Super Tuesday is just a day away and Ron Paul has been making the media rounds, bringing sanity to the typically hysterical media discourse.
His comments about Rush Limbaugh and the “Slut” comment regarding Sandra Fluke on “Face the Nation”:
“I don’t think he’s very apologetic, he’s doing it because some people had taken his advertisements off his program. It was his bottom line that he got concerned about.”
He went on to state that he agrees the government should not pay for the activities of others even if birth control has its place. In sum, Rush is a loudmouth being loud and is best ignored.
Later Ron Paul discussed his chances of winning and said the odds of winning Idaho, Alaska and North Dakota were good and there is a “good chance we come out with a majority of delegate” for Super Tuesday. This would be a huge boost for the Paul campaign, although the reported delegate total will unlikely favor Paul.
For those who don’t know, delegates don’t necessarily go to the person who wins the overall percentage of vote. Delegates are represented by volunteers in districts and because of Paul’s strong organization, his delegate total is much higher than the reported “25″ as of now. Not only does the Paul campaign know this but the Republican party knows this and certainly Mitt Romney knows this, as he worries about amassing enough delegates to win the nomination.
Ron Paul continues to emphasize that he wants to spread the message of liberty and win because winning is the best way to make a statement.
Forced to address the VP rumor Rick Santorum, “It sounds like he’s trying to concoct a conspiracy.”
If Ron Paul was able to win 3 states on Tuesday it would be a huge boost for the campaign, which has not been able to win the popular vote in any of the states thus far, coming close in states like Iowa and Maine. The real delegate totals remain a mystery so all hope is not lost for any of the candidates, with Newt Gingrich needing a huge surprise tomorrow to stay in it. His only likely victory on Tuesday is in Georgia and it seems highly unlikely he’ll be close in Ohio and the rest of the states.
Recent polls have shown that head-to-head Paul has as good or better chance to beat Obama in the general election in many states including Ohio, as well as nationally.
3rd Party-Yes or no?
Many Ron Paul Supporters hope that if he falls short of delegates at the Republican Convention that he runs as a 3rd party candidate. In this scenario he should start out with 20 percent of the overall vote and would need to chip away at Obama and (likely) Romney supporters as well as Independents from that point. Conservatives fear that he would be taking away the Republican vote at a higher rate than Obama voters, thus handing the win to Obama. Others point to the fact that the majority of Paul supporters may not support anyone but Ron Paul (or Libertarians), so the only way to get a conservative into office is by a Ron Paul 3rd party run.
This is all speculation but it’s hard not to look ahead with Super Tuesday insanity arriving tomorrow. Regardless, if Ron Paul was able to win Idaho, Alaska and North Dakota it would be a big day for the campaign and will help solidify his ability win in the minds of voters on a national stage.