Politico: Ron Paul goes mainstream?Submitted by radiofriendly on Fri, 06/24/2011 - 00:02
Ron Paul goes mainstream?
By DAN HIRSCHHORN | 6/23/11 10:56 PM EDT
Ron Paul 2008 was a movement. Ron Paul 2012 is trying to be a campaign.
Determined to be a greater force in his third presidential run, the Texas congressman and his team have embraced some of the more traditional aspects of a White House bid: a focus on retail politicking, deeper early-state infrastructure and a full schedule of meetings with party pooh-bahs.
“There was a consensus among Ron and the people around him that it only made sense to do this if it was going to be bigger and better than last time,” said Jesse Benton, a top adviser.
The world of Paul supporters has changed since 2008, too. His ideology has shifted closer to the Republican mainstream (???), making him more popular with the rank and file and, in turn, helping propel many of his supporters to elected offices or party posts. Those people now form a stronger and more powerful infrastructure, particularly in the early states.
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