On the heels of Congressman Ron Paul’s solid second place finish in New Hampshire, his campaign is imploring other Republican candidates to drop out of the race. Paul wants other Republican candidates to unite behind his candidacy in order to defeat Mitt Romney.
Paul’s Campaign Manager Jesse Benton offered the following statement this evening:
Ron Paul tonight had an incredibly strong second-place finish in New Hampshire and has stunned the national media and political establishment.
When added to Paul’s top-tier showing in Iowa, it’s clear he is the sole Republican candidate who can take on and defeat both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama.
The race is becoming more clearly a two-man race between establishment candidate Mitt Romney and Ron Paul, the candidate of authentic change. That means there is only one true conservative choice.
Ron Paul has won more votes in Iowa and New Hampshire than any candidate but Mitt Romney.
“Ron Paul and Mitt Romney have been shown in national polls to be the only two candidates who can defeat Barack Obama.
And Ron Paul and Mitt Romney are the only two candidates who can run a full, national campaign, competing in state after state over the coming weeks and months. Ron Paul’s fundraising numbers — over $13 million this quarter — also prove he will be able to compete with Mitt Romney. No other candidate can do all of these things.
Ron Paul is clearly the conservative alternative to Mitt Romney as the campaign goes forward.
We urge Ron Paul’s opponents who have been unsuccessfully trying to be the conservative alternative to Mitt Romney to unite by getting out of the race and uniting behind Paul’s candidacy.
“Ron Paul has the boldest plan to cut spending, a dedication to protecting life, and a lifelong dedication to the Constitution and limited government. He also has the necessary support to campaign nationwide against Mitt Romney.
Our campaign is already planning ahead for South Carolina, Florida, and beyond. Soon Ron Paul will head to South Carolina to begin a feverish round of campaigning.
Ron Paul is in this race for the long haul. And he is ready to fight.
Benton’s reasons are compelling. None of the other remaining candidates in the race has all of the factors that are needed to run a legitimate national campaign. If the remaining candidates pooled resources and energies they could mount enough resistance to Governor Romney to beat him. If Conservatives want a fight with Romney, Ron Paul may be the only candidate that can bring it to him.