Slams mainstream media, suggests Romney may have had a hand in canceling key county caucuses
February 13, 2012
The Ron Paul 2012 campaign has pointed to anomalies in Saturday’s announcement of the Maine caucuses results, as Mitt Romney was declared the winner with Paul in second by the slimmest of margins.
The official tally in Maine has 84% of the votes counted so far. Romney took close to 39% of that vote, with Paul scoring 36%, trailing by just 194 votes.
In an email to supporters on Saturday evening, Paul campaign manager John Tate hit out at the mainstream media for calling a Romney victory before all of the votes have been tallied, suggesting that the establishment is acting to prevent any potential surge or momentum gain for Paul.
“The national political establishment and their pals in the national media will do ‘anything’ to silence our message of liberty,” Tate stated.
“Tonight you saw dueling examples of how much the establishment is scared of Ron Paul and his message of liberty,” Tate wrote. “The truth is, Ron Paul will win the most delegates out of Maine tonight,” he added.
“In fact, he will probably even win the ‘beauty contest’ Straw Poll the media has already called for Mitt Romney – even before all the votes have been tallied,” Mr. Tate argued.
Tate explained that “in Washington County – where Ron Paul was incredibly strong – the caucus was delayed until next week just so the votes wouldn’t be reported by the national media today. Of course, their excuse for the delay was ‘snow.’ That’s right. A prediction of 3-4 inches – that turned into nothing more than a dusting – was enough for a local GOP official to postpone the caucuses just so the results wouldn’t be reported tonight.”
“In fact, if you were watching one major network, they cut off their telecast of Ron Paul’s speech right when he began mentioning this fact,” Tate exclaimed, referring to the fact that MSNBC cut away from Paul’s 20 minute speech after just 4 minutes when he began revealing what was really behind the media curtain.
“This is MAINE we’re talking about,” John Tate’s email continued. “The GIRL SCOUTS had an event today in Washington County that wasn’t cancelled! And just the votes of Washington County would have been enough to put us over the top. This is an outrage.”
“The truth is, there is no length to which the GOP establishment won’t go. There is nothing the mainstream media won’t do,” Tate added.
Paul campaign chairman Jesse Benton told Politico that the Romney campaign may have even been involved in the cancellation of Washington County’s caucuses. “It’s not completely insidious, but they knew we were going to swamp it up there,” said Benton.
Congressman Paul himself commented on the situation on CBS News’ “Face the Nation,” Sunday:
“You know, we were a little bit disappointed last night,” Paul said, “but we were disappointed that the one county where we have done the best in the past and we were expected to do the best in the past, they canceled their caucus.”
“We’re going to continue to do what we do and do the very best and keep accumulating delegates,” Paul added.
In Maine, delegates are selected through a separate vote at the caucus sites. Maine’s delegate selection process is said to be an even more complicated procedure than most other states, requiring supporters to undergo hours of waiting. In other words, only the most ardent and enthusiastic supporters are rewarded – and Congressman Paul has those in abundance.
Watch Paul’s CBS News interview below:
Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.net, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham in England.