Ron Paul To The Anti-Mitt Romneys: Drop Out Now

That's right folks, Ron Paul's campaign thinks that that GOP field should be whittled down to only two candidates. A statement from Ron Paul's National Campaign Chair Jesse Benton:
Ron Paul tonight had an incredibly strong second-place finish in New Hampshire and has stunned the national media and political establishment.

When added to Paul’s top-tier showing in Iowa, it’s clear he is the sole Republican candidate who can take on and defeat both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama.

The race is becoming more clearly a two-man race between establishment candidate Mitt Romney and Ron Paul, the candidate of authentic change. That means there is only one true conservative choice.

Ron Paul has won more votes in Iowa and New Hampshire than any candidate but Mitt Romney.

Ron Paul and Mitt Romney have been shown in national polls to be the only two candidates who can defeat Barack Obama.

And Ron Paul and Mitt Romney are the only two candidates who can run a full, national campaign, competing in state after state over the coming weeks and months. Ron Paul’s fundraising numbers — over $13 million this quarter — also prove he will be able to compete with Mitt Romney. No other candidate can do all of these things.

Ron Paul is clearly the conservative alternative to Mitt Romney as the campaign goes forward.

We urge Ron Paul’s opponents who have been unsuccessfully trying to be the conservative alternative to Mitt Romney to unite by getting out of the race and uniting behind Paul’s candidacy.

Ron Paul has the boldest plan to cut spending, a dedication to protecting life, and a lifelong dedication to the Constitution and limited government. He also has the necessary support to campaign nationwide against Mitt Romney.

Our campaign is already planning ahead for South Carolina, Florida, and beyond. Soon Ron Paul will head to South Carolina to begin a feverish round of campaigning.

Ron Paul is in this race for the long haul. And he is ready to fight.

See you on the campaign trail.
My emphasis.

I guess that I can kind of see Benton's (Paul's) point, but like Mike Huckabee in 2008, I think that Rick Santorum will want to continue through South Carolina next week. My guess is that he and Rick Perry will do reasonably well there.

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