2012 Presidential Campaign, Ron Paul

Ron Paul close to beating Newt Gingrich in Iowa?

A new poll puts Ron Paul just one percentage point behind Newt Gingrich in Iowa, and a full five points ahead of Mitt Romney, suggesting that Paul could be on the verge of creating a significant upset in the Republican presidential race.

Paul’s supporters have long expressed quiet confidence that their candidate can do much better in the votes than the mainstream media has previously acknowledged. And in the build-up to the start of the crucial primary season, there are signs that they might be right.

The appeal of Ron Paul to voters seems to be due to a combination of factors. For one thing, he is one of the few Republican candidates to espouse a genuine libertarian political philosophy (for example, see his recent criticism of National Defense Authorization Act). For another, he has so far suffered none of the embarrassing foot-in-mouth moments that have plagued his rivals for the GOP nomination.

The other strong point for Ron Paul heading into 2012 is his popularity with younger voters. Ironically, the oldest candidate in the GOP field seems to be picking up strong support among those who are wary of the rest of the Republican field but who still want to vote Republican in 2012. For some, Paul is the only ‘real’ Republican in the race.

Whether or not Ron Paul can keep this momentum up, his success is a sign that there is an appetite for change in American politics. Many people appear to be sick of the traditional battle between Republicans and Democrats, with neither party seeming able to deviate far from the traditional Washington script. Agree with him or not, Ron Paul’s success hints that real change could be an appealing prospect for millions of Americans.

Discussion

5 thoughts on “Ron Paul close to beating Newt Gingrich in Iowa?

  1. I have been a supporter of Ron Paul since 2008. I simply saw Obama as a maniac liar. I knew there was no way he could honestly fulfill half of everything he promised.

    Little did I know that my numbers were far off. I should have surmised better: he couldn’t fulfill a tenth of what he had promised, to anyone. He hasn’t and won’t ever, there simply aren’t enough presidential years available to any one person for him to fulfill his promises. Perhaps not even a lifetime. This is why Obama isn’t and has never been electable to me. I voted for Ron Paul rather, along with my father, in 2008.

    Now that I’ve laid it down, I’d like to say that it’s not easy being a quiet Paul supporter. There is simply so much hate in the hearts of people who love the SET way of doing things. They hate Paul, because they are blind and ignorant, and it hurts my feelings, but I don’t feel that I have the guts to tell them off. I just smile and move on with my day, sometimes say a prayer.

    I am voting for Ron Paul in 2012 because he will make my America home again.

    Posted by Nathaniel H. | December 14, 2011, 2:34 pm
    • Nathaniel – no pressure, but if we’re going to save this country, we need people like you to speak out. When the establishment says things and nobody challenges them, they quickly become the new norm. That’s how we got here in the first place. What we need is for smart people like yourself to speak up and dispute the status quo. Is it easy? No, not really, because the current “norm” is so extreme that people actually view “common sense” as extreme now. But if you sit back and say nothing, we continue to go down the path we’re on, and let’s face it – we’re at the precipice as it is!

      Posted by Bob in Boston | December 15, 2011, 6:24 pm
  2. Well Well Well

    Lets see, just How many articles, opinion pieces, here on 100gf said that this would never happen. Its almost as if the writers here @ 100gf should have just stayed home on some days. and played some Skyrim

    instead of filling us with more noise.

    Posted by Roger DeMint | December 14, 2011, 8:17 pm
  3. He’s going to win Iowa and very possibly New Hampshire.

    RON PAUL 2012

    Clear. Consistent. Honest. Responsible.

    whatthehellbook.com/the-book/

    Posted by Jackson Baer | December 15, 2011, 1:30 am
  4. This isn’t an “upset” – Ron Paul tied for first in the Iowa straw poll and has won more than 50% of the straw polls since then. He’s been out front by himself for a while now, despite the media trying to convince everyone he “has no chance” based on their manipulated telephone polls. Fortunately the good people of Iowa have done their research and are ignoring the media and the GOP establishment’s propaganda.
    What nobody’s talking about is the huge percentage of “undecided” voters. How many of those people who wouldn’t pick a candidate in the telephone polls were waiting to see if Ron Paul was “electable”?

    Posted by Bob in Boston | December 15, 2011, 5:40 pm

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