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The end of the Ron Paul R[evol]ution

October 27, 2008

Miriam Williamson

Ron Paul ran for the Republican Party nomination but did not win. He will not be running on a third party ticket.

Ron Paul ran for the Republican Party nomination but did not win. He will not be running on a third party ticket.

When Ron Paul’s name showed up on the list of potential Republican nominees, grassroots efforts sprung up across the nation supporting the Republican Congressman from Texas and his Revolution campaign.

Some of these supporters had been long-term fans of Paul. Others were intrigued by his ideas and platforms.

“He was running on the ticket before I even knew who he was,” said junior Vince Barrett, one of Elon’s Ron Paul supporters. “I guess I kind of got suckered in by the YouTube videos, and I just had immediate interest. I started reading a lot and got really into it.”

Although he was running for the Republican nomination, Paul does not have the same ideas and policies as many of the Republicans in today’s society. Instead, Paul claims to follow the fundamental Republican ideals that go back to the founding of the party.

“I consider myself a Republican,” Barrett said, “but I don’t want to associate with the current administration. The Republican party doesn’t follow the principles they preach.”

Paul is well-known for is his advocacy for limited federal government control. He backs these ideals with his freedom principles, which support the rights of individuals.

Paul’s name on the ballot would have meant a group of grassroots voters confident in their choice.

“He’s the only person I could trust to vote for,” Barrett said. “He says the same thing no matter where he goes. I’m not going to vote for Obama or McCain because they demonstrate a complete lack of understanding for the issues we face.”

Paul’s consistency is a strong factor in many of his supporters’ faith in him.

“I read his articles and saw how consistent he was, even when it wasn’t popular,” said Cameron DeJong, an Elon alum who has run as a Libertarian for county commissioner in eastern N.C. and a Paul supporter since 1996. “ He is truly devoted and much of what he said then and just during the presidential campaign is showing true. He has stuck to his principles, regardless of popularity, and that is to be commended.”

His differences from other Republicans have deemed him a third-party candidate, but Paul refused to run in the 2008 election as a third-party candidate.

“Ron Paul said that if he didn’t win the primary, he wasn’t going to run anymore, so I saw it coming,” Barrett said. “Of course it was disappointing, but I was following it very closely so I knew the indications.”

In February, Paul focused his efforts on his campaign to remain in Congress.

While a third-party candidate winning a U.S. presidential election anytime soon seems unlikely, it may be possible with the proper funding, according to DeJong.

“A third-party candidate who is independently wealthy stands a good chance,” DeJong said. “Otherwise, it would take a celebrity – who in most cases has wealth built in – to become elected.”

Since voters will not see his name on the ticket, Paul supporters may have a tougher time choosing. Many do not trust the current most popular third-party candidate, Bob Barr, especially since it is unlikely for a third-party candidate to win the election. Chuck Baldwin of the Constitution Party has a strong chance, since Paul has endorsed him.

“Most Ron Paul supporters will either vote for Baldwin, Barr or they won’t vote at all,” said DeJong. “Some of those who may not vote will write in Ron Paul’s name.”

Barrett will be writing in a candidate, but it will not be his original favored candidate.

“I’m actually voting for Hunter Bacot,” Barrett said. “He asked for my vote, and I’m giving it to him. I just figured it’d be kind of funny to vote for him.”

Barrett said that although he will not be casting a serious vote for president, he will be supporting Paul’s ideals by voting for libertarians on the rest of the ballot.

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