Ron Paul Won’t Endorse John McCainby Doug Mataconis
Well, did anyone really think it would happen ?
Republican Rep. Ron Paul told the Tribune this morning he will not back Sen. John McCain as his party’s nominee unless the Arizona senator “has a lot of change of heart.”
“I can not support anybody with the foreign policy he advocates, you know, perpetual war. That is just so disturbing to me,” Paul said. I think it’s un-American, un-Constitutional, immoral, and not Republican.”
As for his own campaign, Paul seems to think that there’s actually a chance he could still win this thing:
“It is true the numbers are not very positive. But you know we started off with eleven [candidates] in the campaign and now it’s down to three,” he said.
“I suspect it’s not totally impossible for something to come up about McCain that will totally discredit him. When the people know how liberal he is – that’s coming out all the time.”
Paul added: “It is true the numbers are bad, but influence is important too. If we have a significant number of people and we’re still here, why can’t we influence the party to become conservative again?”
First of all, Paul’s right, it’s not totally impossible that he’d win the Republican nomination. It’s also not totally impossible that, tomorrow morning, we’ll all wake up to discover that pigs really can fly. It’s just not very logical to think that either of these events will actually happen.
Update: Paul also posted a YouTube last night during which he urged his supporters to continue moving forward on the Presidential campaign and called for a “march on Washington” sometime in the spring:
Paul also called for supporters to mount a march on Washington to revive media interest interest in his campaign.
“Our numbers keep growing, and the funds keep coming in,” he said in his 14-and-a-half minute long online video message. “I’ve said all along the campaign is going to continue as long as there are new people coming into the campaign, and we’re going to be able to be financed.”
“It’s your responsibility to keep going and keep fighting and keep getting those delegates,” he urged viewers. “We need everyone to stay engaged and stay active and not be disillusioned and not to think this is all over … We can’t drop the ball right now.”
To recapture media attention, he suggested that Paul supporters should hold a rally in Washington, DC.
“We ought to make a grand display,” he said. “We ought to have a true march to show what our numbers are, and this is risky, just as it was rather risky for us to put right on our web site as the dollars were coming in.”
But “it would send a powerful message where the media can’t ignore us,” he added.
I’m not sure I completely understand what the game is at this point.