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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  • Lainie

    I support the idea of going all-out and going for a brokered convention, but the GOP is fighting us every step of the way, and the remaining states are primaries, with delegates selected proportional to the popular vote in some cases.

    Staying with the GOP isn’t getting us more media coverage when we all know we aren’t getting any anyway.

    With Santorum out of the race, it makes it a lot harder to go to Tampa incognito.

    I guess I just want people to realize that there are those of us that are taking a week off of work, and being forced to stay at a hotel our state GOP picks for the convention (in my state, that’s $1500 just for the hotel), and paying travel expenses, etc……we are going broke and at the same time being MISTREATED by the very party we’re running in.

    You have to understand why it is starting to look appealing for some of us to go third party and then we won’t even have to worry about Tampa and could donate all that money and time into getting heard instead of being abused by the GOP.

  • Andy

    I voted for only one option – All out effort to get the GOP nomination, i.e. stay the course. That may require exercising some of the other options which I didn’t vote for. Just because I didn’t vote for them doesn’t mean I don’t think they should be used (if they will help the primary goal of attaining the GOP nomination). I trust those running the campaign to know what are the best components of an all out run for it. If, in the process, the option of a third party run can be preserved without impeding efforts to gain the GOP nomination, then I think that option should be preserved. If leaving the 3rd party option open restricts the goal of attaining the GOP nomination, then I am not sure it is worth it.

    In short, I think we should stay the course and exercise such new options as now exist given Santorum dropped out. I will continue to work for Ron Paul through my volunteer efforts and donations no matter his decision.


  • Eric Palmer

    I want him to get the nomination. I think a combination of those options needs to happen. What does the delegate count really look like? I think we need to make It known how Mitt is the same as Obama. Who ever brought up America elect… They aren’t even on the ballot in all states….


  • Capt.Max

    Ron must stay in, or heavily endorse someone if he looses the GOP nomination, to avoid having his supporters split their votes among Obomney, Johnson, and Ron Paul write-ins.

  • Michael McCutcheon

    I think that Dr. Paul would be well served to try to assemble a HUGE event, like a major stadium 40 – 60 thousand and have an all day rally. Might fail, but I for one would take the time to travel 5 or 6 hours to attend this and make a statement that nobody can ignore!

    Get the Smashed Pumpkins and other speakers, make this an EVENT that goes down in history!!!

  • Stay on the current path but get ready for 3rd party run.the gop has proven they cant be trusted.the sheep likeromney cause they think he’ll create jobs.they dont realize a job means little if it doesnt pay well.its about sound currency.dr.paul is the only one trying to make $ worth something.we need ron!we wont give up till its officially over.i’ll write in if it comes down to it.

  • Capt.Max

    Don’t predict the future or make a third party threat, if you do it, just do it.
    Wait until June though to see what kind of [real]delegate base you have, and give Gary J. a call. (he’s already polling at 7% in an obama/romney/johnson 3way)
    I think waiting until the convention is over may give a 3rd party run the sore looser label, but if you have a solid shot at taking the GOP go for it.
    America needs a third party rise as much as the Fed needs an audit.(a Gary/Ron ticket would give the LP the shot of ‘roids needed to break it’s recent ceiling)

  • Rob Marcinko

    The only way well get a voice again is through an independent run.

  • Austin

    Try to appeal to the people. The mainstream media portrays you as a crackpot loon who has a following of dumb young kids who want drugs legalized. Dr. Ron Paul needs a forum to reach the mainstream to clarify his ideas and plans so that they will see he is the right canadate.

  • Amy Schmit

    Dr. Paul needs to give this campaign everything he has, we’re counting on him. He needs to start going after Romney and Obama. Going after Obama is essential because people don’t believe he can beat him, and we know he can. Expose Romney’s record…show how much like Obama he is. Debates with no moderators was a grea idea too.

  • Monte

    We DO NOT want a “speaking platform” at the convention, and we dont want any damn DEALS with NO ONE! We want THE WHITE HOUSE!!! The PRESIDENCY! RON PAUL OR NONE AT ALL!!

  • Shan

    Us Ron Paul supporters have already been going all out to get his name out there it’s time the campaign does the same!!!

    I read in a comment that Ron Paul should hold rally’s in the same place Romney does!! Let’s see who brings in the bigger crowds!!!?

    Have some public out door debates no moderators just the public and the canadates in the open debates like Lincoln and Douglass did across the country!

    Let’s go all out and get Ron Paul the nomination he deserves!

  • Darren Kiley

    No quarter given!
    I say go for it with everything we’ve got. Push for the brokered convention and deny Romney the out-right win. The fever with which the Ron Paul base is already doing this on the local level is already trying to accomplish this – they need help from the campaign to push out information to the local groups on how to take delegates effectively.
    Have a plan for taking California, Texas and other states where Ron can win. This will mean TV/radio adds about pertinent issues to them – immigration, the drug war, and states rights. Get grassroots involved is essential – tell people not to contribute money, but run local ads in their newspapers or ask them to hold neighborhood meetings and provide them with promotional material. It’ll be disorganized as anything, but it will be effective.
    Let the media know what you think of it – this worked great for Gingrich for a time, and it can work for us too. Attack the media, and attack the entire establishment (not just Romney). Give people reason to distrust the government. Ask questions that get them to think for themselves, don’t just tell people ‘this is how it is’. Ask, “how is the government spending your money?” instead of saying, “these programs are a waste.”
    If all else fails, put the GOP on its heals and let them know that a 3rd party run is a real possibility. They know they can’t win if Ron runs 3rd party. They’ll try to attack the campaign and say we’re playing spoiler – and we’ll hit them right back with how they, along with the rest of the establishment, have already spoiled the whole system. It’s no longer time for politics, it’s time for revolution, and we shouldn’t roll over or play nice.

  • Steve Csicsek

    I believe Ron Paul should continue down the path he’s going and enjoy the help he’ll get from Obama to destroy Romney. Obama already has one ad exposing Romney’s Swiss Bank account and Obama hasn’t even started yet. In reality, Romney shouldn’t even be running but the rich want him in and they are backing him. One term as governor….thats it??? He’s a peon to even Santorum and thats a fact. He couldn’t even run the post office let alone the oval office. Obama will eat him up.
    The younger generation need to get their parents involved…most parents don’t vote!!!!! They need to show them the truth and grab their hand and take them to the pooling booths and actually guide them every step of the way because the media has them brainwashed. Ron Paul needs every vote to matter and the younger generation needs to make this happen. I showed my mom the truth and she’s 65!!!! I’ll even take her to the polls myself!!!! Everyone needs to do it for America!!!

  • Jeff

    1.The government doesnt produe any thing so doesnt have any real money or profit therefor they take from one to give to another if RP freed up these jobs theyd be available in the private sector
    2.He said bring them home not end their service to the country
    3.Basically your sayin keep drugs illegal so they can afford to pay the cops to arrest people for drug crimes(doesnt make much sence)

  • Joel Dwyer

    Let the delegate strategy work! Become a delegate. And donate to the money bomb.

  • Brian Cantley

    The level of ethics in Capitol Hill is so low that James Cameron couldn’t dive far enough down to find it. But despite this, people in the US are still worthy of getting a break by having Ron Paul lead the way to fix the country. The Republican Party has stood for the better principles for quite a while and should be salvaged by any good means possible including ramrodding a good candidate through an open primary (should Romney not win the first time through). Dr. Paul should keep his plans close to his chest and he has done a good job so far of realizing the media for what it is – a bunch of schmucks. But should the dirty tricks of the media and possible voting machine errors and caucus naughtiness prove too much then by all means, run in the general election. I don’t see a lot of difference between Romney and Obama – any real difference other than what they say. It would be refreshing to have a real choice for a change.

  • Rob Alexander

    I think a 3rd party run is a really dumb idea with absolutely zero chance of success. The republicrats have the system fixed and the mainstream media owned, so no other parties can seriously compete. I think the only real chance we have is to take over one of the major parties in a sudden sneak attack they can’t really see coming, or with enough numbers they can’t bar the door to keep us out.

  • Jason Gibbs

    For too long, the left and the right have fought each other by the following principle: “We think the government should provide X, Y, and Z”. But the REAL question people need to ask is, “Why does the government get to set our moral and personal standards when they have no business doing so?!?” There is no doubt individuals can be corrupt, can steal, and can lie. But I tell you what….the people can not create their OWN bank, buy their OWN debt, make themselves powerful and rich, but call it “Democracy”.

    We need to return to the times where we can choose what we want to do with our lives, how we raise our children, how we care for our family, friends, and communities. No one has a right to our money, our time, but we all have a right to do with these things as we feel should be done. Ron Paul 2012!