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His Supporters Treated "Atrociously," Ron Paul Refuses to Back Romney

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Some Paul delegates were so offended that they exited the convention. Others speculated about whether they would back the GOP ticket. And libertarian-leaning young voters across the country got a signal that they weren't really wanted at the Grand Old Party. In a fall race where it is likely that many states will be decided by narrow margins, the disregard for these voters (who might sit the election out, might vote for Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson or might even consider Obama and the Democrats) could come back to haunt the Romney campaign.

Paul said Tuesday that his delegates felt they had been treated "atrociously."

And, no, Paul added, he will not be rushing to join the Romney team.

"I haven't made up my mind," he told Fox. "Put me down as undecided."

Paul Ryan has tried to secure Paul's endorsement, claiming that the Romney-Ryan ticket will appeal to Paul's supporters. After all, the platform references the Gold Standard.

But Paul's not so easily bought.

"I have not endorsed the ticket," Paul explained Tuesday. "I endorsed the principles I have been talking about." I endorse peace, prosperity, individual liberty and the Constitution. I am more intent on that than on the politics."

Read more of  The Nation 's coverage on the RNC:
Ben Adler, "GOP's Ladies' Night: Will It Work?"

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John Nichols, a pioneering political blogger, has written the Online Beat since 1999. His posts have been circulated internationally, quoted in numerous books and mentioned in debates on the floor of Congress.

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