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Ron Paul Effectively Ending Presidential Campaign 745

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New submitter Dainsanefh sends this quote from the LA Times: "Ron Paul, Mitt Romney's lone remaining rival for the Republican presidential nomination, announced Monday that he would stop spending money on the party's 11 remaining primaries, in effect suspending his campaign. ... Apart from President Obama and Romney, Paul has raised more money than any other White House contender this year – more than $36 million. His calls for strict adherence to the Constitution and his no-nonsense manner have spawned a vocal and well organized group of followers, but not enough to give him a realistic shot at the presidency."
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Ron Paul Effectively Ending Presidential Campaign

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  • Wrong (Score:5, Informative)

    by tmosley (996283) on Monday May 14, 2012 @05:32PM (#39999505)
    He is no longer seeking primary votes, and is instead focusing 100% on taking delegate positions. This race is not over.
    • Re:Wrong (Score:5, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday May 14, 2012 @05:38PM (#39999597)

      It's over in that there is absolutely no chance of anyone other than Romney taking the nomination.

      • Re:Wrong (Score:5, Insightful)

        by Bigby (659157) on Monday May 14, 2012 @05:46PM (#39999711)

        Correct, but getting Ron Paul's follower's support is key #1 to the Republican strategy. If they don't get them, they'll lose to Obama. If they do get them, they'll win. Having a presence at the convention will just make that key even more important. The GOP is on a tight rope. What will they do?

        • Re:Wrong (Score:4, Insightful)

          by Zero__Kelvin (151819) on Monday May 14, 2012 @06:13PM (#40000029) Homepage

          " If they don't get any of them, they'll lose to Obama. If they do get the amount of them that they are likely to get, they'll still lose to Obama. "

          FTFY

      • Re:Wrong (Score:5, Interesting)

        by cpu6502 (1960974) on Monday May 14, 2012 @06:43PM (#40000345)

        You were marked +3 informative and should not have been.

        According to http://thereal2012delegatecount.com/ [thereal201...ecount.com] Romney has about ~300 confirmed delegates (keyword: confirmed) versus Paul's ~100 confirmed. That's it. For example, Romney won the popular vote but Paul won the majority of delegates in Massachusetts. Those persons belong to Paul not Romney.

        Any other numbers you see are GUESSES, because those states like Florida, Alaska, Idaho have not held their delegate-electing conventions yet.

    • Re:Wrong (Score:5, Interesting)

      by flitty (981864) on Monday May 14, 2012 @05:42PM (#39999647)
      Exactly. In several states where delegates are non-committed, Paul has walked away with the majority of delegates, even if he lost the popular vote.
  • by SteveFoerster (136027) <steve AT hiresteve DOT com> on Monday May 14, 2012 @05:32PM (#39999515) Homepage

    He's trying to put like minded people in as state GOP officers, and to amass delegates. And he'll keep doing that until all the primaries and caucuses are over this summer.

  • misrepresentative (Score:4, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday May 14, 2012 @05:34PM (#39999545)

    He is not actively campaigning in the primaries because he is focused on the delegate process. He has a plurality of delegates in more than 5 states, so he will be on the ballot at the convention. If he stops Romney from getting the majority, then 2nd round of delegates can all vote for whoever they want to.

  • Nice twisting. (Score:5, Informative)

    by cpu6502 (1960974) on Monday May 14, 2012 @05:35PM (#39999565)

    He stopped spending money on ads, and is diverting the money to the state conventions (where he's winning). It seems a logical stance to take if his goal is to win the delegate vote.

    • by milbournosphere (1273186) on Monday May 14, 2012 @05:44PM (#39999697)

      Dead Collector: Bring out yer dead.
      Press: Here's one.
      Dead Collector: That'll be ninepence.
      Ron Paul Campaign That Claims It Isn't: I'm not dead.
      Dead Collector: What?
      Press: Nothing. There's your ninepence.
      Ron Paul Campaign That Claims It Isn't: I'm not dead.
      Dead Collector: 'Ere, he says he's not dead.
      Press: Yes he is.
      Ron Paul Campaign That Claims It Isn't: I'm not.
      Dead Collector: He isn't.
      Press: Well, he will be soon, he's very ill.
      Ron Paul Campaign That Claims It Isn't: I'm getting better.
      Press: No you're not, you'll be stone dead in a moment.
  • by negRo_slim (636783) <mils_oRgen@hotmail.com> on Monday May 14, 2012 @05:37PM (#39999583)
    Saw him give a speech in Idaho, it was a fantastic experience. Just thought it was odd the local organizers that got on the mic to introduce him first gave a speech espousing the ideals of the christian nation and a strong military budget. While when Paul actually got on stage he said exactly the opposite. Limited foreign involvement, liberty as an ideal for the inclusion of all beliefs, etc., etc. Maybe he would of had a better shot if he wasn't surrounded by people spouting the same old tired right wing talking points.
  • by CanHasDIY (1672858) on Monday May 14, 2012 @05:39PM (#39999619) Homepage Journal
    Anyone else see that as a scathing social commentary regarding American political priorities?


    Doesn't matter, voting for him anyway.

    Hey, it could be worse: I could be planning to vote for one of the candidates owned by Goldman Sach's. [opensecrets.org]
    • You must not be familiar with Celine's Third Law: "An honest politician is a national calamity."

      Sounds crazy until you start thinking of politicians who weren't sellouts, then it suddenly makes a lot of sense.

      • by CanHasDIY (1672858) on Monday May 14, 2012 @06:20PM (#40000137) Homepage Journal

        You must not be familiar with Celine's Third Law: "An honest politician is a national calamity."

        I wasn't, until I looked it up just now... kinda wish I hadn't, the first two laws are eerily accurate.

        However, the Third Law seems fundamentally flawed; First, the author assumes "Corrupt politicians simply line their own pockets," which is not quite true - they line the pockets of their political benefactors and allies as well, who have their own political agendas but are not beholden to taxpayers by way of holding elected office.

        Consider the why and how of the crooked politician's greed - while they personally may have no allegiance towards a particular political ideology, the people who are bribing them (let's call a duck a duck, shall we?) very much do, and some have the financial backing necessary to buy enough crooked politicians to effectively run the nation by proxy. For example, take a look at how much money Goldman Sachs spends on politicians, then look at how those politicians vote when it comes to matters of regulating banks, or any other social aspect that may affect an institution such as GS.

        The other problem with this Third Law is the assumption that a single politician would be able to enact massive, sweeping social change all by themselves, which we all know is not how things work... especially when you consider how massively outnumbered they would be by the bought-and--paid-for corporate spokesmonkeys.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday May 14, 2012 @05:40PM (#39999621)

    >Runs out of money
    >Stops spending money

  • by cpu6502 (1960974) on Monday May 14, 2012 @05:41PM (#39999629)

    I'd like a citation from the articles where Paul or his manager say We are "ending" the campaign. Please.
    IF you're going to act like FAUX News with distortions
    THEN I'd like you to back up that distortion with direct-linked quotes
    ELSE retract. Thank you.

    • How's this from Politico [politico.com]:

      Ron Paul announced Monday that he would no longer campaign in states that have yet to hold their presidential primaries, effectively putting an end to the last remaining primary challenge to Mitt Romney. “Moving forward, however, we will no longer spend resources campaigning in primaries in states that have not yet voted,” Paul said in a statement released by the campaign Monday afternoon. “Doing so with any hope of success would take many tens of millions of doll

    • by DarthBling (1733038) on Monday May 14, 2012 @06:45PM (#40000365)

      END IF

  • by M4n (1472737) on Monday May 14, 2012 @05:43PM (#39999679)
    I'm from the UK and so have no vested interest but I am a bit of a Ron Paul fan and this article smacks of the same shit that saw him completely ignored in almost every single MSM news piece and article on the GOP nomination race.
  • by FudRucker (866063) on Monday May 14, 2012 @05:48PM (#39999741)
    you have a choice between a democrat devil or a republican devil who thinks he has superman underwear
  • Wrong (Score:5, Informative)

    by J'raxis (248192) on Monday May 14, 2012 @05:49PM (#39999759) Homepage

    The Paul campaign is redirecting their attention to the delegate strategy---which is turning out to be very successful. This is being discussed [dailypaul.com] at The Daily Paul. They predicted that the media would intentionally misrepresent this as Ron Paul ending his campaign, and they were right.

  • by Lando (9348) <lando2+slash.gmail@com> on Monday May 14, 2012 @06:05PM (#39999951) Homepage Journal

    I've pretty much decided to vote for the lesser evil this year. Pretty sad to think that Cthulhu is the lesser evil when compared to Mickey Mouse.

    • by dkleinsc (563838)

      What about Kodos, Senator Kelly, or maybe Skroob?

      As it is, I'm not voting for a lesser evil this year, as I've pretty much come to the conclusion that the difference between 98% evil and 100% evil isn't worth it. Instead, I'll be finding the best third-party candidate I can, and if none is available I'll write myself in.

  • by Baldrson (78598) * on Monday May 14, 2012 @06:49PM (#40000409) Homepage Journal

    It turns out that the Republican National Committee has inadvertently disqualified Mitt Romney -- either that or they open themselves to a class action law suit which would require them to cough up tens of millions of dollars to Ron Paul supporters.

    On 4/25/2012 the RNC made this statement:

    "Governor Romney's strong performance and delegate count at this stage of the primary process has made him our party's presumptive nominee," Mr. Priebus said. "In order to maximize our efforts I have directed my staff at the R.N.C. to open lines of communication with the Romney campaign."
    and
    "It's my intention to have a seamless and complete merger between the presumptive nominee and the Republican National Committee," Mr. Priebus said. "That means political, communications, fund-raising, research and the chairman's office, along with the governor's main operational team, are completely merged."

    The RNC's rule number 11 ( which can be found on page 13 here http://www.gop.com/images/legal/2008_RULES_Adopted.pdf [gop.com] ) States:

    "(a) The Republican National Committee shall not, without the prior written and filed approval of all members of the Republican National Committee from the state involved, contribute money or in-kind aid to any candidate for any public or party office except the nominee of the Republican Party or a candidate who is unopposed in the Republican primary after the filing
    deadline for that office."

    (b) ... No person nominated in violation of this rule shall be recognized by the Republican National Committee as the nominee of the Republican Party from that state."

    That the Republican Party is a "private" organization with its own rules doesn't permit it to defraud the public -- not even if that public is its own members. People have joined the Republican Party and made monetary donations on the reasonable presumption that the RNC would follow its own rules IT HAS ADVERTISED TO THE PUBLIC. The damages are actual and the fraud deliberate. Triple damages are due to all who have contributed to Republican candidates for President and the RNC is liable.

  • by harvey the nerd (582806) on Monday May 14, 2012 @07:08PM (#40000597)
    Ron Paul has been frozen out by the mainstream media for decades, from Faux News to the liberal media. His rising popularity shows that people are waking up, albeit, late. Too bad, he could have saved us a few trillion in waste, crimes and losses.

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