From NPR – Liz Halloran
On how the Ron Paul campaign’s in-it-to-win-it posture seems highly improbable, given the post-Super Tuesday state of play
It’s not far-fetched at all. Most of the delegate projection is simply that, speculation based on how people think delegates will be allotted based on performance in nonbinding straw polls. They’re going to be elected through the state convention process. It’s our strategy to attack those state conventions, move through that convention process and capture delegates that way. The reporting of delegate attainment is largely skewed by the media right now.
On how the Paul campaign will adjust its strategy of trying to harvest delegates in caucus states now that the race is shifting to primaries with winner-take-all provisions
We’re going to have to attack these primary states in a strategic manner. We’re going to be looking at Texas [May 29] and California [June 5] where we can pick up big delegates.
On his former rival, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who vowed to make sure Texas is friendly territory for Gingrich
Gov. Perry doesn’t have very much political capital to spend, so we’ll see how effective that is.
On the point, beyond collecting money, of staying in long after the nomination race is decided. In 2008, Sen. John McCain reached the delegate threshold in March, but Paul stayed in until mid-June and transferred $4.7 million to the advocacy group Campaign for Liberty.
The money that we’re raising, we’re spending very, very aggressively to win delegates. In 2008, the whole point was that we thought conservatives and constitutionalists deserved to have a Constitutionalist to vote for even down the line. It was largely a party-building exercise. This time it’s about real political victory. Dr. Paul is going to stay in this race either until he’s the nominee or another candidate has 1,144 bound delegates. We see a brokered convention situation as very likely. There’s a real possibility we can block any other candidate from winning 1,144 delegates.
On why Paul has appeared to go easy on Romney during debates, while enthusiastically criticizing the other candidates
I wouldn’t read into that. We’ve had five different commercials that criticized Romney, called him a flip-flopper and a hypocrite. We’ve sent out millions and millions of pieces of direct mail saying the same thing. Ron answers the questions he’s asked in debates. He’s been asked questions about Newt and Rick Santorum and Rick Perry primarily.
That being said …
I think that there is a certain level of mutual respect between Gov. Romney and Ron Paul. I think that both of those two candidates, especially with each other, want to have a certain level of adult conversation about the issues that goes beyond the typical political attacks. Reading much more in that is just speculation.
On how much of Paul’s effort and fundraising this year are an attempt to create a scenario for his son, Sen. Rand Paul, to run for president in four years
We won’t have money left over. What will be left is the organization, the movement, the lists, things like that. That will be left behind, and that’s extremely valuable. Not a pot of money. Those assets are there to try to fight for liberty and Sen. Paul is one of the premier voices for liberty in this country. The assets that we have will always be available for him to use as he sees fit.
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