We started this campaign a year ago right here, in San Diego Harbor, against the backdrop of American Naval power. We launched a campaign emphasizing a strong national defense, enforceable borders and restoring the industrial base of America.
Today we end this campaign. The Nevada caucuses reflecting only 2% of the vote for me. I ran the campaign exactly the way I wanted to, and at this point not being able to gain traction in conservative states of Nevada and South Carolina, it’s time to allow our volunteers and supporters to focus on the campaigns that remain viable.
I’m a few days late. I really wasn’t paying much attention to the news this past weekend. This is good to hear. I expected him to drop when a few states had done their thing before Super Tuesday. I’ve not heard that he’s endorsed anyone but some have thought that he should back Paul. I think that’s unlikely given their differences on foreign policy. Though stranger things have happened.
Less than a month after a huge upset victory, and promises that fundraising would be ramped up, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is asking his senior staff to keep working for him without pay, while lower level campaign staff are seeing their salaries cut dramatically or eliminated altogether.
“The goal is to get a leaner, meaner campaign structure moving into Super Tuesday,” says a senior campaign adviser.
But many of those being asked to take the cut are refusing, and walking away, leaving the campaign with holes to fill.
“The money simply hasn’t come in at the rate that we expected,” says the aide. “Florida is a $7 million commitment that we can’t meet, and if we did, that leaves us exposed for Super Tuesday, where we have a lot of states and a lot media buys. We had to make tough decisions.”
This is good news. There are a lot of people who are fearful of a Huckabee candidacy and he may have a real hard time competing without money. Also he has a lot of support from the more conservative Christian crowd which could be brought to supporting Paul.
The 21st was the FreeAtLast2008 Ron Paul money bomb. He raised $1.849 million and has over $74k brought in today so far. He raised 87.2% of what Huckabee raised since the beginning of the year in one day.
About an hour ago Norma McCorvey, a.k.a “Jane Roe” from the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, formally endorsed Ron Paul at the Phoenix Park hotel in Washington. Why didn’t she endorse a frontrunner like Mike Huckabee? Thank the grassroots: She saw a newspaper ad in Nevada, bought by Paul supporters, using the analogy of the frog and the pot of boiling water to demonstrate what was happening to America. “It touched my heart.” That was three weeks ago, and McCorvey keynoted a pro-life Paul rally in Nevada on January 12th, but the campaign made the official announcement today before Paul spoke at the March for Life. McCorvey: I support Ron Paul for president because we share the same goal, that of overturning Roe v Wade. Ron Paul doesn’t just talk about being pro-life, he acts on it. His voting record truly is impeccable and he undoubtedly understands our constitutional republic and the inalienable right to life for all. Ron Paul is the prime author of H.R. 300, which would negate the effect of Roe v. Wade. As the signor of the affidavit that legalized abortion 35 years ago I appreciate Ron Paul’s action to restore protection for the unborn. Ron Paul has also authored H.R. 1094 in Congress, which seeks to define life as beginning at conception. He has never wavered on the issue of being pro-life and has a voting record to prove it. He understands the importance of civil liberties for all, including the unborn.
I don’t agree with Dr. Paul’s position on abortion but I understand it. I agree that it is not in the federal government’s jurisdiction, that the current laws seem to conflict, and even if abortion where to be made illegal in a state that the mother should not be punished and at worst the doctor. It is interesting to see McCorvey support Paul. I’m not sure how well known she is in the pro-life movement but if Huckabee burns out and drops out I wonder if an endorsement from “Jane Roe” could help convince the pro-life Huckabee supporters to back the good Doctor.