Skip to comments.CA straw poll winner Ron Paul talks 9-11, campaign — and future
Posted on 09/18/2011 7:32:58 PM PDT by SmithL
Los Angeles The campaign of GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul, who decisively won the California Republican state GOP straw poll Saturday, spent $25,000 on the effort one his backers say displayed a depth of support and organizational strength for Paul in the 2012 campaign.
Pauls commanding win gave him 44.9 percent of the 883 votes cast by attendees at the 3-day state convention at the JW Marriott Hotel here. Coming in second was Texas Gov. Rick Perry with 29.3 percent, followed by a dramatic drop-off for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at 8.8 percent. Rep. Michele Bachmann came in an embarrassing fourth, with 7.7 percent. The rest of the GOP presidential pack hardly made a ripple: former Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman (2 percent), former Godfather Pizza CEO Herman Cain (1.8 percent), and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich coming in even after the pizza exec (1.7 percent).
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Paul went all truther in the land of fruits and nuts. LOL
So yet again Paul paid people to vote for him.
Straw polls are not even worth the paper they are written on, they are worth less than popcorn polls.
Ha, but can he go mainstream?
....because California has been such a great paradigm for Republican success.....
OK, off the the FEMA Death Camp with you.
Wow. How unimpressive. The local high school Homecoming Queen got more votes.....and she didn't pay a dime.
Ron Paul’s straw-poll performance is testimony to what can be done with sufficient quantities of weed and fast food. Unfortunately, he can’t afford to get the entire electorate high.
Two words explain the results: Medical Marijuana
Most politicians have supporters. RuPaul has a congregation of minions akin to the Charles Manson family. I’d be more inclined to listen to what the man has to say if it weren’t for the pathological fanatics who follow him like they’re in heavens gate. If I ever unwittingly engaged a Paultard and found out later, I’d need to shower with Lysol.
Pauls commanding win gave him 44.9 percent of the 883,/i>883 attendees, yea, I am worried.... NOT!
The only polls Ron Paul can win are internet polls and straw polls.
Small sample of voters. Mans nothing.
Here in San Jose we are so uninspired by Perry and we hate Romney. Palin won’t run. What is happening in California is rebellion from Rinos!! I had coffee with women my age today and they love Ron Paul and Perry is finished. Romney is a Mormon and excuse me but that aint gonna happen. We were down to Bachmann at out table. But boy did they like what Paul had to say!! and they love his good looking son!!
This is a lie. The Paul campaign bought tickets to give to their supporters. Many campaigns do this. (Eg. Bachmann did in Iowa -- and one of five of her tickets voted for someone else anyway The campaign never paid anyone to vote.
The only campaign which has been even accused of paying for for any actual straw votes this cycle has been Huntsmann in New Orleans.
Give a druggie enough dope and he will vote for the dope. Cut and run had two big things going for him in CA. CA is full of queers, who the surrender monkey always courts and druggies.
Nope. Paul has almost across the board support, for good reason.
If you want to support this delusional man be my guest but please do not pretend that he has any change to win, straw polls mean nothing.
And all the candidates do this -- but you are unlikely to see fairness and rationality here when it comes to Ron Paul. Some occasionally rational people here go into apoplectic fits at the very mention of his name.Writer Paul Mulshine covers this phenomena (I love the part where he points out that the term "American Exceptionalism" was actually coined by a Communist.)
These straw polls supposedly "mean so little" that the Texas Straw poll was cancelled --the cover story is that it was for "lack of interest", but it was much more likely because Rick Perry didn't want to be embarrassed by Ron Paul in his own State where polls have already shown that Ron Paul is far more popular than Rick Perry.
So you support a 9/11 truther?? A guy who back stabbed Reagan in the back?? A guy who supported Ralph Nader, Chuck Baldwin, Alan Keyes, and Cynthia McKinney??
No . Your facts are very wrong young man. Dr.Paul was one of the very first to support Reagan back in 1974!! You didn’t know that. What is wrong with Alan Keyes??? Give me your details on that. Who do you support?
Paul does not believe the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks were a government conspiracy and has explicitly denied being a 9/11 "truther", arguing that the issue is not a conspiracy but a failure of bureaucracy. He believes the 9/11 Commission Report's main goal was "to protect the government and to protect their ineptnessnot [
] to do this so they can use this as an excuse to spread the war [
] Some who did want to spread the war would use it as an opportunity. But, it wasn't something that was deliberately done." He does not think the government would have staged such an attack. When asked whether "9/11 was orchestrated by the government", Paul emphasized, "Absolutely not."
--Wikipedia article on Ron Paul
A guy who back stabbed Reagan in the back??
Congressman Paul was one of only four Congressmen to endorse Ronald Reagan against incumbent Gerald Ford and lead the Texas delegation for Reagan to the 1976 Republican National Convention. He defended Reagans Strategic Defense Initiative. The backstabbing you refer to was nothing more than a letter in which Paul criticized Reagan for not reducing the government to a "constitutional size."
And why the heck shouldn't Paul support Alan Keyes? You have a problem with Alan Keyes?
What are you saying happened in 1984?
It wasn't 1984, it was 1987 -- well after Reagan's re-election and shortly before Reagan left office. And it wasn't "a stab in the back" or even about RR personally; it was a criticism of the entire Republican Party and the Reagan Administration for not delivering what they promised to the American people. It came in the form of a letter resigning from the Republican Party.
One thing that has become pretty clear about Ron Paul over the years is that he never attacks anyone personally. It's always about the issues to him and his obligation to the Constitution and to the people. If you honor that, he honors you. If you don't, he may stay your friend but he won't cover for you.
Ronald Reagan was a great president, largely because he united the people and we trusted him. That doesn't mean that he was a perfect president who honored every campaign promise to us, because he didn't.
Unfortunately, I think that Ron Paul trusted Reagan too much. And when even Ronald Reagan couldn't deliver, Ron Paul became totally disillusioned, doubting that anyone in the Republican Party ever would -- a position that most of us are only coming to now.
Problem was that to become president RR, already had to compromise by bringing (liberal, big-government, internationalist) Rockefeller Republicans into his Administration --especially in the form of George H. Bush.
Forget "neocons", the problem is that people today mistake liberal, big-government, internationalist Rockefeller Republicans for "Conservatives" -- the antithesis and virtual enemies of original Goldwater Conservatives.