Ron Paul Endorses Chuck Baldwin for President
A post on the Campaign for Liberty site confirms it. Ron Paul just dropped the bomb and endorsed Chuck Baldwin:
I’ve thought about the unsolicited advice from the Libertarian Party candidate, and he has convinced me to reject my neutral stance in the November election. I’m supporting Chuck Baldwin, the Constitution Party candidate.
This was already a big week for Dr. Paul. The coming taxpayer-funded bailouts and the country’s verging near economic collapse is an unfortunate reminder that the humble Congressman from Texas has been right all along.
Fortunately he isn’t just sitting there telling us “I told you so.” He’s bucking the establishment again to show that another part of our system is broken.
While this endorsement doesn’t do much for the Baldwin campaign in terms of tangible political success on November 4th, I surmise that Ron’s intention is to bring to light the ideas and begin to fix our country. By not endorsing the McCain-Palin ticket he demonstrated further courage to work within the system in an attempt to bring more people together through principled beliefs rather than partisan politics.
Judging by his statement, Paul’s disappointment in Bob Barr’s willingness to play the game of exclusion for political gain didn’t overshadow Paul’s willingness to listen and change his mind.
All that wrapped up with a psuedo Chuck Norris endorsement. It’s another big week for Ron Paul.
We will provide updates here as more details develop.
UPDATE: I talked to Barr campaign manager Russ Verney about the tiff.
reason: What’s your reaction to Paul’s statement?
Verney: That’s what leadership is all about: Making decisions. On election day Bob Barr’s going to offer a mesage that appeals to Ron Paul’s voters, and we’re confident we’ll win them.
reason: Are you disappointed to lose Paul’s endorsement like this?
Verney: No, and this should have been a long time ago if Ron Paul wanted to help Chuck Baldwin. The time to do this was right at the Rally for the Republic, when there was focused attention on what Paul was doing, right in front of the doors of the Republican convention.
reason: Do you regret skipping Paul’s press conference and holding your own? That was clearly the impetus for Paul’s decision.
Verney: No, it wasn’t a mistake. We stand by our position. This is all about liberty, and liberty-minded voters need to know that concentrating their support in the Libertarian Party.
I speculate that this is wishful thinking upon the part of Russ Verney. But with a recent CNN poll showing Barr with only 1% of the vote and Baldwin not even registering, the potential impact of Dr. Paul’s endorsement is not likely to be significant for either candidate.