney’s campaign.

Many of Paul’s libertarian views dovetail nicely with mainstream Republican ideas on limited government and low taxes. But Paul breaks with much of his party when he rails against American intervention abroad and government efforts to fight terrorism at home — positions that earned him a loyal following.

Paul, a longtime congressman, is not running for another term to represent his Texas district.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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36 comments Add your comment

Marlboro Man

May 14th, 2012
4:31 pm

3rd party is his niche.

Kris T.

May 14th, 2012
4:38 pm

“A Mit , A Newt and a man named Ron . A-tisket a-tasket A green-and-yellow basket”.
Looks whats left.. God Help us. Oust the GP I say!

ByteMe

May 14th, 2012
4:42 pm

Ron Paul was running for President? Really??

Marlboro Man

May 14th, 2012
4:55 pm

Take the hint.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

May 14th, 2012
4:57 pm

Are you pointy haired boss Marlboro Man? Are you the one responsible for the AWFUL Proconit plug in?

Centrist

May 14th, 2012
5:02 pm

Marlboro Man posted “Take the hint.”

No. He doesn’t get to have just an “amen” choir. He can shut off ALL comments, or play the cat and mouse posting/censorship game. How desperate is he?

This is my last on this, and I’ll drop this issue IF he stops censoring.

Moderate Maude

May 14th, 2012
5:06 pm

Centrist,

Hold tight! Your wambulance is on the way.

DannyX

May 14th, 2012
5:18 pm

Hi Centrist, I know I have given you a hard time in the past but I really hope you get well soon.

Kyle and Kurly Looooooove the Kochs

May 14th, 2012
5:19 pm

Galloway does far less censoring than Bookman, Krazy Kook Kyle, and Wooten do or did.

Centrist

May 14th, 2012
5:25 pm

I posted this a few minutes ago: “This is my last on this, and I’ll drop this issue IF he stops censoring.”

My post that explained how to get past the auto censoring stayed up for half an hour, then got censored. I’ll let that go, as long as I personally am no longer censored from this point forward. 8)

Weetamoe

May 14th, 2012
5:36 pm

That jailed democrat who got 50% of the vote against Obama in a closed primary (no crossover republican votes) won his self a delegate or two. And Elizabeth Warren’s ancestors not only helped ship a buncha Cherokees on the trail of tears but then went to Tennessee and killed them a buncha seminoles.

Look before I leap...

May 14th, 2012
5:38 pm

@Centrist

Keep posting man. I don’t always agree with you and I usually just ignore the obligatory left wing media comments. But when you address the topic, your posts are reasoned and thoughtful.

Not sure why Jim is on a jihad regarding posts today – he cleaned out quite a few on the other topic and one of mine is in “awaiting moderation” status (after it initially went thru).

I have never been censored on Wingfield or Bookman.

Centrist

May 14th, 2012
5:53 pm

@ Look – back at you – like td who is probably blocked from posting, some good posts which I don’t always agree. As Mayor Koch of New York told a radio caller who said she agreed with everything he said and did: “Then you are an idiot without a brain of your own”.

You post “awaiting moderation” has been censored and is ONLY seen by you on the computer/ network you posted it from.

Look before I leap...

May 14th, 2012
6:06 pm

“like td who is probably blocked from posting, ”

Yeah – nothing from td and very little from UGA1999 (no loss there) on topics you would expect to see a plethora of posts from.

As Alice said, “curiouser and curiouser”.

Gotta wonder who is playing the Queen of Hearts.

Going Right

May 14th, 2012
6:11 pm

Oh, man! I’m still in shock! Ron Paul quitting the race? Why, pray tell? He may be statistically out of the running but I’ve always enjoyed his brain-dead pronouncements and his candor – tho it does not play well on TV. You don’t suppose he will gravitate back to the Libertarian Party from whence he came (out from under a rock), do you? If so, I wish he would place a call to the reigning “MoonBat” Cynthia McKinney. They could run in tandem. What a hoot!

Centrist

May 14th, 2012
6:17 pm

@ Look – But have seen some of the loopy partisan, name calling posters whose screen names I self censor by skipping over them.

findog

May 14th, 2012
6:18 pm

Weetamoe, I didn’t know they had ballistic missles back then
TN’s a long way from FS territory

findog

May 14th, 2012
6:19 pm

PS vote no on TSPLOST

Centrist

May 14th, 2012
6:27 pm

@ Look – I saw (and laughed at) your “moonbat” post. It got axed after the fact, but you aren’t blocked from posting – your “moonbat” made it the second time.

[color=blue]Moonbat[/color]

[i]Moonbat[/i]

[b]Moonbat[/b]

Aaron Burr V Mexico

May 14th, 2012
6:32 pm

Comment made 6:27.

Rules posted 6:10.

Hmm….lessee what happens. (Munches popcorn.)

Centrist

May 14th, 2012
6:34 pm

Testing BB code – [color=#ff0000]Moonbat[/color]

Look before I leap...

May 14th, 2012
6:36 pm

@Centrist
We’ll see. There is a new post with rules.
If it gets too onerous and I have to self-censor too much (or get too many posts blocked), I will just eschew this blog altogether.
I have enjoyed posting and for the most part I avoid attacking the person and try to stay on topic or at least only go after comments/positions that I disagree with.

Centrist

May 14th, 2012
6:43 pm

More testing Moonbat

Moonbat

Moonbat

Moonbat

Aaron Burr V Mexico

May 14th, 2012
6:45 pm

For the record, be aware that while I will not be breaking the rules, I will be watching to see how they are enforced.

And noting how effectively they are enforced vs which side of the ideological spectrum.

Oh and…”HOORAY! (Re: Topic)

td

May 14th, 2012
6:46 pm

Look before I leap…

May 14th, 2012
6:06 pm

I am still here. My field manager is taking a well deserved vacation so I have had to be in the field a little more last week and this week and then back to the office and catch up and work ahead before my vacation in a few weeks.

td

May 14th, 2012
6:47 pm

Aaron Burr V Mexico

May 14th, 2012
6:45 pm

We are past the first dozen post so you can change topics now.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

May 14th, 2012
6:49 pm

(crickets chirping.)

Aaron Burr V Mexico

May 14th, 2012
6:50 pm

Imagine if you will the vastness of space. Indeed between the stars a particle of light can go literally for years without touching or even being affected by matter. Between the galaxies, it can get so dark and so far that to the naked eye there is nothing but black.

Imagine the silence there.

Look before I leap...

May 14th, 2012
7:02 pm

Welcome back td
I have been in Sin City removing some of their dirty money.
Would have posted from there, but they dislike electronic gadgets at the poker tables.

Look before I leap...

May 14th, 2012
7:04 pm

Ok, I think “Moonbat” is a non-banned word.
GOP anyone?

Look before I leap...

May 14th, 2012
7:21 pm

“Between the galaxies, it can get so dark and so far that to the naked eye there is nothing but black.”

According to the best science available, this is mostly not true.
Galaxies formed quite a while after the “Big Bang”.
Since the universe is considered to be about 14 billion years old, and scientists believe they can see galaxies more than 13 billion light years away.

The observable universe constitutes 99.99997 percent of the luminous mass. So you would have to go a very long way to find a spot where there was no visible light.

Also, given that dark matter was created at the instant of the “Big Bang”, it permeates the entire known universe and therefore would have an effect on ANY and all photons moving in the Universe.

honested

May 14th, 2012
11:25 pm

A repugnican candidate who is more dense and self-serving than nut getrich.

Who knew?

honested

May 14th, 2012
11:27 pm

td,

Is your field manager what they call a ‘walking boss’?

Going Right

May 14th, 2012
11:58 pm

OMG!! Have I transcended the holy jounalistic line of propriety by indicating that a politician (?) is a MOONBAT? I think that term has been widely used as a vilification of left-wing partisans who use the Web as being “moonbats.”

I will swallow my pride and stand beforeof the Galloway police and take my punishment.

honested

May 15th, 2012
8:02 am

going somewhere (see, not derrogatory)

Use of the term moonbat to refer to a non-republican was originated on wrong-wing rant radio.
Those who depend on wrong-wing rant radio for their mis-information have come to believe that using such a term is acceptable among civilized people (although it can hardly be demonstrated that they absorbed the term from ‘civilized people’).
It is notable that the same people who find the term ‘moonbat’ acceptable take umbrage at use of the term ’slobbering old fool’ (a broadly accepted term) to refer to ronald ray-gun.

I guess the discussion will be enhanced if more florid language is used to identify the folly of wrong-wing mythology and wherever possible, remove it’s misdirection from the general discours.

Going Right

May 15th, 2012
1:02 pm

Whoa…I spent the better part of two hours looking up the 5-dollar words you used in this blog! I didn’t realize I was talking to Wonder (Wo)Man. I’m going to assume that you were born a neuter so that I can get away this that little chide.