Ron Paul Conference Call Emphasized "treat us with respect"Submitted by Angel C on Tue, 05/15/2012 - 11:55
There was some I like, some I didn't like, but Ron Paul conference call today - I'll be getting the audio up sometime today on my youtube channel. Here's the article I wrote:
Ron Paul sent a message to his supporters Monday that discussed his plans for the future in the GOP presidential race. The 12-term congressman from Texas upset many of his supporters by announcing that he will not spend any more money campaigning in the remaining primaries. In an afternoon press release that had many dedicated supporters venting frustrations online, Dr. Paul shared that he would continue to gather delegates, but that he has become worried after a series of chaotic state conventions.
Jesse Benton, Ron Paul's campaign chairman, in a statement to the press Tuesday, stated that every time there was a problem at a Republican party event, Ron Paul supporters were blamed. A few examples from the past few days include Josh Romney's son who was booed off stage in Arizona, Romney supporters starting a fistfight in Oklahoma, and parking lot conventions. The trend of blaming Paul supporters does not seem likely to change, and Benton emphasized that Paul supporters need to be shown respect in order for them to remain active in the Republican Party.
"We're bring forward an attitude of respect, and we're also bringing forward some very specific things that we believe in. Our people want to be respected in return, and if our people are treated with respect, if our ideas, their ideas, are embraced, and treated seriously and treated with respect, I think the Republican Party has a very good chance to pick up a substantial number of their votes. On the flip side, if they're treated, I guess, largely like they were in 2008, I think a lot of people are going to stay home, are going to sit on their hands," Benton stated.
On Monday, when the press release was sent out to the media, it was almost universally interpreted as "Ron Paul drops out". When Benton was questioned about whether this was expected, he expressed frustration but said that he had not been completely taken by surprise by the way the press took the release. Some press understood what the campaign team was saying, and that was important.
When asked if Ron Paul will be endorsing Mitt Romney, Benton emphasized that Paul is still in the race. He also mentioned that Paul's supporters will be listened to when discussing an endorsement. Dr. Paul will follow his own heart in this matter.
Benton emphasized that Ron Paul is still in the race, but that the number of delegates Romney has is "almost insurmountable". When asked why the Paul campaign turned down the joint fundraising offer from the Republican National Committee, Benton stated that they didn't think "it was worthwhile" for them to do. He also never mentioned Rule #11, which has had Paul's supporters frustrated. Benton closed by stating he looks forward to the Republican National Convention in Tampa.
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