Rep. Ron Paul may be have stopped actively campaigning for president, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to fade away quietly.
In a reluctant bow to reality, Paul acknowledged, “Unfortunately, we don’t have quite enough [delegates] to take over the convention,” Newsmax writes.
Paul, a three-time presidential candidate, stopped campaigning last month after netting only 137 of the 1,144 delegates needed to clinch the nomination, the Associated Press writes.
But Appearing on Morning Joe Wednesday, that's not the end of the story. It's just the beginning. Paul said what he wants is for the Republican Party to recognize the legitimacy of his supporters and their ideas at the Republican National Convention this coming August.
The Texas Republican said that he had not asked convention organizers or Mitt Romney for a speaking slot, even as it was clear during the interview that he would like one, Politico says.
“I have not asked specifically, and he hasn’t invited me to,” said Paul.
“All I want to do, if I don’t get a speech on the floor in the convention, all I want to do is have a meeting and say, ‘Look, we have numbers, we have people, we have enthusiasm, we believe in something. Why don’t you pay a little attention?’ And actually I think they are. They don’t know quite how to handle it.”
The libertarian crusader said that his goal was to prove that there are advantages to including his supporters and viewpoints in the Republican Party.
“Our goal, if I’m not going to be the nominee, the goal is to show there’s a political benefit to accepting some of the views we have or all the views that we have. If [the Republican Party] would look to us for guidance and to accept some of these things, they might have an easier time winning,” MSNBC reports.
And on Mitt Romney, the presumptive GOP nominee, Paul declined to go after him personally. “I would say he has core convictions, but I just disagree with them,” he said.
His son, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., a national tea party figure, has endorsed Romney.
And after 24 years in the House, Paul is retiring. The 14th District includes a large portion of Texas’s Gulf Coast surrounding Galveston. The winner of the July 31 runoff will face Democratic former Rep. Nick Lampson in November.
The Republican National Convention begins on August 27.