Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, faced with a daunting delegate disadvantage and dwindling media attention, nevertheless plans on continuing his campaign to try to change the way Washington operates.
With Mitt Romneyconsidered by many observers to be the presumptive GOP nominee, Paul said he maintains a strong base of supporters who are tired of not having their voices heard. Only Paul, Romney, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrichof Georgia remain in a once-crowded race.
"We're challenging the status quo of the entire country as well as the Republican Party," Paul said during an interview on CNBC's "Squawk Box." "People don't like to give up their power. But the momentum is very powerful. I'm part of it, but I'm not it. It's much bigger than me."
The Texas congressman has run a campaign based on tapping into anger against debt and deficits, and specifically the Federal Reserve , which he has criticized for devaluing the dollar and perpetuating the fiat money machine that powers Washington fiscal policy.
He has pledged to cut trillions as soon as he takes office by abolishing several Cabinet-level agencies, including the Education Department.
But he has yet to win a state, and former Massachusetts Gov. Romney appears well on his way to capturing the required delegate count needed for the nomination, especially considering the recent exit of former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.
Paul said that if Romney hits the required delegate level he probably would continue his campaign "in a modified way" that would allow him to go to the national convention and make his supporters' voices heard.
"He's part of that whole crowd of politicians, Republicans and Democrats, that are much closer together than most people realize," Paul said of Romney. "There's not much difference when it comes to policy. The rhetoric might be different...This is why young people are disgusted. They don't get what they're supposed to get."
Paul is an advocate of the gold standard, as well as getting the U.S. out of the various wars and foreign entanglements in which it has found itself over the past decade. Though his views have caused him to be called an isolationist, Paul takes faith in the large crowds he said follow him through his campaign.
"You don't quit because you happen to be behind," he said. "You want to see how you can do. Who knows? Maybe somebody will stumble."