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Ron Paul: “There Will Be No Third Party Run”

Anyone (like me) who was hoping that Ron Paul would run as a Libertarian or independent candidate for President once the Republican primaries ran their course can forget it. Dr. Paul slammed the door firmly shut on such notions in an email to supporters this evening:

 February 8, 2008

Whoa! What a year this has been. And what achievements we have had. If I may quote Trotsky of all people, this Revolution is permanent. It  will not end at the Republican convention. It will not end in November. It will not end until we have won the great battle on which we have embarked. Not because of me, but because of you. Millions of Americans — and friends in many other countries — have dedicated themselves to the principles of liberty: to free enterprise, limited government, sound money, no income tax, and peace. We will not falter so long as there is one restriction on our persons, our property, our civil liberties. How much I owe you. I can never possibly repay your generous donations, hard work, whole-hearted dedication and love of freedom. How blessed I am to be associated with you. Carol, of course, sends her love as well.

Let me tell you my thoughts. With Romney gone, the chances of a brokered convention are nearly zero. But that does not affect my determination to fight on, in every caucus and primary remaining, and at the convention for our ideas, with just as many delegates as I can get. But with so many primaries and caucuses now over, we do not now need so big a national campaign staff, and so I am making it leaner and tighter. Of course, I am committed to fighting for our ideas within the Republican party, so there will be no third party run. I do not denigrate third parties — just the opposite, and I have long worked to remove the ballot-access restrictions on them. But I am a Republican, and I will remain a Republican.

I also have another priority. I have constituents in my home district that I must serve. I cannot and will not let them down. And I have another battle I must face here as well. If I were to lose the primary for my congressional seat, all our opponents would react with glee, and pretend it was a rejection of our ideas. I cannot and will not let that happen. In the presidential race and the congressional race, I need your support, as always. And I have plans to continue fighting for our ideas in politics and education that I will share with you when I can, for I will need you at my side. In the meantime, onward and upward! The neocons, the warmongers, the socialists, the advocates of inflation will be hearing much from you and me.



  1. February 9, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    I don’t know the specifics but if he would have to run as a Libertarian to keep his seat in Texas he’d probably be more likely to lose and I don’t think it’s worth the risk. As a LP candidate he’d be very unlikely to get into any presidential debates and I think we can admit here that while McCain and Hillary aren’t all that popular Paul would still be very unlikely to even pull Perot’s numbers. He can better spread the message by winning his congressional seat as a R and endorsing “Ron Paul” Republicans like Murray Sabrin, Jim Forsythe and others like those found at http://www.paulcongress.com.

    It’d be nice to see a LP candidate pull the kind of attention and numbers Paul would this time around but this isn’t about the LP. The LP is supposed to be a means to enhance freedom. We can’t know for sure but I think Paul doing what he is currently planning will do that better than moving to the LP ticket.

  2. February 10, 2008 at 1:40 am

    Also… If Paul runs 3rd party he will get all the blame for McCain’s loss in November even though we know he’d most likely lose anyway. Without Bloomberg to soften that blow Paul would probably be committing political suicide. Recall all the crap Nader got.

  3. February 10, 2008 at 10:49 am

    Political suicide? I might agree if I thought Ron Paul had any sort of political future, but he was already a pariah within his own party even before his presidential run, and he will be doubly so now.

    The absolute BEST thing that could happen would be for Ron Paul to run as a Libertarian/independent and be “blamed” for McCain’s loss. That would send a loud, clear message to the Republican Party that they were being punished for ignoring the concerns of pro-freedom voters. Yes, Nader took a lot of crap personally, but it also sent a message to the Dems that there was a price to be paid for taking that part of the base for granted. (They even seemed to take that message to heart, however briefly, with Howard Dean, before they wussed out and nominated the emptiest suit they could find, and paid the price again.)

    I totally agree with you that LP is only a means, not an end, which is why I’ve been agnostic about whether Ron Paul should run as a Libertarian or an unaffiliated independent. But continuing the presidential campaign, even as a 3rd-party candidate, would have kept him and his message relevant. Now Ron Paul will return to back-bench obscurity, where he can be safely ignored.

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