Our Voice Matters! Doug Wead Asks: What Should Ron Paul Do Now?

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Ron Paul is a man of the people. He is glad to be part of the liberty movement and proud of what we all have achieved so far. But this is only the beginning. With Santorum out of the race, Ron Paul campaign advisor Doug Wead is now asking the liberty movement for its opinion on what Ron Paul should do now:

You can help us decide. Here are some options. And you don’t have to chose just one. […]

Without revealing too much, and keeping in mind that this changes weekly, you would be wise to calculate that Mitt Romney has about 106 delegates less than what the national media is now showing. Santorum, even before dropping out, had about 16 less. This includes adding delegates that the media incorrectly withheld from Santorum and then subtracting its false calculations. Now add 98 delegates to Ron Paul. And you have the real picture of where it stands today. […]

We are in the process of taking over the GOP at many precinct and country levels. And that is translating into power at the state conventions where the delegations are chosen. The GOP establishment is trying to block this by telling their people not to vote for anyone under thirty years of age or anyone who is Hispanic. But our people are filling those delegate slots. Even we can’t keep up with the numbers.

This means that the convention floor in Tampa will be loaded with Ron Paul supporters. And it means if Santorum releases his delegates many of them will vote for us because they were never Rick Santorum supporters in the first place.

Don’t underestimate the power of money to influence this process. And don’t underestimate the power of money to corrupt this process. […]

Texas is important. We will get no breaks from the mainstream media. So Texas will require television advertising of our own. And that will require money. Watch the next moneybomb closely.

Read Doug’s full post, then vote below.

What Should Ron Paul Do Now?

  • Make an all out effort to win the GOP nomination. (41%, 7,593 Votes)
  • Prepare for a Third Party/Independent run. (27%, 4,886 Votes)
  • Become the anti-Romney candidate and launch an all-out attack on Romney. (17%, 3,110 Votes)
  • Stay in the race but don't antagonize the GOP leadership. Make no deals either. (9%, 1,699 Votes)
  • Make a deal with Gingrich to block Romney. (3%, 640 Votes)
  • Seek a deal with Romney while it still matters. (2%, 456 Votes)

Total Voters: 12,236

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(Note: We took the liberty to slightly modify some of the options for clarity purposes.)

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  • Kevin B.

    Oh also, Dr. Pauls speeches need to be deep cutting against Romney instead of just what liberty is all about. We get that! Now contrast that with what Romney stands for! Call Romney what he is, a big spending liberal, and the media will swarm Dr. Paul! Be aggressive!!

    • AdamGmoney

      Yes! This can be a very powerful weapon.

  • Lainie

    We already antagonize the GOP just by our existence. Whether he stays with the GOP or goes third party, they’ll be ticked, because our votes aren’t going toward any establishment members.

    We only have primary states left, no more caucus states to let our voices truly be heard. Most of those primary states are proportional, like mine, and bound delegates have their hands tied. Going incognito will not help if Romney wins in the first round.

    I go through phases of thinking we need to ask Dr. Paul to run third party. Is the option available to go through Tampa and go third party if we don’t win there?

    I liked an option one poster made….EDUCATE people on the foreign policy…once you get it, you get it, and nothing *else* seems reasonable after that. We could organize our efforts on that education whether he stays GOP or goes 3rd party.

    I guess I just need to know if 3rd party will still be an available option after Tampa if he doesn’t win.

  • Kevin B.

    As much as i want Dr. Paul as our president, I do not want him to run 3rd party simply because the left wing media, followed by the 95% of lemmings in this country, will convince the vast majority of those lemmings, that the subsequent Obama win, will be all Ron Pauls fault. I say if Obromney wins the nomination, let the cards fall where they fall and the Repub. party can wallow in its own vomit under the president they deserve for 4 more followed by the Itoldyousocampaignofrandpaul2016!!!!! …if we still have elections by then!

    • Cody

      Kevin- our country is simply in too much trouble to wait for 2016

      • Kevin B.

        I hear ya Cody, but without the nomination and the media that goes with it, he cant win!! To continue under a 3rd party would do more harm than good to any future Pauls’ shot at the White house. We have to work the system to our advantage, not pretend there is no system.

  • Michael Mason

    Quite simple. Endorse Gary Johnson. Get him the 15% recognition he needs so that he can join in the national debates as a third party candidate to get people interested.

  • Sam Z

    Pick a running mate with some good international experience and counter terrorism experience just to satisfy some soothsayers and go man go. Ron Paul has my vote….all the way..


    • AdamGmoney

      Jesse Ventura? Former SEAL.

  • French Canadian

    It is not so much about what Ron Paul can do to win the nomination… he already did so much.

    It is about what his supporters can do to get him to win the nomination.

    – Become delegates
    – Vote for him
    – Attend his rallies
    – Investigate the election fraud
    – Spread the word to everyone you meet
    – Make videos
    – Donate to the campaign
    – Wear his t-shirts
    – Get bumper stickers
    – Write articles
    – Post on many websites
    – Etc.

    • AdamGmoney

      I ordered 50 bumperstickers. I gave away about half.

      What I have left I’m putting up on Stop signs. LOL.
      Some other supporters are copying me now because they’re opping up everywhere!!

  • Nick

    As no other viable candidate supports peace, sound currency, transparency, liberty, and responsible government – I will be voting for Ron Paul, even if I write his name in.

    As for Rand Paul’s future in the party, I don’t believe he will have a ‘bright’ future in the Republican party unless he sells out, or we change the GOP leadership. So please don’t try and appease them on that account.

    Run against Romney, hammer on all they ways he is the same as Obama – on every major issues they are the same. Third party should be last option, although I don’t understand all the deadlines and such that could complicate that. I don’t care if Paul running third party means an Obama win, I see this as all or nothing.

    Most of us will continue to support you, and our peaceful revolution, no matter what happens.

  • French Canadian

    Stay in the race till the end Dr Ron Paul!

    Who cares about the MSM? Ron Paul supporters should fill in the gap and become the MSM for Americans.

    Crash the WEB with Ron Paul’s videos, articles and personal posts. Talk to your family, friends, neighbors, colleagues and anyone you meet. Become Ron Paul’s MSM.
    United, you will win.

  • Debbie

    I actually cried yesterday when I heard Santorum dropped out. I felt so defeated by the greedy and rich politicians.

    I want him to go for it! But…with that being said, what are the regulations, etc. with being able to write someone in if it comes to that? Do they vary from State to State?

    The Americans Elect thing sounded like a good idea, but I think the top drafted candidate has to sign a pledge after the first on-line caucus in May. I would think that would disqualify him from continuing to run as Republican.

    I will write him in, but need to know the rules on it. I will not vote for anyone other than Ron Paul. Romney or Obama-there is no difference, so I will take the chance to elect Ron Paul third party and risk Obama getting a second term if need be (cannot believe I just said that). But, with Obama we may have a slightly better chance of getting out of the Middle East.

    I say go for it-but we need a contingency plan…

  • Dave

    Notice when Paul cracked jokes about “sending politicians to the moon” and stayed positive during those debates his support skyrocketed and he got a lot of media exposure. When a serious issue is being discussed be informative, stern, and passionate-people respond well to that because they see he cares about hat’s going on. But, when another candidate proposes some ridiculous ideas and Paul dismantles the argument with logic and humor, it puts him so high above the others, and people notice. And lastly, Paul’s age is not a setback! Cash in on the fact that he is wise! He has way more years and experience on these guys than what even he gives himself credit for!

  • Paul

    Romney wont beat Obama if Ron Paul runs third party. Simple as that.
    They should cut Ron Paul a deal, if he doesn’t support them, they lose

    • AdamGmoney

      Yeah the deal is GOP nominee, or GOP lose.

  • TJeffersonB

    The winning battle is really going in 2 places:
    1. the GOP delegate trenches (winning delegates, winning over conservatives one at a time)
    2. the collage campus rallies (winning over blue Dems, independents, Republicans who have not heard yet, getting exposure on a local media level).

    Shore up both winning areas:
    1. Dig in, support and encourage every delegate in every state. Give the world the big surprise that is brewing for Tampa in each and every district, each and every state. Support this even in the unlikely states (south and primary). Build on the uneasiness of the GOP folks with whether Romney can win or not. Educate delegates on how to woo Santorum delegates, talk to conservatives, and other groups. Train, train, train on how to talk to “mainstream” voters without offense. Let them talk about their issues; and find the answers in Dr. Paul’s platform.

    2. Continue to have the massive rallies in every state, on every college campus if necessary. Local news will pick RP up, and eventually some national (even if the headline will always have “… but doesn’t translate into votes” it still gets the word out that the rallies are taking place. So he has to go everywhere. This will also begin to expose the mainstream media’s bias, and give him every chance to spread the message to people who do not know yet that they agree with him.

    If all Ron Paul can do is 1 & 2, it’s a HUGE win for the liberty movement and worth every penny I plan to donate to the next Money Bomb. #1 will continue to infuse the base and prove the media and RNC wrong on the delegate counts. #2 will get his message out locally, city by city, local news cast by local news cast; past the national media. At this point I am investing in GETTING THE MESSAGE TO EVERY CORNER OF THE US! [Let the media ignore, let the RNC be corrupt, who cares?! As long as he is IN IT TO WIN IT, he has the platform of spreading the message.

    Last resort: Third-Party Run: Secretly prepare for an after-Tampa run, just in case. I do no think it should be a Liberty party run, but an Independent run. However, whichever allows his name to be on every ballot in every state. Then let him continue the message till Nov. I don’t think the media will pay any more attention to him after announcing a third-party run than they did his GOP run, quite frankly. BUT he can continue to reach out to the entire country and possibly keeping Obama out of office because of it (what his run would do despite media’s confusion: hurt Obama more than Romney). Although, I do not think Romney is much better than Obama, a second term by Obama is even more frightening.

  • Marcus Busekrus

    I’m sorry, but attacking Romney will do NOTHING to gain support for Paul. Everybody already knows he’s a faker. No matter what you reveal about Romney, the public simply won’t switch to Paul because they are afraid of his foreign policy. The best solution is for Paul to EDUCATE the public as to why his foreign policy IS the best plan. Then people will start trickling over to our side.

    • Sean Hartsel

      My favorite take on this is to compare us to Switzerland. If we retract our troops from everywhere around the world and trade all the sanctions and embargoes we uphold for truly free trade the world over we’ll become wealthier and safer as a nation than anyone could imagine.

      The concern about being attacked at home is ridiculous. We have enough manpower and a cornucopia of military tech and hardware that no other nation short of China comes close to rivaling. Add on top of that the hundreds of millions of gun owners in America in addition to the military… A military attack on American soil is an incredibly foolish gesture. The US is one of the largest land mass countries on Earth, we have giant oceans to our East and West backed geographically by mountain ranges within 200 miles of each coast, and we have mountains, frozen plains, and deserts to cross from our northern and southern borders respectively.

      Invading America would be as stupid as trying to conquer Asia by parachuting the whole 82nd Airborne and SOCOM into Central Asia, airlifting the rest of our army into their perimeter and trying to fight or way out in each direction. There is no worry about any nation aggressively declaring war and attacking us at home.

      And all the radical/fundamental Islamic terrorists truly want is for us to leave their lands and stop interfering in their cultures and nations. If we left them alone and withdrew back to using our military for DEFENSIVE purposes only– guarding our borders unless directly attacked at home, they would actually be more receptive to trade and commerce with us. True free trade with all nations will prove to be more effective at providing stability to much of the regions of the world where we increasingly and intrusively throw our weight around, grabbing all the “candy” we wish from their goody jars of natural resources and leaving them with no real futures as nations.

  • Martin O’Connor

    Make clear RP is in it to Tampa and will continue to gather delegates. Think of the Target Center in ‘O8 – that was amazing. Tampa is going to rock.

    Yes, freshen up all media on a daily basis. Why should I be going to “dailypaul” to get the latest (God bless them)?

    How many newly interested people go to the official, and stale by a day, web site and not come back because there is nothing new from day to day, and not know of the many other RP sites?

    Social media updates cannot be expensive to keep current to the hour. Freshness gives a sense of momentum, which we have, so let’s emphasize it.

  • Linda Treat

    Continue what you are doing…Do Not go whoring after the media….they have not been our friends…leave them in the dark…..you/we don’t need them.

    Quietly gather your delegates, continue your rallies….continue to accept invitations from talk programs…broaden your base…strengthen your core.

    Make it plain to the GOP your supporters will NEVER vote for anyone but you…and the distance is the same …they can either come to you and get on your Freedom Train to Liberty or they stay at the station with Obama and live under the fist of tyranny.

    And if they won’t listen to reason…Run Ronnie Run…run 3rd party…..we will follow you where ever you go. 🙂

  • spiruga

    Alright, you puzty people crying for third/indy party… you’re already giving up.

    DON’T GIVE UP, PERIOD!! All these people becoming delegates for Paul would have meant they mean so little next to nothing to you crybabies. Show the GOP you can overpower their establishment hacks, power to the people! We are a republic, and not a democracy!

    Third/Ind Party: IT’S A TRAP.

  • tav

    I have a few questions to help me communicate with others in the political spectrum:

    1: when RP says he will save 1 trillion by dissolving major federal entities i.e. dept education ect. What will those people do for work , is there any plan to help those on the Federal payroll ? It isn’t their fault for the most part they found employment op’s and took them. In this current depression we need more jobs then less, what are the other sides of this plan?

    2: Dr Paul has said bring all the troops home. Does he have a plan or process to house , employee , and integrate the troops when they do come home?

    3: Legalizing drugs , obviously we have other issues like violent crime. Will the budget given to police and other entities for drug issues be allocated to the same dept’s , dry up , or allocated to other depts. Getting the police behind this issue will be effected greatly by budget allocation.

    • Ground Chuk

      1. Attrition

      2. They are getting paid now so let them spend it here. Once the economy recovers they can find other jobs.

      3. The war on drugs creates most of the violence. End that and police will have more time for real crimes.

    • Francis Gonzalez

      1. With a reduced budget, therefore less debt, and sound money through the eventual end of the FED, there will be a vastly increased economic output creating more employment ops. In a Free Market there is unlimited opportunity for growth.

      2. Same as #1
      3.you misunderstand ending the war on drugs. The Constitution says nothing of drugs( unless of course you count the repeal of prohibition, which validatesThe inefficiency of said war). Dr. Paul is promising a repeal of Federal drug laws( the only power the president indeed actually contains) and delegate the regulation back to the states and the people on accordance with the 10th amendment.

      I recommend you read The Revolution: A Manifesto to grasp the entirety of Paul’s constitutional philosophy. Of you take bits and pieces, you can’t understand the whole. One thing is contingent upon another, and it is all based upon the concept of Liberty

    • TJeffersonB

      @TAV: I appreciate your questions (although I do not all the answers for them at this point). These are the kind of questions I hear often. There is a LOT of socialism to be dismantled, and people in general are afraid of extreme change. People indeed love the idea of freedom; and genuinely want it, but are spoiled on socialism (the hardest part is that most do not even KNOW that what they are are spoiled on is actually “socialism”). For most people, it is the norm to have gov’t take care of things. People will usually only vote for a 1-2% change, not a 95% change. Very scary to them. I think clear answers to these types if questions would go a long way in building bridges and allaying fears.

      I also think a more, definitive and concise answer to the “newsletter” issue (though I recognize it as a smear campaign, it has been effective in keeping a lot to democrats away) will help as well. I think the answer needs to be stronger.

      Finally, when people have questions: 1. Don’t judge them, 2. Belittle them, 3. try to coerce them or persuade, 4. Never argue, 5. NEVER call names. If they ask a question: LISTEN. Relate if you can. Then send them to any knowledge you have or how Paul addresses that issue. If you listen, they may listen. If they open their minds to hear RP’s message, they will start to “get it.”

      Thanks for asking questions

    • Nick

      1. Most states would resume their own public education (as they had before the federal govt took over). Paul has also purposed block grants given to states to help this transition. He isn’t against any public education, but since the Dept of Education, cost per student has skyrocketed and overall quality of education fell.

      2. Soldiers would still get paid, they would spend that money here instead of overseas. We would save most money by not having to fund all the equipment/bases/oil/bombs/ammo/ect…

      3. When I see (in Chicago) 30 cops following ~40 (peaceful) protesters downtown, while people are getting shot all over the city in neighborhoods with little police presence, I have nothing positive to say about how police department allocate funds. The war on drugs has killed more people than the drugs themselves, is statistically racist, unconstitutional, and a waste of time and money.

  • Karen Gibbins

    If Ron Paul is not the GOP nominee I plan on writing him in. That will mean four more years of Obama perhaps, but we have to draw a line in the sand somewhere with regard to our political landscape. I’m willing to make my stand and support Mr. Paul right here right now.

  • Bennett

    We are in it to win it!
    I say we stay the course and fight for every last delegate/vote,while also preparing for a third party run as a backup plan.Whatever choice Ron Paul makes….he can count on each and every one of us to continue to support him any way we can.

    The Revolution is alive and growing stroger every day!

  • Roger

    I think someone should ask Romney if he wears magic underwear. Don’t get it? Look up Mormonism and see for yourself.