A website called Ballot Access News has reported that Ron Paul will appear on the ballot for President in November.
The Constitution Party of Montana, which broke off from the national party back in 2006, decided not to stick with the national party’s nominee (Chuck Baldwin for President/Darrell Castle for VP), but rather nominate Ron Paul for President, and 2000 Constitution Party nominee, Michael Perutka, for Vice President.
Paul did not actively campaign for the nomination, but he also did not oppose it. He has said that he will not object as long as he does not have to sign any declaration of candidacy and as long as he won’t actually have to do anything formal for the campaign.
Paul’s campaign manager in Montana, David Hart, told reporters, “Here in Montana, I think it’s pretty much sealed the deal that McCain will not win Montana. If he doesn’t win, Ron Paul will probably be blamed for it. They only need to look in the mirror and blame themselves for nominating someone who doesn’t represent true Republican values and causes like Paul. … [Paul may take some of Obama's votes becaue Paul] is really unifying in terms of liberty and freedom and that goes across the party lines. … It’s an exciting development. People will have an opportunity to not vote for the lesser of two evils.”
However, Montana Republican Party Chairman Erik Iverson isn’t so worried. He told reporters, “I’ve got all the respect in the world for David Hart and Ron Paul. But I think the only candidate in Montana that it hurts is Bob Barr. Montana voters who would vote for him (Paul) on the Constitution Party ticket are folks who probably wouldn’t have voted for John McCain anyway and they certainly wouldn’t have voted for Barack Obama.”
Personally, I think that this is going to hurt McCain more than Obama, but I’m not ready to call the state one way or another yet. I think this definitely puts the state into play, and this could be an election where 3 Electoral Votes makes the difference. This state has been close in the polls lately; however, all of those were pre-Palin, and Palin is going to help McCain in Montana, so I’m really undecided as to how much of a hit McCain will take here (but if Paul wasn’t running, I’d definitely call it for McCain). I do know that Bob Barr (Libertarian) will suffer here in Montana now though. Some time soon I’ll be putting out my prediction for the general election (I may do a weekly prediction or something like that).
I’ll keep you updated with anything more that happens regarding Montana and Ron Paul.
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