Conservatives Pick Ron Paul For 2012 Presidential Race

Ron PaulConfirming that Ron Paul is likely to be many people’s choice for President in 2012, the influential Conservative Political Action Conference picked him over the likes of Mitt Romney. (That woman from Alaska received only 1/10 of Congressman Paul’s votes.) From the Miami Herald:

Texas Rep. Ron Paul won the straw poll of conservative activists Saturday as their top choice for the 2012 presidential nomination, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney finished a strong second-but among the newer faces, no one showed much strength.

Paul was the first choice of the 3,742 voters at the Conservative Political Action Conference with 30 percent. Romney got 23 percent.

Paul and Romney also finished one-two in last year’s poll, with almost identical percentages.

In 2007, Romney won the straw poll, followed by former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. Arizona Sen. John McCain, the eventual nominee, never a favorite of conservative activists, was fifth.

Perhaps just as significantly, the vote among other hopefuls was fractured this year, even after more than a dozen potential candidates paraded to the podium over three days to make their cases to a convention that drew more than 11,000 people from around the country.

While Romney got a boost, the splintered vote among other candidates was a signal that “there’s no jelling around a candidate,” said CPAC Chairman David Keene.

The key message, he said, is that “all of these potential candidates are seen as conservatives. People sort of like all of them.”

Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson was the first choice of 6 percent; New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who did not attend the conference, also 6 percent; former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, 5 percent; Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, 4 percent; former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, 4 percent, and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, 4 percent.

Sarah Palin, the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, who did not attend, got 3 percent…

[continues in the Miami Herald]

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  • Astralwych

    No

  • Astralwych

    No

  • Hadrian999

    I wonder who will be the first one to self destruct?

  • Hadrian999

    I wonder who will be the first one to self destruct?

  • Wineandsong_2000

    Congratulations! Time to form the exploratory committee and start money-bombing.

  • Wineandsong_2000

    Congratulations! Time to form the exploratory committee and start money-bombing.

  • Rooti

    Ron Paul is the only conservative worth a damn. He is also the only politician we have that has had the same consistent message for years and it continues to make sense: end the wars, bring our troops home from around the world and end the Federal Reserve. What more do we want at this point?

    • Butter Knife

      The only one?

      No love for Sanders? Feingold?

  • Rooti

    Ron Paul is the only conservative worth a damn. He is also the only politician we have that has had the same consistent message for years and it continues to make sense: end the wars, bring our troops home from around the world and end the Federal Reserve. What more do we want at this point?

  • Robobagons

    Fuck Yeah! Go Ron Paul!

  • Anonymous

    Fuck Yeah! Go Ron Paul!

  • Rex Vestri

    Although I’m completely anti-Repugnican, I actually like Ron Paul. I agree with most of what I’ve ever heard him say. The main thing I totally agree with him about is the need to abolish the Federal Reserve Bank. But if Ron Paul wins the presidency, I fear he will end up being assassinated (or have an assassination attempt made on him) like the others in history that tried to end the FRB. Every other president** that has tried to end the Federal Reserve has. A look at history indicates a disturbing trend:

    -Andrew Jackson -Attempted assassination

    -Abraham Lincoln -Assassinated in Office

    -James A. Garfield -Assassinated in Office

    -Louis T. McFadden **(Chairman of the House Banking Committee 1928-1935) -After two attempts on his life in 1933-1934, McFadden died “mysteriously” in 1935

    -John F. Kennedy – Assassinated in Office

    http://www.kamron.com/economics/people_who_opposed_the_FRB.htm

    • Tuna Ghost

      Andrew Jackson also started an incredibly high amount of duels and personally shot a lot of dudes for a guy who was acting president at the time, so you can’t blame some schmuck for trying to kill him. Also, just for the Indian Removal Act, he deserved to be shot in the fucking face.

      I’d like some documentation on these men’s attempts to end the Federal Reserve, as I can’t find any personally. Some links, if you could?

      • Rex Vestri

        The link I provided at the bottom of my previous comments would be a good place to start.
        It isn’t difficult to find more information verifying the accuracy of what I wrote. I’m not going to do the research for you though. If you want to learn more about those historical figures and the things they did, do the research for yourself.

        • Tuna Ghost

          Well I’ve found plenty of “Zeitgeist” level sources, which, if they’re as accurate as the film, contain about 98% horseshit. I meant legitmate sources.

          • Rex Vestri

            Like I said, do some research yourself if you doubt the accuracy of what I stated.

  • Anonymous

    If Ron Paul wins the presidency, he will probably be assassinated (or have an assassination attempt made on him) due to the fact that he wants to end the Federal Reserve. Every other president** that has tried to end the Federal Reserve has:

    -Andrew Jackson -Attempted assassination

    -Abraham Lincoln -Assassinated in Office

    -James A. Garfield -Assassinated in Office

    -Louis T. McFadden **Chairman of the House Banking Committee(1928-1935) -After two attempts on his life in 1933-1934, McFadden died “mysteriously” in 1935

    -John F. Kennedy – Assassinated in Office

    http://www.kamron.com/economics/people_who_opposed_the_FRB.htm

  • Butter Knife

    The only one?

    No love for Sanders? Feingold?

  • Liberty

    There are many out there who hate republicans but can see that Ron Paul is the best choice for president… I encourage those people to register as Republican so that Ron Paul can win the primaries. Our only chance is if progresives on the left can see past the left-right paradigm and support the most principaled man in Washington, even if he’s a Republican. (The Republican Party hates Ron Paul, they have banned him from conventions and they dismiss him every chance they get….if you hate republicans, you should support Ron Paul)

  • Liberty

    There are many out there who hate republicans but can see that Ron Paul is the best choice for president… I encourage those people to register as Republican so that Ron Paul can win the primaries. Our only chance is if progresives on the left can see past the left-right paradigm and support the most principaled man in Washington, even if he’s a Republican. (The Republican Party hates Ron Paul, they have banned him from conventions and they dismiss him every chance they get….if you hate republicans, you should support Ron Paul)

  • DeepCough

    No, I will not vote for Ron Paul if he runs on the Republican platform, because the Republicans have been anything but conservative since the Reagan days. And if he does somehow become the Republican president of 2012, he will be forced to be a real tool like all the others. I think Ron Paul’s energy would be much better spent running as an independent (look at what it did for Lieberman), because the support he’s getting now could help launch the perfect third party for the United States: the Independent Party, a party INDEPENDENT of the bullshit that has corrupt the Democratic and Republican parties for decades, that actually gives a damn about constitutionality and understands the finer points of federalist government for a fucking change–just like Ron Paul.

  • DeepCough

    No, I will not vote for Ron Paul if he runs on the Republican platform, because the Republicans have been anything but conservative since the Reagan days. And if he does somehow become the Republican president of 2012, he will be forced to be a real tool like all the others. I think Ron Paul’s energy would be much better spent running as an independent (look at what it did for Lieberman), because the support he’s getting now could help launch the perfect third party for the United States: the Independent Party, a party INDEPENDENT of the bullshit that has corrupt the Democratic and Republican parties for decades, that actually gives a damn about constitutionality and understands the finer points of federalist government for a fucking change–just like Ron Paul.

  • Aleph Omega

    I changed my party affiliation from Democrat to Republican back in 2008 just so I could vote for Ron Paul in the primaries. While it would be great if he could start a truly Independent party, I can see how it would split the vote and hurt his chances. The man will have a hard enough time trying to get elected, as it is. Though hopefully, 2012 will be the year that enough of people in both parties will realize how much they’re getting fucked (to quote Bill Hicks) and see how false the left-right paradigm is, and will be sick and tired of empty promises and reneging politicians (unlikely, I know, but I can dream). If enough people on both sides can throw in behind Ron Paul, he may have a chance. Especially if he can do the impossible and shift the viewpoint of the Republican party from the inside out. This would be the perfect opportunity for him to do so, what with the momentum of the tea-party movement (which in reality was started by Ron Paul supporters back in ’07, but was later ideologically hijacked by the GOP at large)… perhaps he can get some of those disgruntled, disenfranchised conservatives to rally behind him and steer them to a more reasonable and sound view of political, and economic policy. That is, if he can deconstruct and deprogram all the bullshit and nonsense being fed into their heads by media pundits like Glenn Beck, etc.

  • Aleph Omega

    I changed my party affiliation from Democrat to Republican back in 2008 just so I could vote for Ron Paul in the primaries. While it would be great if he could start a truly Independent party, I can see how it would split the vote and hurt his chances. The man will have a hard enough time trying to get elected, as it is. Though hopefully, 2012 will be the year that enough of people in both parties will realize how much they’re getting fucked (to quote Bill Hicks) and see how false the left-right paradigm is, and will be sick and tired of empty promises and reneging politicians (unlikely, I know, but I can dream). If enough people on both sides can throw in behind Ron Paul, he may have a chance. Especially if he can do the impossible and shift the viewpoint of the Republican party from the inside out. This would be the perfect opportunity for him to do so, what with the momentum of the tea-party movement (which in reality was started by Ron Paul supporters back in ’07, but was later ideologically hijacked by the GOP at large)… perhaps he can get some of those disgruntled, disenfranchised conservatives to rally behind him and steer them to a more reasonable and sound view of political, and economic policy. That is, if he can deconstruct and deprogram all the bullshit and nonsense being fed into their heads by media pundits like Glenn Beck, etc.

  • Tuna Ghost

    Andrew Jackson also started an incredibly high amount of duels and personally shot a lot of dudes for a guy who was acting president at the time, so you can’t blame some schmuck for trying to kill him. Also, just for the Indian Removal Act, he deserved to be shot in the fucking face.

    I’d like some documentation on these men’s attempts to end the Federal Reserve, as I can’t find any personally. Some links, if you could?

  • Anonymous

    The link I provided at the bottom of my previous comments would be a good place to start. I’m not going to the research for you. That stuff isn’t hard to find at all.

  • Guest

    Notice how Palin got 3% of the straw poll?

    This means haters have to stop equating her drones with all right-wingers/Republicans.

  • dirty johnny

    I gotta tell ya, a got a molotov cocktail in one pocket and a strap-on in the other…

    But Ron Paul takes make back to the days when conservatives were Conservatives! You know who they were and they made sense if you could agree with their founding principles. I never did, but I could respect their argument. This Tea Bagger shit is just pitiful. I’d rather argue with skinhead militias. We’d have a better chance at reaching a compromise… We get the red light district, they get the white light… Vote Guns and Dope Party!

  • dirty johnny

    I gotta tell ya, a got a molotov cocktail in one pocket and a strap-on in the other…

    But Ron Paul takes make back to the days when conservatives were Conservatives! You know who they were and they made sense if you could agree with their founding principles. I never did, but I could respect their argument. This Tea Bagger shit is just pitiful. I’d rather argue with skinhead militias. We’d have a better chance at reaching a compromise… We get the red light district, they get the white light… Vote Guns and Dope Party!

  • Tuna Ghost

    Well I’ve found plenty of “Zeitgeist” level sources, which, if they’re as accurate as the film, contain about 98% horseshit. I meant legitmate sources.

  • Anonymous

    Like I said, do some research yourself if you doubt the accuracy of what I stated.

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