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Backing Ron Paul, SC Lawmaker Issues Warning to GOP

State Sen. Tom Davis, a delegate at the Republican National Convention, responded to protests of Ron Paul supporters.

Perhaps the leading supporter of Ron Paul in South Carolina, state Sen. Tom Davis had harsh words for GOP leadership after a floor fight that saw numerous delegates committed to Paul leave in protest.

The dispute between Paul supporters and the GOP had been brewing for some time as Republican leadership that was loyal to nominee Mitt Romney put forth a proposal that said, in those primary states with a popular vote, the candidates would be awarded delegates in proportion to their percentage of the popular vote.

“GOP leadership has an obligation to include (Ron Paul supporters) and if they don’t, they risk losing the election,” said Davis, a first-term Republican from Beaufort County, who spoke to Patch from Tampa.

Particularly vocal in their opposition to the rule change were twenty Paul backers from Maine, who lost their status as official delegates and then left in anger.

Paul earned 166 over the course of the primary season and none of them ended up being recognized at the convention.

Davis, who hosted a , said he understood the disappointment of the delegates who were not counted.

“You spend so much time and energy to advance the cause and you want to know where you stand,” Davis said.

Though there is dissatisfaction, Davis said the supporters of Paul should feel gratified and deserve to be heard. The fact that the official GOP party platform includes a mandate to audit the Federal Reserve is a sign of success.

But the fissure between Paul supporters in the Party should not be minimized, according to Davis.

“We want to advance the ideas of liberty within the GOP,” Davis said. “We have moved the needle, but the party’s deeds and aren’t matching its words.”

Davis said he thinks the GOP should do everything possible to win over Paul’s enthusiastic supporters into helping elect Romney.

“If (the GOP) doesn’t capitalize on all this energy they’ll lose this election,” Davis said. “And the GOP will go back to being the party of old people.”

“They need to listen to these kids. They are the future of our party and the future of our country,” Davis said.

Davis has been oft-rumored as a possible challenger to U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham in 2014, but he’s not worried about alienating some in the GOP establishment.

“I’ve already jumped off the bridge,” he said. “I’ve made the leap. It’s unfortunate that there is always resistance to something new. That’s exactly the wrong thing to do at this point in time.”

Paul received nearly 2.1 million votes in the Republican primaries alone. As a means of comparison, the 2004 presidential election between George W. Bush and John Kerry was decided by 3 million votes.

JoSCh September 01, 2012 at 10:38 PM
What bills specifically are misleading? Paul is pretty highly regarded by most politicians, watchdog groups, pundits, constituents, talking heads, etc. You've taken a position that most don't, I'm curious why. <-- Paulbots, this is how you disagree with someone about your messiah.
Don Edwards September 02, 2012 at 02:21 AM
You'll be alright, "reg," when the swelling goes down. All of us need to keep an open mind. There's some good in all of the candidates. I just don't happen to see any difference between Romney and Obama. Do you have fifteen minutes of your time to watch this, before you respond? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxDwT55rmIw
reg September 02, 2012 at 04:09 AM
I'm familiar with that video, Don - in my opinion, though, Griffin's affiliation with the John Birch society eliminates my respect for it (and him...and that video, too). In my opinion, Birch is a Marxian economical spokesperson (funded by Koch defends that argument), and leaves me to believe that Griffin is just a spokesperson for Birch. (His own claims to have cured cancer sort of weaken my opinion of him, too, not to mention the "prisonplanet" tags on the video in your link.) Also, your link/last comment aren't relevant to my last comment -- Ron Paul is no Libertarian, just a kook using that tagline for political purposes. If you're telling me that he's a Libertarian ideal, my opinion of that party just sunk to a new low. (and, btw, "reg" is my name - no need for the quotation marks!)
Don Edwards September 02, 2012 at 09:38 PM
I didn't mean to insult you, Reg. I misread your name because it wasn't capitalized. My bad. Regarding Griffin, I didn't know about his claim to have cured cancer. I retired from medicine, and had I known that, I would be more than suspect too. Do you have a cert for your assertion. I'll be looking. Lastly, what is Non-Libertarian about doing away with taxes, decreasing the size of government and it's impact on our lives, freeing people to live their lives unencumbered by overly restrictive laws that can not be enforced, auditing the Fed, and returning to Constitutional principles,..............for starters? That once was the Republican party that governed this Republic. Then we entered a period where Democrats were more conservative than Republicans. The results are not pretty. Ron Paul wanted to bring the party back to it's roots. He could have as easily ran as a Libertarian. To borrow a phrase; "America is not a Democracy. It is a Constitutional Republic. It's important to know the difference."
reg September 02, 2012 at 11:14 PM
Griffin promotes B17 (in format of Laetral) is the cure for cancer, and that cancer is caused by its deficiency. http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=4312930190281243507 And I'll have to stipulate that America is a *democratic* republic (that has a constitution). Shoot, the People's Republic of China is a constitutional republic. So was the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. As for Paul's non-libertarianism - like most of the GOP nowadays, his only "downsize govt" claims pertain to deregulation of corporations. Ask him about him about other things (govt out of marriage, for example) and he only gives that "let states decide" response - meaning, state govts could still play Big Brother in the place of the federal govt. His idea of auditing the fed isn't simply auditing it - it's giving it over to the private sector without any govt oversight on how that private sector can malign the country's economy. He has lots of "legal dope" followers, but can you tell me of any time he's ever introduced any bills for legalization? He and Kucinich did one that would make it a state issue....but that's not legalization. He's not small govt libertarian - he's big state govt totalitarian.

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