HENRYETTA, Oklahoma: Etter at Ron Paul i går annonserte at han hverken vil investere tid eller penger i de resterende primærvalgene, har valgkampmanageren Jesse Benton i dag sendt ut et skriv om kampanjens delegatstrategi.
For det første poengterer Benton følgende: «Ron Paul har hverken gitt seg eller suspendert sin kampanje.» Gårsdagens uttalelse har skuffet mange Paultilhengere, men det er mulig kampanjen mente det var nødvendig å senke forventningene foran noen av de kommende valgene.
Men Benton medgir også at Romney med all sannsynlighet vinner nominasjonen:
«Uheldigvis, og med mindre det skjer noe uforutsett, vil ikke vår delegattotal være stor nok til å vinne nominasjonen. Guvernør Romney er 200 delegater unna å sikre seg partiets nominasjon. Men våre delegater kan fortsatt ha stor innvirkning på landmøtet og i tiden som følger.»
Så hva går delegatstrategien ut på? Benton nevner blant annet målet om å plukke med seg enda flere delegater i de resterende partimøtene på delstatsnivå i statene som allerede har stemt, og i å sørge for at Paultilhengere vinner lederstillinger i partiet både lokalt og nasjonalt. Benton nevner også målet om å påvirke den republikanske partiplattformen.
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Every day, I see firsthand how humbled and encouraged Dr. Paul is to have the enthusiastic support of so many who are committed to revitalizing our country.
Let me be very clear. Dr. Paul is NOT dropping out or suspending his campaign.
As Dr. Paul has previously stated, he is in this race all the way to the Republican National Convention in Tampa this August.
And he is deeply grateful for every resource he has been entrusted with to run an historic campaign that continues to defy all expectations.
Looking ahead, our campaign must honor that trust by maximizing our resources to ensure the greatest possible impact at the National Convention.
So while our campaign is no longer investing in the remaining primary states, we will continue to run strong programs at District and State Conventions to win more delegates and alternate delegates to the National Convention.
To this end, our campaign has several positive and realistic goals:
- Having recently WON Maine, we believe we can win several more states.
- We will win party leadership positions at both the state and national levels.
- We will continue to grow our already substantial total of delegates.
We will head to Tampa with a solid group of delegates. Several hundred will be bound to Dr. Paul, and several hundred more, although bound to Governor Romney or other candidates, will be Ron Paul supporters.
Unfortunately, barring something very unforeseen, our delegate total will not be strong enough to win the nomination. Governor Romney is now within 200 delegates of securing the party’s nod. However, our delegates can still make a major impact at the National Convention and beyond.
All delegates will be able to vote on party rules and allow us to shape the process for future liberty candidates.
We are in an excellent position to make sure the Republican Party adds solid liberty issues to the GOP Platform, which our delegates will be directly positioned to approve. Our campaign is presently working to get several items up for consideration, including monetary policy reform, prohibitions on indefinite detention, and Internet freedom.
Finally, by sending a large, respectful, and professional delegation to Tampa, we will show the party and the country that not only is our movement growing and here to stay, but that the future belongs to us.
Dr. Paul will begin this new phase of the campaign this Friday by speaking and holding several events at the Minnesota State Convention. He has also recently accepted an invitation to speak at the Texas Convention, and we are busy scheduling appearances around other State Conventions later this month and into June.
As Dr. Paul stated in his message yesterday, this fight is NOT over. We will continue fighting and expanding, and “we will not stop until we have restored what once made America the greatest country in human history.”
But for Dr. Paul’s efforts in the remaining State Conventions to be successful, and to ensure we get as many Ron Paul delegates to Tampa as we can, he needs you to continue standing with him.
Along those lines, as you probably already know, the grassroots are holding a Money Bomb on Thursday, May 17. Any money raised from that Money Bomb will go toward winning delegates and finalizing our plans for Tampa.
As those plans for the National Convention come together, we will make sure all of our delegates, whether bound or unbound, get the information and aid they need.
Your support on May 17 will also help us reach more Americans with the solutions we know can restore our nation. Each person we add to our cause strengthens our movement for the critical work that awaits us beyond Tampa.
Dr. Paul, John Tate, myself, and the entire campaign staff know what incredible sacrifices have been made by each of our supporters.
Thank you for all of your hard work and your dedication to liberty. Together, we will champion Ron Paul and his message in Tampa, and we will lay the groundwork for future victories.