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Ron Paul Leads CPAC Straw Poll

If this year’s CPAC straw poll is any indication, things might get very interesting in the run-up to the 2012 Republican primaries:

Ron Paul has ended Mitt Romney’s three-year run as conservatives’ favorite for president, taking 31 percent of the vote in the Conservative Political Action Conference’s annual straw poll. Paul, a Republican congressman from Texas known for his libertarian views, ran for president in 2008 but was never a serious contender for the GOP nomination.

Romney, former Massachusetts governor and also a 2008 GOP candidate, has won the last three presidential straw polls at the annual conference. This year, he came in second, with 22 percent. Sarah Palin, who didn’t attend the conference, was a distant third in the straw poll, with 7 percent, followed by Tim Pawlenty, the Minnesota governor, and Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana.

Historically, the CPAC poll hasn’t been a solid predictor of which Republican will ultimately take the nomination, but this result must be welcome news for Democrats. What better way to guarantee Obama’s re-election than a Libertarian revolt to divide the GOP?

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I will vote for him. Hopefully he will make some changes to his foreign policy...
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Paladin is going to have an aneurysm.

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Paladin is going to have an aneurysm.
Old people do get those you know...so it wouldnt be all that strange.
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he has my vote.

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People are fed up with all the slick talking, say anything assholes in Washington. Right or wrong, which is yet to be determined on a lot of issues, RP speaks from the part of the brain that actually cares about America and the future, not the next 4-8 years or his cronies and the easy way out of everything. He seems like he couldn't care less who he pisses off and how crazy it makes him look. I admire his honesty and the way he can voice his unpopular ideas. Washington needs a man like RP in my opinion.
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People are fed up with all the slick talking, say anything assholes in Washington. Right or wrong, which is yet to be determined on a lot of issues, RP speaks from the part of the brain that actually cares about America and the future, not the next 4-8 years or his cronies and the easy way out of everything. He seems like he couldn't care less who he pisses off and how crazy it makes him look. I admire his honesty and the way he can voice his unpopular ideas. Washington needs a man like RP in my opinion.
For sure. He does have some radical ideas but it's not like those super radical ones could be implemented in a 4 or 8 year term anyway. I like that he votes for the right thing to do as opposed to voting for whatever will win the next re-election cycle.

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I think that he would have a hard time getting anything done if he became POTUS. Congress refuses to let go of the American teet so they will override any radical change to the status quo. Something really needs to be done about the pussies on capital hill.
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I will vote for him. Hopefully he will make some changes to his foreign policy...
What foreign policy?

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What foreign policy?
The one that's a step above "you can see Russia from Alaska."
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Wait... Ron Paul's a Republican?!?!
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I see another Bush Sr/Ross Perot/Bill Clinton fiasco on the horizon. I hope you guys enjoy the four more w/obama when you cast that vote for RP in 2012.

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I see another Bush Sr/Ross Perot/Bill Clinton fiasco on the horizon. I hope you guys enjoy the four more w/obama when you cast that vote for RP in 2012.

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The one that's a step above "you can see Russia from Alaska."
Yeah, but at least you know that's a true statement, right?

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I think that he would have a hard time getting anything done if he became POTUS. Congress refuses to let go of the American teet so they will override any radical change to the status quo. Something really needs to be done about the pussies on capital hill.
That's the brilliance of it though: the less the government can do, the better off we'll all be.

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Yeah, but at least you know that's a true statement, right?
Yes I'm aware that there is one small Russian island that is visible from one small Alaskan island.

I'm really just making a point that there was full-fledged support of Sarah Palin when the only thing most Republicans knew about her was she liked guns and was sorta cute. And as they say, she was 'one heartbeat away from being President.'
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Yes I'm aware that there is one small Russian island that is visible from one small Alaskan island.

I'm really just making a point that there was full-fledged support of Sarah Palin when the only thing most Republicans knew about her was she liked guns and was sorta cute. And as they say, she was 'one heartbeat away from being President.'
But she's the direction this country needs to be heading, Paladin told me so!

That woman scares me nearly as much as Barry does. Same mindset, different values. Slightly less intelligent.

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Ron Paul is the Republican version of Obama.

I agree with a lot of what he says but his foreign policy ideas are horseshit and a great way to end up fighting another world war.

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Well, since Romney won the last 3 straw polls and has yet to be nominated as the GOP candidate, much less president, I think that there is nothing to discuss...other than to get Paladins blood pressure up.
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Ron Paul is the Republican version of Obama.

I agree with a lot of what he says but his foreign policy ideas are horseshit and a great way to end up fighting another world war.
As long as he isnt steering the country towards socialism and isnt spending us into the 3rd world, then I wouldnt have a problem with him being president. Heck, if we can survive 4yrs with Osama, I am sure that we will do okay with Paul as well. I agree with almost all of his ideas except for his stance on foreign policy...I do beleive that we need to take a firmer stance on world issues instead of being the "big for nothing" kid on the block.
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Yes I'm aware that there is one small Russian island that is visible from one small Alaskan island.

I'm really just making a point that there was full-fledged support of Sarah Palin when the only thing most Republicans knew about her was she liked guns and was sorta cute. And as they say, she was 'one heartbeat away from being President.'
She was VP candidate. It's a little different. Compare her to Biden, then we can talk.

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As long as he isnt steering the country towards socialism and isnt spending us into the 3rd world, then I wouldnt have a problem with him being president. Heck, if we can survive 4yrs with Osama, I am sure that we will do okay with Paul as well. I agree with almost all of his ideas except for his stance on foreign policy...I do beleive that we need to take a firmer stance on world issues instead of being the "big for nothing" kid on the block.
This is true. As someone pointed out his powers would be limited. So if you pair him up with a congress that is run by the usual sorry assholes we may actually get some decent things done.

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She was VP candidate. It's a little different. Compare her to Biden, then we can talk.
Biden is a Democrat, so you already expect at least 75% of his ideas to be moronic bullshit. I only expect 50% of Republican ideas to be moronic bullshit. So he's got a 25% handicap off the bat.

I've watched a steady procession of 'electable' candidates do immense damage to this country's economy and freedoms the past 30 years. I don't mind giving someone else a shot, I doubt they could do worse. Even Ron Paul.
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She was VP candidate. It's a little different. Compare her to Biden, then we can talk.
She's more than that now. Her sights are on yo daddy.
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