September 4, 2012
For liberty lovers and freedom fighters, the battle to get their grassroots constitutionalist candidate nationally-recognized has been arduous.
At every step, mainstream media attempted to censor information regarding the revolutionary Republican candidate nominee, in some cases even censoring the utterance of his name.
The candidate was even ousted from his speaking role at the Republican National Convention last week, where his delegates were thrown to the nosebleed seats of the Tampa Bay Times Forum, and where he faced, still, further persecution as the Romney campaign’s lawyer, Ben Ginsberg, presented a vote to change party rules concerning the binding of delegates, the outcome of which was laterrevealed to have been predetermined.
While the efforts made to secure the Republican nomination were tremendous, many Ron Paul supporters have had to face the reality that Paul will not be Obama’s GOP opponent in 2012.
His appearance follows a whirlwind roller-coaster ride from little-known congressman to national public figure largely responsible for motivating younger generations of activists, and older generations alike, to speak out against the real growing threat of an overreaching centralized government.
So, what does Congressman Paul plan to announce tonight? The Internet is abuzz with rumors.
Some think Paul is planning to announce a run as a third party candidate, assuming the Libertarian Party ticket currently held by Former Governor of New Mexico Gary Johnson. Johnson himself threw his weight behind Paul earlier this year after he dropped out of the running for the Republican nomination.
Late last month, Johnson attended the grassroots-organized Paul Fest in Tampa where he asked the audience to recall his endorsement of Paul as his running mate during his own run at the GOP nomination: “If I thought Ron Paul was going to get the nomination I would have not done this and I would have let him get the nomination…I would be along with you supporting Dr. Paul right now,” Johnson told attendees at Paul Fest.
However, Libertarian Party chairman Geoffrey Neale squelched this possibility in an email he sent to members of the Libertarian National Committee Saturday. Neale stated: “First, we have no indication that Ron Paul is interested in or would be willing to pursue such a path. Without such an indication, this really remains an intellectual exercise.” Additionally, according to Neale, if by some chance Paul was able to become the Libertarian candidate, he would risk losing “ballot access in a number of states.”
Paul does have some history with the LP. In 1988, Paul ran as a Libertarian party candidate, however, the differences between him and Johnson seem too radical to make the rumored party change a real prospect. The Daily Caller explains, “Paul and Johnson do have some political differences. Johnson vocally supports access to abortion and same-sex marriage, and is comfortable with limited U.S. military intervention for humanitarian purposes overseas.”
Another theory is that Paul is planning to endorse a candidate, widely assumed to be Gary Johnson, however, the Daily Caller today reported a conversation with Jesse Benton, Paul’s national campaign chairman, in which he stated that Paul “will not endorse Gary Johnson.”
Is an unexpected, unprecedented underdog challenge in the cards for Paul? Possibly, but even if he somehow makes the ballot as Libertarian candidate, an even bigger fight manifests itself in controlling the polls and ballot boxes.
Whatever Paul’s speech entails, Leno’s ratings are sure to be high tonight as a majority of Ron Paul supporters plan to tune in. In a few hours, we should all know what the fuss is about.
Here’s Ron Paul’s 2007 interview with Jay Leno:
What do you think Paul’s announcement will pertain to? Sound off below…