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Watch Ron Paul Add an Extra Kick to the Republican National Convention

By: Nancy Smith | Posted: July 2, 2012 3:55 AM
I Beg to Differ
Ron Paul isn't going to win the Republican nomination for president. But watch what a stir he and his passionate supporters create in August at the National Convention in Tampa.

The U.S. representative from Texas didn't go all-in on his White House run to throw in the towel at the convention door. No way.

He has chips on the table. He has a hand to play.

At the end of the day, Paul likely will realize one of the goals of his campaign -- he will have moved the Republican Party closer to his lifelong Libertarian principles of balancing the federal budget, scaling back government involvement in domestic affairs and drastically reducing the nation’s military presence in foreign countries.

Of course, the GOP isn't going to consent to all that. But Paul now has an estimated 200 constitutionality-minded delegates, a significant wedge of the party. Watch the party wheelers-and-dealers throw him a bone.
 
A couple of weeks ago Paul won Iowa. And it wasn't even close. Supporters of the Texas libertarian came away from the GOP primary with 23 of the Hawkeye State’s 28 national convention delegates.

Under Iowa's Republican rules, those delegates are unbound -- which means they can vote for the congressman in Tampa if they please. It’s a shining example of how Paul’s strategy of getting his people organized at the grassroots level has paid off.

Paulite participation in primary and caucus processes has resulted in a libertarian takeover of several state and local GOP operations, for example the state parties in Alaska, Maine, and of course Iowa.

Paul has amassed an impressive number of delegates overall because of the GOP's uniquely binding delegate rules. That number is his ace in the hole. It's credibility for having his views, especially on control of the Federal Reserve and Internet freedom, heard by Romney and other top Republicans in Tampa for the convention.

Right now, anyway, Paul plain will not endorse the party's probable nominee, Mitt Romney. During a recent appearance on CNN, he said he wants a strong presence at the campaign for his legions of supporters who are expected to show up in strong numbers.

Philosophically, Romney and Paul are miles apart. They have different views on how the Republican Party can win the general election, restore the vibrancy of the U.S. economy and reduce the national unemployment rate.

The Ron Paul campaign signed a contract Thursday to secure the University of South Florida’s 11,000-seat Sun Dome for Sunday, Aug. 26, the day prior to the beginning of the three-day Republican National Convention.


In an email to his supporters released Friday, Paul wrote, "The Republican National Convention is just around the corner, and the establishment is about to find out what you and I have known all along this election season – the future is ours! So on Aug. 26, the day before the convention convenes, I hope you’ll join me at a special rally to celebrate how far our message and movement have come this year.”

The Republican National Committee actually gave the nod to the preconvention rally in which Paul himself will be the main feature.

“We’d really like a large turnout for this,"  Paul says in a video, again addressing his supporters. "Numbers are important ... We should not be disruptive but neither should we be pushed around."

Keep an eye on this rally -- an event some pundits have dubbed "Paulstock." It could be fascinating.

Look for the Paul forces to turn up a new bad guy, and it won't be Mitt Romney. Think Rick Santorum.

After months of hanging Romney from a meat hook, Santorum has done a 180 and endorsed the former governor of Massachusetts like a favorite uncle.

In the video to supporters mentioned above, Paul also claims that Santorum has vowed to rally conservatives to oppose some of his principal policies.

Obviously, Paul takes offense. He says this: “It is true the Santorum people are principled. They’re also authoritarians. They want to use the government to impose their will on us as individuals.”

The demonizing of Santorum -- long gone from the race as he is -- may be a smart move to bring former Santorum conservatives to the Paul side.  It could also help soften the bitter criticism of Paul's son, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., for jumping off his father's bandwagon and endorsing Romney.

Offering up Santorum as an opponent could give Ron Paul's supporters someone on whom to vent their ire -- so that Paul might still win a speaking slot at the convention and his son's future in the party will not be jeopardized.



Reach Nancy Smith at nsmith@sunshinestatenews.com or at (850) 727-0859.

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Comments (34)

Floyd D. Flood
6:14PM JUL 6TH 2012
I am a Ron Paul supporter but since he won’t be on the ballot in the presidential race, I will vote for Gary Johnson. Gov. Johnson, like Ron Paul, will audit the FED.
mark edward marchiafava
4:07PM JUL 3RD 2012
There's nothing Ron Paul can do to sway my opinion of his son. Nothing. I'll continue to sit and wait patiently for the REAL revolution.
sam snead
1:09PM JUL 3RD 2012
"Paul only has 200 delegates" No, he has many more.

Why not report on the real story, the only reason Paul doesn't have a landslide of delegates is because of OUTRAGEOUS GOP CHEATING in the primaries. HOW MUCH is ROMNEY PAYING THE GOP INSIDERS TO CHEAT LIKE SCURRULOUS DOGS!
nevadasmith
6:12AM JUL 3RD 2012
Dateline : July 4, 2012 RON PAUL 2012
Good morning. In less than two months, delegates from here will join others from around the country, and you will be participating in the most important Republican National Convention in the history of the Ron Paul Revolution. Ron Paul Revolution. Those words should have new meaning for all of us today. We can't be consumed by our petty differences anymore. We will be united in our common interests. Perhaps it's fate that today is the Fourth of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom. Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution… but from marginalization. We're fighting for our right to live. To exist. And should we win the day, the Fourth of July will no longer be known just as an American holiday, but also as the day when the Ron Paul Revolution declared in one voice: We will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight! We're going to live on! We're going to survive! Today we celebrate our Independence Day!

Rewritten from Independence Day,
Written by Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin.
Restore US All Ron Paul
pogrom_fan
1:13PM JUL 3RD 2012
Amerikan partisans never will understand that the [anti-Fed] movement never was about Ron's ego. His sacrifice was for us (and the world). So it's [I hate this word] "mendacious" to say Ron seeks 15 minutes of ignominy at a kangaroo convention. I don't think he gives a sh!t.
Ralph
6:45PM JUL 2ND 2012
we are coming from All over the planet ( Australia) earth to give thanks for the effort that Dr Ron Paul has made to cause for individual responsibility, liberty and freedom around the world ... people around the world are uniting under the dream of individual FREEDOM & Liberty!
harrybrowne
10:06AM JUL 3RD 2012
Welcome, Australia! Sure wish you could vote in the US!

Ron Paul 2012! Never give up, never give in, never surrender.
Pamela
2:25PM JUL 2ND 2012
RON PAUL 2012 !!! Peace, God, Liberty !!
Thomas Jeffery Egleston
1:56PM JUL 2ND 2012
If you like Obama Care then please vote for Mitt Romney. If you like spending your future and the future of your grand children on illegal wars then please vote for Romney. If you like giving trillions of dollars to off shore Bansksters then please vote for Romney. If you hate the Constitution and the Bill of Rights then please vote for Romney. If you like war more than your Social Security and your doctors of choice then please vote for Romney. If you love Liberty, the Constitution and America then please vote for Ron Paul.
Ralph
6:47PM JUL 2ND 2012
Wonderful summation of what is really at stake in this election ..!
kris
1:23PM JUL 2ND 2012
I have to agree with Michaels statement,"Ron Paul isn't going to win...",as usual the media will only feed us what they want,the blackout on Dr. Paul has been nothing but another form of control by an elite media that has already decided who they want,someone who can't beat Obama,it's time for the sheeples to wake up and vote for someone who actually wants change,go Ron Paul!!!!!!!!!!!!
pintkeeper
12:39PM JUL 2ND 2012
If you think for one scintilla of a second that delegates heading for Tampa, that are true and true Ron Paul supporters, are going to waist their time, money, and effort to show up and place a vote for Romney.....then let me ask you this.........just how many moons are there on your planet? This is going to be a blood bath, and rightfully so.
Jessica
10:45PM JUL 2ND 2012
I will attempt to make it there from Canada. I may be Canadian, but I will show my support!
Ralph
6:50PM JUL 2ND 2012
we are coming from as far away as Australia and every other enclave where US refugees have fled to get away from the Statist state (IRS TSA) but we will return for this great event so look for the Aussie flag wavers in Tampa!
Lyn
8:49AM JUL 3RD 2012
I have considered becoming one of those refugees based simply on the fact that I cringe thinking of the country my children will live in when they're my age. For those, such as Romney, who are not subjected to being the "little guy", they can't understand just how oppressive our government is being. We're human beings. Treat us that way. We don't need a thumb on our heads (or drones over our heads, for that matter). We don't need someone holding our hands, looking out for what's best for us right down to what we put in our bodies. They have obviously failed us on that account already with the prescriptions and food additives they deemed as "safe". We live but one life. Let me live mine as I see fit. I don't harm anyone else and I don't even harm myself. I'm a big girl and I have God given rights. Inalienable isn't even in their vocabulary, apparently.
Michael
10:38AM JUL 2ND 2012
Is there a law that says "Ron Paul isn't going to win the Republican nomination for president" has to be placed in every article about Ron Paul?
27Reasons
12:58PM JUL 2ND 2012
@Michael, I'm pretty sure that if you write a published article and don't include that quote somewhere in it, that you automatically lose your job. :)

I'm so sick of the ever increasing propaganda and tyranny that we are facing in this once great nation. Ron Paul or bust in 2012!
SRQTad
9:42AM JUL 2ND 2012
Regardless of the Santorum thing, Rand's position is in no way jeopardized. Rand's endorsement on Romney was no more than a campaign promise fulfilled and Ron's supporters know that. Rand's work in the Senate, his words and deeds have not changed one iota. He is continuing his message of Liberty and Others, like Justin Amash are picking up Paul's baton in the house. As noted, the Liberty Movement is taking over State GOP's and we will very soon be recognized as a force to be reckoned with. An idea whose time has come can not be stopped by any Government or any army.
It's the law in kennesaw
8:19AM JUL 2ND 2012
Still writing in Dr Paul's name. I like the idea that the elites might get an idea of the numbers we represent AND it will be fun to have them use their time and resources finding out how to discard all the Ron Paul votes! Go RON PAUL! Independence from an oppressive rogue govt. I want my republic back!!!!
Lyn
8:52AM JUL 3RD 2012
I may sound uninformed, but how do we write in a name with electronic voting? I'm not being snarky. I really want to know so I can do the same.
Jon
8:14AM JUL 2ND 2012
If delegates are unbound why are people so sure RP will lose? RP's idea of a win is not purely about becoming president. His intent is to sway people towards his righteous beliefs. RP is still a winner even if he does not become president.
Lyn
8:53AM JUL 3RD 2012
I keep seeing this "bound delegate" phrase popping up in news articles. Isn't there rule 38? Or do they just want to spread this lie so people don't know that NO delegate is bound?
rogeroger
7:46AM JUL 2ND 2012
Would love to see Paul debate Romney.
27Reasons
1:03PM JUL 2ND 2012
In a Romney/Paul debate, the host would still find a way to give Ron Paul like 2 out of 90 minutes to speak.

If Paul was ever actually given fair speaking time in any of the debates, the other candidates would have been publicly acknowledged as having intellect = to children compared to Ron Paul.
27Reasons
1:03PM JUL 2ND 2012
In a Romney/Paul debate, the host would still find a way to give Ron Paul like 2 out of 90 minutes to speak.

If Paul was ever actually given fair speaking time in any of the debates, the other candidates would have been publicly acknowledged as having intellect = to children compared to Ron Paul.
rogeroger
7:50AM JUL 2ND 2012
and throw Santorum in for the fun of it
Adam
8:03AM JUL 2ND 2012
In what? A spike-filled pit?
Lyn
8:55AM JUL 3RD 2012
Thanks. I snorted coffee. Mmmm...french roast still tastes good when ingested nasally.
Oscar
7:08AM JUL 2ND 2012
Ron Paul
Adam
7:58AM JUL 2ND 2012
Ron Paul!
Jon
8:15AM JUL 2ND 2012
RON PAUL!!!!!!!
Chad
9:10AM JUL 2ND 2012
RON PAUL OR BUST!!!!!!!!!
Danny
9:02AM JUL 2ND 2012
RAWN PAWL!!!!!
foxforcefive
1:28AM JUL 3RD 2012
The Paul's got balls!

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