Failed GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul may be an afterthought for many Republicans now, but he would like a speaking role on the convention floor, or at least an on-site meeting, as a reward for his efforts.
“If I’m not going to be the nominee, the goal is to show that there’s a political benefit toward accepting some of the views that we have,” the Texas representative told CNBC’s “Morning Joe” show, Politico
“If I don’t get a speech on the floor in the convention, all I want to do is have a meeting and say, ‘Look, we have numbers, we have people, we have enthusiasm, we believe in something. Why don’t you pay a little attention?’ And actually I think they are. They don’t know quite how to handle it.”
In a reluctant bow to reality, Paul acknowledged, “Unfortunately, we don’t have quite enough [delegates] to take over the convention.”
Given Paul’s intense attacks on Republican presidential nominee-to-be Mitt Romney during the campaign and his failure to endorse the former Massachusetts governor yet, it’s difficult to envision Paul gaining a prominent role at the convention.
He said he hasn’t asked convention organizers or Mitt Romney for a speaking slot. “I have not asked specifically, and he hasn’t invited me to.” Paul didn’t exactly sing Romney’s praises to Scarborough. “I would say he has core convictions, but I just disagree with them,” Paul said.
To be sure, Romney will be eager to garner the support of Paul’s libertarian followers, so he does have some incentive to throw the Texan some kind of a bone.
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