Ron Paul suspends Presidential campaign

The Washington Times is reporting:

Rep. Ron Paul of Texas said Monday he will not compete in primaries in any of the states that have not yet voted — essentially confirming Mitt Romney will win the Republican presidential nomination.

Mr. Paul said he will continue to work to win delegates in states that have already voted and where the process of delegate-selection is playing out. He said that’s a way to make his voice heard at the Republican nominating convention in Tampa, Fla., in August.

“Moving forward, however, we will no longer spend resources campaigning in primaries in states that have not yet voted,” Mr. Paul said. “Doing so with any hope of success would take many tens of millions of dollars we simply do not have.”

He did encourage his supporters to still turn out and vote.

I guess it was just a matter of time.  Well, that and a rapidly emptying bank account.

Unless there is some kind of major repudiation of Paul delegates at the Republican convention, it seems highly unlikely that Paul will decide to run as a third party independent.  He is also probably smart enough to know that while he is wildly popular among a small yet viciously committed group of core supporters, he doesn’t have anywhere near the amount the populist appeal he would need in order to operate a successful independent candidacy.

On the bright side, his far-right/libertarian views and policy proposals made the rest of the Republican field look relatively tame.

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  • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

    Well, teh stobluaP over on Google+ claim the R3V0LUTION carries on and claim to be trying to infiltrate state delegations in support of their prophet…

  • ackwired

    It was refreshing to have a candidate in the field that consistently told the truth as he saw it.  I think he will devote his energy to influencing the R’s platform and positions rather than pursue a third party candidacy.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IZ5BM5GNLA54OADSWGSXAMA7SY Jay

      That won’t matter though.  I highly doubt that Romney will push for a better position since he’s already taken all of them already.

    • MichaelLaprarie

      I agree.  Like him or not, you never had to guess whether Paul was telling you the truth as he saw it.  And at this point yes, defeating Obama should be the top priority of anyone who was in the Republican nomination race.

  • Wild_Willie

    Paul did well with domestic issues. When he went to foreign policy it was a disaster. ww

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OIE22UZSQ362ZK246R3NJZ3JD4 Brett

      Well, at first blush, I agree. But the details matter, and once you start digging into the details of the domestic policy, it was arguably as nutty as the foreign policy, Although not as suicidal. 

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IZ5BM5GNLA54OADSWGSXAMA7SY Jay

        Please explain how his foreign policy was “nutty.”

        He was the only GOP member that didn’t want to go to Iran for war.
        He had more military support until the military realized he was losing.

        So, kindly explain in detail why making peace, not war, is a nutty idea.

        • SCSIwuzzy

          Kindly cite where Romney or other GOP front runner wanted “to go to Iran for war”
          Or is it from yet another article that you’ve misread?

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IZ5BM5GNLA54OADSWGSXAMA7SY Jay

            No it sure as hell isn’t.  That’s from the fact that during the presidential debates, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Santorum sat down and talked about war mongering.

            Did you pay attention to those or were you too busy oggling at the fact that Mitt Romney is a worthless coward who only appeases the rich and affluent while throwing conservative ideology down the river for $10?

          • SCSIwuzzy

            So as usual, you’ve got nothing. Not even made up quotes from articles you didn’t comprehend… You’re slipping Jay

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IZ5BM5GNLA54OADSWGSXAMA7SY Jay

            That’s entirely your MO wuzzy.  You’re not here for a debate, you’re not here for talking, you’re here for an appeal to ridicule.  You can’t be bothered to look up Iran and your chickenhawk presidents?

            So sad.

          • SCSIwuzzy

            Why in the world would I look for evidence to support your position that these men said what you claim without evidence they said?
            Someone that conflates candidates in primaries with presidents? 

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IZ5BM5GNLA54OADSWGSXAMA7SY Jay

            I dunno, because it actually shows that all you want to do is have a contrarian view?  I know that’s what you love to do particularly when I’ve just shown what you’ve requested.  But I guess Romney’s own words won’t convince you of what he wants to do by threatening for war in Iran for oil and causing more chaos to the markets by gutting even more regulations.

          • SCSIwuzzy

            As usual your link does not say what you claim. Showing Iran we support democracy and Israel, and we are prepared to use more than empty words is hardly a desire for war with Iran.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IZ5BM5GNLA54OADSWGSXAMA7SY Jay

            Typical.  You just want to look for excuse to bulldog people.  Keep going.  I’ll go grab some popcorn.

    • Wyrdless

       Sorry but the wars need to end in order to balance the budget.  The country is borrowing over $1.5 trillion a year, this has to stop!

      • McGehee

        The borrowing that’s breaking us is for domestic social spending.

        • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

           Ayup.

  • UOG

    “I guess it was just a matter of time.  Well, that and a rapidly emptying bank account.”

    Exactly. And when we have only publicly financed campaigns we can look forward to “job growth” in our economy… as a whole legion of permanent political candidates step forward to embark on their new careers. Expect their demands for health care, vacation time and retirement benefits after their first year.

  • UOG

    “I guess it was just a matter of time.  Well, that and a rapidly emptying bank account.”

    Exactly. And when we have only publicly financed campaigns we can look forward to “job growth” in our economy… as a whole legion of permanent political candidates step forward to embark on their new careers. Expect their demands for health care, vacation time and retirement benefits after their first year.

  • Guest

    Mitt Romney suspends campaign….

    …judging from the coverage around here there is only one candidate in the race, Barack HUSSEIN Obama.

    • 914

      Barak is at the bottom of a landslide.. Deal with it!

    • Stan Brewer

       Barack INSANE Obama

      • Guest

        Ohh, that’s even better.

        • Sky__Captain

           And accurate,  L’il Grumpy. most accurate.

          Unlike your slanderous headline…

    • Sky__Captain

      Mr. Offensive Little Troll,

      Remembering this quote –
      “If that’s the prism with which you view Barack Obama that doesn’t suprise anyone, so why bother sharing it.

      Honest, we really could care less.”

      Grumpy on May 8, 2012.

      - it applies here.
      STFU until you decide to remove your slanderous headline, OK?

    • Todd Taylor

      You are no doubt trying to pick a fight. Go ahead and vote for Obama. I will cancel out your vote. :)

  • Guest

    Mitt Romney suspends campaign….

    …judging from the coverage around here there is only one candidate in the race, Barack HUSSEIN Obama.

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