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Ron Paul’s delegate strategy could pay off at GOP convention

By Capitol Hill Blue
May 22, 2012

Ron Paul (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

Texas Congressman Ron Paul may have suspended “active campaigning” for his third and last run for President but he continues to look for ways to add delegates to his current count of 104 and wants enough of a collection to press parts of his agenda on the Republican Party at the nominating convention in Tampa this summer.

What’s he want?  A few things:

  • Stricter oversight of the Federal Reserve. Paul has long advocated disbanding the Fed but now is willing to go with more regulation if he can get that tidbit as part of the GOP platform;
  • A ban on indefinite detention of American citizens, a direct violation of freedom that began after the terrorist attacks of 9/11 when the USA Patriot Act — which Paul also opposes — became the law of the land;
  • More freedom on the Internet.  While Congress and the White House pushes for more regulation and censorship on the ‘Net, Paul stands firm on greater freedom on the digital frontier.

Paul’s positions could find their way into the GOP platform.  While he is  not expected to endorse presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney he has a “good working relationship” with the former Massachusetts governor, an aide close to the campaign tells Capitol Hill Blue.

“The ball is in the court of the Republican Party and the court of Mitt Romney,” says Jesse Benton, Paul’s national campaign chairman.  “We’re bringing forward an attitude of respect, and we’re also bringing forward some very specific things that we believe in. If our people are treated with respect, I think the Republican Party will have a very good chance to pick up a substantial number of our votes.”

The “attitude of respect” appeared to work in Minnesota last weekend when Paul’s campaign walked away with 12 of the state’s 13 delegates after what the St. Paul Pioneer Press called a “bloodless coup.”

Opined the paper:

Unlike other states where brawls broke out between Paul fans and Romney supporters, the Minnesota convention was a relatively civil affair. There were no fistfights or shouting matches on the convention floor.

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6 Responses to Ron Paul’s delegate strategy could pay off at GOP convention

  1. Kathy88

    May 22, 2012 at 7:01 am

    “Unlike other states where brawls broke out between Paul fans and Romney supporters, the Minnesota convention was a relatively civil affair. There were no fistfights or shouting matches on the convention floor.”

    In the future, when sensationalizing reality for your readers, a little truth thrown in there might be nice. This suggests that it was the Paul supporters who were the instigators. The truth is, in both instances,(yes, there were only 2 instances) Romney supporters, (both of AARP age, I might add) physically assaulted Paul supporters. But that doesn’t fit in with the agenda, now does it?

    Paul delegates and potential delegates have the ire of the establishment GOP because quite frankly they learned the rules the establishment put into place long ago, and got better at the game. Being held to their own rules is ruffling quite a few feathers. It’s quite fun to watch.

  2. Robert Larkin

    May 22, 2012 at 9:04 am

    says Jesse Benton, Paul’s national campaign chairman. “We’re bringing forward an attitude of respect, and we’re also bringing forward some very specific things that we believe in. If our people are treated with respect, I think the Republican Party will have a very good chance to pick up a substantial number of our votes.”

    Really? This guy is Ron Paul’s campaign chairman and even HE doesn’t understand the supporters?
    I will NEVER vote for Mitt Romney. To do so would be a complete abdication of everything I believe to be true about how government should be run.

    Get this straight, Jesse Benton, we will NOT vote for Mitt Romney. Period.

    • Almandine

      May 22, 2012 at 11:01 pm

      Then put up with the collectivist.

  3. NoOneButPaul

    May 22, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Jesse is an idiot. He married into the family but it doesnt mean he’s th best man for the job. I’m quite alarmed at the campaign insulting the passionate supporters who have toiled and endured on the ground for the past 4 years. Their motive is probably to make sure Rand Paul’s future in the GOP isnt harmed. I doubt this revolution will last after Paul. It will be back to the same old same old.

    • Mike Parent

      May 22, 2012 at 5:06 pm

      I was thinking that Dr Paul lit a fire, and this country still has a lot of principled and qualified people to carry the torch. It doesn’t have to be Rand who is that person.

      • Doolsey

        May 28, 2012 at 11:36 pm

        Very true, Mike Parent. Regardless of who wins the presidency, this revolution has only just begun.