Congressman determined to go all the way in GOP race

Steve Watson
March 21, 2012

Gop presidential candidate Ron Paul appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno last night and said that he will not waver on the road to the GOP national convention, despite calls from the establishment and the media for him to quit the race.

The Congressman discussed his strategy of gaining a sizeable amount of delegates and also the very real possibility of a brokered convention.

Explaining that if no candidate outright wins on the first ballot in August, a likely scenario based on caucus results so far, delegates would no longer be committed to vote for their previously declared candidate in subsequent votes.

“The second go around, they can go with their conscience,” Paul said, “then, I believe, we’ll get a lot of the votes.”

This past weekend, results from Missouri’s caucuses show that Paul is significantly outperforming his rivals in the race for delegates. The campaign believes that it has picked up the majority of delegates in the state.

“We did do real well in Missouri,” Campaign manager Jesse Benton said. “Some county conventions are still going on, but we’ve got good turnout. Anecdotal evidence shows we won multiple caucuses, and it looks like we’re going to pick up the majority of delegates.”

The Paul campaign also believes that Rick Santorum’s campaign is “scrambling” to keep up with Paul, but is lagging behind due to lack of organisation.

“He does have some party insiders and establishment people who have been lending him their organizations, but he doesn’t have one.” Benton told Business Insider.

Revealing that the Paul campaign’s internal count has Santorum in third place, Benton added “His consultants should stop misleading him. They are destroying his credibility.”

Another topic raised during Paul’s discussion with Jay Leno included Secret Service protection for the other candidates. Joking that if he had to he would taking the code name “Bulldog”, the Congressman explained that he doesn’t want any Secret Service protection because it’s “a form a welfare.”

“You know, you’re having the taxpayers pay to take care of somebody and I’m an ordinary citizen and I would think I should pay for my own protection and it costs,” Paul told Leno. “I think, more than $50,000 a day to protect those individuals. It’s a lot of money.” the Congressman added.

Paul also addressed the ongoing conspiracy theory perpetuated by the mainstream media that he may have cut a deal with Mitt Romney.

“It’s very secret, because he and I don’t know a whole lot about it,” said Paul.

“I have to consider whether I want to be a czar or head of the Federal Reserve, and I’m toying with the idea of which one to take,” Paul joked.

“And then you can eliminate your own job,” Leno retorted.

Watch the interview below:


Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’, and He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham in England.

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