Confirmed: Ron Paul Ending Presidential Run

This morning, Ron Paul’s campaign manager Jesse Benton announced today that Paul is ending his campaign.

“We are acknowledging that Ron will not be the nominee and that we are winding down the campaign,” said Benton.

31 Responses to “Confirmed: Ron Paul Ending Presidential Run”

  1. Dan Says:

    Third party Ron! Please!

    Hope for America.

  2. Trent Hill Says:

    No. Please dont Ron.

  3. disinter Says:

    Yea, please don’t. And I only say that for Ron Paul’s sake.

  4. mketcher Says:

    I wasn’t able to watch the video, but from everything I’ve seen, he’s acknowledging that he can’t win the Republican nomination, which is something that’s been apparent since much earlier this year. So, there’s nothinig really new here. He still wants to bring as many delegates to the convention as possible and have an impact.

    Also, by ending his Republican campaign, it doesn’t preclude him running as a Third Party candidate. I’m hoping he’ll decide to do just that. He might think that the best way to have an impact is to develop a grassroots movement within the Republican Party—and that having a big presence at the convention is the best way to do that.

    In any case, in his statement, he made said that “... victory in the conventional political sense is not available in the current presidential race…” That seems to leave open the possibility of a Third Party run, which would not be a “conventional” approach. While he’s conceding that getting the Republican nomination isn’t possible, he still hasn’t, from everything I’ve read about this statement, entirely ruled out a Third Party bid. I know that’s what many—probably most—of his supporters want. I’m sure there are people within his circle of friends and advisors who are trying to convince him to run on the LP ticket. We’ll just have to see how it plays out. Maybe he’s just worn out—he is, after all, 72, and it’s been a long, grueling year for him.

  5. steve Says:

    HE SAID NO SUCH THING!

    He is not dropping out so please correct your story.

    I spoke to Kent Snyder and he assured me Dr. Paul is going to continue they are just scaling down thier staff. He will not run independent so get that out of your heads.

    You can find me on dailypaul.com as SGP

  6. Piri Says:

    Novice and misreporting at its very best

  7. Andy Says:

    I still wish that Ron would go the 3rd party route. I can understand the reasons as to why he is not doing it, but I can also see a lot of good reasons for him to do it as well. I’m disappointed, but I’m still glad that he accomplished as much as he has and I still think that he’s a great guy.

  8. Jeff Wartman Says:

    “HE SAID NO SUCH THING!

    He is not dropping out so please correct your story.

    I spoke to Kent Snyder and he assured me Dr. Paul is going to continue they are just scaling down thier staff. He will not run independent so get that out of your heads.”

    Can we at least end the “brokered convention” nonsense?

  9. Eric Dondero Says:

    Huh? Some mea culpas perhaps from all those Ron Paul fanatics who blasted me and others last night for headlining our stories “Ron Paul pulls out,” and related wording.

    Turns out we were right.

    Apologies are in order.

  10. Fred C. Says:

    Dondero: Looks like you haven’t read all the comments on this thread, even “Ron will not be the nominee” isn’t enough. I expect that in some people’s minds the Republican nomination won’t be locked up until well into 2010.

  11. Andrew Taylor Says:

    Mr. Dondero,

    You are quick to call for others to issue apologies, but I don’t see you offering any for the many errors and mistakes you’ve made in your various forecasts and observations throughout the primary season—much less the insults and name-calling you heaped upon the heads of those who had the temerity to disagree with you.

    Lest you forget, you were proven remarkably, spectacularly, stunningly, and unequivocally WRONG in your long-held prediction that you, or someone else, would defeat Dr. Paul in his bid for reelection to his House seat. You proffered various reasons around the web for this prediction, from Paul’s non-interventionist foreign policy, to the fact that many NASA employees live in his district.

    I’ve given you credit when you’ve been right about things, which is all that any intellectually honest person can do. Why do you not hold yourself to the same standard that you demand of everyone else?

  12. BahBahBlackSheep Says:

    Do you even watch the videos before writing these lies?
    Ron clearly said the efforts will continue to the convention, and he gave a definite date for the Washington march, June 21st. He also restated that it’s not about him, it’s about the message.

    “Those who make peaceful revolutions impossible, make violent revolutions inevitable” -JFK

  13. Thomas M. Sipos Says:

    I’m still waiting for Eric Dondero to make good on his promised revelations concerning terrorist funding of the antiwar movement.

    Dondero announced last year that he was involved in an investigation into such ties, and would shortly release his shocking findings.

    I reminded him about it a few months ago, on this website, and he intimated that he was very close to releasing his discoveries.

    But so far, nothing.

  14. Freddie L Says:

    THIS IS WHERE YOU WILL FIND THE TRUTH!
    http://www.ronpaulforpresident2008.com/news/

  15. Katrinka Yobotz Says:

    Hats off to Ron Paul for continuing to stand up against all of the tragic manipulation that has been occuring in this election. We need people like him to continue to shine a light on what’s really happening in the Republican Party.

    I myself support Alan Keyes. Both these men love America and are determined to give its citizens real hope for its future. If it turns out that Ron Paul isn’t a presidential candidate in November, you may find Alan as a third-party choice.

    For Alan’s latest radio interview: http://archives.alankeyes.com/play.php?mp3=186

  16. Eric Dondero Says:

    Fred C, you’re exactly right. LOL. These Ron Paul fanatics will still think he’s running way into 2025 when he’s probably going to be 6-feet under.

    They’ll be holding “Jim Morrison/Jimi Hendrix style” prayer vigils with T-Shirts that read, “Ron Paul Revolution 2026!”

  17. Eric Dondero Says:

    Sipos, I think the new, more pertinent investigation might be Anti-War activist, including leftwing libertarian groups, connection to NYC Times Square bombing and other recent terorist attacks.

    There’s already speculation on some Blogs like HotAir.com that “Guy Fawkes style Anarchists” might be involved in some twisted post-Revolution deal.

  18. disinter Says:

    Sipos, I think the new, more pertinent investigation might be Anti-War activist, including leftwing libertarian groups, connection to NYC Times Square bombing and other recent terorist attacks.

    There’s already speculation on some Blogs like HotAir.com that “Guy Fawkes style Anarchists” might be involved in some twisted post-Revolution deal.

    Dumbdero works for Mossad now? AIPAC?

    At the very least he is obviously a neocon shill paid to disinform.

  19. Bill Wood Says:

    According to the Washington Post, Ron Paul’s Staff will no longer be doing anything for his campaign for President. He will continue to collect money for a politcal action committee. He will also go on a book tour hawking his upcoming book and he will be offering a “Home Study” course. His goal his to change the Republican Party into a small government party.

  20. Stefan Says:

    Dondero: LOL when are you going to make the bid for District 14? I understand the guys at reason that took your speculation about Paul possibly losing his seat seriously are now not so impressed with you. You are pretty much alone. Which drug did you take while trying to connect anyone the Ron Paul movement to what happened in NYC, also as if it was another 9/11.
    Eric: what about the piece about Hillary supporting McCain if Obama gets the nomination you referred to on hotair the other day? If you take such useless and ridiculous seriously, then you just demonstrate your ineptness with regard to rational political discourse.

    Disinter: I think he may be working for Mossad since quite a while, but think he may be on the way out, as they cannot be impressed with the lack of skills and sophistication and sheer stupidity they have found in him.

  21. Stefan Says:

    If Ron Paul really ended his presidential campaign, why would he declare himself willing to speak at rallies in states and encourage followers to get as many delegates elected as possible and why no formal concession speech?

    What happened to the Rudy, Romney and Root fanatics, Eric? Oh I see, Rudy is going to do a real flip-flop a la Romney, combined with the transvestite you interviewed and candidate as Julie in 2010 (as the first woman president, in case Hillary Clinton is not president before)... I understand the more Rudy campaigned, the less votes he received from people. No wonder Reagan called him “crazy” and no wonder you like him so…birds of a feather… hmm

  22. disinter Says:

    According to the Victoria Advocate, a newspaper in his congressional district, “Ron Paul says not so fast. Despite reports indicating otherwise, the Texas Republican is not ending his long-shot campaign for presidency, Paul’s top spokesman said Friday.

    “’Dropping out is not accurate,’ said Jesse Benton, Paul’s presidential campaign spokesman, by phone…. Paul plans to use his leftover campaign money, grassroots popularity and energetic support to shape the national debate and further spread his message, Benton said…. ‘We’re winding down the campaign, but he’s still very encouraging of grassroots support around the country in moving forward,’ Benton said. ‘The presidential campaign will be the vehicle.’”

    http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/019874.html

  23. Michael Seebeck Says:

    Maybe Garris ought to actually watch the video before he gets another case of keyboard-in-mouth disease. No dropout here.

    What the video did say was a commentary that the campaign was winding down, which with so few states left is entirely true. He did not say his campaign was winding down.

    He also gave an update on the proposed rally and also announced what most of us knew as coming, which as converting the donor list into an activist databse to continue the grassroots effort.

    The campaign continues as before, much to Dondero’s charign.

    BTW, Eric, trying to link Time Square with left-libertarians is just silly.

  24. Eric Dondero Says:

    Hardly. American Spectator Blog is reporting this morning that Paul has indeed ended his Presidential campaign. And fierce Ron Paul fanatical supporter James Antle at AS is dissing the Paul campaign for having such a weak-ass pulling-out announcement.

    If Antle is turning on Ron Paul you know it’s over. You’d be hard-pressed to find a more fanatical Paul junkie than AS’s Antle.

  25. Eric Dondero Says:

    Moi?

    Umm, excuse me Michael Seeback but it was major media such as the NY Post and HotAir.com that reported the link of the NYC bombing to anarchist. Commentors on their sites speculated about a Guy Fawkes connection. Why are you attacking me for reporting this? Attack the NY Post and HotAir.

  26. Eric Dondero Says:

    Just announced on CNN:

    One of the victims of the killing spree by the Radical Islamist of the Israeli students on Friday, was an American.

  27. Eric Dondero Says:

    Ron Paul was the only “nay” vote in the entire United States Congress - 435 members - condemning the violence against Israel on Friday.

    (There were 4 abstentions including the notoriously anti-Semitic Democrat Jim Moran. But even Moran did not vote “nay”.)

  28. Eric Dondero Says:

    Yeah, Disinter, I’m a “NeoCon” alright.

    That explains precisely why I am:

    Pro-Choice, Pro-Drug Legalization, Anti-Seat Belt Laws, Ant-Restrictions on Gambling, Pro-Prostitution Legalization, Anti-Censorship, Anti-Affirmative Action, Pro-Gun, and Pro-Swingers/Gay Rights.

    I have this sinking feeling that I wouldn’t be invited to a NeoCon ConFest of the likes Bill Bennett, Pat Robertson, Howie Phillips, Richard Viguerie, and Fred Barnes, for such stances.

    What do you think?

  29. Eric Dondero Says:

    Could it be that the reason why the Radical Islamists hate Israel and Israeli Jews so much might just happen to be because Israel is a free and open society with:

    Sexy almost pornographic Television beamed into Arab homes on a daily basis, legalized Marijuana for personal possession, nude and semi-nude beaches, legalized abortion, Rock concerts in town squares, gaming and video game parlors nationwide, and American-style pizza joints that serve beer.

    Nah, couldn’t be about freedom. Gotta be Israel’s foreign policy that’s the problem. Nothing to do with culture.

  30. disinter Says:

    Or it could be Israel’s admitted holocaust against them?

  31. Andy Says:

    “Eric Dondero Says:

    March 9th, 2008 at 10:04 am
    Yeah, Disinter, I’m a ‘NeoCon’ alright.

    That explains precisely why I am:

    Pro-Choice, Pro-Drug Legalization, Anti-Seat Belt Laws, Ant-Restrictions on Gambling, Pro-Prostitution Legalization, Anti-Censorship, Anti-Affirmative Action, Pro-Gun, and Pro-Swingers/Gay Rights.”

    You are neo-conservative on foreign policy issues, and it is foreign policy issues that is the most important thing to a neo-con.

    Also, you are obviously willing to “sell out” your beliefs on the issues that you mentioned above by supporting neo-con candidates like Bush, Giuliani, Romney, etc…

    “I have this sinking feeling that I wouldn’t be invited to a NeoCon ConFest of the likes Bill Bennett, Pat Robertson, Howie Phillips, Richard Viguerie, and Fred Barnes, for such stances.

    Howard Phillips is a PALEO-CONSERVATIVE.

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