Five Things Ron Paul Wants From the Republican National Convention
by Peter Grier
1. Ron Paul
wants to change the soul of the GOP
most ambitious goal is to influence the Republican Party as a whole,
making it more amenable to his libertarian principles. That appears
to be the point of his so-called delegate strategy,"
whereby Paul supporters out-organize rivals in caucus states to
win as many delegates as possible. In some cases, such as in Maine,
the Paul forces have won outright control of state party organizations.
On May 19,
for instance, Paulites won 12 of the 13 delegate slots up for grabs
at Minnesotas GOP convention. Combined with previous victories
in the North Star States complicated selection process that
means 32 of the 40 Minnesota delegates to Tampa will be Paul supporters.
Sorry about that, Rick Santorum. (Mr. Santorum won Minnesotas
nonbinding caucus presidential nomination vote on Feb. 7 with a
plurality of 45 percent of the vote.)
This is why
Paul has eschewed any interest in a third-party bid.
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