Ron Paul Supporters Ponder The Future Of Minn. GOPSubmitted by DeMolay on Sun, 11/18/2012 - 00:55
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Minnesota Ron Paul supporters are planning their next move in state Republican politics after widespread losses on Election Day.
The Texas Congressman built some of his strongest support here in Minnesota. But at the Liberty Movement Forum in Minneapolis, Paul supporters said the party abandoned small government principles, and hurt the GOP brand in Minnesota with divisive social issues.
Paul’s Minnesota campaign manager, Marianne Stebbins, says the marriage amendment pulled focus away from real issues.
“People who support Republicans support Republicans because they think they believe in small government, and…they believe that they’re strong on the economics. But then when the Republican Party goes out there and runs on the marriage amendment, people are thinking, ‘Well, where’s the small government party?’” Stebbins said.