Despite his entrenched last-place status in the GOP presidential field, Ron Paul on Monday brushed aside the idea that he should exit the race.
CNN's Piers Morgan asked the Texas congressman, "Why don't you just do the decent thing and pull out?" Paul responded: "Why don't you do the decent thing and not pester me with silly questions like that? I mean, that would be decent of you."
When Morgan observed that the latest Gallup poll shows Paul at just 9 percent among Republican voters, Paul said, "What you're looking for are delegates, and we're doing quite well." Morgan then noted that Paul had just 71 delegates to Mitt Romney's 569.
"What about the states where they're still working through the process, which is most of them?" Paul said. "You know, whether it's up in Maine, or right now we're doing well in the state of Washington, and North Dakota, now in Nevada, and even Missouri the other day -- some really good news came out there for us."
He added, "It's way too soon for you to write anybody off.... What if Mitt Romney isn't the best person? Why should we just throw in the towel because people like you say 'Hey, throw in the towel -- people don't want you out there, wanting to debate the war and the Federal Reserve and wanting to debate this civil-liberties assassination on American citizens?'"