Skip to comments.He's no Sarah Palin...Liberal Congressman Ron Paul becomes conservatives' surprise top choice
Posted on 02/14/2011 2:21:05 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
Liberal GOP congressman Ron Paul has become the surprise choice by conservative Republicans to be the partys presidential candidate for next years elections.
The Texan took 30 per cent of the votes cast by the American Conservative Union, beating Mitt Romney into second place on 23 per cent.
Former House speaker Newt Gingrich got a mere five per cent - but that was more than Sarah Palin, who managed just three per cent of the ballots.
It was the second year in a row that Mr Paul had topped the CPAC vote, suggesting that support for him could be building into something solid.
But commentators were quick to point out that Mr Romney remained the favourite and that the vote could have been skewed by the young age of voters and poor turnout.
Mr Paul ran for the Republican ticket to the White House in 2008 but came in last place as his liberal message fell flat with many voters.
The 75-year-old has said that he is against the stringent budget cuts put forward by his Tea Party contemporaries and claimed that the U.S. does not have a moral responsibility to spread its good around the world.....
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Not the choice of conservatives...just some rabid followers
....libertarians and lesbians...
No surprise at all. There are bunches of Paulites among the student attendees and the students are half or more of CPAC.
Is that story a joke? Ron Paul?? Give me a break. Geesh!
ross perot redux
ross perot redux
Bad enough we got the RINOs, now the paul-butts. Can you spell third-party?
I don’t know what the US equivalent would be but the Daily Mail is a broadsheet national daily.
I wouldn’t trust the Mail for international news of any kind - they’re better than the Mirror or the Express, but that’s not saying much. Here they conflate ‘libertarian’ with ‘liberal’, which is a disastrous mistake on both sides of the Atlantic.
NO, he won’t go third party.
BTW Barr made the difference on NC.
These people aren’t conservatives....they are NUTCASE LIBERTARIANS!!
Is McCain busy this year or something ?
“Rabid” is right, Ron Paul is a NUT and any so-called “conservative” that voted for him is NUTS!
Over 11k went to CPAC...over 3000 voted. Most ppl did not bother...but the youmg Paulites did
That’s silly. Paul will probably garner the most votes at next year’s Circus-PAC too.
He did last year too.
But, Sarah did not bother.
Allen West took her spot and was GREAT.
I see some audience stacking by certain candidates.
All you have to know to know that CPAC is irrelevant is this - a guy named Gary Johnson came in third, with 21 percent of the vote. I follow politics pretty closely, and I had to look him up to even find out who he is. He doesn’t have a snowball’s chance of coming anywhere close to winning anything in the primaries. By the way, he’s for legalizing pot use, so put him together with Ron Paul and you’ve got almost 60% of CPAC voters looking like a bunch of potheads. Great job, folks!
Yeah, and Wesley Clark won Dixville Notch, NH in the 2004 Democrat primary. It means just about as much.
With CPAC, not showing up means you don’t get considered.
Heck, if I were there, I’d accept Michelle’s free beer; that’s the honorable way of buying votes.
30% of CPAC voted for Paul. The other 70% split their vote among the others.
This is how McCain got in. Conservatives split their vote into meaninglessness and the 30% of “moderates” or Rinos stuck together for their guy. I hope it does not happen again but fear it will.
Well the Paulites freep all the polls too. They are passionate.
He is 75 years old and he is an isolationist.
His speech was pretty good...I admit.
But, where was Sarah Palin? She has a plumb spot too...
Year after year Paul dominates the straw polls, then come election day and the votes he receives are insignificant.
As I said on another thread, this is the Alinsky 4-corners strategy. Make a lot of noise in a few strategic locations, and you seem to be a larger group than you really are.
It’s clear the Paul strategy is to put a lot of resources into early straw polls in an attempt to give the impression they are a larger group than they actually are.
Come the primaries (when people are actually voting) Paul will, once again, get his normal 1/2 of 1% of the vote.
As I understand it, Obama blindsided Hillary in the primaries by using something I was unfamiliar with, the caucus. It seems to be an alternative way of selecting a candidate that is rarely used. As I understand it, there is a vote taken in the caucus for individual candidates. Obama stacked the caucuses and Hillary basically ignored them. Surprise, Obama won!
We also know that those who intend to destroy us have learned they can’t do it militarily so they use stealth and deception to subvert our culture and our institutions.
That is what I see happening to CPAC. Ron Paul and Romney stacked the audience and GOProud is infiltrating it. The attempt is to destroy its effectiveness and it seems to be working.
He is obviously not conservative, but he is Not liberal...
The world (or America for that matter) is not divided into liberals and conservatives....Libertarians are kooky enough to be addressed as such...
Thats because all the people who vote for Paul in the CPAC.....
are ALL the people who vote for him in the Election.
LOL, a clueless article written for a clueless audience.