I rescheduled our teleconference to Tuesday so as not to conflict with Gary Johnson’s teleconference today.
This Teleconference is to organize an effort to recruit Dr. Ron Paul back into the race for President or Vice President in 2012.
6:00 PM Pacific – 7:00 PM Mountain – 8:00 PM Central – 9:00 PM Eastern
If you are willing to support this effort, please share this event and call in:
Conference dial-in number: (559) 726-1200
Participant access code: 811476
We now have a simulcast-Live-stream of today’s conference call set up, thanks to Leandrah Grace. If you can’t afford to call in, just go to http://www.blogtalkradio.com/holistictruth/2012/09/07/ht-live-special-edition–drafting-ron-paul-to-stay and tune in!
Please understand that any of District Chairs and Bonus votes and other Party officials can be REMOVED from their State Central Committees or other offices for joining this group or otherwise promoting a candidate for office in a party not their own.
As the founder of this group, I’m most likely going to have to resign from my own position on the State Central Committee of the Alaska Republican Party. It’s worth it to me to make a stand for Liberty, but it’s a risk to consider. I do not want to see us lose all the progress we have made in the Republican or other parties, so I hope most people with hard won positions will keep them, and let the rest of us campaign for Liberty, Peace, and Sound Money.
Updates first, then details on the conference.
First, we have set up a new webpage and a facebook group. Neither are perfect, but they are open.
The website is www.WeNeedPaul.com.
The facebook group is “We Need Paul” https://www.facebook.com/groups/175410095927687/
Wednesday Message from Evan Alaska:
Hello Everyone, People keep expressing that they want Dr. Paul for President or Nothing. They get upset about the idea of him going for VP. They want write in candidacy. And so on.
After fighting for Dr. Paul in 2008 and again in 2012, I completely understand those feelings. I want him for President too! I was an Alaska National Alternate Delegate for him in 2008, organized the 2008 Alaska Ron Paul Delegates Meetup.
I also ran a 2008 effort called the National DVDs for Delegates Project, where a team of hundreds of volunteers nationwide made DVDs expressly targeted at National Delegates and got them mailed to each of the 4,600+ Delegates and Alternates before the 2008 RNC.
This year I organized the Alaskans for Ron Paul 2012 group, and we made major successes, despite massive corruption in the leadership of our Alaska Republican Party, we won major progress, including the new Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, and by luck the Assistant Secretary positions. Our new leadership is seated in February.
The problem with the path people keep asking about–getting Dr. Paul to be a Presidential Candidate, regardless of party, write-in or Independent is two fold.
First, the filing deadlines for new parties, Independents, and Write Ins are expired in (as of Tuesday) all but 4 states.
Second, the “Sore Loser” laws prohibit a candidate from running for President after loosing a Primary in enough states to make it nearly impossible to win. The Libertarian Party could make such a change if both Governor Johnson and Judge Gray dropped out…BUT–the sore loser laws would mean that a substantial number of states would disqualify the ballot–and there would have to be many simultaneous court cases trying to stop that. That is why I keep aiming for the VP position. The sore loser laws say you can’t run for the Same office (e.g. president) after losing a primary. But in all but one state, from what I was told, he could run for Vice President– A Different Office.
If Richard Gilbert wins his cases, this situation could change overnight, and I hope it does, but it feels unlikely. I’m inviting him to join our call as a guest tomorrow evening to let him brief everyone on how his two cases are proceeding.
Ron Paul needs to hear from people this week!
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Offices of Ron Paul Open this week Tuesday through Friday
203 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone Number: (202) 225-2831
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PETITION TO SIGN
Ron Paul, Please Run as an Independent or Libertarian
13,644 signatures as of Monday 4:08pm central
15,787 signatures as of Tuesday 6:51pm central
Go to: www.RonPaul2012.net and sign! Then invite 10 friends to sign!
Big push for a Ron Paul 2012 Independent/Third Party run: we need 20,000 signatures by Tuesday!
6:11 PM PST Jay Leno Show Recording Update:
Daniel Palmer, one of our Alaska Activists just reported to me after leaving the recording for Ron Paul’s appearance on the Jay Leno Show that:
1) Dr. Paul will not be endorsing any Presidential Candidates.
2) Dr. Paul has no intention of running third party.
3) Dr. Paul is working preparing for 2016.
My Response: We still need to change Dr. Paul’s mind! Draft Dr. Paul! Come to the Thursday Teleconference to Discuss How!
Tuesday Afternoon Update:
Ron Paul on Jay Leno Tonight – We have some Delegates in the studio audience during the taping right now (3:30 PM PST).
The site www.RonPaul2012.net was offline a bit today, but is back up. Sign and get your friends to sign. 2,000 new signatures in a day is great, but not enough!
I was contacted by two County Organizers for Ron Paul in Florida this morning. They say they have a Billionaire who will pledge a vast portion of his fortune to help any Presidential Candidate who will sign a campaign pledge stating what they will do in office, and promising to report progress and take responsibility for success or failure in the first year.
Romney and Obama have turned down his offer, and while the Billionaire was introduced to Rand Paul at the Sun Dome this weekend, he has not yet heard back from Dr. Paul. I forwarded the contact information to Dr. Paul via email and left a message at his home this morning. I also put those people in direct touch with the General Counsel for the Gary Johnson Campaign. I’ll share more information on this on Thursday’s call.
Many people have contacted me in the past few days. There is much information to share on Thursday’s call.
Our Team Liberty Alaska volunteers are working hard and we are almost ready to open our new website and Facebook Group. I’ll post the links as soon as possible–tonight, or in the early morning.
We’ve had over 100 new requests to join our Alaskans for Ron Paul 2012 Facebook group. However, we only accept Alaskans in that group, so as to keep our communications there private. The new facebook group for everyone in this effort will be open to ALL who wish to join, though negative people will be promptly banned.
Thank you to all who have taken up this call to Draft Dr. Paul to stay in the race! And to the many people who are each helping in their own way. I’ll post more updates as they are available.
Monday Update: I have it on high authority with the Libertarian Campaign that they are open to Dr. Paul as VP, and will poll their state organizers, leaders and executive committee to make sure there is agreement, should Dr. Paul accept our plea.
In the meantime, our efforts to try to win Dr. Paul’s support are not in vain.
Dr. Paul will have to let the Libertarian Party know of his interest ASAP due to certain ballot access timing restrictions–please encourage him to stand tall and soon. I’ll add a list of things to do to this post a bit later today.
Also, the response has been so overwhelming that we have created a team of trusted activists from our work here in Alaska to help improve the communications. We will soon have a website up with all the best and most up to date information, as well as a Facebook Group just for this effort. Look for another update here tonight with email, phone, and website information.
I’ll copy a letter I sent to Dr. Paul today, so you can see my own message. Everyone has a different view of course, and you are entitled to it, with mutual respect.
In the meantime, the vast majority of feedback I’m getting from Republicans, Libertarians, Democrats, and Independents alike is that this is a worthy and widely supported effort, so it will continue.
Pessimists, and others who disagree, we understand and respect your doubts and concerns, but we are going to keep trying, because it feels right. It is a free society, and we are doing what we can to preserve and spread the message of Liberty now, not 4 years from now.
Thank you to everyone who is positive and working on this option! Keep recruiting more!
PS It’s Labor day today, so be patient with calls–you will get through to Dr. Paul’s offices better tomorrow.
Sunday Night Update: The Sunday Call had 1804 callers, according to the call detail. The room only holds 1,000 people, so some people got disconnected and they called back or were displaced. There is clearly wide demand for this effort.
If you would like to hear the Sunday night teleconference, the contact info is below:
For those who missed the call and would like to hear it, here is the playback number. You can call in and replay the entire two hour call. Conference Playback Information
Playback Number: (559) 726-1299
Access Code: 811476
The next (second) call is Thursday at:
5:00 PM ALASKA TIME That is:
6:00 PM Pacific
7:00 PM Mountain
8:00 PM Central
9:00 PM Eastern, for those who might be confused. I apologize for any mistakes made in earlier announcements.
As posted before, I spoke with Dr. Paul Saturday about continuing the fight by running on a third party ticket. I will continue to share what he said to me and let you know what needs to be done to make this happen. It can happen, but it’s going to take some work. If you are willing to support this effort, please share this event and call in:
Conference dial-in number: (559) 726-1200
Participant access code: 811476
We will also have at least one live stream over the Internet for those who can’t attend by phone, and will again record the call for people who can’t make it.