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CA straw poll winner Ron Paul talks 9-11, campaign and future
SFGate: Politics Blog ^ | 9/18/11 | Carla Marinucci, Chronicle Political Writer

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.

Paul’s 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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TOPICS: Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: moonbat; paul; ronpaul; truther

1 posted on 09/18/2011 7:33:11 PM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL

Paul went all truther in the land of fruits and nuts. LOL


2 posted on 09/18/2011 7:35:20 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: SmithL

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.


3 posted on 09/18/2011 7:37:43 PM PDT by svcw ( http://www.internetlastpage.com)
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To: mnehring

Ha, but can he go mainstream?


4 posted on 09/18/2011 7:38:05 PM PDT by hope
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To: SmithL

....because California has been such a great paradigm for Republican success.....


5 posted on 09/18/2011 7:39:04 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright
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To: SmithL

6 posted on 09/18/2011 7:42:31 PM PDT by NoLibZone (Democrats are violent. Prisons are overflowing with democrats convicted of violent crimes.)
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To: NoLibZone

OK, off the the FEMA Death Camp with you.


7 posted on 09/18/2011 7:44:52 PM PDT by Drill Thrawl (0 - 537 They ALL must go.)
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To: SmithL
Paul’s commanding win gave him 44.9 percent of the 883 votes.....

Wow. How unimpressive. The local high school Homecoming Queen got more votes.....and she didn't pay a dime.

8 posted on 09/18/2011 7:46:06 PM PDT by edpc (Former Normalcy Bias Victim)
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To: SmithL

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.


9 posted on 09/18/2011 7:48:23 PM PDT by RichInOC (Palin 2012: The Perfect Storm.)
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To: SmithL

Two words explain the results: Medical Marijuana


10 posted on 09/18/2011 7:48:47 PM PDT by arkady_renko
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To: SmithL

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.


11 posted on 09/18/2011 8:51:28 PM PDT by TruthHound ("He who does not punish evil commands it to be done." --Leonardo da Vinci)
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To: SmithL
Paul’s commanding win gave him 44.9 percent of the 883,/i>
883 attendees, yea, I am worried.... NOT!
12 posted on 09/18/2011 8:57:25 PM PDT by OneVike (Just a Christian waiting to go home)
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To: SmithL

The only polls Ron Paul can win are internet polls and straw polls.


13 posted on 09/18/2011 9:10:29 PM PDT by WOSG
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To: SmithL

Small sample of voters. Mans nothing.


14 posted on 09/18/2011 9:24:36 PM PDT by Grey Eagle
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To: arkady_renko

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!!


15 posted on 09/18/2011 10:13:28 PM PDT by mplunk
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To: svcw
So yet again Paul paid people to vote for him

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.

16 posted on 09/18/2011 10:40:27 PM PDT by Plummz (pro-constitution, anti-corruption)
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To: SmithL

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.


17 posted on 09/19/2011 2:57:21 AM PDT by John D
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To: Plummz

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.


18 posted on 09/19/2011 7:21:34 AM PDT by svcw ( http://www.internetlastpage.com)
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To: Plummz
The Paul campaign bought tickets to give to their supporters.

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.

19 posted on 09/19/2011 9:21:08 AM PDT by Bokababe (Save Christian Kosovo! http://www.savekosovo.org)
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To: mplunk; All

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??


20 posted on 09/19/2011 5:06:02 PM PDT by KevinDavis (What has Ron Paul done in Congress??)
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To: KevinDavis

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?


21 posted on 09/19/2011 8:30:37 PM PDT by mplunk
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To: KevinDavis
So you support a 9/11 truther??

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 ineptness—not […] 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.[72] 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?

22 posted on 09/19/2011 8:53:00 PM PDT by giotto
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To: mplunk
Dr.Paul was one of the very first to support Reagan back in 1974!!

And then stabbed him in the back in 1984. Just like he is trying to do to America right now.
23 posted on 09/20/2011 3:12:22 AM PDT by John D
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To: John D
And then stabbed him in the back in 1984.

What are you saying happened in 1984?

24 posted on 09/20/2011 11:20:24 AM PDT by Bokababe (Save Christian Kosovo! http://www.savekosovo.org)
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To: Bokababe
When he blamed Reagan for the deficit.
25 posted on 09/20/2011 3:11:57 PM PDT by John D
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To: John D
When he (Ron Paul) blamed Reagan for the deficit.

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.

26 posted on 09/20/2011 10:38:16 PM PDT by Bokababe (Save Christian Kosovo! http://www.savekosovo.org)
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