Caught two things on Hot Air today where two of the remaining “non-Romneys” in the contest for the Republican presidential nomination articulated reasons why they are continuing to remain in the race.
Tina Korbe reports that although Ron Paul finds Mitt Romney to be “a dignified person,” he may not support the current frontrunner for the Republican nomination, asking “Which Republican other than myself would look into the Federal Reserve?” Perhaps, the Texas Congressman is conditioning his support for his current adversary’s pledge, if elected, to commission an audit of the Fed — which seems a worthy goal. (Eager to hear our reader ILoveCapitalism’s response to such a pledge.)
Interpreting Newt Gingrich’s new focus as recasting the former Speaker’s campaign in the mold of Paul’s quixotic quest, Allahpundit excerpts and comments on Byron York’s Washington Examiner story about that new focus:
Gingrich says he will now focus his efforts on persuading GOP delegates to adopt a series of platform proposals that will hold Romney to conservative positions.
“The delegates are well to the right of Romney,” Gingrich says. “That doesn’t mean they necessarily want to buck Romney, but I do think they may well say to Romney, ‘It would really be good for you to run as a genuine conservative.'”
Read the whole thing. At least since the run-up to the Michigan primary, Mitt Romney has been doing a better job articulating conservative principles. Perhaps Newt doesn’t take the former Bay State governor at his word and believes his campaign would help hold the frontrunner’s feet the fire.
Seems the Georgian believes Romney couldn’t read the tea leaves without his continued participation in the campaign, a notion which, it appears, leads the Hot Air blogger to quip that “if it makes Newt feel better to believe that the platform won’t look conservative without him, hey. He’s fought a long, long race. He’s entitled.“