The last remaining active campaign for the Republican presidential nomination is closing up shop. Ron Paul is ending his campaign in all future primaries, though he says he will still fight for delegates in the states that have already voted.
Our campaign will continue to work in the state convention process. We will continue to take leadership positions, win delegates, and carry a strong message to the Republican National Convention that Liberty is the way of the future. Moving forward, however, we will no longer spend resources campaigning in primaries in states that have not yet voted. Doing so with any hope of success would take many tens of millions of dollars we simply do not have.
I’m sure that there will soon be, if there isn’t already, a lot of negotiations between the RNC, the Romney campaign and the Paul campaign to keep him on the reservation. He’s never cared much about party loyalty; remember that in 2008, he held his own alternative Republican convention in Minneapolis, something I’m sure the party doesn’t want to see repeated in Tampa. I don’t think Paul ever really thought he could win the nomination. I think he’s been on a purely ideological crusade and he’ll do whatever he thinks it will take to advance that cause.