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Paul Campaign To Republican Field: Drop Out, Unite Behind Paul to Defeat Romney

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire—Rep. Ron Paul's campaign called on the rest of the Republican field to drop out of the race and unite behind him in order to defeat Mitt Romney.

“We urge Ron Paul’s opponents who have been unsuccessfully trying to be the conservative alternative to Mitt Romney to unite by getting out of the race and uniting behind Paul’s candidacy,” campaign chair Jesse Benton said in a statement.

Read the full statement below:

LAKE JACKSON, Texas, Jan 10, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Ron Paul tonight scored an historic second-place victory in the 2012 New Hampshire Primary. Below please find comments from National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton:

"Ron Paul tonight had an incredibly strong second-place finish in New Hampshire and has stunned the national media and political establishment.

"When added to Paul's top-tier showing in Iowa, it's clear he is the sole Republican candidate who can take on and defeat both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama.

"The race is becoming more clearly a two-man race between establishment candidate Mitt Romney and Ron Paul, the candidate of authentic change. That means there is only one true conservative choice.

"Ron Paul has won more votes in Iowa and New Hampshire than any candidate but Mitt Romney.

"Ron Paul and Mitt Romney have been shown in national polls to be the only two candidates who can defeat Barack Obama.

"And Ron Paul and Mitt Romney are the only two candidates who can run a full, national campaign, competing in state after state over the coming weeks and months. Ron Paul's fundraising numbers -- over $13 million this quarter -- also prove he will be able to compete with Mitt Romney. No other candidate can do all of these things.

"Ron Paul is clearly the conservative alternative to Mitt Romney as the campaign goes forward.

"We urge Ron Paul's opponents who have been unsuccessfully trying to be the conservative alternative to Mitt Romney to unite by getting out of the race and uniting behind Paul's candidacy.

"Ron Paul has the boldest plan to cut spending, a dedication to protecting life, and a lifelong dedication to the Constitution and limited government. He also has the necessary support to campaign nationwide against Mitt Romney.

"Our campaign is already planning ahead for South Carolina, Florida, and beyond. Soon Ron Paul will head to South Carolina to begin a feverish round of campaigning.

"Ron Paul is in this race for the long haul. And he is ready to fight.

SOURCE: Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign Committee


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I'd think that in Florida...

I'd think that in Florida, it might be a good idea to emphasize his plan to actually _save_ socialist insecurity, and keep up existing benefits. Tell the people that The Good Doctor isn't going to throw Granny under the bus.

Freedom is my Worship Word!



Ron Paul'08

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The trick in any business situation...

Is to find a way to win regardless of the outcome. After that it is only a matter of degree.

Looking at it this way, we have already won! Seriously, celebrate, because it's over....

Best Case:
Ron Paul Wins Nomination

Worst Case:
Romney Wins Nomination and get's fried in the general.
- Everyone will talk about how we SHOULD have put in Ron Paul which paves the way for many more "Ron Paul"s.

In the fight over ideas, we have already won... I am very happy... :)

The Philosophy Of Liberty -

I think the campaign's win-win is this

If they pull the votes - they get the nomination - and the White House. If they do not get the nomination - they have more than enough delegates to push their weight around AND Mitt HAS to get Ron's support to get his votes - which they need to beat Obama. The deal is simple - Ron will endorse the party pick of Romney with Paul as VP - but not him - the other Paul - Rand - then every Paul supporter will vote for Romney. As long as they feel the party can fill his Senate seat with an R - done deal and the Paul train to the presidency is now on the tracks - OR - if they feel they will win the Senate - Rand is taking over for Scary Harry at the very least.

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This topic came up...

And unfortunately, instead of discussion, it got voted down. I could vote for the ticket if RP himself took a slot, but I could never vote for Romney/Rand ticket. :(

The Philosophy Of Liberty -

Yes,I have considered that...But I don't think Rand would go for

that.He realizes that Mitt is a sinking ship who can't beat Obama....

Ron Paul'08

Remember your history people

Many years ago another "kooky" Texan named Ross Perot ran for president. Ross didn't do so good - BUT - because of his narrative - we actually got a balanced budget. Newt can claim all the credit in the world - the fact is - Ross woke America up (sadly they all summarily went right back to sleep). Congress was under immense pressure since the masses had learned all this stuff from those charts Ross would bust out. Romney would not be able to be Romney - just like Clinton couldn't really be Clinton. Politics is business people - and Mitt is a business man - he will surely sign on to Ron's ideas in exchange for the coveted trophy of president. Again - this is assuming Romney gets the nomination. IF he does, he NEEDS Paul to win.

Worst case - Romney wins nomination and election

Starts war with Iran - billions spent and thousands killed

Obamacare stopped, but Romneycare spreads to 49 other states

Civil liberties continue to be eroded as Patriot Act is extended

GS and other Wall Street banks continue to receive bailouts

Trade war begins with China - tariffs raise prices for consumers

This could be a strategic move...

But I doubt any of the other candidates will take him up on it. For example Newt has already declared Ron an "Indecent American" and all of his followers "Drug Users". They're probably going to do the exact opposite is my guess once the establishment convinces them that Dr. Paul is the ultimate threat to the repub party. Even commentators (Ari Fliescher) on CNN were insisting he can never become the repub nominee. It will probably become a neocon crusade before the year is up.

Still though, I think its an awesome way to take control of the situation especially how the polls came out. Im so glad Ron's the buffer and not Santorum :O

Why is no one talking about this on the MSM?

And no mention of the fact the RP and Mitt are the ONLY two on the ballot in all counties of all 50 States??

Mathew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

because they are paid

...liars don't ya know.

This is a bold move by RP2012 and frankly I doubt if the Illuminists even have a counter-strategy left. All the cards in their "little book of shills" are played out, with the exception of the worn frayed over-played "false-flag terror" card. It's time we turn up the heat on media shillfrogs and slowly boil 'em alive in their own pot-o-lies


Well they always have the Diebold voting machines

Which I cannot help but fear they may be hacked to insure the establishment is unaffected by a strong libertarian showing. The Dems and Repubs will start freaking out together before long.


Can't a voter demand a paper ballot?

Freedom is my Worship Word!

What a BOLD, FANTASTIC move by the Campaign!!!

It was just a couple of months ago that Dr. Paul was considered a second tier candidate. Now Dr. Paul is first tier, and it is good to see his campaign taking control of the political narrative, rather than letting it be dictated by the usual media talking heads.

In one fell swoop the Campaign has clearly managed to tell the American people that:
1. this is a 2-man race
2. Dr. Paul and Romney are the only two Republicans that can beat Obama and run a national campaign
3. Dr. Paul has a plan to actually CUT spending
4. he is pro-life, pro-Constitution and for limited government.

Way to go Dr. Paul!

Riddle Me This Batman...

who's the "BOSS" now???

Brilliant Jessie, an absolute masterstroke. Play it our way now or Obama wins...jest say'n!!

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You're the man now dog!

this is ACE

It took me a while to think this one through, but I gotta say, this is a master move. RP2012 just played "king of the hill" with the rest of the field. What it does is put the onus on each of them, individually, to make their case that they are a more viable choice than RP2012. But, looking at the choices and the IA+NH results, which of them can make that case? NONE.


This was obviously thought out ahead of the results, since it was announced so quickly. The campaign must have been studying the polling and devised this move and had it ready to fire off as soon as the results were solidified.

I will freely grant both that this is "premature" and that there's little chance any candidate will accept the invitation. Even so, remember: POLITICS IS PERCEPTION. The campaign just took charge of creating and shaping that perception, and they did it with SERIOUS chutzpah.

By doing this on the same night as the NH election results, they give it the maximum amount of time to marinate in the minds of the voters -- and the other campaigns -- in SC.

Shrewd, Doc. Very shrewd.

What is begun in anger, ends in shame.

Horse Trading

I don't agree with the premature concept. What will Romney look like if he wins SC? Then the perception will be much more difficult to manage and is likely to look more desperate.
When done now, it looks strategic, particularly with the continual media buzz of the "anti-Romney" phrase.
The question is, what does Ron have to horse trade with each of the other candidates?
Huntsman - secretary of state?
Perry - ?
Gingrich - ?
Santorum - ?

http://riseforliberty.com/ For May 17 Money Bomb!

Huntsman - Commerce

Perry - Energy
Gingrich - Education
Santorum - HUD
Romney - Interior

Just enough candidates for the 5 departments that Ron Paul would eliminate!



"The laws of man may bind him in chains or may put him to death, but they never can make him wise, virtuous, or happy." JQA

This was premature...... "PE"

I appreciate Jesse Benton's enthusiasm. I too was enthused. Leaving the other RINO contenders clearly in the dust felt wonderful. And yes, it's about time. However, that still leaves us biting the heals of Mitt, and as Ron says "gaining ground everyday".
But at this point in the race, for Jesse Benton to go on record and make such a statement is amateurish at the very least. And in the big picture, it's plain stupid.
The medical abbreviation is PE. Look it up....

Have we heard any "Team Romney" officials asking contenders to "please drop out and unite"?
Say what you will about Mitt's credentials, his flip flopping, Romney-Care, and his poor record of true conservatism. Nevertheless, his campaign thus far has been very professional. He is well funded, follows the middle of the road, has moderated his attacks on others, and is clearly winning votes from mainstream/moderate republicans.

Ron Paul & Mitt Romney have the same HUGE problem: How to gain the support of the evangelical GOP base? Mitt is a Mormon, and we are the Anti-War party. Both candidates puts the fundamentalists in quite a dilemma.

How this plays out is far from determined.
Meanwhile, it's extremely important that Ron controls "Team Ron" with the same class the Mitt controls "Team Mitt".

Ron Paul is doing just fine.
My advice to Jesse is the same for all of us: "Let Ron run his own campaign. Shut-up, and get back to work".

David Cameron

How do you know this was not

How do you know this was not Ron's idea or even that he didn't like it.

Ron is not going to coast into the finish line like Mitt is hoping to. Ron needs to inspire more people. Nipping at the heals is not good enough. He needs to make some bold moves like this.

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You have your opinion

But I disagree.

Point 1: This a professional, planned, smart move.

Point 2: We have no problem attracting evangelical base (at least by polls I've seen from Iowa and now NH). And they will never go with Romney once they learn about his record on abortion.

Thanks Jackson

Obviously, .....I hope I'm wrong and you're right.

David Cameron


If I didn't know what I know about the corruption of the GOP, I would expect them to be head-over-heels gddy that they have a candidate that is so "on fire" with the public and can ride the wave into office.

Instead, they say "He can't win the nomination", and do everything possible to stymie him.

The Paul campaign is saying the right thing. Ron has the wave of excitement in this campaign, and if the GOP wants to win, then they need to get behind him.

I'm sure not holding my breath, LOL!
But it is a cool way for the Paul campaign to say "We're here".

Now we're talkin'!

This is BOLD! I'm digging it now...always have, but now, it's a beautiful moment my brothers and sisters!Never forget this isn't just 'Ron Paul'- this is a movement; a peaceful restoration of liberty in this country. Peace. (n' sh*t.)

I think this is a mistake

Ron Paul remained in the 2007 race practically to the bitter end. Now he calls for others to drop out after just two states. It undermines his reputation for constancy. 'What's good for the goose is good for the gander'.

I understand the reasoning behind it, but the message would be better addressed to the voting public.

-Only Ron Paul is in a position to defeat Romney in the race for the GOP nomination.
-Support for any candidate other than Ron Paul is de facto support for Romney.
-Ron Paul is the only GOP candidate Obama cannot defeat.
-Romney is Obama lite.
He has supported abortion, designed Obamacare, supports war-mongering, .....the list continues.

The message makes sense. It was just addressed to the wrong audience.
Paul wouldn't dropping out with a 4th or 5th place finish so early in the contest, so he shouldn't call on others to do so. Pointing out to voters that a vote for any other candidate is an endorsement of Romney, who is likely to lose to the incumbent is however sensible and logical.

Pro-Life, pro-family, pro-freedom, pro-worker, pro Ron Paul

Good points. I agree, address

Good points. I agree, address the voters.

Obama hasn't realized it yet. He may be thinking he can beat Ron Paul, but he can't beat freedom.

He needs to schedule a PRESS CONFERENCE

address the audience as if you are addressing the candidates, look into the camera and ask them to drop out.

Challenge them!!!

No, he's using their own

No, he's using their own twisted logic against them. Don't you see?