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Ron Paul: There Will Be No Third Party Run

by @ 7:10 am on February 9, 2008. Filed under 2008 Election, Politics, Ron Paul

There’s a statement from Congressman Paul up at the campaign blog:

Let me tell you my thoughts. With Romney gone, the chances of a brokered convention are nearly zero. But that does not affect my determination to fight on, in every caucus and primary remaining, and at the convention for our ideas, with just as many delegates as I can get. But with so many primaries and caucuses now over, we do not now need so big a national campaign staff, and so I am making it leaner and tighter. Of course, I am committed to fighting for our ideas within the Republican party, so there will be no third party run. I do not denigrate third parties — just the opposite, and I have long worked to remove the ballot-access restrictions on them. But I am a Republican, and I will remain a Republican.

I also have another priority. I have constituents in my home district that I must serve. I cannot and will not let them down. And I have another battle I must face here as well. If I were to lose the primary for my congressional seat, all our opponents would react with glee, and pretend it was a rejection of our ideas. I cannot and will not let that happen.

In the presidential race and the congressional race, I need your support, as always. And I have plans to continue fighting for our ideas in politics and education that I will share with you when I can, for I will need you at my side. In the meantime, onward and upward! The neocons, the warmongers, the socialists, the advocates of inflation will be hearing much from you and me.

Well, that answers that question as well as this one.

2 Responses to “Ron Paul: There Will Be No Third Party Run”

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  2. J. Tyler Ballance says:

    Ron Paul has said throughout this campaign that he had tried the third party route before and that he would never do that again. The possibility of him going the third party route again was used during this campaign by opponents who wanted to paint Ron Paul as something other than a “true Republican” even though Ron Paul’s positions more closely adhere to the Republican Creed than any other candidate.

    As for the discussion of Paulistinians who might go to the convention as one type of delegate, then vote for Ron Paul instead, that is dependent on the rules. The delegates will generally be held to their assigned vote on the first ballot, so a McCain delegate is for McCain. On the second ballot, the rules say that the delegates are free from any obligation, so if this goes to a second ballot, the Paulistinians could rise up in enough numbers to legally nominate Ron Paul. However, what is more likely is that this is over on the first ballot. What is a slight possibility is that if a second ballot is needed, then Paulistinians would negotiate to get some key points into the program or perhaps some promises for cabinet posts.

    Over at an other blog, this negotiation process inaccurately described as stealing the nomination, when it is really just the mechanics of how the conventions work. If the thing is a done deal on the first ballot, then we can look forward to a dull campaign with McCain. If it goes to a second ballot or beyond, we could have a chance to have Ron Paul and other defenders of the Constitution in key roles in our presidential leadership team.

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