WASHINGTON -- Rep. Ron Paul may have dropped off the presidential campaign trail, but he reiterated Tuesday that he's not entirely out of the race.
A day after Paul announced that he would no longer formally campaign or spend money in primary states, his camp released a memo laying out the Texas Republican's strategy for the rest of the primary season.
The memo, by Paul campaign strategist Jesse Benton, said the libertarian-leaning Paul will still go after delegates and alternates at state GOP conventions, where his fiercely loyal followers could take over, in hopes of gathering enough delegates to wield influence in August at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., and beyond.
"So while our campaign is no longer investing in the remaining primary states, we will continue to run strong programs at district and state conventions to win more delegates and alternate delegates to the national convention," Benton wrote.
"We will head to Tampa with a solid group of delegates. Several hundred will be bound to Dr. Paul, and several hundred more, although bound to Governor Romney or other candidates, will be Ron Paul supporters."
However, even while rolling out its game plan, Paul's campaign conceded that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will be the Republican nominee. Still, Benton wrote, "All delegates will be able to vote on party rules and allow us to shape the process for future liberty candidates."
"We are in an excellent position to make sure the Republican Party adds solid liberty issues to the GOP platform, which our delegates will be directly positioned to approve," Benton wrote. "Our campaign is presently working to get several items up for consideration, including monetary policy reform, prohibitions on indefinite detention, and Internet freedom."
Some Republican strategists doubt that Paul can garner enough delegates or have them placed in important enough positions to significantly affect the convention.
That said, some political experts say that Romney's campaign may be amenable to having a Paul cause or two taken up at the convention.