Ron Paul Supporters Ponder The Future Of Minn. GOP

by Pat Kessler, CBS Minnesota  |  published on November 21, 2012


MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Minnesota Ron Paul supporters are planning their next move in state Republican politics after widespread losses on Election Day.

The Texas Congressman built some of his strongest support here in Minnesota. But at the Liberty Movement Forum in Minneapolis, Paul supporters said the party abandoned small government principles, and hurt the GOP brand in Minnesota with divisive social issues.

Paul’s Minnesota campaign manager, Marianne Stebbins, says the marriage amendment pulled focus away from real issues.

“People who support Republicans support Republicans because they think they believe in small government, and…they believe that they’re strong on the economics. But then when the Republican Party goes out there and runs on the marriage amendment, people are thinking, ‘Well, where’s the small government party?’” Stebbins said.

The Ron Paul Republicans may be the most motivated political activists in Minnesota, but many were offended with their treatment by the GOP establishment.

At the National Republican Convention, Minnesota had one of the largest delegations for Dr. Paul.

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