Ron Paul Focuses on Adding Delegates for GOP Convention in Tampa

By: Kevin Derby | Posted: June 19, 2012 3:55 AM
Ron Paul

U.S. Rep. Ron Paul

While former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts has won enough delegates in the primaries and caucuses to claim the Republican presidential nomination, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, continues to pick up delegates for when the GOP holds its convention in Tampa come August.

Paul picked up 21 out of 25 delegates up for grabs at conventions in Iowa over the weekend. Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, who nosed out Romney to win more popular votes than any of the other candidates in Iowa, pulled out of the race earlier in the election cycle.

“We thank the many Iowa Republican activists for working tirelessly toward this meaningful victory, in particular the work they performed in the service of constitutional government and personal liberty,” said Jesse Benton, Paul’s national chairman in a statement. “This win is a real validation for our campaign and its many supporters in Iowa and across our great nation.

“We look forward to bringing the Ron Paul delegation to Tampa and to making a significant, positive contribution to the 2012 Republican Party platform,” added Benton.

While Paul is not expected to endorse Romney, his son, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has endorsed the former Massachusetts governor. Paul is also not expected to address the convention but, with around 200 delegates in the fold, he intends to flex his political muscles in Tampa.

“To stand with my delegates, I will be holding an important rally in Tampa on Sunday, Aug. 26,” Paul announced at the end of last week. “Everyone is welcome to attend. In fact, I'm hoping we'll have a wonderful crowd.
“The goal of this rally is to kick off the week for our delegates, set the proper respectful and positive tone, and prove to the GOP establishment that you and I are the future of the Republican Party -- and that we stand behind our beliefs 100 percent,” Paul added.

The Texas congressman also released a Web video to supporters where he laid out his campaign’s plans for the convention in Tampa.

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Paul insisted that he would continue to try to pick up delegates at the state levels and, while he is retiring from Congress and not seeking another term, he shows no signs of heading to the political sidelines.

“There is no doubt that you and I can win the future,” Paul insisted to supporters. “Tampa is an important step toward restoring liberty in our country and setting the stage for victories yet to come.”

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Comments (5)

11:26PM JUN 20TH 2012
Ron Paul can win. Delegates are unbound according to Rule 39 of
the GOP. No delegate is bound and is free to vote their conscience.
The naysayers are in for a huge surprise!
11:34PM JUN 20TH 2012
Rule 38 not 39. Check the article, May 12, 2012 by WashingtonsBlog
Republican Delegates Can Ignore Any “Committment” to Vote for Mitt Romney, and Can Instead Vote for Ron Paul If They Want
As set out in the Rules of the Republican Party, delegates have the ability to vote according to the delegates’ preference, even if that is contrary to the outcome of each state’s primary. According to one source, the legal counsel for the Republican National Convention in 2008 stated: “[The] RNC does not recognize a state’s binding of national delegates, but considers each delegate a free agent who can vote for whoever they choose.” Thus, if a delegate were to challenge his or her ability to vote as a free agent, he or she would have grounds under Rule 38.
10:14PM JUN 19TH 2012
He can't win. Why does he need more delegates?
1:23PM JUN 19TH 2012
I wholeheartedly applaud you and your volunteers Dr. Paul and I just wish that I had the monetary necessary means to assist you. I also wish to criticize the lame Stream Media at their efforts in derailing your campaign and your efforts at restoring the Freedoms and Liberties the American people have enjoyed for many years. It is up to the American people to keep thier liberties and not allow government at any level to remove this hard fought for liberties that our founding fathers sacrificed for and gave to us. I hope you can convert many of the Mitt Romney delegates into Ron Paul delegates and turn this election on it's head so Ron Paul can become the Republican nominee for president in 2012. That would be a great beginning to the healing process for our nation.
4:46PM JUN 29TH 2012
Well said.

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