Huckabee, Paul Plan To Continue Campaigning – Updated

Seems that Huckabee has no plans on dropping out until McCain reaches the delegate count he needs to claim the nomination. Here’s some video of his campaign manager with Neil Cavuto earlier discussing how long the Governor will remain in the race:

I don’t blame him for staying in at this point. He might as well but I just wonder when it’s pretty clear that McCain will easily take the nomination. No offense to Huckabee or his supporters, but at this point it seems like he’s running for VP or perhaps to be a player at the convention.

On the other side of the coin, Ron Paul has also vowed to press on as “the only remaining conservative in the race”. Story from CNS News:

Rep. Ron Paul of Texas championed small government libertarianism at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington on Thursday.

Paul claims to be the only conservative remaining in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

“We are in a bind. We are in a fix. We spend too much everywhere. We spend too much overseas, we spend too much domestically. The only answer is to be true conservatives,” he told conservative activists.

Paul expressed doubt that Sen. John McCain can lead Republicans back to the conservative principles of 1994. Instead of advancing limited government, McCain has chosen to align himself with some of the most destructive liberals in the United States Senate, Paul said.

I think Paul could make a decent run as a third-party candidate. Seriously, he has the cash and the supporters. Plus, there is unrest in the Republican Party over McCain. I don’t know what kind of inroads he’d make but he would definitely have a better chance of that than becoming the Republican nominee or VP nominee.

Update:

Ron Paul has said he will not run as a third-party but he is pulling back his national presence, story from the AP:

HOUSTON (AP) — Presidential hopeful Ron Paul said he will not run as a third-party candidate in a new message to supporters that seems to recognize his slim chances at getting the Republican nomination.

The Texas congressman wrote on his Web site Friday that he is making cuts to his national campaign staff and that he must also stay focused on not losing the primary for his House seat.

Paul began Saturday with just 14 delegates for the Republican nomination that John McCain, with 719 delegates, has all but officially secured. Mitt Romney dropped out of the race Thursday, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has 198 delegates. A total of 1,191 delegates are needed to secure the GOP nomination.

“With Romney gone, the chances of a brokered convention are nearly zero,” Paul wrote. “But that does not affect my determination to fight on, in every caucus and primary remaining, and at the convention for our ideas, with just as many delegates as I can get.”

He’s not dropping out and plans on continuing to the convention with the delegates he has won. Not to mention the fact that if he ignores Texas too much he may just lose a primary to his own congressional seat. Perhaps it’s time to head back to the ranch so he doesn’t lose the day job while continuing to run for president.

  • Ryker

    The more I read these “articles” that are put out, the more I am disgusted. No ONE, not a single blasted news reporter looks at the fact that if no one is happy with McCain and Huckabee is TRULY conservative, then why won’t the media give him a chance? Oh that’s right…the delegates. Well seems to me that if Huckabee stops McCain from getting the nomination because of delegate count then it’s taken to the convention. Now THAT is FACT and something NO ONE is reporting. It’s a shame that the media tries to decide everything for everyone. Do your JOB and report the facts while getting different view points. So far, all that has been reported is we don’t know why Huckabee is staying in because it’s clear that McCain is the nominee. Bull crap…it’ll be clear when someone gets the delegate count OR when a winner is decided at the convention. Get your facts straight and report the news right.

  • Gary

    I wish Paul could run the Country only domestically. He has a lot of interesting and seemingly great ideas in that respect. I despise his international policy proposals, though.

  • Bob

    The fact is the we as Republicans have not got to choose between the two biggest idiots in the world(Huckabee and Paul), and the second biggest liar in the world(Mccain next to Hillary Clinton). There better be one amazing third party canidate or I’m either not voting for a president or voting for Obama.

  • Ryker

    Oh yes, because Huckabee is such a big idiot. That’s the dumbest thing I’ve heard…

  • Gary

    Why do you think they are idiots? Because they don’t believe what you believe or have they both done something to make you think they are idiots?

    And it seems very odd to me any time someone eludes to the fact that if a “true Conservative” doesn’t enter the race they’re going to vote for Obama or Clinton. Not that you said that, but i’ve heard it quite a bit and it doesn’t make sense to me.

  • Well, I’m just glad there are still a few candidates left. To me, McCain is the worst of both worlds–a domestic big government and social liberal, and a big government neo conservative in foreign policy. He’s a Liebermann in GOP clothing.

    I was hoping Mitt would come through on Super Tuesday, but come November I’ll have to look into other options.

    I’m considering jumping on the Ron Paul bandwagon.

  • Jay Em

    If all American voters had a chance to see a Mike Huckabe Speech from beginning to end like I just saw on CNN. Mike Huckabee would surely be our next President of the United States. No matter what the delegates are.
    Fact are facts, speculations are speculations.
    Fact is AMERICA IS IN TROUBLE!
    Here’s z speculation, how about a Huckabee/McCain ticket?

  • Ryker

    Everyone needs to check his speech out at the CPAC

    http://www.hucksarmy.com/videos/HuckCPAC2008.html

  • rick

    Jay, be thankfull he was at least covered. When Dr. Paul spoke there was an info-babe on cnn who almost had a litter of kittens when she accidently let 10 seconds of audio feed from dr pauls speech
    get aired. the look on her face was strark terror!! — pleeease dont fire me for such a grave transgression…. she must have thought…

  • Grover

    Huckabee and Paul just need to learn when it’s time to quit. They are both intelligent guys with good ideas. However, it won’t be good for either of their future presidential runs to continue on like this. Everyone knows McCain will be the nominee. Staying in the contest won’t help. If Huck thinks he’s going to be the vice pres. he’s very wrong. I think he’d be number ten on the list. The funny thing is Romney is at the top of that list and Huck always thinks he’s doing so much better than Romney. Huck and Paul, please get out of the way! You’re more of an annoyance than anything else.