Paul Says He Has No Intention Of Dropping Out

Ron Paul said Saturday the Republican presidential race has "a ways to go" and he doesn't intend to get out or get behind another candidate anytime soon.

The Texas congressman was campaigning Saturday in Maine, which holds caucuses beginning Feb. 4. He spoke to an overflow crowd at the University of Southern Maine and held an outdoor rally outside the famed L.L. Bean store in Freeport. He picked up the endorsement of Linda Bean, the granddaughter of the Bean company founder and a prominent Republican activist in the state.

Paul told reporters that it didn't make sense for him to campaign in Florida, which holds its primary Tuesday and awards all its 50 delegates to the winner. Polling indicates Mitt Romney is leading the field there.

"Some other campaigns have many, many millions of dollars to run a campaign," Paul said. "We maximize the delegates the way we're doing it."

Paul planned to campaign next week in other caucus states, including Nevada, which also holds its caucus on Feb. 4, and Colorado and Minnesota, which hold caucuses Feb. 7.

Paul dismissed suggestions he would back any of his GOP rivals.

"I think that's premature. We have a ways to go," Paul said, adding he was glad they were speaking favorably about some of his libertarian-leaning views.

"I'll work with anybody who wants to come in the direction of Constitutional government," Paul said.

He noted that Newt Gingrich had endorsed his views on monetary policy in a nationally televised debate this week. Paul has called for the Federal Reserve to be audited and ultimately eliminated, and wants the value of the dollar tied to gold.

Paul said he hoped the former House speaker and others would also adopt his noninterventionist foreign policy views, which are far outside the Republican Party mainstream.

"If he says 'I agree with Ron Paul, we should bring the troops home from Afghanistan,' my ears would pop up," Paul said.

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  • by Anonymous on Jan 30, 2012 at 04:40 PM
    Sam, did you vote for Bush too?
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Jan 30, 2012 at 12:28 PM
    Ron Paul has my vote and Barack Obama will be the last person I'd vote for. I'd vote for a North Korean over Barack Obama. That's how bad Barack Obama has messed this nation up.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 30, 2012 at 11:45 AM
    Ron Paul will start winning caucus states in February, and then we'll be asking weather or not Frothy should drop out. Ron Paul 2012!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 30, 2012 at 11:27 AM
    Is Paul still running????
  • by Anonymous on Jan 30, 2012 at 07:06 AM
    Paul will not be taken seriously, the clown pose are to interested in what the Tax Cheat and the Swinger have to say....very sad.
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Jan 29, 2012 at 03:58 PM
    I'll vote Ron Paul.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 29, 2012 at 03:57 PM
    Dr. Paul 2012!
  • by obamanot on Jan 29, 2012 at 03:56 PM
    This shaky little lap dog needs to put his hands down.He reminds me of obama saying I will make the tides recede. Iran is a tiny little country.They pose know threat!OK obama/Paul, send your inspectors over there and say everything is A OK!No need to worry,I traded a drone for them to stop what they are doing.The straits of hormuz is just a bunch of political hype to make it look like the obamason is being a strong leader.All a bunch of hype!A vote for Paul is a vote for obamas brethren wins again!
  • by Ron for Pres!!! on Jan 29, 2012 at 03:50 PM
    Dr. Paul in 2012!!!
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Jan 29, 2012 at 03:36 PM
    Ron Paul for President!
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