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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  • Waylon Wilson

    I voted for four options…
    1) You should continue the fight for the GOP. The chance at winning are even greater now!
    2) Keep the option to run 3rd party in the front of your mind (just in case)!
    3) Rick Santorum was doing well as the anti-Romney candidate…it’s time to step up and run with the ball, many Republicans don’t like Romney at all, but will vote for him just to get Obama out (even though he is identical to Obama)
    4) Don’t step on the GOP’s toes, but don’t give in and take crap from them either…

    This is why the total is 161% as many of us feel the same way! If you make a “deal” with any one of these (Romney, Gingrich, or GOP), I will lose faith in you and/or the republic…those should not have been even an option at all!

  • Brandon M. Rinas

    Friendly with Romney has gone too far go after him, compare him to Obama over and over! You can say u think he is a nice enough guy after but not before u make it as clear as night is from day how different you 2 are and how much alike Romney and Obama truly are.

    Ron Paul 2012 the only man that will get my vote!

    Brandon M. Rinas


  • Paul needs to team up with Jesse Ventura and have a press conference announcing Ventura as his running mate on as many TV channels as possible. A partnership with Ventura will make the campaign appear stronger and attract attention because Ventura is totally outspoken and alot of reporters fear him, therefor minimizing redicule by non supporters. Paul and Ventura would be unstopable. Come on, I already have the T shirt and bumpersticker. Ron Paul/Jesse Ventura 2012!

  • Carroll

    I love visiting boards like this where everyone comes together and shares great ideas. I believe we must translate this into a way to take over the GOP. We all know what needs to be done, now we should come together and DO IT. FOR LIBERTY!

  • Linda Treat


    • Linda Treat

      (Ted) That is because you can vote for more than one answer…. 🙂

  • Chris

    Put him on the tv! News, cable, anything. More facetime = more votes!

  • Steven Porter

    Look Doug (Mr. Wead) – you keep getting the delegates, and we’ll be there in Tampa SEVERAL hundred thousand strong, veterans and civilians to make sure that they keep it honest. This will be the loudest sound heard in this country since the FIRST Revolutionary War. Ron Paul has had our backs for years, and we have his now. Maintain the course. Steady as she goes.

  • One of the things about elections, is how misled so many are, how ill informed many are, and how much people use a man’s appearance to govern their vote. Ron understands our system, what is wrong with it, and how to mend it. But he cannot transform himself into a handsome cleft chin guy ten years younger than he is. Ron could out-run Romney, out do Romney on the content of the US Constitution, and even on the integrity of his profession (Doctor, vs corporate raider). But so little of that is in the average voter’s mind. Doug, do your best buddy, and keep up the great work. I suggest highlighting to voters, all the ways Romney falls short of being right for the job. But I also know, that no one can influence some of the closed minds in our nation. MY VOTE GOES TO RON!!!

  • William Bell

    Ron Paul can WIN as an Independent. If the Republican Establishment won’t embrace the Movement, then pass them by! For me it’s Ron Paul or no one. If not NOW, then WHEN?

  • AdamGmoney

    Ron Paul Campaign,

    We need to push extremely hard to WIN Texas.
    With Santorum gone there is a very good chance to win TX, if we can minimalize or eliminate the vote fraud.
    If we do well in Texas it is time to focus strongly on California. We will surely hold a “True Texan Money Bomb” or something like that, & as said if we do well in TX, more donations along with renewed enthuesiasm could be expected for CA push & Money Bomb. If we can win or compete very strongly in CA things will have officially turned around.

    Texas is key.

    However, the KEY to possibly WINNING the NOMINATION or demonstrating a potentially Successful 3rd Party Run, will be to have EVERY POSSIBLE RON PAUL SUPPORTER show up to TAMPA for the CONVENTION!!!

    Drown them Out!! Make sure they cannot ignore US! If Thousands are willing to come to support him in every state he goes, imagine if Half those People showed up in Tampa!!!

    WE must make a Historical, Revolutionary, Show of Support for OUR Candidate, AMERICA’S Candidate Ron Paul, at the Convention!!!

  • David Infinger

    The GOP know that Ron Paul will not run again and what they want to do is discourage the Ron Paul people and run them off so that they will control this fake conservative party. Don’t let them do this. That is why they treat Ron Paul people with such disrespect. They want you not to come to their meetings but we have the numbers to kick many of them out of office. Quit thinking short term. This is a movement that is bigger than Ron Paul. Our only hope is to take over this party from the inside. That is how we were taken over. I have lived in a condo and watched how leaders on the Board would run people off and get them to not get involved in the politics. They would go after one person at a time. We need to unite as a group and be there when the doors to your local GOP open. A third party needs to be their option not ours. We can take back the reigns of power with the numbers that we now have. We just got to go and show up at these local GOP meetings.

  • Christopher C

    Bulldog! Keep plugging along and don’t give up till the end.

    If Romney gets the nomination then by all means run 3rd party because I dont think enough RP supporters know Gary Johnson and we know RP supporters will go by “No one but Paul” when they vote in the general election.

    Dont make deals. dont sacrifice your soul for glory, this is why we love you in the first place.

  • David Infinger

    Like anything in life, when you decide to do something, swing for the fence. As far as going Third Party, nix that idea, we need to take over the GOP. Don’t let them run us off but rather we need to run them off. We are more than they. What I mean by that is this, yes many brain dead will vote for the GOP puppets but those who vote for the party leaders are few. We can take over this Party if we would just be smart and do it. Start going to your local GOP meetings and get involved in voting for people who believe like Ron Paul and throw out these fake conservatives. There are more of us than there are of them.

  • Jon

    Ron Paul would be the most dominant Third Party candidate this country’s ever had.

    Say what you want about American’s Elect, but he’s clearly the favorite over there and would easily win their nomination. They obtained ballot access in one of the most restrictive states, Oklahoma, and are likely to get it in the other 49.

    I’d love to see an Independent Ron Paul ticket with a VP candidate the likes of Ralph Nader; American’s Elect requires a candidate of a different party. This ticket may be electable with both the Occupy Movement and the Tea Party movement.

    We could fight hard to get him in the Presidential debates.

    • AdamGmoney

      def not nader. he’s a collectivist.

      • Jon

        The AE requires that you pick a candidate of another party.

  • Jesse

    I feel part of Dr. Paul’s message is that we are Americans first. Before we are liberals or conservatives, we are Americans. The reason we are a great nation is because we are free, to express our ideas, to share our blessing and to worship or not worship the way we want as individuals. This is our chance to secure these ideals by electing the only candidate who credibly professes to respect the Constitution. The very thing that makes us Americans. WE ARE AMERICANS FIRST. RON PAUL 2012!

  • Don’t even think about dropping out of the race! Keep it up and go all the way!

  • Lainie

    Andy, I don’t know that my family can afford to pay to get all the way to Tampa and then keep paying to promote Dr. Paul if he goes third party after that.

    Seriously, this has been a HUGE financial strain on us and many others. Not to mention the abuse. I mean I seriously feel abused by the GOP and every time I see a clip like what happened in ND, I cannot help but question how long we can continue to take the abuse.

    I know the GOP needs a complete overhaul, but it will have to be self-inflicted on some levels. They deserve to lose for the way we have been treated, and Dr. Paul deserves to win because of the way he has treated us. I just do not know if he can running in the GOP.

    • AdamGmoney

      Shit, I will continue to give & do whatever I can to push us as far as I can because the alternatives are exponentially more expensive in the long run.

      I consider anything I give / do towards the Ron Paul 2012 campaign / freedom movement a very good investment / bet.

  • tog2476

    Please ask for donations and people’s votes at these rallies, that is the biggest thing I would like to see right now. Also at these rallies, please make sure literature is handed out to everyone in attendance, Super Brochures would be perfect to hand out. If the delegate process does not get corrupted, which it sounds like Romneys campaign is about to send out bloodhounds to sniff out Ron Paul supporters who are delegates, then we have a real shot. That being said, we cannot stop after the election, we need to continue moneybombs to fund local candidates for office all year round, one senator or one congressperson at a time if we don’t clinch the nomination. We must remain active!!!!! Ron Paul 2012!!!!

  • Pierre m

    Paul or Nothing!!! No deals with constitution hating individuals!!!

    Ron Paul 2012 AND 2016!!!

  • jp

    I have seen how dr. paul is. I know there is a time and place for everything, but, you all need to go on the attack. For the life of me, i cant understand why you all have not highlighted how Paul called out every single issue that would happen to this nation back in 2001 ON THE FLOOR OF CONGRESS!!!!. You have not been the antagonist and i understand why to an extent. It makes no sense how you all do not go on a media blitz to end this blackout. DR. paul to me has failed in highlighting his achievements, i understand it is not like him to brag about his accomplishments, but its not like him to lay down and get trampled either. I DONT NOT SPEAK FOR MYSELF, I WILL NOT VOTE FOR ANYONE BUT PAUL. I was one on the sheep back in 2008 but i opened my eyes and saw things for what they really were. HE CANT QUIT> NEVER