Ron Paul Campaign: Others Should Drop Out

In what might have been called a “cheeky” remark in years gone by, Ron Paul’s campaign staff has called on everybody but Mitt Romney to get out of the race.  This is a remarkable statement, but it may not be altogether unreasonable.  After all, what if at this late date, Ron Paul has arrived as the one consistent non-Romney?  Of course, this would demand that he do equally well in subsequent states, including South Carolina and Florida, and that may not be so likely to occur.

I have to admit that I was not all that surprised at this, because I’ve concluded long ago that Paul’s strategy was to be a consistent second-place so as to make this claim.  In one sense, while I shudder at the thought of Paul’s foreign policy positions, I am almost – I said “almost” mind you – desperate enough to go that way to displace the GOP’s establishment.  You see, I have come to believe that if we do not nominate a real conservative this cycle, we will lose the election, but we may also lose the country.  It’s something to consider, and as I said, I think this appeal is one part bravado, and one part delusion, but here is the statement by Paul’s campaign:

“Ron Paul tonight had an incredibly strong second-place finish in New Hampshire and has stunned the national media and political establishment.

“When added to Paul’s top-tier showing in Iowa, it’s clear he is the sole Republican candidate who can take on and defeat both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama.

“The race is becoming more clearly a two-man race between establishment candidate Mitt Romney and Ron Paul, the candidate of authentic change. That means there is only one true conservative choice.

“Ron Paul has won more votes in Iowa and New Hampshire than any candidate but Mitt Romney.

“Ron Paul and Mitt Romney have been shown in national polls to be the only two candidates who can defeat Barack Obama.

“And Ron Paul and Mitt Romney are the only two candidates who can run a full, national campaign, competing in state after state over the coming weeks and months. Ron Paul’s fundraising numbers — over $13 million this quarter — also prove he will be able to compete with Mitt Romney. No other candidate can do all of these things.

“Ron Paul is clearly the conservative alternative to Mitt Romney as the campaign goes forward.

“We urge Ron Paul’s opponents who have been unsuccessfully trying to be the conservative alternative to Mitt Romney to unite by getting out of the race and uniting behind Paul’s candidacy.

“Ron Paul has the boldest plan to cut spending, a dedication to protecting life, and a lifelong dedication to the Constitution and limited government. He also has the necessary support to campaign nationwide against Mitt Romney.

“Our campaign is already planning ahead for South Carolina, Florida, and beyond. Soon Ron Paul will head to South Carolina to begin a feverish round of campaigning.

“Ron Paul is in this race for the long haul. And he is ready to fight.

“See you on the campaign trail.”

You must admit that this takes guts.  Don’t expect his crowding-out tactic to work, because too many Republicans view his foreign policy as intolerable, and many of them would rather vote for Romney if Paul is their only alternative.


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14 Responses to Ron Paul Campaign: Others Should Drop Out

  1. Gail says:

    Did anyone notice that Rommey's victory speech last night sounded a lot like Newt word for word?

  2. Laurie says:

    OMgosh Gail,,,yes,,,I thought only I noticed it. Love you dear Mark, but voting for Paul….no can do,,,no way. (although I see you point)

  3. Dave says:

    I remember when Bill Clinton ran against GHW Bush, and the catch phrase was "It's the economy.. Stupid." Well this time around "It's the Constitution..Stupid." More folks are coming to the conclusion that We the People have strayed too far from our constitution and founding fathers' vision.

    I too had serious reservations about Ron Paul at the outset, however, he is the only candidate who uses the Constitution as his benchmark. If you examine the positions of all the candidates using the Constitution as your guide, it becomes pretty clear. I know it is hard for people to change the way they think. They have been conditioned by the "progressive" philosophy for so long that abiding by the Constitution is actually hard to imagine. However, I am "questioning with boldness" everything that I believed before, and have found the RP is the closest thing to George Washington we will find.

    • juneau says:

      I do not think you are alone. And the media (conservative and liberal) and Establishment have yet to figure out that Joe America is not buying it anymore.

  4. Gwen says:

    Rush just discussed the exit polling of Ron Paul voters in New Hampshire, and 57% do not identify themselves as conservative, and I think he said almost half of them would not vote for the Republican nominee if it is not Ron Paul. They certainly don't have our backs.

  5. hey_sherm says:

    You put a Rand in front of the Paul, that's a candidate i could support

  6. juneau says:

    I'd love some clarification on which points of Paul's foreign policy do people disagree? I hear that all the time…"I like Paul's constitutional approach to everything, especially fiscal policy, but I don't like his foreign policy." I even said it myself a few times. Then I did a little (really, just a little) research and discovered that all this talk about his NOT supporting Israel is spin. Listen to him discuss it on youtube and how he agrees with Netanyahu on how to be a friend to Israel. Research how the Iowa debate argument with Bachmann over the IAEA report and whether Iran is close to getting a nuclear weapon has been exaggerated (clarification has come from Panetta, as well as… Listen to the speech after NH and his explanation of foreign policy and 'pulling everyone out.'

    PLEASE, someone tell me WHY I should NOT vote for Ron Paul based on his "foreign policy." I'm not being sarcastic — I'd really like to know where I'm getting it wrong.

  7. juneau says:

    markamerica, you write, "I am almost – I said “almost” mind you – desperate enough to go that way to displace the GOP’s establishment."

    hee, hee, markamerica….this is where we all start… ;-)

  8. juneau says:

    Maybe this is the wrong story to post this, but I've been wondering about something. From liberal MSM to conservative Fox, to Rush, Beck, Levin, etc. — everyone is marginalizing Ron Paul and his 'crazy' supporters. Even to the degree of leaving a 2nd place finisher (R Paul) off a news graphic and making no mention of him in an hour-long analysis of the Iowa Caucuses. What is that about? All I can figure is that people (media, establishment) are afraid of him — but why? So, they blackball, stonewall and marginalize. The behavior of those mentioned these last few weeks is disgusting, and I really can't think of one good reason why they spin the truth against Ron Paul.