Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul says he hasn't come to a conclusion about whether he will endorse anyone for the Republican presidential nomination if his own campaign falls short. "I haven't decided," Paul tells WMAL, a Washington, D.C. radio station.
Paul, a U.S. representative from Texas with a libertarian platform, says he remains concerned that the other GOP candidates aren't sufficiently committed to his concepts of individual liberty, cutting the power and spending of the federal government and a limited U.S. military role abroad. He disagrees with his rivals in his opposition to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and in his criticism of U.S., moves to stop Iran from making nuclear weapons.
Paul is in last place out of four candidates actively seeking the nomination in terms of amassing delegates. He has yet to win a caucus or primary in any state. He is not expected to do well in the three primaries scheduled for Tuesday in Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Wisconsin.
But Paul still has a loyal if relatively limited following, and he retains the ability to draw big crowds, especially on college campuses. He tells WMAL that he sees no reason to drop out and won't decide on an endorsement until all the delegates are counted after the primaries and caucuses end later this year.
The Associated Press gives Paul 51 delegates, far behind front-runner Mitt Romney's 572, Rick Santorum's 272 and Newt Gingrich's 135.
But Paul supporters argue that he is doing better in the delegate count than the news media or his opponents are willing to admit. One reason, Paul supporters say, is that he is building a delegate base under the radar of the party establishment by having his followers study the rules in caucus states and outmaneuver the other campaigns to get themselves chosen as delegates.
Experienced delegate counters, however, say the Paul campaign is being too optimistic and he really isn't doing as well as his supporters are claiming.