I called into Evan Cutler’s conference call beginning at 5 PM Alaska time 9 PM Eastern time. It was under an hour and a half. I tried to get on so I could mention my website, but he only took nine callers.
Here is my brief transcription. I didn’t have the ability to write everything, so much of what is here is a short version with plenty of paraphrasing. I apologize if I got ahything wrong, especially caller’s names.
I dialed 559 726 1200 and then access code 811476 for the call.
Evan is speaking.
Gives background on last conference call.
Mentions ore loser laws and lawsuits that could be brought against Paul if he ran for president as an independent.
Only four states have not had their Independent run deadline passed.
Write-in is a possibility but some states have their deadlines passed and other just do not allow it.
Richard Gilbert is challenging these write in laws.
Paul could run for a different office, namely vice president without facing sore loser lawsuits.
Ron Paul should stay in the race, regardless of what he runs as or who he runs for.
He didn’t actually say he wouldn’t run on the Jay Leno show. He was diplomatic, as usual.
Go to ronpaul2012.net and sign the petition. There are at least 17,319 so far.
Ballots have to be printed by September 22nd, which gives us a maximum of two weeks to convince Paul to run. More like a week and a half because there are things that need to be done between the time he decides and the ballots are printed.
Evan says he has spoken to the legal counsel for the Gary Johnson Campaign and other LP high ranking officials. They indicate to him that the Johnson team will make room for Paul if he approaches them in time.
Gary Johnson polls at about 5% nationally. He needs 15% to get into the debates. Paul on the ticket would help him to get these numbers.
We should each recruit at least 10 more people to sign petition and call, telegram, and email Paul.
Ron Paul’s three congressional offices tell people to call the campaign office. The campaign office, when it answers, tells people to send emails to Paul.
Get the word out in your neighborhood and on copy shop bulletin boards.
We don’t have four more years to get our liberty back.
The Constitution party can’t get on the ballot in many states. Only has access in 25.
Libertarian party on 43 ballots, expecting to get on all 50, but not Washington DC.
In the end, even if there is a mismatch of who’s on what ballot, it all comes down to electors.
The LP plans on doing some internal polling.
One concern about Gary Johnson was his mention that he might intervene in foreign countries for humanitarian purposes. The example he gave was Kony in Uganda.
Gary is standing up and speaking for the things we stand for:
Ending the Fed
Getting rid of the IRS
Discontinuing the Drug War
Cutting back the DHS and TSA
Privacy and the Bill of Rights
If Ron Paul were VP he would have Gary’s ear. He would also be President of the Senate.
Evan is going to resign from his local GOP position.
First caller: Jim in Cincinnati. Asks if Evan really has to resign and then gives examples of people in similar situations not having to resign, such as “Republicans for Johnson” in 1964. Also wonders if VP is best position for Paul. Evan says VP position is best for Paul because it maximizes access and minimizes legal problems.
Second caller: Gregory. The LP WILL be on the ballot in DC. Affirms that LP will likely be on all ballots, including Oklahoma. If pollers ask you who you plan on voting for say Gary Johnson, even if you are not sure yet, so that he can get the numbers to get in the debates.
Third caller: “Shotgun” Susie in Louisiana. A delegate. Calls Romney a “bastard”. We should all join the LP en masses. Encourage Paul to do the same. Gives some Louisiana GOP updates. Says to make this JohnsonPaul thing go viral ion the net.
Fourth caller: Hope. Is confused on strategy. Says that Gary said that if Paul wanted a specific cabinet position, he could have it, but at that time made no mention of VP position. Also, on Jay Leno, Paul said he probably would not run. Evan says that Paul hasn’t quite ruled it out either, as he did not specifically say no on the phone with Evan on Saturday. We have to campaign strongly and powerfully to convince him. We need Paul to continue to educate people. About things like sound money and the Federal Reserve. He could do this if he ran for VP. Paul needs to capitalize on his momentum. We need people from all parties. Paul will not run unless we convince him to. The LP says that Johnson team is willing. Jim Gray is willing to step down. Some LP may not want Paul, but many more do. Paul is surrounded by people in his campaign trying to convince him to focus on 2016. Most people are fed up with his campaign team. Hope asks if Evan is thinking about strategies to deal with election fraud, that is the powers that be rigging elections as opposed to voter fraud which is people trying to vote more than once or keep others from voting. Evan says that election fraud does happen. And that we should get rid of computers, or at least of closed-source systems for counting votes. Maybe people should volunteer to count votes.
Fifth caller: Cheryl in Cincinnati. Gives shout out to Ben Swann. Thanks Evan for putting this on. Says Obama and Romney are going to be tearing each other up in the next couple months so this is the perfect opportunity for the LP and Paul to join forces. Asks what Paul knows about the conference calls and related efforts. And if maybe Gary should phone Ron personally. As do such men as Jesse Ventura, Vince Vaughn, and Ben Swann. Evan gives out his website, weneedpaul.com, and We Need Paul facebook group. Says that we need tens of thousands of people. Received a call from people in Florida saying that there is a billionaire willing to back Johnson and might be receptive to JohnsonPaul as well. Richard Gilbert (of Lawyers for Ron Paul) thinks it would be better to try to reverse the primary election and convention results, as well as overturn anti-write-in laws, than for Paul to run for VP slot on LP ticket, which is why he is not positive about this effort. Evan disagrees and says that overturning laws and elections would be hard and would take too long to benefit anyone. Cheryl says that she will contact Ben Swann about the possibility of JohnsonPaul.
Sixth caller: Linda. Talks about Rex’s points from Monday night conference call, specifically that we shouldn’t be trying to disenfranchise LP voters. Judge Gray is a decent guy. So if this JohnsonPaul thing doesn’t work out, we should vote for JohnsonGray anyways and hope Paul gets position as Treasury Secretary. Evan says again that what he is advocating is different and disenfranchises no one. We are asking Gray to weigh the arguments himself, perhaps talk to his base, and then decide of his own volition. We should all vote our conscience, regardless. Make sure you go to all the Ron Paul sites and spread the word. Links to this call, which is being broadcast will be posted on the facebook page. There will be another conference call on Monday.
Eighth caller: Maria in Fairbanks Alaska. Asks Evan if he has a YouTube channel. Says we should all call our friends. We are still an isolated group trying to do this. Get it to the college campuses and Youth for Liberty organizations
Ninth caller: Did not catch name. A woman. Says something about navigating through the Gary Johnson and Ron Paul websites. Biggest concern is not to step on any Libertarians’ toes. Paul also seems like he doesn’t want to do step on toes. Either in the LP or his own party. He didn’t endorse Gary Johnson on the Tonight Show because of this and because he knows we can think for ourselves. Gives background about how she was a disaffected Democrat and just came across Paul on her own, and he gave her a crash course in economics and liberty. Was also a delegate to her state convention but was passed over in favor of a Santorum slate. Evan reiterates that Jim Gray is willing to step aside. Evan also understands that some people might feel marginalized because he too worked so hard and sometimes had it thrown back in his face. And that all we are asking of Ron Paul is to work hard for two more months. Even if it is just to get the message out and wake up a few more people. But stranger things have happened. A JohnsonPaul ticket might end up winning. The Berlin Wall came down and no one got shot. The Soviet Empire crumbled and there was no civil war. Caller jokes that we should get Snooki on our side and she should put on Ron Paul shorts. Imagine! Snooki’s ass! And get Hollywood involved too. Be sure to avoid trolls online. And if your views don’t align with Johnson’s, don’t feel obligated to vote for him. We all understand. Continues with some personal anecdotes before getting off the line.
Evan reads the poem from the beginning of the Monday night conference call again.
Let’s do this. Spread the word. Another conference call will be held on Monday at this same time.