Ron Paul Won't Run 3rd Party - But That Doesn't Matter

January 3, 2012 2:21 PM ~  
Many pundits are worried that if Ron Paul doesn't win the Republican Primary he will split off and run as a 3rd party candidate. He has said over and over again that it isn't something he's thinking about, he doesn't want to do it, and he thinks it would be a bad decision, yet he continues to be asked this question during every interview he gives. It's insulting really, but it's also irrelevant.

Why?

Simple: people who support Ron Paul are enlightened. They see the failures of the government for what they are. They see liberty as the ultimate goal, not party victory. They understand the principles of a free society and the efforts made by the Founders to protect liberty. They aren't anti-Obama or pro-Republican, they are pro-Freedom and anti-government.

For these reasons, Ron Paul supporters aren't going to vote for some establishment hack like Mitt Romney or Rick Santorum if they win the nomination. Just as they did with McCain, they'll stay home and Obama will win. So it absolutely doesn't matter one bit if Ron Paul runs as a 3rd party candidate or not - if he doesn't win the GOP primary, his supporters will not vote Republican in the general election.

In addition, I believe Rand Paul is an all-star and his father doesn't want to do anything that would hurt his chances at an eventual run for President. If Ron were to run as a 3rd party candidate if he loses the GOP primary, Republicans would hate him (even more) and that would spill over to Rand, making it impossible for him to ever run. Rand is the more skilled politician of the two and so I highly doubt Ron would do anything to hurt his chances.

Here's a quote from Rand Paul on the subject today:
"You know, I don't think it's a good idea," Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) told Paul Westcott on New Hampshire's WGIR-AM while campaigning on behalf of his father. "Because people have been asking me for a couple years now if the Tea Party is going to stay within the Republican Party and I've been saying that the Tea Party has power and influence by primarily keeping Republicans and making them more consistent with their platform and their principles."

via Rand Paul On A Ron Paul Third-Party Run: "Don't Think It's A Good Idea" | RealClearPolitics.