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Friday, February 01, 2008

BOOM GOES THE MONEY BOMB

The battle for liberty rages on and in case you haven't heard, Ron Paul is trying to Raise $8.4 million dollars by Super Tuesday. Right now he is about halfway there with $4.4 million. But those numbers are likely to change as today has been declared another money bomb day.

Now the mainstream media would have you believe that John McCain is going to run away with the nomination. It's a simple story and allows them to focus on the coronation of the proper democrat. However, being on Ron Paul's mailing list, I found his strategy to be quite interesting...

For one thing, for the first time since 1952, we are headed towards a brokered convention. Instead of a coronation of one of the establishment candidates, the delegates, influenced by the people, will decide. And I am afraid that this will take place in a time of heightened economic crisis. That means even more Americans will be ready to hear our message. But it also means I am really going to need your help.

One would never know this from the mainstream media, but we've only had a few primaries and caucuses, and even after the extremely important date of February 5th, we will still have more than half to go. And the Republican nominee will not be decided by the popular vote among the "leading candidates" in a few states also handpicked by the media. The nominee will be decided by the delegates. So let me tell you a little about our "under-the-radar" strategy to get those delegates.

On "Super Tuesday," February 5th, there will be 22 primaries and caucuses. I have a hunch that we're going to do very well. But, of course, the media and the rest of the establishment refuse to recognize that. It's the attitude of the small child who covers his eyes to make something scary go away. But we are not going away.

While the media focus on the couple of states they claim are important, we're competing everywhere. And the reason that we're able to do that is because of your grassroots support. You all are an asset that no other campaign has: donors, and activists who want no special deals from the government, just the Constitution.

We're competing very strongly in all the caucus states, and in all other states where delegates are up for grabs. And we're going to keep picking up delegates. Our strategy's already working.

And we're committed to winning states. I have little doubt that if we can double our efforts in this coming week, we're going to grab many delegates from other candidates. Then we'll start getting ready for the biggest moment of all - the convention in September.

The path to the convention is twisty, however. When we were in Iowa, we got 10% of the vote. But no delegates were awarded that night. That's because voters didn't directly choose national convention delegates; they selected the county and state delegates who will make that decision. And if another candidate like Mike Huckabee is no longer in the race at the time of the state convention in June, his delegates are free to support whomever they want. If we work extra hard, we can convert them into delegates for our campaign!

A similar thing happened in Nevada. We won 14% of the straw poll vote that the media reported on, but what they didn't tell you was that we may have gotten up to a third of Nevada's delegates to their county conventions! I always laughed when I heard some people say Nevada didn't matter. Nevada chooses more delegates to the national convention than South Carolina.

So, while the media will focus on the results from Florida, and probably take down the campaign of my friend Rudy in the process, those results are less important to you and me. Let them fight in Florida while we bring our message to Americans in other areas, like the economically hard-hit state of Maine.

We want to win as many delegates to the Republican National Convention as possible, even if other campaigns don't see some areas of the country as "important. But in this work, I need your help. Help me get many, many delegates to this historic convention, by these three methods.


From there Dr. Paul asks people to donate, canvass, and spread the word. Like he says, it will certainly be an uphill fight. However, I would disagree with the mainstream media in concluding that the race belongs to John McCain. This is because many people on the right reject the conservative principals of McCain. They remember too vividly his attack on speech with McCain-Feingold and his amnesty plan of 2007. I would tend to agree with Dr. Paul that this debate will rage on and that we are indeed headed for a split convention. There has been talk of a draft Newt Gingrich campaign. However, as word of mouth and Dr. Paul's message of liberty spread, he could be in perfect position to offer a true alternative to Hillary.

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