COMMENTARY | Reuters reports that on May 14, Ron Paul sent out a message saying he was done actively campaigning in states that have not already held a primary. Paul did not drop out of the race for the Republican nomination, however, since he is now focusing on adding more delegates to the 101 he already has. Paul was the last remaining Republican candidate to compete with Mitt Romney for the Republican nomination, but now it looks like he is just focusing on his message. As a Paul supporter and Republican voter, here is how I believe this new might impact the upcoming general election.
It was bound to happen sooner or later for Paul, since he has not received nearly enough delegates to win the Republican nomination. Romney has 949 delegates, and since there are only 1,144 needed to win the nomination, it is basically impossible for Paul to come close to Romney. Although I am a huge Paul supporter, I realize that there are just not enough people out there willing to make the changes that Paul has said need to occur. Paul has been steadfast about the need to end the Federal Reserve, which is something that Romney and other Republican candidates would never endorse. Paul’s memo does not mean he is completely out of the race, and he still plans to continue getting the word out about the need for a smaller government with less debt.
Paul has shifted to continue getting his message out there by focusing on the Republican National Convention in August, which is one of the best stages for Paul to get his message out. I have watched Paul at these events in the past and he always has the most applause, and really knows how to get the crowd going, which is awesome for the Republican base. Even though Paul might not be completely in the bid for the White House in August, he can help Republicans think about what the future needs to look like in order to get back to the fundamentals of the Constitution. People worry that Paul just is going to end up dividing the Republicans even more, since a lot of his supporters vow to not even vote if he is not the nominee.
I think that it is likely that most supporters of Paul will either write his name on the ballot, or vote for Romney in hopes of helping Republicans beat President Barack Obama. If Romney was really smart, he would offer Paul the job of treasury secretary or something to do with the Federal Reserve, which could help Romney secure the votes of Paul supporters. It might be difficult for Romney to beat Obama without the help of the Paul supporters, who are some of the most loyal supporters out there. Paul might be down but he will never be out, and it is up to his supporters to carry on the message of small government all the way to the general election.