Ron Paul’s senior campaign adviser for his 2012 campaign said on Sunday that the GOP Presidential candidate did not want to be president when he first approached him about the idea.
Doug Wead, who is also the Coalitions director for the campaign and took a sabbatical to join it, made his comments during a video montage at the Ron Paul Rally in Tampa, Florida.
He did not say whether Paul’s feelings endured throughout the entire campaign.
But Ron Paul has maintained that he was electable, and often referred to the fact that he is a 12-term congressmen and to polls early in the election cycle that showed in a head-to-head matchup against President Obama that he could win.
In the montage, Wead explained that Paul didn’t want to run because he knew that he would be going against the entire political establishment.
Paul has always admitted that the odds were against him, but has also stated that he’s had a more of a chance in 2012 than he had when he first ran in 1988.
Like in 2012, when he first ran in 1988, Paul received questions about his ability to win, and whether his Presidential run was more about education than about actually winning the White House.
William F. Buckley, who is considered to be an architect and founder of conservatism, asked Ron Paul on his show “The Firing Line” in 1988 whether Paul’s run was a “didactic enterprise” and not a political one.
“No, it isn’t,” Paul told Buckley.
Paul shot back at Buckley that his campaign was designed to win.
“A campaign is organized for one purpose and that is to win,” Paul said to Buckley, adding that the educational aspect comes more from the libertarian Mises Institute and the Foundation for Rational Economics and Education (FREE) which Paul himself founded while a freshmen Congressmen in 1976. FREE has become inactive in recent years.
Paul kept up the same “designed-to-win” mindset in his 2012 presidential run, as he mounted a campaign aimed at winning state conventions and sending delegates to this week’s Tampa RNC convention.
“I don’t know why you have to separate the two,” Paul told ABCNews earlier this year, explaining that he was about winning and affecting change in politics.
In that same ABC interview earlier this year, the ABC reporter asked Ron Paul if he could see himself in the Oval Office.
“When you lay your head on your pillow at night, do you see yourself in the Oval Office?” the reporter asked.
“Not really,” Paul replied.
Ron Paul made two previous attempts to be the President of the United States. The first in 1988 for the Libertarian Party ticket. The second for the Republican Party ticket in 2008.