In Memo, Ron Paul Says Campaign Not Over, Lays Out Delegate Strategy

getty p 011012 ronpaul In Memo, Ron Paul Says Campaign Not Over, Lays Out Delegate StrategyRon Paul’s presidential campaign pushed back hard in a new memo this morning on the notion that the Texas congressman is ending his presidential bid.

“Let me be very clear.  Dr. Paul is NOT ending his campaign,” writes Jesse Benton, the chief strategist for the Paul campaign, even as he acknowledges that “barring something very unforeseen, our delegate total will not be strong enough to win the nomination.”

In the rest of the memo, Mr. Benton seems to look behind the current presidential campaign to influencing the Republican convention and building a long-term, state-by-state strategy based on Mr. Paul’s notion of limited government.

To this end, our campaign has several positive and realistic goals:

1)         Having recently WON Maine, we believe we can win several more states.
2)         We will win party leadership positions at both the state and national level.
3)         We will continue to grow our already substantial total of delegates.

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We are in an excellent position to make sure the Republican Party adds solid liberty issues to the GOP Platform, which our delegates will be directly positioned to approve.  Our campaign is presently working to get several items up for consideration, including monetary policy reform, prohibitions on indefinite detention, and Internet freedom.

The full memo is below:

To:                               Supporters, Interested Parties

From:                           Jesse Benton, Chief Strategist

Date:                           May 15, 2012

Re:                               Paul Campaign Convention Strategy

Every day, I see firsthand how humbled and encouraged Dr. Paul is to have the enthusiastic support of so many who are committed to revitalizing our country.

Let me be very clear.  Dr. Paul is NOT ending his campaign.

As Dr. Paul has previously stated, he is in this race all the way to the Republican National Convention in Tampa this August.

And he is deeply grateful for every resource he has been entrusted with to run an historic campaign that continues to defy all expectations.

Looking ahead, our campaign must honor that trust by maximizing our resources to ensure the greatest possible impact at the National Convention.

So while our campaign is no longer investing in the remaining primary states, we will continue to run strong programs at District and State Conventions to win more delegates and alternate delegates to the National Convention.

To this end, our campaign has several positive and realistic goals:

1)         Having recently WON Maine, we believe we can win several more states.
2)         We will win party leadership positions at both the state and national level.
3)         We will continue to grow our already substantial total of delegates.

We will head to Tampa with a solid group of delegates.  Several hundred will be bound to Dr. Paul, and several hundred more, although bound to Governor Romney or other candidates, will be Ron Paul supporters.

Unfortunately, barring something very unforeseen, our delegate total will not be strong enough to win the nomination.  Governor Romney is now within 200 delegates of securing the party’s nod.  However, our delegates can still make a major impact at the National Convention and beyond.

All delegates will be able to vote on party rules and allow us to shape the process for future liberty candidates.

We are in an excellent position to make sure the Republican Party adds solid liberty issues to the GOP Platform, which our delegates will be directly positioned to approve.  Our campaign is presently working to get several items up for consideration, including monetary policy reform, prohibitions on indefinite detention, and Internet freedom.

Finally, by sending a large, respectful, and professional delegation to Tampa, we will show the Party and the country that not only is our movement growing and here to stay, but that the future belongs to us.

Dr. Paul will begin this new phase of the campaign this Friday by speaking and holding several events at the Minnesota State Convention.  He has also recently accepted an invitation to speak at the Texas Convention, and we are busy scheduling appearances around other state conventions.

As Dr. Paul stated in his message yesterday, this fight is NOT over.  We will continue fighting and expanding, and “we will not stop until we have restored what once made America the greatest country in human history.”