Z. Byron Wolf
March 06, 2008 7:33 PM
Texas Congressman Ron Paul will become the final Republican candidate for President who is not John McCain to drop out of the Presidential race tonight, ABC News has learned.
It was a spirited run for Paul, whose follower’s called their support for him a “revolution” of non-interventionism and small government.
In a web video to be posted on Paul’s website he will tell supporters he is winding down his campaign, which had already taken a back seat in recent weeks to his simultaneous bid for reelection to his Congressional seat.
Despite a concerned-seeming fundraising blitz toward the end of the Republican primary in Texas, Paul won the party primary for the 14th Texas Congressional District by more than 2 to 1. He did not fare so well in the Republican Primary in Texas, getting less than 5 percent of the vote and no delegates.
Paul has amassed only 14 delegates that he can take to the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis in September -miles short of what was needed to be seen as a contender for the nomination. But for a candidate who ran well outside his party on issues as crucial as the War in Iraq and civil liberties, where Paul sounds more like a liberal Democrat or a member of the ACLU than a mainstream Republican. His contention that his views were closer to the roots of the Republican party got some people thinking, but ultimately did not get enough votes.
Ron Paul’s Message to Supporters
Ron Paul Not Dropping Out
March 6th, 2008 9:09 pm
In an ABC News Blog Post by Z. Byron Wolf, it is reported that Ron Paul was set to drop out of the race tonight in a video, becoming the final contender outside of McCain to do so. And within a short time, a video was uploaded onto YouTube – before being taken down quickly.
However, due to the fact there are sites which archive deleted YouTube videos, the video is able to be seen. And it does not indicate that he is intending to drop out – quite the opposite, he says that his supporters should continue to work to get as many delegates as possible for the convention in the upcoming races. He goes on to say that he has selected June 21 as the date for the March on Washington, and that he is encouraging grassroot groups to take the lead in organizing it.
Why Z. Byron Wolf reported that Paul was dropping out tonight, and why the video was pulled is not entirely clear, though hopefully some information should start to come to light as time passes.
9:47 PM ET Update: The video has been placed back up on his official channel.
Ron Paul hints he’s quitting race
Mar 6, 2008
WASHINGTON – GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul is hinting to supporters that he is ending his long-shot campaign for the presidency.
The Texas Republican congressman addressed supporters in a 7 1/2-minute video on his campaign Web site Thursday night and did not specifically say he was quitting the race.
Ron Paul, The Bomb On The Internet
By Paul Bedard
Mar 6, 2008
(US News) If there’s anybody who doubts the importance of the Internet in the 2008 elections, a quick explanation of how Rep. Ron Paul came from nowhere to build support and collect millions of dollars online should change that. At this week’s Politics Online Conference, we listened to Paul’s E-campaign director, Justine Lam, who methodically spelled out how her operation worked its magic.
First, she said, the candidate’s antiwar, old-school Goldwater message was something a segment of GOP voters wanted to hear. And they came to him and to his website in droves. But being low on funds and staff, Paul didn’t try to capture them all on his site like other campaigns, notably the Barack Obama effort. Instead, Paul’s campaign urged supporters to build their own support sites, networks, and groups. Lam’s message to supporters: “Do what you think is best for the campaign.” It worked. “This sort of set the groundwork,” said Lam.