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Congressman Paul fights on

May 14, 2012 - Mike Donahey
Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas) in an email to supporters, said he would no longer actively campaign in states that have not yet held Republican presidential primaries, according to the New York Times.

To do so, he said “would take many tens of millions of dollars we simply do not have.” Paul did not throw the towel all the way in. The Times reported that he would continue pursuing a “delegate strategy” that would provide his followers influence at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. this summer. The strategy makes sense. Paul’s followers have caused a ruckus at some state Republican party conventions, capturing delegate spots and booting out supporters of Mitt Romney in key leadership posts, Times blogger Michael Shear wrote.

Paul was in Marshalltown last December. I covered the event and was impressed with the number of supporters who turned out to see the grandfatherly spokesperson and founder of the Tea Party. Those I interviewed backed him with a passion and they admired him for sticking to his guns and not being on both sides of an issue.

His message is simple — strictly follow the Constitution, reign in federal spending and don’t embark in foreign wars unless our security is directly threatened. His speaking style is mild-mannered, almost conversational. He remained behind the lectern during his remarks and I don’t think two-thirds of the audience would have heard him had he not used a microphone. But Paul supporters want substance and not style.

And Republicans can count on his voice being heard in Tampa, with or without a microphone.


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