For Rep. Ron Paul, it’s all about the delegates. In his Saturday night speech, he said his campaign will push forward and concentrate on caucus states that award delegates proportionally, “because that’s the name of the game.”
“This is the beginning of a long, hard slog,” Paul, a Texas Republican, said. “And we will continue to do this, there is no doubt about it. The message of liberty is being received by more people every single day thanks to your effort.”
After two strong performances in Iowa and New Hampshire, Paul’s message did not mesh with South Carolina voters and their strong support of the military. At Monday’s debate, audience member’s booed the Texas congressman for suggesting the U.S. should follow a “golden rule” for foreign policy.
But Paul looked past Saturday's results and said he wanted to concentrate on states that awarded delegates proportionally – South Carolina's winner generally takes most of the delegates. His campaign, therefore, has concentrated on caucus states such as Nevada and Minnesota.
Paul said he will get four to five times more votes in South Carolina than he got four years ago. He said the difference has been a growing failure of the federal government, and said more people are listening to his message of “liberty.”
“There's no doubt our numbers have been growing since this primary,” he said. “I've been in business of promoting this cause in the electoral process for a long time. At the beginning I thought it would be promotion of a cause. It dawned on me if you win elections and win delegates, that's the way you promote a cause.”
In his lengthy speech, he also addressed familiar themes, like going back to the gold standard, repealing the Patriot Act and legalizing online gambling.