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Benton: ‘Dr. Paul will not seek to be nominated from the floor.’

[ Tampa Bay Online: ] - Ron Paul has announced he'll seek a positive, non-confrontational stance from his campaign during the convention, and even will snub some gatherings planned by supporters because his campaign isn't controlling them.

Paul campaign chairman Jesse Benton wouldn't discuss negotiations between the two camps or the timing of [Rand] Paul's speech, but said, "We have been told that it will be a very prominent time." Benton said by email that Ron Paul is not expected to speak, but that Romney representatives "are working with us (on) other ways to recognize and honor Ron at the convention.

"Dr. Paul will not seek to be nominated from the floor," he added.

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Yep and the most important

Yep and the most important bit of information in this article is that Ron Paul can be Nominated...

if there is a will

If there is a will, there is a way. IF he can be nominated, he WILL be. screw benton. It's dumb that he came out and said this. Now if Paul gets nominated, and denies the nomination before there is even a vote there will be some disgruntled Ron Paulians...

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It may not be so dumb... This

It may not be so dumb... This may have been a way to communicate that it can be done (nominated from the floor). Who knows what forces they are up against...

The one thing I know is Ron Paul promised he would stay in this race until Romney had 1144 or when the votes are counted. Neither have happened and Ron is still in the race...

I cant believe some of you

I cant believe some of you are surprised by this? Have you not followed the laissez faire campaign? To me it has bee clear that Paul had no intention of seeking the nomination for months now. You can vote me down, but that is the damn truth, as much as it hurts to say it.


Paul announced he would not campaign anymore in the bigger states.
Paul announced he could not win
Rand endorsed Romney
Paul told everyone to be civl, which is fine, but he was really saying don't fight back at the RNC
Paul has not himself fought the RNC in an effort to take back stolen delegates
Paul has now said he will not seek nomination from floor.

And you guys are still not getting the hint?

The campaign is over for President. Paul will still go around and speak and spread liberty.

If you disagree with me on anything you are not a real libertarian...

He also has commented that he

He also has commented that he does not control the grassroots and that his message of liberty is spreading. The time has come and the people will decide. I think he knows that throughout the battle, we have not given up the fight. The establishment is trying to stop the Good Doctor but he is only one person and we are millions. It's going to happen folks! Just be patient.


Yes. A spade is a spade.

I agree.....the turning point was the off the record meeting with BenBernake


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With all due respect Brian

Has Ron announced that he has dropped out of the race?

If he had NO intention of being nominated he would remove himself would he not?

We must all keep on and nominate him from the floor!
Please, stay firm!

" In Thee O Lord do I put my trust " ~ Psalm 31:1~

He never dropped out in 2008

He never dropped out in 2008 either. You can either wake up, or be really disappointed...

If you disagree with me on anything you are not a real libertarian...

I think you are wrong

Did not Ron endorse Chuck Baldwin?
He did and so I voted for Chuck.

He is counting on us to nominate him and so is the rest of the world!

" In Thee O Lord do I put my trust " ~ Psalm 31:1~

Yeah, but that was in October

Yeah, but that was in October of 2008 he endorsed Baldwin. Long after the RNC nomination process.

If you disagree with me on anything you are not a real libertarian...

You missed it... This article

You missed it... This article just explained that Ron Paul can be nominated....

In the end...

After 30 years in Congress trying to get the real message of the constitution brought back to the forefront, Dr. Paul finally found the path to get it done. He ran as a Libertarian candidate for President and realized that his platform wasn’t an accepted path for that time. He later ran as a Republican candidate with the same message back in 2008. This time the message did resonate, not enough to win, but enough to realize that the Republican Party was the path to take. This is all hindsight on my part after sending the last 5 years following this path with Paul myself. Again, this current campaign came up short to win the nomination but opened the doors for many more followers to the Liberty Movement. The real question for me now is: was the campaign to get Ron Paul nominated or was the campaign to just spread the Ron Paul message? The recent Pulse Opinion poll by James Rushing, shows that people ‘like’ the message but would not vote for Ron Paul. This same survey makes Obama look okay too. I spent time and money to get Ron Paul elected (even the recent poll chip-in request), but I do not think the man wants it anymore and maybe never did. I am sure I will get blasted for that comment, but that is where my heart is now. We have to continue to spread the message at the RNC and then find the next leaders for the Liberty Movement. No one person will be able to fill Ron Paul’s shoes.

Ron Paul 2012; Rand Paul 2016

You are correct. Ron Paul

You are correct. Ron Paul was running an educational campaign. I have no doubt that he would accept a floor nomination, but I think that he really wants to retire and hand the baton to someone else. He will not run third party, if for no other reason than that would undermine Rand's political prospects even in Kentucky. The Tea Party has a duel personality; on one side are the libertarians and the other the older "Reagan Republicans" who are not neocons, but do favor social conservatism. It's the latter side that wanted Bachman, Cain or Santorum as the alternative to Romney and couldn't manage it. The person that I'm thinking of is fairly popular on both sides of the Tea Party, is a nationally known name, and consistantly causes fits in the far left.

I believe he is not seeking

I believe he is not seeking nomination but he knows his supporters...we will nominate him.

Don't be discouraged...

...by the confusing comments of Benton. What he said was literally true. Ron Paul will not seek a nomination from the floor. I think that he intends to do something never done by a candidate before, that is I think he intends to ask his delegates to nominate someone else from the floor entirely. Someone who hasn't competed in this primary, and did not because of a deal not to take away Tea Party votes from Ron in exchange for Ron's explicit support should a brokered convention be possible. Said person would, then, offer VP to Rand for first refusal.

Do you know who? Romney knows who, and he knows it's a threat. Which has much to do with why he is going after Paul delegations, trying to deny Paul a 5 state plurality while also leaving Santoram alone; who also has a 5 state plurality. There is no way that any candidate who lost to Romney in the primary could take the nomination away from him even in a brokered convention, for if he doesn't already have 1144 delegates yet, he's close & there would be enough unbound delegates who would vote for him on the first round to put him over the top. The only way to beat Romney now is to offer a completely different option.

Who Sarah Palin?

That was a joke.....

Interesting spin, that would be a shock. Thanks

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I can understand

the "benefit of the doubt" types and those folks who believe that this is all part of the official campaign/Benton's "plan" to secure as many delegates as possible at the RNC, stealth or otherwise, but every time Benton opens his mouth he creates chaos and disarray amongst the grassroots.

He is not helping. Now...I don't know if Benton's a traitor, a sellout, or an establishment mole, but its awfully convenient of him to basically not be a problem while the official campaign was taking everyone's money early on and then suddenly start fumbling every press release and public statement and putting the trainwreck on grassroots leadership right when the RNC delegates were really starting to come in for Ron. That really makes you wonder. And he's not the only one. There's several other guys in the official campaign that also give me pause, but that's another post.

Anyhow, it doesn't really matter. Everything would have gone so much better if Benton had just STFU. And that includes this latest mealy-mouthed statement from him.

Y'all can have your own opinions on Benton...but he should have kept his mouth shut from the beginning. That much is settled, imo.


True, but I must the one thing that has bothered me the most about such a fervent bases among the grassroots is that so many think they know how to run a campaign better than the guy hired to run the campaign. I have nothing against Benton and don't owe him anything either. It's just humorous to me that people who don't have to deal with the politics of running a presidential campaign are so upset when the campaign manager doesn't consult them before he speaks.

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A reluctant President

Dr. Paul's attitude this run has struck me as similar to Washington's; I know I'm needed to run the country, I have no political aspirations to do so but if called upon I will serve. While I don't doubt that he would not advocate pursuing the nomination, if his name were put into nomination I doubt he would fight it, or if he could. What makes all of this a crap shoot to me is that we're not dealing with a typical power hungry politician, we're dealing with a very honest man who is content with dropping out of a public role (but not out of the public eye) and I believe would serve if called upon.

My hope is that our wonderful delegates stir things up at the convention, not raising hell but letting the country know that there's a significant faction today that is not satisfied with the Republican establishment and is willing to fight. If that means fighting their bound status, organizing to put Dr. Paul's name into nomination, etc. so be it - this could be an early shot in the Revolution.

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We need to turn the

We need to turn the convention into a celebration...a celebration for Liberty! If our delegates march in there with inthusiasm, others will see it and it will catch.

My thoughts exactly.

My thoughts exactly.

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why does RP allow this man to open his mouth?

This is beyond demoralizing and makes me feel like not even going to Paulfest or to RP's event...I don't know why they're rolling over so easily and then "subbing" our grassroots events. It feels like such a betrayal of our ideals.

PS...Rand will definitely never have my vote if this is the case. His father grew the movement without giving in and playing politics, why does he think he needs to? Plus, for him to take a speaking spot at the convention while his father is banished, is absolutely dispicable behavior for family. That's just me...

You control NOTHING, Benton

Go to hell!


Jesse Benton controls nothing - he is a mouthpiece who says what he is told to say and he speaks for Ron Paul. If you don't like what Benton says then be smart enough to direct your anger at the appropriate place - at the puppet handler not the puppet.

I know

As if Ron Paul is locked away in a dungeon somewhere with a ball gag.

If this is some grand conspiracy by Betton then why has Ron Paul stood up........."gasp" unless Ron Paul really did say that......

The shame of it all is there are some people out there working really hard to make this thing happen and to get this kind of update is truly upsetting. This is the very thing that makes people apathetic.

The only thing positive I see coming out of these last few years besides the obvious awakening is the audit of the Fed.


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The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.

Kurt Bills

Kurt Bills is literally getting ZERO SUPPORT from establishment republicans in MN. I live in NY, but I have an establishment buddy in MN. He told me yesterday that the attitude in MN is to let Bills fail big time, and use that defeat in November to crush the liberty movement in MN. That's right, the republican party will sabatoge their own, to prove a point. Are we going to let that happen? I say no way!

Make a difference. Donate to Kurt Bills now! He needs our help Big Time!


I live in MN...in one of the

I live in MN...in one of the toughest counties for our cause but I see lots of support here from the people. Don't worry, the only ones against Bills are the ones who supported the other candidates. Bills has a lot of support. But donate anyway!

I think

I think he is doing this so that the maximal number of Paul delegates will be credentialed. This fight is about changing the party. We can't do that if our people are on the outside looking in. Take over the party, change the country...

You are right on target

The campaign to nominate RP is over now but a number of libertarians have been elected to positions of influence in some of the state republican parties as a result of this campaign. Ron Paul doesn't want this accomplishment to go to waste as a result of a spectacle put on in Tampa in a hopeless cause to nominate him. Ron Paul didn't win the nomination but he may have planted the seeds for the movement to grow within the Republican Party. This will not happen if his name is sullied by the actions of radical and irrational supporter at the convention - how many times does he have to ask for respectful, dignified action in Tampa?

This is Why

If anyone wants to know why Ron Paul is taking his chips off the table - one needs only to go as far as the comments to this question - he doesn't want to be associated with the irrational, aggressive and threatening sentiments expressed here. If the most radical RP supporters succeed in disrupting the convention in Tampa, the loser will be Ron Paul and his message. Don't be so naive as to think that Rand Paul or Jesse Benton are acting on their own without consultation with the senior Paul. There are positions taken and comments made by his closest surrogates that he doesn't want to personally announce - but he wants them announced nevertheless.