Last GOP candidate standing…

by brunettebabe2012 on May 15, 2012

Well, it’s official-Mitt Romney is the last GOP candidate standing. Ron Paul, like the others before him-announced he’s suspending his campaign for President. Translation: when a candidate “suspends” their campaign it means they are dropping out of the race altogether. No backsies or do-overs, unless they throw their hat into the ring for the 2016 race. Well, that’s another thing and four years from now.

Now the question is, what happens to the delegates from each candidate has accummulated? Are they going to back Romney out of allegiance to the GOP party? I wonder where is Ralph Nader, the perennial Green Party Presidential candidate is this election. I notice how they are listed on the ballot on the day of the election and I or any other voter has probably heard of them. I don’t recall seeing any of them campaigning in the recent months. Where are any third party candidates? Back in 1980, there was John Anderson who ran for President as an Independent candidate. Didn’t Ross Perot, the millionaire from Texas run in ’92 as an Independent? It’s funny, I actually know of people who voted for him and admitted to it. He was eccentric and quirky as hell, he started off as a Republican and then jumped shipped to run as an Independent. Kind of like Joe Lieberman the senator from Connecticut. He was a Democrat, a Vice-Presidential candidate and then all of a sudden changes party affiliation, becoming an Independent.

Just like every election, there are issues that need to be addressed-health care-(cough, cough-Obamacare) education (No Child Left Behind) jobs/unemployment, gay marriage and defense. No doubt these are hotbed topics to consider for any election but the topic of gay marriage really has been put out on the forefront the last few years. Obama has definitely ruffled feathers with his stance on and support of gay marriage which may hurt his chance with some voters.

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Erik the Red May 28, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Jerry,

It is time for Ron Paul to keep his hat in the ring as a 3rd Party candidate for 2 reasons:

(1) To give those of us who embrace many of his ideals an option in November;
(2) To rebuke the Establishment and their pathetic politics-as-usual, 2-party system that is used to create and perpetuate confusion amidst the masses.

Perhaps if Ron Paul can capture 8 to 10% of the votes, it would shout a message that people are getting fed up with weathervane politicians.

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Thomas Goldsmith Oppenheimer May 28, 2012 at 4:18 pm

I will agree with that, so long as the point is to keep the message in the mainstream. On the other hand, the press will probably not give much coverage, and the decision to stay visible can create a way for Paul voters to swing the election in Obama’s favor. And I think Romney is less of a threat than Obama is at this point.

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BrunetteBabe2012 June 5, 2012 at 11:49 pm

Jerry, Erik and Thomas, y’all raise very valid points. Ron Paul has ran for President in the last two elections and it would be nice to see someone who can shake up the establishment so to speak. Nothing is really ever black or white, same with the world of politics. Ron Paul has many loyal followers. I think a lot of people have become so disillusioned with the two-party system and choose not to vote as opposed to voting for a third-party candidate. Ross Perot started off running as a Republican then crossed over to run as an Independent candidate back in ’92.

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BrunetteBabe2012 May 15, 2012 at 8:59 pm

Thank you, Jerry for letting me know that. I stand corrected about Ron Paul. I however didn’t know about the Libertarian candidate, Gary Johnson. I believe you learn something everyday and we are lifelong learners long after we finish our formal educations. I saw in the news earlier today that they are trying to get Ron Paul to run as a third-party candidate. That definitely should be interesting and would definitely take delegates and votes from both Mitt Romney and President Obama.

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Jerry Mandered May 16, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Ron Paul will not run for President except as a Republican. A Ron Paul third party run is nothing more than wishful thinking from disappointed supporters, journalists trying to gin up a story line for the summer, or as a way to distract the movement that Ron Paul has reinvigorated.

Ron Paul will not win the GOP nomination, so it is time for those that supported him to seek out candidates at the local level that embrace his ideas.

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Jerry Mandered May 15, 2012 at 5:42 pm

Your post is factually incorrect. Ron Paul did not suspend his campaign. What he did was stop spending money on primaries. In fact his campaign specifically stated that they would continue to seek delegates to the GOP Convention at the state and national level.

As for third parties, Gary Johnson is running as a Libertarian. But quite frankly, Ron Paul’s run for the GOP nomination has taken the air out of the sails of any serious third party contender.

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