While former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney notches his second win in the GOP primary race, it was Congressman Ron Paul, the “liberty first” Republican who nabbed second place. The strong Paul finish knocked the wind out of last week's Iowa’s second place finisher, Rick Santorum -the non-Romney candidate.
With momentum on Ron Paul side, the campaign issued a strong statement to other Republican candidates- “drop out.”
“We urge Ron Paul’s opponents who have been unsuccessfully trying to be the conservative alternative to Mitt Romney to unite by getting out ofthe race and uniting behind Paul’s candidacy,” said National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton.
“The race is becoming more clearly a two-man race between establishment candidate Mitt Romney and Ron Paul, the candidate of authentic change,” Benton said.
The Paul campaign also points out that Ron Paul and Mitt Romney are the only two GOP candidates that can beat President Barack Obama in national polls. After raising more than $13 million this quarter, Paul supporters continue to believe in their “audit the fed” contender.
“Ron Paul has the boldest plan to cut spending, a dedication to protecting life, and a lifelong dedication to the Constitution and limited government,” Benton explained.
Many of Paul’s supporters have been critical of media coverage and will move forward with young college-aged voters leading the way. Paul’s “liberty first” campaign has not only resonated with young people and Independents across the nation, but many non-party affiliates have joined the bandwagon.
“I am concerned with winning the state of California as we have 170 delegates here,” said Mike Benoit, congressional candidate and organizer for the San Diego Ron Paul for President meet-up group. “I think he needs to raise $10 million in the next 30 days to keep moving forward.”
Benoit strongly believes Paul can win the nomination as Jon Huntsman, Rick Santorum and Rick Perry all lose campaign donors to poor finishes. “There is no doubt about it, it is a war of attrition. If we can’t raise the money for the cause, then we do not deserve liberty. Liberty does come at a price,” Benoit finished.
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