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.