Ron Paul campaign statement concerning Reince Priebus and RNC Rule 11Submitted by Angel C on Sun, 05/13/2012 - 15:20
Reince Priebus (the RNC chairman from Kenosha, Wisconsin), and the Republican National Committee (RNC) threw their support behind Mitt Romney after Newt Gingrich announced he would be suspending his campaign. Through the RNC chair, Reince Priebus, the RNC will help register voters and encourage outreach for Mitt Romney. Ron Paul, however, is still in the race. On Sunday, the 12-term Congressman from Texas released a statement through his campaign team regarding the calls for RNC leader to resign. Many have questioned Reince Priebus's principles as he tries (through the RNC) to unite Republicans behind Mitt Romney while so many are volunteering for Ron Paul. In fact, many Paul supporters state they will not support Romney in this election cycle, regardless of what the RNC says.
Below please find comments from National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton:
“In April, the RNC asked our campaign for our blessing to begin assembling the Victory organization Republicans will require to guarantee a win in the fall. Building such an operation is no small undertaking, and our Party needed to build in a few months what the incumbent president has been building for four years.
“The RNC offered to set up a joint fundraising committee with the Paul campaign and were very clear that if Dr. Paul became the nominee, the Victory Operation would be behind him 100 percent. They also were clear that they would hold off if our campaign objected. I gave my full consent for the RNC to move forward.
“Chairman Priebus has always treated Dr. Paul and our team with respect, and we appreciate his leadership. He has been an outstanding chairman and has our full confidence.”
This campaign statement does not clear up any questions one may have regarding GOP Rule #11. This statement seems to be saying that the RNC had Ron Paul's permission to set up joint fundraising committees with the Republican presidential candidate. This campaign statement does not state that the RNC had permission to endorse candidates, breaking GOP Rule #11.
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