Politics

Ron Paul Looks to Shine in the Lone Star State

By: Kevin Derby | Posted: April 25, 2012 3:55 AM
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U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas | Credit: Gage Skidmore - Flickr

While he has been on the Texas political stage for more than three decades, Ron Paul has not fared well there when he has made his two previous presidential bids -- but he hopes the third time will be the charm as he ramps up operations in the Lone Star State this week.

Now making his third try for the White House -- and second attempt at the Republican presidential nomination -- Paul has turned his eyes to Texas, which will bring 155 delegates to the GOP convention in Tampa come August. Texas holds its primary May 29.

While he has not carried a single state primary or caucus and his only victory has been in the Virgin Islands caucus in his 2012 bid, Paul has been picking up delegates as other candidates head toward the sidelines and has been drawing large crowds at town hall events on college and university campuses across the country.

Paul looks to continue generating large campus crowds this week when he hits three universities in Texas after five states in the Northeast hold primaries on Tuesday. Paul will be at the University of Texas at El Paso on Wednesday, the University of Texas at Austin on Thursday (ironically, considering their differences on the size of government and international policy, Paul will be speaking on the lawn of the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library) and the University of Houston on Friday.

Paul has to do better in Texas than he did in 2008 when he floundered in the primary taking less than 5 percent -- far behind John McCain and Mike Huckabee -- and he could benefit if he is the sole surviving challenger to Mitt Romney, the overwhelming favorite for the Republican nomination. With buzz increasing that Newt Gingrich could drop out of the race soon, Paul could have a one-on-one match-up with Romney in Texas.

Earlier in the month, the Paul team laid down the groundwork for their efforts in the Lone Star State. The congressman held rallies in College Station, Fort Worth and San Antonio earlier in the campaign cycle and his staff notes that all of those events brought in large crowds with more than 3,000 supporters attending each.

The Paul campaign is also hitting the airwaves and the Internet with an ad stressing their candidate’s roots in the Lone Star State.

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With Gingrich attempting to claim the mantle of the “last conservative standing in the race,” the Paul camp took some exception at that and stressed their candidate’s credentials.

“Ron Paul is the only Texan, the only veteran, and the only real conservative competing in Texas,” said Jesse Benton, Paul’s national chairman, on Tuesday. “We expect Dr. Paul’s fellow Texans to be receptive to his platform of constitutionally limited government, the restoration of our economic and civil liberties, and a reversal of Washington spending and intrusion into the economy.”



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Comments (10)

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6:38AM AUG 2ND 2012
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jay tea
2:17PM APR 25TH 2012
Ron Paul has won Iowa , Nevada , Minnesota , Virgin Islands and now it looks like he will also will win Maine , Missouri (maybe) and possibly Alaska if he can win the legal battle hes having with the State GOP that denied his delegates participation in the convention by refusing to accept their payment. Also hearing good things coming out of Oklahoma and other places too... So to say he has not won any caucus is not true.. If you win the majority of the delegates in a state you technically won that state.
Mason
1:19PM APR 25TH 2012
Yeah you just wait, Mitt Romney is far from being a "true conservative" and Ron had been getting a lot of delegates lately, There could be a brokered convention and that means that Paul could very well get the nominee. Ron Paul is the only honest non flip-flop candidate left, and has been for a long time. Turn of the news, turn up your ears and listen to Ron Paul's success on the internet.
Brad Naksuthin
9:35AM APR 25TH 2012
There's only one real conservative left and that is Mitt Romney
Ron Paul should endorse Romney and bow out like all the other Republican candidates

There is no way that Ron Paul is going to take the nomination from him.
He's so far back that it's impossible for him to catch up.

If he loses in Texas....that will send a strong message. Republicans are backing Romney.

The race for Paul is over. His views have been soundly rejected by Republican voters.
jovasi
2:34PM APR 26TH 2012
Romney, a conservative??? That was a joke right? So conservative now means government controlled healthcare, out of control spending, government intrusion into every aspect of our lives? I think you may need to open a dictionary and read what the definition of conservative is, because it certainly is not Obamney.

Also, you may want to educate yourself on the delegate process, because a brokered convention is a very distinct possibility.
bseagoe
5:00PM APR 25TH 2012
Ron Paul can't endorse Mitt Romney, that would be no different than endorsing Obama. WAKE UP AMERICA!
jay tea
2:19PM APR 25TH 2012
technically if anyone backs Romney they are not really a conservative.. They may think they are but the proof is in the pudding.. You can't elect a moderate almost liberal flip flopper and still call yourself a conservative.. At that point I would say you are just confused or full of it.
Pat
10:14AM APR 25TH 2012
What's funny is RP will never in a million years endorse Romney, so you're boy has absolutely no shot at winning the election. And prepare to have your foot in your mout come the convention, freedom sucker.
Sean
8:30AM APR 25TH 2012
Actually, it has recently come out that Ron Paul won the plurality of delegates in both Iowa and Minnesota. So yes, Ron Paul has WON AT LEAST 2 different states in terms of delegates...when's that gonna be covered?

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