Texas Congressman Ron Paul appeared on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos on Sunday to discuss the results of the Nevada caucus. Paul vowed to press forward as long as possible up to the convention.
Report from the LA Times:
A day after losing a Nevada contest that exposed the limits of his appeal to Republicans, Ron Paul vowed to keep pressing ahead for the party’s presidential nomination, saying his ideas were inspiring an intellectual revolution among young Americans.
“I want to change the government, and I want to change it through the electoral process, but I also want to change the hearts and minds of people,” the Texas congressman told George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week.” “That is where it really starts, and that is where we’re making the progress.”
Initial returns found Paul finishing third in the Nevada caucuses, just behind former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, but far behind winner Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts. If those results stick in the final tally, it would mark a serious disappointment for Paul, who is counting on a sprawling grassroots network of supporters to dominate GOP contests in states that hold party caucuses rather than primaries.
“The votes aren’t all counted yet, and there seems to be a bit of chaos out there, even though it was a small caucus vote,” said Paul, who had hoped to place at least second to Romney. “There was a lot of confusion. So yes, if you go from second to third, there would be disappointment, but also on the positive side, we will get a bloc of votes. We will still get some delegates.”
Paul stopped short of saying that he had no hope of capturing the nomination. But he came close.
Paul has the money to continue and his supporters are adamant so I suspect he’ll be fighting Romney for the long haul. Gingrich can only hope to outlast Paul and become the non-Romney in the race.