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BLITZER’S BLOG: Ron Paul could surprise us
December 13th, 2011
04:11 PM ET

BLITZER’S BLOG: Ron Paul could surprise us

By Wolf Blitzer, CNN

(CNN) - Three weeks until the Iowa caucuses and anything is still possible, including an upset win by Rep. Ron Paul.

As you know, he has lots of devoted supporters. He has an excellent organization in Iowa. He could surprise a lot of people and actually win the caucuses, to the dismay of Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney.

Neither of the front-runners has great operations in Iowa. And in Iowa, organization counts.

People don’t just go into a booth for a minute or two and vote and then go home. They have to make a major commitment to show up at a civic center or school and participate in a lengthy meeting. They have to listen to speeches. The process can drag on for an hour or two or three.

It may be cold outside but it could get hot inside those rooms.

Over the years, the key to success in Iowa is to persuade your supporters to show up. That means helping them drive to the meetings if necessary.

Paul has that kind of team in place. From what I hear from well-placed sources in Iowa, neither Gingrich nor Romney has it in place yet. Maybe they can do it over the course of three weeks, but it won’t be easy.

By the way, keep your eyes on Rick Perry, Rick Santorum and Michele Bachmann. They have spent lots of time in the state and have some strong followers. Let’s see how they do.

Bottom line: Iowa, in my opinion, is very much in play. Before you know it, we will be on to New Hampshire.

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  1. Saboth

    Honestly, I tend to lean Dem, but I'd give Ron Paul a shot. Obama disappointed on all levels...still spying on Americans...still pushing pro-corporation legislation like SOPA...etc. A lot of it isn't his fault, due to obstructionist Republicans, but honestly, he wasn't much of a change from GW. Ron Paul? He might screw up the system, or he might fix it...who knows. Let's throw a monkey wrench into our broken government and see if it breaks further or starts running again. If any other Repub is nominated, I'll go with Obama again. Sorry, not interested in how religious you are or how you plan on suppressing gays. I want solutions to our country's problems. So that knocks out all of them except RP.

    December 14, 2011 at 11:37 am |
  2. changeit

    I am not republican, but I like Ron Paul. Finally someone willing to say what he thinks, not what he thinks we want to hear.

    December 14, 2011 at 11:27 am |
  3. Vyrsace

    What surprises me most about the previous comments in this article's comment thread is how confident and bold the commentators make their comments about Ron Paul or any other candidate regarding any political view the candidates may or may not have. If you are so absolutely sure of the result of their views and how easy it is to predict the positive or negative future of the economy, relationships between countries, employment, etc. then I can only suggest that you run for president and see really how easy it is.

    December 14, 2011 at 11:15 am |
  4. Perk

    Ron Paul rides the War Horse......Support S1176 !

    December 14, 2011 at 10:55 am |
  5. jbm

    I'm no longer as concerned as to who is the president as I am the other 535 self-serving terrorist in Congress. I'm tired of their protectionism, insider trading, taking corporate payoffs, while holding the country hostage in partisan purgatory.

    December 14, 2011 at 10:36 am |
  6. joe adams

    I think people would have to be out of their minds to not support Ron Paul. Have you guys been paying attention. His foreign policy is the only sane one. He understands how the economy works better than all the other candidates (including obama) put together. He will balance the budget within the first 4 years, has the most active military support, and will cut worthless government programs that are driving us deeper into debt. Most importantly, he is the ONLY one who strictly follows the Constitution and has the consistent voting record to prove it. In this day and age with the new martial law bill and patriot act being an issue we better fight for our lives to get this man elected. Wake up America!!!

    December 14, 2011 at 10:31 am |
  7. Wired

    Dear America. We tried Libertarianism once. We ditched it for a reason: The Articles of Confederacy did not work. At all.
    If you prefer a nonexistent government with a large military ran by the highest bidder, Please move to Somalia. Strangely, they share all of the conservative views.

    December 14, 2011 at 10:24 am |
  8. Chase

    I don't thin it would be a surprise if Ron took Iowa. Honestly if he were to get the nomination for the 2012 election he could possibly beat the President by bringing in some moderate and liberal votes.

    December 14, 2011 at 10:23 am |
  9. Couldb

    The problem with Ron Paul is he doesn't satisfy the 'pretty' quotient we in America like. He is passionate but his voice does not 'resonate'. Ron Paul will live or die based on how the media portrays him but he will also cause a lot of people concern but he might just give us what we want most and fear most- greater liberty and responsibility. No one can survive an election who might give us that in this country any more. The Matrix pretty much says it all when the villain asks to be put back INTO the matrix. We want the life of comfort...not the life we carved.

    December 14, 2011 at 10:20 am |
  10. RickeyV

    This is only a surprise to Blitzer, Matthews, and the rest of the MSM who still think they can control elections. Since they never truly vetted Obama you can't trust any endorsement from any media. Look them up yourself, it isn't that hard. Try not to get fooled again.

    December 14, 2011 at 10:04 am |
  11. John B

    You mean the person that's currently tied for second place in Iowa opinion polls could possibly move up to first place on Jan. 3rd? That's some first rate analysis there, Wolf.

    December 14, 2011 at 10:03 am |
  12. Jimbo

    Ron Paul would win if it wasn't for the completely brainless evangelicals who base their vote on some invisible make believe friend like a preschooler would instead of focusing on real issues.

    December 14, 2011 at 9:53 am |
  13. Clay J Titan

    America can be an Empire ( and go broke) or a republic ( and stay free), I prefer the latter.

    December 14, 2011 at 9:51 am |
  14. sosofresh

    As a democrat, I would consider voting for Ron Paul if he were running against Obama. If any of the other guys get the nomination, I'd be going straight-ticket dem.

    December 14, 2011 at 9:37 am |
  15. SOS

    All these witty and insightful comments are for naught. Until the electoral college is eliminated no 3rd party candidate can be elected.

    December 14, 2011 at 9:27 am |
  16. Geoff

    My vote counts!!
    I'm voting for Ron Paul.

    For the simple reason, he has been saying the same thing for years and he has no fear.
    He's crazy? So am I!
    He's old? So am I!
    He's way off base? So is America
    He's ill informed? So is America

    December 14, 2011 at 9:22 am |
  17. Jay

    Nothing in MSNBC, or CNN today about the lates PPP poll showing Ron Paul tied for first place in Iowa!!!! When will they stop ignoring Dr. Paul?

    December 14, 2011 at 9:07 am |
  18. The ghost of Pres. Calvin Coolidge

    I vividly remember a young Ron Paul being in my administation. He was champion of the U.S. isolationist policies of the 1920's, very popular at the time. We did not have to concern ourselves with world affairs, it made my presidency so much easier to manage, but I heard their was this small faction of radicals in Germany, but that Ron Paul told me to ignore them and they would go away – ah, yes what a smart policy that turned out to be.

    December 14, 2011 at 8:57 am |
  19. Paul

    Ron Paul 2012

    December 14, 2011 at 8:56 am |
  20. newt gingrich

    Ron Paul is literally smarter than all of the other GOP candidates.

    December 14, 2011 at 8:51 am |
  21. Nina

    VOTE RON PAUL. He has integrity and knows how to run this wonderful country....He will follow the constitution as it should be followed. He is the only one to vote for...Go Ron. Hope you win. It is about time you are being noticed by the media, I wish to hear more about you.

    December 14, 2011 at 8:47 am |
  22. John M

    Ron Paul is the only GOP contender with an ounce of integrity.

    Some might call his ideas radical, but we don't need more incremental change that gets us nowhere. We need decisive action. I was pro-Obama in the last election, but I'm leaning heavily towards Paul now.

    December 14, 2011 at 8:44 am |
  23. Andrew

    Reading about half of the comments, I'm beginning to see the good and bad characteristics of Ron Paul. He seems to have some ideas that are considered strange, but the people who might have actually looked into it seem to understand and want to promote him. I think he could make a good candidate if he was a stronger speaker and got more air-time, but he does seem to have some flaws in his thinking. He does seem to think things will get fixed on their own. I'm glad I can read the comments and become more well informed, instead of repulsed by hassling each other over political opinion. I'm 18 and still in High School, so I'm used to everyone cursing and disliking each other over differences. I wish people could have a civil debate sharing their opinions like you guys do! I applaud you all for this, and would like to say thanks. I'm independent and still undecided on a republican candidate, let alone if I will vote for Obama when that choice comes. It depends on who he is up against. Thanks for all of your info. and opinions
    ~Andrew

    December 14, 2011 at 8:33 am |
  24. Paul

    I hope Ron Paul wins. He is the only candidate with good ideas that he espouses consistently, not just when its convenient.

    December 14, 2011 at 8:32 am |
  25. Paul

    Ron Paul is the clear front runner. For the 1898 election.

    December 14, 2011 at 8:22 am |
    • UR Owned

      that is hilarious lmAo OMG you should have your own show! You could call it, "No thanks, I'm perfectly happy in the sheep pasture as they take my food away." Get it? I know you do – you're smart!!! LOL LMAO ROFL

      December 14, 2011 at 9:00 am |
    • Ken

      Ironically, the country actually lived within it's means in 1898. By attempting to trivialize Paul, you'll only make him stronger. Keep up the good work!

      December 14, 2011 at 9:43 am |
    • Clay J Titan

      Paul if you know anything about history 1898 was a good economic time for America.
      So you make a good point.

      December 14, 2011 at 9:52 am |
    • Rasmunson

      I agree. Too bad. We were a a country moving ahead and had not the hatred we now have for each other. So...maybe you are correct...he just may be the best thing for us.

      December 14, 2011 at 10:23 am |
    • PandoraDoggl

      Everyone knows liberty is a thing of the past! Progress means buying votes with unconstitutional social welfare programs; didn't you know?

      December 14, 2011 at 10:27 am |
    • Tony

      Tell me how Ron Paul is unelectable – or ideas he has put out there that are crazy? PLEASe give me any reason why people should believe Ron Paul is not the right person for America?

      December 14, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
    • Mike

      "Ron Paul is the clear front runner. For the 1898 election."

      HA.. That's right, because constitution has changed so much since then... O wait... It's still the same...

      December 14, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
    • jw

      I'd have to agree 1898 is where he, Ron Paul, belongs. The more I hear from Paul the more I'm convinced that he's nuts. Simply because the Constitution doesn't expressly says something doesn't mean Congress can't make a law to govern it.

      @MrDave, where did you get your facts on equality for blacks. We had a strong happy work force in the 50's equality didn't happen til the Civil Rights Act made it so. Even though I agree with RP in principle that our regulations have in some cases gone overboard, I don't agree with his strict reading of the Constitution.

      Jw

      December 14, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
    • dewed

      1898: Ah, the good old days. Before the big social welfare system we have in place now. Before pointless wars overseas fought by a gargantuan military, before heavy taxation and regulation.

      December 14, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  26. Paul4Prez 1898

    Go Ron Paul! Elect Ron Paul to the 1898 presidency!

    December 14, 2011 at 8:19 am |
    • trex

      ...What we need is to reduce government jobs, like:..Judges, FBI, Air Traffic Controllers, FDA food inspectors, Wall Street investigators, CIA, FDIC insurers, the ENTIRE MILITARY, CDC disease researchers, but NOT THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, nor the SENATE. They need EVERY paid worker.

      December 14, 2011 at 11:16 am |
  27. Debbie

    The press ignores Ron Paul but he just may surprise them. With the press concentrating on Gingrich and pushing him you may just find the people turning to Ron Paul much to the dismay of the press.

    December 14, 2011 at 8:14 am |
    • Wired

      You mean much to the Dismay of Life, Liberty, and Justice for All.

      December 14, 2011 at 10:25 am |
    • Tony Montana

      Ron Paul. The only veteran, doctor, logical and honest candidate. And he doesn't kiss the boot of Israel.

      Ron Paul or bust (literally)!

      December 14, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
    • RP

      Not a chance. Every election is maybe he could surprise, but he won't make a big enough dent.

      December 14, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  28. Hekate

    Ron Paul may win Iowa. Ron Paul may win New Hampshire. But if he does, the Republican establishment will stop at nothing to prevent him from getting the nomination.

    December 14, 2011 at 7:56 am |
    • Steve

      I agree that they will try....unfortunately it will be too late.....too much momentum and at that point, the MSM won't be able to ignore him anymore. This is truly a revolution.
      What very well could happen though....after a landslide in Iowa and a strong 1st place finish in NH, Dr Paul needs to get Secret Service protection because the odds of an attempted assassination increase dramatically.

      December 14, 2011 at 11:04 am |
    • pete4808

      God help us if they do.
      Ron Paul 2012 !

      December 14, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
  29. 4th Eagle of the Apocolypse

    I don't think Ron Paul will get the nomination. Even if he wins Iowa he has little chance of capturing the evangelical states of the south and other parts of the country. Libertarians have always been the crazy aunt in the cellar for the GOP. I don't see that changing now. Also, with his age their is always the chance he will pass away in office which leaves the the next nut job in line to succeed him. Being president is hard enough at 50 let alone at 76.

    December 14, 2011 at 7:07 am |
    • DEEMBOHLING

      thats the beauty of dr. paul. he doesn't need the evangelical christians. In fact if its paul vs. obama, they'll stay home.
      All Paul needs at Americans concerned about their civil liberties, Americans concerned about out debt crushing us, Americans concerned that the Evangelicals are hijacking our system, anyone who wanted Obama to bring back our troops, any liberal who;s disenfranchised by the doctor, and most importantly any person who's turned off by the president's refusal to hold wall st accountable and send eric holder to take some people to work while focusing on coming between us common people based on how much money we make. He's institutionalizing coveting other people's things and thats not a value which will take anyone far

      December 14, 2011 at 9:13 am |
    • Firespyder

      I dont see how age or health comes into play here? Repubs wanted Chris Christie and he could die of a heart attack any second. Paul rides 10 to 20 miles a day to stay in shape and will out live Gingrich for sure.

      The stress is very real and takes a toll on any man. But for Paul being able to progress this country away from our current path would be a stress relief for him. I would like to think it would be a wash.

      December 14, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
    • BF

      Admiral Poindexter is available and will serve as VP if called

      December 14, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
    • KittenJuggler

      Ronald Reagan was 69 years, & 349 days old (i.e. 70) when he took office. Most Republicans think pretty highly of his Presidency.

      December 14, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
    • Jerry

      You know Ron Paul is a Young Earth Creationist, right?

      If he touts that, I wouldn't be so sure about him not getting the evangelical vote. It's certainly not going to Romney or Gingrich.

      December 14, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
    • Tannim

      Ah, the ageism argument again, the sign of no argumetn at all.

      Sorry, but at 76 DOCTOR Paul is in better health than most of Congress. Your William Henry Harrison Argument is not only pointless, but completely unfounded.

      December 14, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
    • Mary

      He may be 78, but as a former doctor always was and is in good health. I'd bet his health is better than Newt Gingrich–who is obese and even admits to having had lived an unhealthy life style. 3 marriages, corruption, and years of deception also undoubtedly must take their toll on Newt's body.

      I'd rather take my chances on Paul. What you see is what you get.

      RON PAUL 2012

      December 14, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
    • Tony

      There is a chance you will pass away tomorrow, but you are willing to take the risk of waking up right?

      December 14, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
    • Tommy

      Reagan was okay.

      December 14, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  30. Donald in CA

    Ron paul might surprise wolf but not us. Paul is a old crazy uncle guy who will never be president. The right wingers and Obama haters such as wolf thinks anybody but Obama should be president. Lord help us.

    December 14, 2011 at 6:44 am |
    • David

      Don't hold your breath. Paul is not my choice but even he is better than Obama.

      December 14, 2011 at 9:55 am |
    • Clay J Titan

      Ron Paul is the only candidate that can get dems, repubs and independents to vote for him, no other can including Obama.
      We can be an Empire and beless free or a republic and become more free.

      December 14, 2011 at 9:55 am |
    • edsr of Dallas

      Go back to the bottle your mommy gave you and go play a video game. You are too young to play here!

      December 14, 2011 at 10:29 am |
    • William M.

      Ron Paul is the opposite of crazy, it seems, considering that he is the clearest, most consistent nominee. I've never seen him make a single comment that is vapidly pointed toward making a "good soundbite" or scoring cheap shots, and he's a good enough father to have raised a Senator.

      Personally, I also like his background as a physician because it means he has a deep connection to science and understands the importance of facts. In my eyes, he is the "elder statesman" candidate.

      December 14, 2011 at 11:12 am |
    • Martin

      You've been brainwashed by the MSM to believe Ron Paul is a crazy man who has no chance of being elected.

      Ron Paul is the only true Conservative in almost the entire Republican party at this time. You go read up on true Conservative principles, and then compare Dr Paul's positions. They match pretty well.

      December 14, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
    • Firespyder

      How did we become a culture who thinks personal freedoms are crazy uncles and defending the patriot become presidental material?

      December 14, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
    • pete4808

      Dont worry the good Lord will make Ron Paul our next President and save us from WW3

      December 14, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
    • mike fro miowa

      Ron Paul is the epitome of Thomas Jefferson. The established GOP is a corrupt body of bank-supporters, the exact crowd that Thomas Jefferson railed against. If TJ were here today, he would vote for Ron Paul. But, it is true Ron Paul is not like the rest of the GOP, and the sheep out there think anyone who is different from the norm must be in the wrong. Those of you who I am talking about are the problem, you are the yellow spineless people, and your kind would have just done whatever King George commanded back in 1776. Get out of the way and let us Yankee Doodle Dandees save the country from the criminals in Washington.

      December 14, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
  31. Connie

    What will happen is the votes will be split between Newt and Romney, and Paul will win Iowa. For all of his views that I do not agree with, you have to give Paul credit for not bowing to the conservative throne, for speaking his mind, and for calling out Donald Trump. The only thing that could kill Paul's chances would be if Christine O'Donnell, who has no relevance, no resume, and no reason for the press to cover her, endorses him. Christine O'Donnell is a mini-me of Sarah Palin; neither has any place in American politics, or America, for that matter.

    December 14, 2011 at 5:56 am |
    • Steve

      Not true.....Dr Paul would simply reject the endorsement. He's far too smart for that.

      December 14, 2011 at 11:06 am |
    • Roger in Florida

      O'Donell has endorsed Romney. LOL it was on the same page as this link. And it is the same reason that Paul will never be President. Only uninformed people like you vote for the crazy guy

      December 14, 2011 at 11:50 am |
    • Pritka

      I am voting for O'bama but I really like Ron Paul. He comes across as honest and forthright. He isn't petty or sneaky he means exactly what he says. He reminds me of Truman but if he became president, the world would make his life hell. I am not sure he has the stamina for it. Also I don't really think his ideas are realistic.

      December 14, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  32. press ron paul

    Ron Paul speaks the truth amd that is what most people hate to hear. Vote for truth and liberty or Fairy Tales and Lies!

    December 14, 2011 at 5:07 am |
    • Todd in DC

      Do you even know what Paul stands for? He wants to end Social Security.

      December 14, 2011 at 10:08 am |
    • Hoborealtor

      Thank you Wolf for at least recognizing the front runner in Iowa, Ron Paul. He is the only person running that I will vote for. He speaks the truth and sticks to it! He is not afraid to make the hard decisions that are necessary to get this great country back on track. If you value freedom and democracy vote for Ron Paul!

      December 14, 2011 at 11:02 am |
  33. jt money

    as a person of kenyan origin who is a staunch supporter of obama, i am not ashamed to say i am really excited about the possibility if ron paul winning. he predicted the housing bubble crush when no one else did, and i agree with his point that america should not be the police of the world bring all the troops home asap.

    December 14, 2011 at 3:18 am |
    • Stu in Iowa

      Ron Paul did not predict the housing bubble. He echoed concerns of others, nothing more. He did not predict the recession either, Roubini did and Paul echoed those comments as well.

      December 14, 2011 at 11:22 am |
  34. Carl J Baldridge

    Fringe and can't win. That would have been a good description of Washington and his rag tag army at Valley Forge.The forces of freedom seemed to be on their last legs then just as they seem to be now.I The colonists were very motivated for obvious reasons.Modern patriots certainly have their hands full dealing with the parrots of the mass media and the total idiocy spawned by the tube in particular. Ron Paul 2012

    December 14, 2011 at 3:14 am |
  35. gliese42

    As an ex Ron Paul fan, I wish he could be more direct about Israel and the economy.

    December 14, 2011 at 3:07 am |
    • Derrick

      You're kidding me, right? He has released his 'Plan to Restore America" which outlines, in detail, his plan for the economy. As for Israel, he clearly states that we are their ally, but should stop giving them financial aid and bossing them around. Netanyahu and most Israelis agree with this point of view.

      December 14, 2011 at 9:32 am |
    • Clay J Titan

      How much more direct can one be.
      Treat Isarel like every other country and audit the fed, make gold and silver legal tender, and let the people market decide which currency is better, money backed by something or fiat money.
      I'm sure you can figure out which will prevail.

      December 14, 2011 at 9:57 am |
    • Cutty

      Why ex? Among all candidates, he has at least been consistent. Gotta give him that, and in this bunch of weathervanes, that's a lot.

      December 14, 2011 at 10:18 am |
    • FreeSouth

      I have never heard of an ex Ron Paul fan.

      December 14, 2011 at 10:35 am |
    • Josh

      Do you want Ron Paul to jump on the 'I love Israel' bandwagon? I'm a conservative and staunchly oppose Obama but Obama's position on Israel is the only thing i agree on. I agree Israel is an important ally but we need to stop being Israel's Bi**h, which is what we have been for the last few decades.

      December 14, 2011 at 10:59 am |
    • Steve

      More direct? Please expand on your comment. It's too weak to even start a debate on.

      December 14, 2011 at 11:08 am |
    • Enlight

      Please be more specific, I don't see what he is leaving out.

      December 14, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
    • Tannim

      As a 23-year Ron Paul fan, I can only ran, PAY ATTENTION. He has spoken amply on it and has written several bestselling books on the subjects.

      December 14, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
    • Tony

      Stop being so worried about Israel and focus on your own country first! We as AMERICANS seriously need to stop worrying about every dam country on this earth -- IF someone wants to ATTACK the USA – then guess what? They will do it!

      December 14, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
  36. MrDave

    What's the surprise? He has a message that addresses our most important issues,
    and a record of actions that are consistent with his message. Is the surprise that
    Americans are waking up?

    December 14, 2011 at 2:20 am |
  37. Jerome

    Ron Paul is the only one who will save us all! RON PAUL 2012!!!

    December 14, 2011 at 12:40 am |
    • Hayden71

      “Save us”…are you kidding? The sooner you realize that no politician can “save us” the better. Many who thought Obama was the saviour have come to learn that he was no different than any other politicial…he’s only in it for himself.

      Politicians come from the same corrupted human race as the rest of us and have never proven to fulfil their promises that they make on the campaign trail. Vote a man who doesn’t make 1001 promises and you may just have yourself an honest man.

      December 14, 2011 at 10:31 am |
    • Hayden71

      By the way…I like a lot of what he has to say but I have to be realistic.

      Even if he wins, will the establishment really allow him to fulfil his promise of radically transforming the way government is operated?

      I’d love to see it happen but am not sure it could.

      December 14, 2011 at 10:43 am |
  38. MeNaCeDoG

    If you don't have integrity what do you have???? NOTHING! RON PAUL 2012

    December 14, 2011 at 12:38 am |
  39. Xie

    Ron Paul 2012!! The Chinese citizens are on your side!!!!

    December 14, 2011 at 12:29 am |
    • Adhem

      What the heck kind of endorsement is that? You trying to make him fail?

      December 14, 2011 at 12:27 pm |
  40. chuck

    tick-tock...

    December 14, 2011 at 12:25 am |
  41. swimkin

    If Ron Paul wins the nomination he has a better chance than ANY of the other Republican Candidates to pick up Independents and disaffected Dems and beat Obama. The MSM keeps trying to say that he has no chance of getting elected. But they are WRONG. Everyone should be concerned about their personal liberties in the USA these days. With the expanded Patriot Act with a bill in Congress to detain ANY USA citizen without due process is tipping us into tyranny. It is effectively eating away at our 4th amendment. Ron Paul is the ONLY answer to what our country needs right now.

    December 14, 2011 at 12:24 am |
  42. David

    Mr. Paul is certainly a unique candidate! I consider myself to be an independent...I voted Nader in 2000, Kerry in 2004, and McCain in 2008...leaning Obama for 2012, but a part of me would REALLY like to jump on board with Paul. His positions are so generally so logical, but in being so, they're so untraditional...and given human nature (change is bad), I have a difficult time committing myself to him. Something needs to be done to shake this country up though...for better or worse, we need a seachange in this country! If we're gonna go down, let's crash and burn so we can get it over with and start rebuilding. If we can pull out of our national funk (for lack of a better term), then for God's sake let's quit d*ckin' around get on with it! I think Mr. Paul would take us one way or the other, but either option sounds better than the slow, melancholy decline we've gotten ourselves into!

    December 14, 2011 at 12:18 am |
  43. Rich

    The MSM has tried to ignore Ron Paul to the point that he did not even exist. Now that we are getting close to an election date and there tactic to ignore him and prop up the candidate they have chosen isn't working, they try down playing it. I can see the MSM setting the stage to make Paul's likely win in Iowa look like a fluke. Iowa will be the first of many states for Ron Paul to win.

    I talk with many people about the GOP candidates and the only support I have heard for any GOP candidate has been for Ron Paul. Seems weird because that isn't what we keep being feed by the media.

    December 14, 2011 at 12:09 am |
  44. The Left Wing

    A brutally honest politician is very rare. Now if we could only find one that is honest and also has good ideas.

    December 14, 2011 at 12:06 am |
  45. RP Supporter

    Liberty rising is a great thing that almost brings tears to my eyes.
    Ron Paul for president!

    December 13, 2011 at 11:54 pm |
  46. chuck

    Wolf, will you ask Ron Paul when will he go after Obama with his edgy attack adds?

    December 13, 2011 at 11:52 pm |
  47. Curran

    The good Dr. has been telling the truth for all these years, and only wants Freedom and the Constitution followed, and CNN is surprised that he might win in Iowa. Is Freedom such a fringe idea? Is Following the Constitution such a fringe idea? How many of the individuals out there are running because of their ego and not the idea of Freedom and the ideas that built this Republic!

    December 13, 2011 at 11:47 pm |
  48. canadiangoose

    As a Canadian following American politics I am very pleased to see the interest towards Dr. Paul. After the Bush disaster on the world scene and Obama's failed promises or lack of leadership to make anything happen. Paul's message and plan are a breath of fresh air and I truly hope more Americans get on board. By looking at the polls there is a statistical tie between Romney, Gingrich and Paul (std deviation of 4%) but the media attention has been mostly on the first too. Obviously, the establishment fears him and his ideas and his nomination would be catastrophic for many people, agencies and companies so they are hiding him from mainstream as much as possible but with a win in Iowa things could and hopefully will evolve into the right direction. I cannot believe anyone educated and informed could vote for Newt here, If you are thinking about it please do your own research. The facts speak for themselves. If you are fed up with the games and corruption just remember that this guy was kicked out because they thought he was the worse than them!!!

    December 13, 2011 at 11:44 pm |
  49. RottenToast

    Wolf, it's three weeks before Iowa, a little late to being predicting a Ron Paul surprise. It will not be a surprise if Ron Paul wins Iowa. An analyst with guts would've made such a call months ago before it became the latest GOP meme.

    December 13, 2011 at 11:32 pm |
  50. Joe Goforth

    No more time for endless wars, our fathers mothers daughter and sons need to come home to this country they have done enough. Ron Paul will bring them home and if you care you will do everything you can to do this for them.

    December 13, 2011 at 11:19 pm |
  51. Freethinksman

    When Republicans senior citizens make noise about wanting a small Federal government, I chuckle and remind myself that the old timers wont be around for more that another cycle or two. When seniors are ready to accept the fact that Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and Defence account for 85% of our federal budget, and are willing to cut them all deeply to balance thr budget, we'll have something to talk about. Otherwise its just grumpy old prople demanding betterb mmedical coverage and social security increases while ranting agains the taxes that fund those programs.

    December 13, 2011 at 11:16 pm |
  52. Benjamin

    Did Wolf Blitzer...the most biased reporter on CNN against Dr. Paul...just suggest that Ron Paul could win? That means that Blitzer KNOWS that Dr. Paul is going to win, and needs to be able to say that he was on Dr. Paul's side so he can get some of those presidential interveiws. way to pander wolf. Ron Paul 2012.

    December 13, 2011 at 11:09 pm |
  53. Michael

    Ron Pauls biggest downfall is that the majority of his supporters are under 30, which are the same group of people who are least likely to take time to vote.
    So he has a lot of supporters...... but will they vote ?

    December 13, 2011 at 11:08 pm |
  54. robthebob

    if the process is long and all, ron paul people are bound to sit through anything. even cherish going.

    could be a big upset indeed.

    December 13, 2011 at 11:05 pm |
  55. ShawnN

    I know in the past i have felt forced to not vote for Paul simply because he was polling so low and I felt I couldn't waste my vote. Pretty much it always seems wasted anyway though. So this year I decided to vote for my candidate no matter how he is polling. But, now look at this great news! He is coming up! Maybe as his polling increases, other closet Paul supporters will finally vote their hearts and minds too. Go Ron Paul. We need you. Enough of the nonsense already.

    December 13, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
  56. Jeff C.

    Blitz, why do you treat Ron Paul with such little respect during your interviews, and why do you give him such pointed questions during the debate?

    Is it because you're a Jew and you don't like his position on Israel?

    December 13, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  57. Jim

    Ron Paul is the only hope for America!

    December 13, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  58. Bubba

    Ron Paul 2012!

    December 13, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  59. MikeB

    From your mouth to God's ear, Wolf! I was a campaign worker for Obama in 2008 and have never felt so betrayed in my life. Now, I place character above politics and Ron Paul is decent and honorable man, perhaps the last hope for this ravaged country. I will work night and day to see him elected. If he is not the nominee for the Republican Party, then I will work for him as an Independent. If he choses not to run, I am leaving the US, permanently. I cannot bear the thought of watching this country decent into the chaos that will surely result under another term of Obama, or one of Gingrich.

    December 13, 2011 at 10:06 pm |
  60. Rob

    Trust the man and I dont trust politicians

    December 13, 2011 at 9:43 pm |
  61. G

    Excellent. Hopefully he becomes the president. It would be such a BLESSING for this country. He would do wonderful changes to our foreign policy and actually serve the American people, unlike other fake candidates CNN promotes.

    December 13, 2011 at 9:23 pm |
  62. JDUB

    Ron Paul is the closest candidate we can get to returning government to its foundation. The other candidates are all beholden to special interests, most lack integrity, and some have very dangerous ideas.

    December 13, 2011 at 9:08 pm |
  63. MMACookiez

    Even if Ron Paul doesn't win he has done the most important thing to the public and that is they all have one way or another caught the liberty bug and ITS spreading fast.

    December 13, 2011 at 9:00 pm |
  64. Joe Six Pack

    If you don't understand Ron Paul and why he is so popular, read his book "The Revolution". He has solutions to all the problems this country is facing today, and it's not that complicated. If you read it, you will understand why he's the best choice for president.

    December 13, 2011 at 8:55 pm |
  65. oneSTARman

    The HUGE creaking wheels of the WAR Machines begin to Turn and the 1st Battle is About to BEGIN – The FOG and BLOOD are Rising and WHO KNOWS what DEMONS will be UNLEASED

    December 13, 2011 at 8:52 pm |
  66. Alex

    Ron Paul 2012!!!! Ron Paul is the only one who can beat Obama. He is the only one who is consistent, speak the truth, will bring our troops home, boost national security, lower our taxes and balance the budget! Wait till Ron Paul debates Obama, Ron Paul will own him.

    December 13, 2011 at 8:50 pm |
  67. JimAR

    Iowa means nothing. Here are the 2008 Iowa results:
    Mike Huckabee – 32%
    Mitt Romney – 26%
    John McCain – 13%
    Fred Thompson – 9%
    Ron Paul – 9%
    Rudy Giuliani – 5%
    Duncan Hunter – 1%
    Alan Keyes – 1%

    December 13, 2011 at 8:48 pm |
  68. DB

    Let's be adult about this. Any vote not for Ron Paul is a GOP vote for an Obama re-election.

    December 13, 2011 at 8:40 pm |
    • Alex

      Ron Paul is the only one who can beat Obama. Ron Paul gets more votes from all sides of the spectrum – Indepdents and Democrats than any other republican running for office, and Ron Paul also has the most enthusiastic support out of any candidate. Once Ron Paul continues to rise in the polls his number for support will keep rising. Once you catch onto Ron Paul's message and understand his policies you can't go back to the same old wasteful spending, higher taxes, endless war candidates.

      December 13, 2011 at 8:53 pm |
    • namraj

      Really, and a vote for flip flopping Newt is a vote to win? Let's get real.

      December 13, 2011 at 9:10 pm |
    • James

      ONLY an adult would vote for Mr. Paul.

      December 13, 2011 at 10:06 pm |
    • tosser

      missed the "not" in your statement. You are correct then. My apologies.

      December 13, 2011 at 10:09 pm |
    • dave givens

      that might be true. but i don't know who would be worse – newt or obama. they are both whores for corporations. my vote is for ron paul. and when he doesn't get the nomination, he will run as an independent. and he will get my vote again. even though the republicans ( and i am one) may lose, at least i can sleep with myself. at least i know obama is ineffective.

      December 13, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
    • Michael

      Last time when Ron Paul went Independent, you would have been right.
      This time around, he confirmed he would not go Independent.
      If he were playing poker... he is ALL IN !

      December 13, 2011 at 11:11 pm |
    • Joe Goforth

      That is what the talking heads would have you believe. Americans own this country and its time to take it back!

      December 13, 2011 at 11:14 pm |
    • ibrad

      I`m a DEM. Ron Paul is the only one I think will help this country right now from the REP side. I want Ron Paul working with Obama.

      December 13, 2011 at 11:14 pm |
    • David

      I voted for Obama, but I'll vote for Ron Paul... he's the only one.

      December 13, 2011 at 11:27 pm |
    • BBCue

      Just like any vote for McCain last time was a vote for a brainless pitbull with lipstick.

      Yes, we could vote for Mitt Romney and the banks (that are contributing to his campaign), Gingrich and his flip-flopping, Michelle Bachman and her inability to locate Afghanistan on a map, and the holier-than-thou Perry who is more like Dubya everyday.

      If any normal, non-corrupted, blue-collar person was running for president, I'd vote for them hands-down over all the current losers. Until then, I'll go for the best-spoken, most-educated, lowest fundraising, and most radical person running. I'm all for Ron Paul to surprise the media and take Iowa AND New Hampshire.

      December 13, 2011 at 11:45 pm |
    • Kevin

      From an Independent that voted for Obama the liar the first time I would bet that you are wrong. Obama will only carry the core Democrat vote he has lost the Independents and college students.

      Obama =BushX2

      December 14, 2011 at 12:00 am |
    • Cason

      That's actually quite possible. The GOP can vote for someone who is hardline right but it won't win the independents. Ron Paul has many people who may support him among the independents and even the left. Romney is a maybe. But most of the Republican candidates will scare away any moderate voters.

      December 14, 2011 at 12:56 am |
    • Easyrhino

      Yes let's be honest. Every vote for Ron Paul puts him closer to the WH and Obama closer to Chicago.

      December 14, 2011 at 1:11 am |
    • Heretic

      I've voted democrat for 3 elections, Ron Paul is the only GOP candidate that I would vote for. And if he gets the nomination he has my vote. I think there's a flaw in your theory.

      December 14, 2011 at 1:15 am |
    • My name is Newt

      Ron Paul is a disaster. He has no problem with Iran getting nukes. Let me remind you this is a country who's leader has said he will blow Israel off the planet. And Ron Paul has no problem with them getting nukes?????? Only an idiot would vote for a candidate so lacking in rational thought as Ron Paul. Sorry guys, but do your homework and wake up.

      December 14, 2011 at 1:45 am |
      • Jay

        YOU NEED TO WAKE UP! Let's say you have a neighbor who has threatened you. He says he is building a chainsaw, and when he is finished with it, he is going to take it to your home and cut you and your family up with it. You are asking the US to go in with a swat team, kick in his door, and to kill him and his family. Only then to discover wheather or not he is actaully building that alleged chainsaw. We call that Pre-meditated Murder! It is illegal for citizens, and governments alike. I'm afraid the law requires you to be prepared, and wait for that neighbor to actually break down your door with that chainsaw running, and then you can shoot him in the head if you wish. Then and only then, will it be considered self defense, and be justified. Stop trying to us the US military as your death squad. The position is quite ignorant.

        December 14, 2011 at 9:04 am |
      • Roper

        Israel has enough nukes to obliterate the entire Middle East and will destroy any nuclear weapons Iran develops long before they are operational. Netanyahoo has already said they don't need our troops or our help. Ron Paul will focus on America and The Constitution, not Israel. The rest of the GOP candidates are running in a tallest leprechaun contest to see who President Obama will beat the pants off in November 2012. Ron Paul is now America's only hope!

        December 14, 2011 at 9:18 am |
      • Kyle

        You should wake up and realize why he's okay with that. If we were allies with these countries like we should be, they wouldn't nuke us. Half the fear you have for these nations is caused by the fear mongering media making you think they're satan. When in reality Satan is occupying Washington. If they want to nuke us it's because our troops are in their country for no reason. And if you're fearing for the life of Israel, do your research and realize they can defend themselves just fine.

        December 14, 2011 at 9:42 am |
      • David (OH)

        Gee – he's an isolationist. I think George Washington was one too. You calling him an idiot too. The fact is we should intervene when our interests are threatened. Otherwise we need to stop being the world's policeman. It costs A LOT of money, and plus it pisses other countries off that wouldn't necessarily be our enemy.

        December 14, 2011 at 10:23 am |
      • yrad

        Isreal can blow up Iran 50 times over. If Iran wants to insure its own distruction, then yes... I would let them try. WE CAN NOT CONTROL THIS PLANET ANYMORE! We should follow our forefathers advice and take care of our problems at home.

        December 14, 2011 at 10:34 am |
      • Skeeter

        Are you really that blind? If Iran wants to drop a nuke on Israel than thats Iran and Israel's problem, not ours. What has Israel done for us other than take our money? Nothing, just like Ron Paul says... We need to stop worrieing about everyone ese and take care of our own country. The amount of money we send out to other countries is sickening. And how can you argue with the man? He is there in Congress voting against all these bailouts and the forign aid that is bringing this country to its knees and you have the decenty to say he doesnt know what hes doing? Ron Paul makes more since than any other presidential canadite that i have ever seen in my short time here on this earth. WAKE UP!

        December 14, 2011 at 10:39 am |
      • Steve

        Ron Paul is the MOST rational contender running.

        December 14, 2011 at 11:09 am |
      • H2

        Why can't Isreal protect themselves? You do realize they have 200 nuclear warheads.....right? They could just as easily blow Iran off the face of the earth and be done with it, were the threat REAL. Now let's focus on America. Wake up and realize that we are quickly heading towards fascism, and history proves how well that works out for a nations citizens.

        GO RON PAUL!!!

        December 14, 2011 at 12:17 pm |
      • Jonathan

        North Korea has nukes. Why aren't we fighting them? Get a grip.

        December 14, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
      • Erick

        Iran has not attacked anyone in over 200 years. Have you seen Iran's neighbors? of course they want protection. Ahmadinejad never said " blow Israel off the planet", what he actually he said was "The regime occupying Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time". Yeah I did my homework

        December 14, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
      • Bob

        Yea, but Israel has more nukes than Iran does, so why should we sacrifice our soldiers and money protecting israel while we're $15,000,000,000,000 in debt?

        December 14, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
      • Firespyder

        do you remember the talk of stoping North Korea from getting a nuke? The US goverment told us if we let Korea get a nuke they will use it the second they get it to show they mean buisness! Dont remember well take your own advise and do your home work!

        No one including Ron Paul wants Iran to have a nuke! he doesn't want anyone to have one. But if we did not invade Korea who is far more militaristic and hostile than Iran, why should we loose 7,000 more american lives to invade a shit hole that made no aggression tward the US. If its so important let the UN and the AU send other armies to stop them... or let Isreal send there people over. WHY HAVE YOU NEVER ASKED WHY IT HAS TO ALWAYS BE US!!!

        December 14, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
      • Count Boogie

        Do you know how many "nutty" countries have nukes?...Firing a nuke means you WILL be fired on...China would nuke Iran just to save face with the U.S if Iran fired theirs. All this crap about Iran is just another excuse to dump more into war budgets and less into our schools, thus creating a dumber America that is easier to control.

        December 14, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
      • Enlight

        Are you saying that we haven't threatened Iran with war and isolation?

        Lets put it this way, you see a school yard bully threatening and picking on a smaller child. When the smaller kid turns around and punches the bully in the nose, which person is right? Now replace bully with United States and the kid with Iran. My only hope is that we haven't cause to much damage, God knows we have been to nice to them over the year, to walk way.

        December 14, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
      • Dan Roveto

        First off, Ahmadinajad never said that. That was a poorly translated headline put forth by a propaganda machine. Second of all, if you think the puppet President is the "ruler" of Iran, and not the clerics then you know absolutely nothing about Iranian politics and perhaps should be leaving the judgement of that nation to the people that actually know Iran 101.

        December 14, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
      • pete4808

        The real reason we want to invade Iran is to take control of Oil supplies. It controls Iraq now wants to control Iran. Open your eyes America. But the Russian and the Chinese wont let anything happen or it will be a WW3 if anyone attacks Iran. Russia and China are already in Iran and in Syria. Now ask yourselves why?

        December 14, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
      • Tony Montana

        Ron Paul understands the economy and the monetary system better than the rest combined. Americans are tired of fighting wars for Israel. If you're so concerned then move there and join the Israeli army.

        Ron Paul puts America first, second and third.

        December 14, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
      • Tannim

        Sorry, but there was similar hysteria over the Soviets getting nukes back in the day. Iran threatening Israel is Israel's problem, and israel has the means to deal with it by themselves. If Iran gets a nuke (and there is ZERO concrete evidence that they are), the world will NOT end, just as it did not end in 1949 when the Soviets did their first atomic bomb test.

        December 14, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
      • Tony

        Disaster? Not at all – Ron Paul wants us to stop fighting and getting into these wars, which will lead us to WWIII soon if we do not smarten up..... Countries were founded because THEIR people want to be free and have a say in how their country is run, not have another country bombing them....

        If you want more war, are still afraid that we are going to get attacked, then you must be scared of black people too....

        It is much better for Americans to take care of their own country and worry about our problems here, instead of voting to INVADE another country just to start another pointless war....

        December 14, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
      • Tony

        If Iran ever did something on this scale – they would be in for it and it would be GAME OVER for them ....so think outside of the box for a minute – and grab your balls back – stop being SCARED please – and think about what it means to "police the world"

        December 14, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
      • FLGuy

        You know, I see you fruit cakes spout this ridiculous mistranslation about Israel all over the internet, meaning none of you are thinking for yourselves and instead regurgitating what someone else wrote, but have you actually ever even considered having a critical thought process involving this subject? If Iran actually ever did nuke Israel, they would be murdering millions of Palestinians as well as destroying holy sites worshiped by all 3 Abrahamic faiths and making them radioactive and uninhabitable for years and years, as well as turning every nation in the world against them, including Muslim states. When you follow this reasoning to it's logical conclusion, you should arrive at the fact that they would never, ever do this as it would mean the end of Iran as well. But logic isn't what your about now, is it?

        December 14, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
      • danny

        why should i be worried about Iran and Israel? Neither is a threat to the US.

        December 14, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
      • ben

        i did my homework. it told me that Israel has done nothing to support our country in recent history other than ask for our taxpayer's wealth and protection, then it reminded me that we have no obligation to defend THEIR borders at the risk of OUR borders and finally it said that every country who has ever bothered attacking Iran, Iraq or Afghanistan has gotten to the same place: nowhere. You can't stop them from getting nukes forever, nor do we have a right too, nor should we, since if they ever did nuke Israel they would be off the map in a matter of minutes, and they know that too.

        December 14, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
      • Jason

        RasPutin said:
        "Ron Paul reminds me of that song, "Nice legs, too bad about your face."
        But his fiscal policies and belief that left free to act, corporations, banks, politicians and health providers would begin to work for the best for mankind would result in the most disastrous society since Industrial Revolution."

        Who does "work for the best for mankind" Are you insinuating that our bureaucratic government is working to better mankind? People free from coercion working for their own interests is what creates a prosperous nation and betters mankind, not government force. Government is force.... that's all they have. That's all they can do. Government is necessary for defense and to protect our liberty and protect us from coercion, but if you think the corporations and bankers are cut from a different mold than the bureaucrats and politicians, you're kidding yourself.

        December 14, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
      • RP#1SUPPORTER

        Nukes.. just like Iraq had weapons of mass destruction? Please do not be fouled by the war machine. We can no longer afford to police the world.

        December 14, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
    • Jason S

      Let's be honest. Gingrich and Romney ARE Obama !!

      December 14, 2011 at 1:53 am |
      • Dialogos

        You are Correct!!!!

        Romney, Gingrich and Obama are total Wall Street shills! They ALL support Wall Street insurance government healthcare, NAFTA, Police State laws, the Patriot Act, etc,…
        The entire lot work for Goldman Sachs and the Federal Reserve. If you want a New World Order managed by greedy banksters and a military industrial complex like Bush and Obama.

        Let me ask all you NEO-CON stooges out there. How has attacking Iraq, and bombing Afghanistan, and Libya helped in the so called War on Terror? Islam has been around for 1300 years. The Oil industry, big banks and greedy military industrial complex are profiting and supporting war at our expense. The American tax payer and the blood of the National Guard soldier are payer for this.

        We need an honest leader. Vote Ron Paul.

        December 14, 2011 at 9:24 am |
      • YOU sir

        Took the words right out of my mouth.

        But, You know we're living in RADICAL times when truth is sounds crazy.

        Ron Paul.

        December 14, 2011 at 12:11 pm |
    • hilo, HI

      Not at all, not as assured if ANY of the other GOPs get it. I am a lifelong Dem, and seriously considering RP, NONE of the others. (enforcing immigration laws, stopping foreign aid are my key issues)

      December 14, 2011 at 1:55 am |
      • danny

        you need to register republican so you can vote for RP in the primary.

        December 14, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
    • billion

      And the argument for this is? Because media says so?

      The fact is that Ron Paul is the one having the best chance to beat Obama. He has the strongest support among independents.

      December 14, 2011 at 3:11 am |
    • Brett MacDonald

      Let's be defeatist about this? You're entirely right: why ever try anything when the odds are stacked against you.. after all 9 times out of 10 you'll fail. Seriously, and I want to be polite about this, but it's that type of attitude that has lead to the disappointment of millions of americans and their general lack of faith in our government today. If you believe he has the right idea or is the best choice, vote for him. Certainly, support him now. Another term of Obama isnt the worst thing that could happen. Sure, it isnt ideal, but neither is Newt or Mitt... or even Ron for that matter. But consider the message that undying support for Ron Paul would bring. That we as a people are fed up. That he has some credible ideas and were listening. - -thats how change occurs.

      December 14, 2011 at 3:43 am |
    • Tommy

      A GOP vote for Ron Paul, is a vote for just that. At least mine will be.

      These other characters should have considered running third party.

      December 14, 2011 at 4:28 am |
    • Jordan, Ohio

      Absolutely false. Ron Paul can, will and should win this election. We need this man. Time for name calling and business as usual is over. We can't stand another 4 years of a Democrat or Republican. We need the Libertarian wit and financial saavy to get our country back on track. The financial crisis is public enemy number 1. Worrying about anything else, even Iran, is just plain silly. We need to get our priorities in check. Ron Paul will do that for us. Go Dr. Paul!

      December 14, 2011 at 7:40 am |
      • georgefromflorida

        Well said my friend. I dont want a democrat or a republican-i want a leader who thinks on his own. but you said it so much better than me.

        December 14, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
    • El Flaco

      Republicans are not going to nominate a Libertarian, a woman, an adulterer, a Black man, or a Mormon. Republicans will nominate a White male Evangelical Protestant.

      December 14, 2011 at 7:45 am |
      • Jeremy

        You're comment implies that a white, male, evangelical protestant cannot be a libertarian...

        December 14, 2011 at 9:05 am |
      • Jeremy

        *Your – geeze, AND I'm grading research papers. No excuse for my poor grammatical error!

        December 14, 2011 at 9:07 am |
      • James

        Um, the republican party was very close to electing a black man. I believe it was liberal assault and the media that made him drop out. Not that I mind. He wasn't fit for the job.

        December 14, 2011 at 9:32 am |
      • Jim in PA

        That also leaves out Gingrich and Santorum, who are both Catholic. Are you suggesting that the nominee will be Paul?

        December 14, 2011 at 11:24 am |
      • Indy60

        Well, that leaves Newt out since he has converted to Catholicism.

        December 14, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
    • J

      Santorum is a better candidate! Pat attention Iowa and New Hampshire.

      December 14, 2011 at 7:58 am |
      • Tannim

        There's a reason Santorum is a bottom-tier candidate–very few are buying his brand of reactionary social conservatism, because nobody wants its Dark-Ages mentality, hypocrisy, and bogotry.

        December 14, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
    • roger

      concur

      December 14, 2011 at 7:58 am |
    • Caleb

      Lets be adults about this and stick to the facts. If you payed attention to all the polls and not just the ones you like to see, Ron Paul has been shown consistently to beat Obama in a head to head.......Just like he has been destroying the GOP competition.

      December 14, 2011 at 8:22 am |
      • DEEMBOHLING

        1. Polls don't stay static therefore what was true in august isn't true now. 2. Most of the polls that are out there have a sampling of less than 1000 people. Statistically that makes them void. 3. Polls don't report how many people say undecided. Dare yourself to wrangle with the facts on positions vs. statistical figures who's interpretation requires more than just the number says so.

        December 14, 2011 at 9:22 am |
      • Matt

        Will Ron Paul be President, or even get the nomination? I doubt it, but with people fed up with our current government it's possible. You notice a majority of his talking points relate directly to the US. I will vote based on the issues that directly affect me, and not if Iran can, or has nukes. How about voting on the basis that our government has no money, and we need to make serious changes right now, or our kids will live in a counry with 50% taxes to help pay it all back. Talk about Iran, Israel, all you want, but the focus should be on our country. We have spent decades worried about other countries, and yes while we need to pay attention to the international scene, we have to take care of our country.

        December 14, 2011 at 9:34 am |
    • Watches-to-see-whats-censored

      DB... you need to step up your research... all other GOP canidates are made of the same mold and will be destroyed by Obama. Ron Paul is the only chance the GOP has... "Let's be clear about this" haha you sound like Donald Trump...like a joke

      December 14, 2011 at 8:24 am |
      • Watches-to-see-whats-censored

        Ohhh dude... I completely miss read your comment lol, my bad

        December 14, 2011 at 8:26 am |
    • jim

      What a pile of bull. A vote for Ron Paul is not a vote for another corrupt, immoral candidate owned by the current corporate elite. He is the only candidate running on behalf of Americans and our freedoms. Obama was a complete sell-out, no surprise, but the alternative was McCain who said flat out throughout his career that he'd pretty much screw every American for the rich and connected. Ron Paul is the only candidate who doesn't stand behind these criminals, why do you think the corporate media and elite attack him so hard.

      December 14, 2011 at 9:00 am |
    • Secular Bob

      I am going to vote for Ron Paul not because I totally agree with him but becasue he is honest (something we are missing) Funny thing is I am a Liberal and there is a growing number of us.

      December 14, 2011 at 9:59 am |
    • RP

      I will write in Herman Cain

      December 14, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  69. Jason

    When you're polling as high as Ron Paul, winning is not called an upset, it's called expected.

    December 13, 2011 at 8:36 pm |
    • RottenToast

      Exactly. Wolf is just jumping on the bandwagon. If he had any guts or prognosticating abilities, he'd have predicted a Ron Paul surprise months ago.

      December 13, 2011 at 11:33 pm |
    • Leif

      It's easy to pull off an upset in a caucus state. Pat Robertson took the Washington state caucus in 1988.
      He came in second in Iowa, ahead of the eventual nominee. Big deal.

      December 14, 2011 at 2:53 am |
    • Jordan, Ohio

      I couldn't have said it better. If you're polling in second place, how is this an "upset". It's just numbers and the numbers are in favor of a Paul win, clear as day.

      December 14, 2011 at 7:41 am |
  70. Ryan(Future President)

    @ DixieAZ....Although you are not in agreement with Ron Paul's cut to the Department of Education, I'm a teacher and personally speaking I say get the federal government out of the education business. These decisions should be decided locally by people who have real understanding of the needs of the children.

    December 13, 2011 at 8:35 pm |
    • Jason

      My mom, who retired 10 years ago was saying the same thing, the whole no child left behind thing really messed up education, it is hard to understand unless you are in education.

      December 14, 2011 at 2:17 am |
    • Alex19446

      I agree completely. Children's education should be driven by parents electing a local school board to hire teachers to teach subjects parents want taught and not by Washington mandating standardized tests.

      December 14, 2011 at 6:54 am |
      • jw

        Really? So we go back to school boards that don't teach evolution, push creationism, restrict childrens access based on color. What you need is the scientific method applied to these policies/programs, if the results aren't measurably improving then the programs should be scrapped not kept in place so they can limp along and do nothing.

        Our public education system is why we are/were the leaders in many areas. The system has just not progressed with the times. Standardization tests are the first part in measuring, consistently, what students are accomplishing. If you can't measure a result, graduation rates are not enough btw, how do you know you're schools are producing?

        December 14, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
    • KittenJuggler

      It's the Federal government that teaches pro-gay (or any issue) positions in YOUR schools if you don't like those positions and it's the Federal government that teaches anti-gay (or any issue) positions in YOUR schools if you don't like those position.

      Dr. Paul's Freedom and Liberty are just the right medicine for what ails you.

      December 14, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
  71. Ryan

    It won't be a surprise. Everyone but the MSM has known Paul has the most support. But MSM always takes down their online polls after debates because he isn't funded by the corporations that back the MSMs. Ron Paul will win because people with an open mind see through everyone else's BS.

    December 13, 2011 at 8:34 pm |
    • Michael

      I've noticed that also. It seems like the media puts out a effort to NOT report about Ron Paul. From TV reporting on the last debate, one of the reported momentarily gleeful about the Rise of Ron Paul in the polls. He obviously was about to say more that a few words, and got "glared at", and immediately started talking about Gingrich.
      Today, on TV, they are focusing on Gingrich vs Romney in Iowa, when Ron Paul is virtually TIED with Gingrich, only 1% away!, leaving Romney far behind in 3rd place. But thy don't even mention R.Paul, even while poll results scroll across the screen showing Ron Paul as 2nd in Iowa.

      December 13, 2011 at 11:01 pm |
    • roger

      We are counting on it. If the msm believes their own bias then this one will shock thee, out of their shoes.

      December 14, 2011 at 8:00 am |
    • Steve

      True....the online Fox News poll yesterday had Ron Paul in a landslide.....where is that poll now?

      December 14, 2011 at 11:12 am |
  72. Nick g

    Very happy to see the good Dr. doing so well. He is the only one who cares about our freedom. Some people (the obama guy below) think ron would put us in a depression. News flash! We are in one. Printing fake money has only prolonged the collapse. The country needs a correction period. It may be tough, but its the only way to get back on track to a true, free society.

    December 13, 2011 at 8:33 pm |
    • Chris

      Well said, it will be tough but we need to start now–

      December 14, 2011 at 7:53 am |
  73. Brock

    Tbe only ones that will be surprised when Paul wins Iowa and New Hampshire are Wolf Blitzer and anyone that allows CNN to do their thinking for them.

    December 13, 2011 at 8:33 pm |
  74. Reggie

    Surprised Blitzer didn't find a way to describe Ron Paul as "isolationist" again ...

    December 13, 2011 at 8:26 pm |
  75. carlos

    Every 4 years,the GOP gives us a watered down RINO clown who can not stir people's passions and who ends up destroying the Republican brand.The exceptions to this were probably Coolidge and Reagan in the last 100 years.This may be another of those moments.We can only work,hope and pray!...Go Ron!!!!!!!!!!

    December 13, 2011 at 8:26 pm |
  76. Warren Redlich

    Gingrich, Perry, Romney and Obama all have budget plans that maintain and extend $1 Trillion deficits indefinitely.

    And the media are comfortable calling Ron Paul the crazy one?

    December 13, 2011 at 8:11 pm |
  77. kavu

    I am looking forward to the Ron Paul win in Iowa. Peace, Love & Liberty. It's not a bad platform. I hope the TV-trained voters figure it out that Ron Paul isn't crazy, but being told who to vote for is.

    December 13, 2011 at 8:01 pm |
    • RON PAUL 2012!

      YOU GOT THAT RIGHT!

      RON PAUL 2012, BABE!

      December 13, 2011 at 8:09 pm |
      • luis

        I voted for Obama last time, and his been disappointing, but the only Rep I would considering is Paul so i hope he is on the ballot so I don't have too write him in.

        December 14, 2011 at 10:16 am |
    • Lisinac

      Wolf Blitzer and now Christian Amanpour will brain wash you to dead with devious propaganda like the one recently
      said that Ahmandinejad was asalted with shoe. Remember George Bush, Iraqis shoue was "freindly" but this was
      worthy another Arab spring.

      December 14, 2011 at 5:16 am |
      • Pritka

        What? Hey buddy, we are talking about Ron Paul here. Go peddle your middle east rhetoric somewhere else.

        December 14, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  78. Tim

    Ron Paul will go independent when he realizes he cannot get the GOP nomination. This will certainly give Obama another four years, which is a better alternative to the other GOP nut jobs. I do like Ron Paul, but not as President. Go Obama!

    December 13, 2011 at 7:59 pm |
    • John Tarver

      Ron Paul ruled out a run as an Independent Saturday night.

      December 13, 2011 at 8:24 pm |
    • carlos

      Just wait the debates between Ron Paul and Obama and then tell me who you like the most.

      December 13, 2011 at 8:25 pm |
      • tosser

        Exactly. Any candidate other than Paul is exactly the same as Obama. If you want a real debate and a real choice between different philosophies then Ron Paul is the only one to pick.

        December 13, 2011 at 10:12 pm |
      • Michael

        Having Voted for Obama one time... and now feeling betrayed.... Ron Paul will get my vote over Obama. I like what Ron Paul says about shutting down the FED. He understands the 99%, and why/how the middle class is shrinking and going to the top 1%. RON PAUL GETS IT! All these Occupiers should listen. Ron Paul hears you, and knows how to fix it.

        December 13, 2011 at 11:05 pm |
    • richard b

      You must be fond of Obama and I see the expression you have of him, but if only you knew that he is not patriotic toward America you would agreed with me. For the following reason I state my feelings.
      1. He decoded the American emblem from the presidents jet for a symbol of a sun with bars across, when the flag was Americas pride.
      2. He doesn't pledge the allegiance to the flag because he thinks it promotes terrorism. If he does it's because he doesn't want to be criticized, so he pledges with his left hand rather than his right hand.
      3 Him and George Bush has brought more hatred toward illegal aliens by not securing the borders and allowing an exodus of illegals to enter this country against the laws of the USA. They have a right to citizenship when laws are obeyed..
      There is more to say but this says some, and if you feel that I am wrong , the facts speaks for itself.
      3

      3.

      December 13, 2011 at 9:40 pm |
    • Greg

      he's ruled out an independent or libertarian run over and over.

      December 13, 2011 at 10:08 pm |
    • mmichellle79

      Ron Paul appeals to both democrats and republicans as well as independents. His last run for presidency is when people wanted to know when he would switch over to the democratic side. He's a libertarian, and that reaches many people.

      I think he would hold up well against Obama if the media gave him the chance to speak. Unfortunately, even with the GOP debates, he isn't given much speak time. I'd like to hear more from him.

      December 14, 2011 at 1:14 am |
    • Tannim

      Calling candidates names and making bogus predictions simply undermines what little credibility you ever had.

      December 14, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  79. Ryan

    I have been reading comments on this article and ones similar to it. The Ron Paul supporters are vocal and explain their points in detail. I keep reading things like he is "nuts" or his [insert policy] would be a disaster. Could someone please take the time to state why? It might do your fellow voters good if you actually explained how you came to that conclusion. Its hard to be persuaded when there is no support.

    Thanks!

    December 13, 2011 at 7:59 pm |
    • John Tarver

      The election of Ron Paul would drasticly reduce the size and scope of Government leading to an economic boom, but Civil Serviceand Contractors would lose millions of jobs.

      December 13, 2011 at 8:26 pm |
      • Ryan

        Then I must ask... What if those civil service jobs are not needed by the American people? After all, the only way to have those civil service jobs is to take money out of tax payers hands and pay for them. What if I, as a tax payer, had a better use for that money? What if my friends and I would have an extra $50k a year with which to start a business of some sort? What if I were to start a business that hires some of those civil service jobs and does a task more efficiently than the government? The only way to create government jobs is to remove productive capital from the economy.

        December 13, 2011 at 8:53 pm |
      • Greg

        That's kind of the idea. Create jobs in the private sector, and cut jobs in the public sector. Unless your long term goal is to have everyone drawing a check from the government.

        December 13, 2011 at 10:06 pm |
      • Michael

        Unnecessary Government Jobs are just anther form of welfare. So that excuse doesn't fly.
        Overall, the Government is very inefficient and wasteful. Full of abuse and corruption everywhere they spend OUR money.

        I hope: Smaller Government = more efficient government.

        December 13, 2011 at 11:14 pm |
      • Rich

        A lot of those Civil service and contractor jobs will be filled by services offered by the privite sector. The privite companies will need to hire the former government employees to fill all the vacancies, so there will not be as many jobs lost as you are stating. Although these non-government employers will not have the dead weight and very lucrative benifits that the government jobs did but then this will also save the tax payers a ton of money.

        December 13, 2011 at 11:56 pm |
      • Aaron

        Actually, that is not true. Ron Paul's plan does not lay off a single person. All government jobs will be shed through attrition.

        December 14, 2011 at 12:12 am |
      • Snoozle

        How do you have a boom when you fire millions of workers?

        December 14, 2011 at 1:07 am |
      • mmichellle79

        What about the millions who are out of work now? And he feels that certain things should be put in the hands of the state, not the White House. What is so bad about that? If the economy did "boom", those people who had government positions could easily find work elsewhere.

        December 14, 2011 at 1:16 am |
      • Jason b

        GOOD!! You shouldn't say "but", you should say "and".

        Those are the jobs that rob the taxpayer and should be funded, and employed at state levels.

        You're still not getting the BIG picture here.

        December 14, 2011 at 2:13 am |
      • 40 acres

        Interesting John. How would the loss of millions of jobs lead to economic boom? You have to realize that losing the public service jobs means you lose the public service as well. Those services are necessary not only for the average citizen but also for companies to do business. Without the public service employees those services would have to be filled by private sector (for profit) companies that would end up costing us and all business more to maintain (just look at the difference between the government service of the military compared to the private enterprise of companies like Blackwater). There is a fine line between too much government and not enough.....that line constantly moves and must be adjusted which is why we have two parties at odds with each other. Wholescale dismantelment of government is not the way. Adjustments are the way....and they require compromise between parties.

        December 14, 2011 at 8:07 am |
      • RP

        We have an excess in some services anyway. Get rid of the crap that no one really needs.

        December 14, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
    • Lgny

      Paul is so devoted to libertarianism he will permit corporations to do anything they want. This is like an NFL without referees keeping the game fair. Like a good ref, the govt should not favor specific companies but plays a critical role in assuring fair competition.

      December 13, 2011 at 9:15 pm |
  80. RMATTEN

    I have to admit that I have great respect for Ron Paul. He has integrity whereas the others are just a bunch of looney tunes and don't have a clue. The problem is that Ron Paul's ideology, in today's world, is so draconian that the country would be in a depression in no time, and who knows what might happen on the international scene.

    December 13, 2011 at 7:53 pm |
    • Ed Ward II

      We're already in a Depression.

      December 13, 2011 at 9:40 pm |
    • tosser

      Huh? What exactly is the country in now? Wow! The inability for some people to think is staggering.

      December 13, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
    • hilo, HI

      With so much turmoil now, playing it safe maybe won't even matter. The whole world is long overdue for a political Hail Mary Pass. imo a worldwide depression in places that aren't use to such food shortages, etc, is imminent. Who is best to help America cope?

      December 14, 2011 at 2:01 am |
    • Ben

      Well unfortunately we're in a depression. A great depression. 15 trillion dollars in our Federal Reserve was created to maintain our interest rates and keep the dollar from inflating. The thing is, gold has just about doubled in value since 2000. If our dollar was tied to gold, it would've maintained the value naturally and we wouldn't have had to print 15 trillion.

      The only solution here is to drastically cut spending, reduce our deficit greatly, and then re-enact the gold standard when the deficit is low enough so we won't need the Federal Reserve ever again.

      December 14, 2011 at 2:07 am |
    • MrDave

      What? The country is already in a depression. And the economy is not getting better, because
      you can't increase your wealth by printing more dollars unless there is no competition for your
      dollars as a world reserve currency. The world reserve currency status is ending soon.
      Your intrinsic wealth is only increased by what you produce, and we are producing less and less.
      Ron Paul's message addresses these issues in a way to benefit all Americans.

      December 14, 2011 at 2:27 am |
      • EdR

        Already in a depression? I suppose your parents are in their 40s, but mine aren't. Have seen any soup lines lately? How about food rationing? 25% unemployment maybe? Wake up people. You have no clue what a depression is.

        December 14, 2011 at 8:58 am |
    • liberties101

      In case you hadn't heard we are already in a depression. Which Ron Paul predicted. Even uber liberal Paul Krugg finally admitted it was a depression.

      December 14, 2011 at 2:48 am |
      • CP in FL

        Actually we are not even in a recession. A depression is when the economy contracts by at least 10%. Our economy is actually growing by a few percent each year. Depression and Recession have definitions. Just because you do not have a job does not mean the US is in a depression or recession. I agree that the economy is not performing well, but we are not in a recession or depression.

        December 14, 2011 at 11:58 am |
    • Nick M

      Draconian? Do you even know who Draco was? He took away people's civil liberties. Ron Paul is the exact opposite! Ron Paul 2012

      December 14, 2011 at 10:37 am |
  81. Kev

    Folks,

    I really hate being a Republican. As I've grown and gained what I hope is wisdom, I understand better. There are very good points which are not mutually exclusive between the two parties. It struck me the other day that Ron Paul is the answer. If you follow the business 80/20 rule, it was made for Paul. He may not have it all right, but he's most of the way there...for Republicans, for Democrats and especially for Independents.

    I've done a ton of reading these past few years. I feel that I get the concepts behind Austrian vs Keynesian. You can see Keynesian policy in play right this very minute. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer, and we have been following Keynesian since Nixon.

    Something has to change. That change has to happen next November. That change needs to be Ron Paul.

    December 13, 2011 at 7:52 pm |
    • liberties101

      Yes!

      December 14, 2011 at 2:50 am |
    • Janet

      Ron Paul has his head in the sand when it comes to health insurance. He thinks the churches should pay the medical costs for those who are uninsured. That's just nuts.

      December 14, 2011 at 8:42 am |
    • RodRoderick

      I have to agree with you. I really hadn't heard about Ron Paul until several months ago and was like: "Wow, out of all the Canidates I've heard about, this guy actually cares".

      December 14, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
  82. Ron Paul is the man

    Ron paul is the only sane choice. Obama is going to have a hard time repackaging and selling his lies and broken promises. By now anyone with a clue knows what he is all about. The rest of the republican candidates are, well... repugnant

    December 13, 2011 at 7:47 pm |
    • greencollarworker

      If you're calling Ron Paul sane, then I question YOUR sanity.

      December 13, 2011 at 8:16 pm |
      • ibrad

        I trust Ron Paul 100 times over NEWT anyday! If you think NEWT`s the man I believe you are the insane one !

        December 13, 2011 at 11:20 pm |
      • sidneyhop

        Educate yourself before posting regurgitated MSM nonsense! Paul is as reasonable as they come.

        December 14, 2011 at 1:02 am |
      • Jason b

        And we don't question ANYTHING about people that talk like you. We know from your comments how uneducated you are.

        Once you know the truth, you don't take cheap shots like that.

        December 14, 2011 at 2:18 am |
      • Jason

        You just don't understand, please read more to understand what is happening to this country, dig deep.

        December 14, 2011 at 2:20 am |
      • MrDave

        Greencollarworker, please do some research on economics, and history. Look up info. on
        Nomi Prins, Dr. Paul Craig Roberts and see what they tell you about real economic policy.
        Research tyranny in your history books, and the outcome of unchecked power in the top level
        of government. You will see that rule of law, and constitutional government based upon
        the principle of government protecting the natural liberties of man provides a much
        better situation for all when compared to anything else in history.

        December 14, 2011 at 2:33 am |
  83. msadr

    Yeah, I'm thinking Ron Paul might just surprise you in Georgia too. Us Independent voters are allowed to vote in the republican primary here.

    December 13, 2011 at 7:46 pm |
  84. hoping

    Ron Paul appeals to people of both parties. This is why Ron Paul can win. I always found the republican party to be against my freedom with their movement. Suddenly I realize they can be for freedom and that freedom makes a strong economy. What country has a large amount of wealth? What country was built on the ideal of freedom?

    It used to be this one. As it has lost that claim, it has lost it's wealth. Restore freedom.. vote Ron Paul!

    December 13, 2011 at 7:41 pm |
  85. WhereIsPalin

    Settle down, Paul-bots. Dr Quack is irrelevant. The life long politician doesn't have a chance.

    December 13, 2011 at 7:39 pm |
    • Delilah Marconi

      I would be inclined to listen to you if you could truly elaborate on your statement. I have done my research on Ron Paul and all the contenders including Barack Obama. Seems to me that the general policies of all those mentioned (except Ron Paul) are pretty much slight variations of each other–Big government, Policing the world and ignoring the Constitution. I subscribe to the Einstein definition of insanity -doing something over and over and expecting a different result. Well, I , for one, do not want to make insane choices. Ron Paul has been the only one offering a different solution. And it is a solution that truly makes sense to me or at least no one from the other contenders support system have been able to convince me that it doesn't. So that leaves me with a feeling that I am on the right path-on the path of truth. And I think, when one makes a commitment to truth-it's easy to recognize its voice.

      December 13, 2011 at 8:30 pm |
      • Jarod

        Ron Paul is no saviour. He espouses the virtues that put America on track to become great, doing the same thing in this day and age would most assuredly send us STRAIGHT into a depression (and stop the lie that we're already there – learn your facts). We do, however, need a Paul llike candidate that is more 21st century in thought and principle. And those of you touting that its okay to take us to the brink simply to "reset" our economy and place us back on the path to prosperity should STOP IT because it will not. Ladies and gentlemen we need to start thinking and stop parroting

        December 14, 2011 at 9:23 am |
      • jdk

        Thank you!!!!

        December 14, 2011 at 10:53 am |
    • victor

      I don't think you can call anyone 'quack' when you have a name like 'WhereIsPalin"

      December 13, 2011 at 9:47 pm |
    • correction

      Doctor Paul was a life-long Doctor, served as a military medic as well. After he was done with his life-long career he took a shot at politics because he felt his opinions needed to be heard. His beliefs and ideals about the role of government has kept him there, not his own personal ambitions because as a retired doctor he has nothing to benefit from through legislation that favors his particular industry. If that was the case, he would be a prominent supporter of Obama care because that's a guaranteed pay check for his industry.

      December 13, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
    • Kelli

      You know, there's a whole lot of us "Bots" out there. A LOT. Enough to crash website polls and to force comment boards closed. It's not just a handful of people who are doing this. There are MILLIONS of Ron Paul supporters and we're all quite passionate about our support. Word of mouth marketing is proven to be most effective. We're all talking, man. Millions of us. And we're louder than the main stream media, by far. We have a voice. And we're gonna win. RON PAUL 2012

      December 14, 2011 at 11:21 am |
    • Pritka

      You are making me angry and I am an O'bama supporter. I won,t be voting for Ron Paul but I like the guy. Get over yourself.

      December 14, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  86. Java McPhearson

    Paul IS the third party. He does not need to run as one. Finally we have someone who represents the best ideals of both parties. He represents the ideals that founded this country long before the split between the republicans and democrats. i suggest that he is someone who will bring us back together and rescue the current government process from its own brand of tyrrany.

    December 13, 2011 at 7:30 pm |
    • deanna houston

      I for one am quite taken by Ron Paul's raw truthfulness that is so rare and lacking in politicians today. He is the only canidate, republican or democrat that I can recall saying and sticking to the same principles no matter what network he is on. Wish he'd win the nomination. It would be the first time I'd proudly vote republican in my life.

      December 13, 2011 at 9:25 pm |
    • Justice4all

      Spoken like a true socialist. It is that ideology that fuels the destructive class warfare maximized by liberal politicians pandering to garner votes. No group should be ever be enslaved to another, financially or otherwise.

      December 13, 2011 at 11:18 pm |
    • JimM

      What policies from the Democratic Party Platform does he agree with?

      December 14, 2011 at 10:38 am |
  87. RasPutin

    Ron Paul reminds me of that song, "Nice legs, too bad about your face."
    I like a lot of his positions, like withdrawing troops from foreign posts, stop going to war, and stop spending so much on weapons. Also his anger at all those politicians and lobbyists who spend most of their efforts to benefit corporations.
    But his fiscal policies and belief that left free to act, corporations, banks, politicians and health providers would begin to work for the best for mankind would result in the most disastrous society since Industrial Revolution.

    December 13, 2011 at 7:29 pm |
    • Jason

      The fact is that us supporters completely understand his fiscal policies, your statement is untrue

      December 14, 2011 at 2:22 am |
    • MrDave

      sftommy, sorry but you are quite wrong in some baseline assumptions. Ron Paul has come out in
      favor of regulations that foster competition, and in favor of restoring laws such as Glass-Steagall.
      He is against the fascist policies of government-big corporation getting together to create regulations
      that stifle true competition and that allows cronies to profit at the expense of the people.
      Look at current Fed policy now, bail out with 10s of $trillions for mult-national banks, to be paid
      by deflating your currency, and eventually to paid with increased taxes on your productivity.
      That is the current trend, and it will be an unprecedented disaster. Please google Nomi Prins, and see
      what she has to say about the bailouts.

      December 14, 2011 at 2:41 am |
    • Enlight

      I don't see what is wrong with trusting your state and local government with these tasks. One of the most skewed opinions that I have seen regarding Ron Paul is this notion that he wants to end any type of regulation in the United States. This is false, Ron Paul only makes us question why we need a big federal government to take large amounts of our money to do these things. Your State, and Local governments are perfectly capable handling these issues at a level that makes sense to you and your community (And hopefully that money is better tracked in spent). This notion that we need to pass sweeping laws for a country that is 3.79 million square miles and hopes roughly 312 million people is ridiculous. I don't pretend to know what fellow citizens 3,000+ away need in their communities; and if they do something that infringes on my constitutional rights, the United States has a perfectly good court system to help me solve the problem.

      December 14, 2011 at 10:39 am |
    • Mike

      Ask yourself how many lobbyists big businesses hire to "help" write the legislation on the books. The reality is most of the regulations for "protecting" the consumer only stand to hurt new small businesses from entering a market because of the massive costs (for paperwork mostly) of dealing with compliance, that only the large corporations can eat.

      December 14, 2011 at 10:44 am |
    • Tannim

      Maybe you ought to read his books and discover that you mistake Dr. paul's views with that of crony capitalism and left-wing statist talking point nonsense.

      December 14, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
    • Jason

      I often wonder if some of these people even read about issues before they make comments. When did Ron Paul ever say he thought that insurance companies and banks if left to themselves would do whats right for everyone. And any one who thinks Ron Paul is a nut obviously does not take the time to figure out what is really going on in this country. I guess watching the evening news brings you up to par on all political aspects.

      December 14, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  88. ThinkAgain

    Since when does a Republican win Iowa AND the nomination? Paul may win there, but he's completely unelectable on the national stage.

    Heck, the whole crop of loony-tune rightwing GOP yahoos are unelectable! They should save the time and money and just concede right now!

    December 13, 2011 at 7:28 pm |
    • correction

      If that were so, then then the mainstream media, which is primarily liberal Obama supporters, wouldn't ignore his true front-runner status. The polls are misconstrued because the poll mainly undecided voters. Ron Paul supporters are far from undecided, they are already planning to write his name in whether he wins the GOP nomination or if he runs independent like like he already said he would not do.

      December 13, 2011 at 8:41 pm |
    • victor

      I just want to know why people keep saying he's unelectable. Everyone says that, but nobody ever explains why.

      December 13, 2011 at 9:49 pm |
    • mmichellle79

      Keep on dreaming. let us know when you wake up from that fantasy, haha.

      December 14, 2011 at 1:19 am |
    • ConfidentVoter

      Who are you to decide one is electable or not? All you can say is you support or not. Don't try to impose your stupid mind on others.

      December 14, 2011 at 1:25 am |
    • ConfidentVoter

      How could you judge if someone is electable or not ?

      December 14, 2011 at 1:27 am |
    • MrDave

      You keep saying he is unelectable. If you pick a mainstream politician, then you have thrown away your
      vote. Because mainstream politicians have given us constant wars, death and degradation for less fortunate
      nations, and to our soldiers. They have given us economic disaster, while billionaires keep piling up
      more and more unfair advantages do to a nexus of regulations and taxes that favor them,
      and stop competition. Look at the loss of our basic freedoms, illegal search and seizures, higher and higher levels
      of incarceration.
      If you want more of the same, then don't vote for Ron Paul. You want your freedom and prosperity back then
      you have to do something different than before.

      December 14, 2011 at 2:47 am |
  89. Jamie from Riverside

    does anyone else also think that Ron Paul looks and sounds like one of Santa's elves?

    December 13, 2011 at 7:27 pm |
    • deanna houston

      Glad I'm not the only one who's noticed. What about Newt? Don't you think he looks like a gnome? By the way, I'm am terrified of gnomes! They just smile and do nothing. Definately a product of Washington.

      December 13, 2011 at 9:33 pm |
    • Canuck

      What is the matter? Does Dr. Paul talk above your 8th grade education? Is that why you mock his looks? Too often your country elects pretty boys and handsome people that just have "that charm" about them. Its time for a new kind of president. When I see these ones that run against Dr. Paul, i think of Sideshow Bob's campaign for mayor.

      December 13, 2011 at 10:04 pm |
    • Steve

      When I hear the truth, I close my eyes and listen.
      BTW he is as fit or more fit than any other contender.
      Although he does remind me of a cartoon character, that little perception of mine has no substance. All I hear is a voice of reason.
      This country needs to hunker down for a few years and get our house right. Then we can revisit the world stage.
      Congress will take care of foreign policy, as they should. It's not like our global interests will be abandoned by them....and while that's happening, Ron Paul will be busy saving our economy. Granted, he was ahead of his time, but right now, he is 'Just in Time'

      December 14, 2011 at 12:02 am |
    • MrDave

      This is an example of the silly and stupid mentality that the "powers that be" seem to want,
      and dumbed-down population that cares and talks about the silliest and most irrelevant things.
      The whole of mankind is in a crisis the likes of which the world has never seen, and
      people want to talk about something asinine such as this. Please go to a cartoon website,
      or a site for young children. Leave this discussion to mature persons.

      December 14, 2011 at 2:52 am |
    • Tannim

      No, that would be Mayor Loveridge, Jeff Stone, and that bunch of corrupt crooks back there local, tarnishing the Raincross and burining doen Mt. Rubidoux...

      December 14, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  90. Will

    Been following Ron Paul's path to presidency since 2007. He is, without question, the most honest, straight talking politician that I have ever had the pleasure of listening to speak.

    -Envious liberal Canadian.

    December 13, 2011 at 7:13 pm |
  91. Chris

    CNN, look at all the support Ron Paul has gotten in these comments and give him the coverage he deserves!

    December 13, 2011 at 7:02 pm |
    • greencollarworker

      Give RP coverage so that more people will realize how nuts he is and be certain not to vote for him!

      He's not even a consistent libertarian.

      December 13, 2011 at 8:18 pm |
      • Jason

        When was he not consistent?

        December 14, 2011 at 2:23 am |
      • MrDave

        greencollarworker. Are you really being honest, or are you a hack being paid, or supporting some agenda?
        Ron Paul is consistent with his words and actions. You know you people ought to take this
        situation more seriously. Do some research on economics and tyranny. If we don't have someone
        like Ron Paul in a leadership position, we are looking at man-made disasters of biblical proportions.

        December 14, 2011 at 2:58 am |
      • ditty1991

        ron paul is gonna win iowa. we just had a super brochure project where we sent out brochures explaining ron pauls positions and history. Im proud to say we sent a brochure to over 400,000 households in iowa.

        All of you saying hes "nuts" please explain. im sick of hearing hes "crazy" without explaining why.

        December 14, 2011 at 8:47 am |
      • Todd in DC

        He is against marriage equity, he wants to stop (end) Social Security, and he wants to bring the US back to the gold standard of the 1800s.

        Yeah, good luck with that.

        December 14, 2011 at 10:18 am |
  92. Mark

    The Iowa Caucus was made for Paul. Here we will see if his campaign has any legs. If he wins Iowa, it would shatter the "He Can't Win" mantra and I think it would propell him all the way to the nomination with a decent chance of winning the Presidency.

    December 13, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
  93. Brent

    It's good to see some positive coverage of Ron Paul. The only real skeletons in his closet are some allegations of racism in the 1990s, but that pales in comparison to what we see out of the other candidates. The only two GOPers I can get behind are Paul and Jon Huntsman. If either one wins the nomination, I really hope the other gets made his running mate.

    December 13, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
    • correction

      I don't see how someone who wants to end the drug war because of the racial segregation it causes could possibly be racist anyhow.

      December 13, 2011 at 8:32 pm |
  94. Victoria

    I will never vote for the "lesser of two evils" again. Ron Paul is the only candidate of principle who takes his oath of office very seriously... has NEVER violated it by voting against the Constitution. If for some strange reason Ron Paul doesn't win the GOP nomination, we are requesting absentee ballots and writing in his name. He is the ONLY choice to restore our republic... the ONLY one.

    December 13, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
    • CN

      well then, victoria, i hope that whenever you and your husband have congress, you're on the pill or he's wearing a condom, since if you have a baby you'll have to carry it to term, since paul will outlaw abortion.

      December 14, 2011 at 4:06 am |
  95. Dixie AZ

    If Ron Paul would promise to keep the Department of Education, I would vote for him. I don't want some body Like Mr Perry forcing his limited views on Americas children.

    December 13, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
    • correction

      Department of education continuously supplies just enough money for one to go to college. Universities drive up prices of tuition when they get this easy money, forcing the Department of education to increase the amount supplied to students. This also affects inflation because it raises CPI. It's a cat and mouse game that never ends unless you do away with that easy money. Do away with that easy money and Universities would be forced to lower their tuition rates to stay in business. This would cause deflation which is very necessary if you consider where minimum wage is and compare the value of our dollar with that of the U.K. and China.

      December 13, 2011 at 8:59 pm |
    • CorAutMors

      Dixie.., if Dr. Paul eliminates the Dept of Education.., YOUR voice will be much louder in terms of how your children are educated, because by ending the DOE, the power is returned to the state and local school boards where local people have much more influence.

      December 13, 2011 at 9:57 pm |
    • Kate4RonPaul

      Check out the facts on how well the American students score on each subject compared to other countries. Most of the Dept. of Education money goes to the top tear and the teachers aren't paid anywhere near what they are worth. The government also pushes the education agenda and they should not be in the business of telling us what our children should or shouldn't be learning. There are charters schools that are much more successful and they don't get funding from the government. I have a lot of friends that have or are home schooling and their kids start college when they are 15.

      December 13, 2011 at 11:20 pm |
    • Jason

      Please ask some teachers how they feel about the department of education

      December 14, 2011 at 2:24 am |
    • MrDave

      As a highly educated person in math, the sciences and engineering, and working
      with many children is public schools. I see that as the department of education has
      increased its budget and control through the years, the knowledge and education levels of the children
      has markedly decreased. Thus, I don't see a real problem with getting rid of the department of education.

      December 14, 2011 at 3:02 am |
    • Raspopo

      That's the thing Dixie AZ – these are not YOUR children...stop worrying about what others are doing and worry about your own. If you DO have children; however, feel free to home-school or send them to the school which you think is best. If the people of Texas want Rick Perry as their governor (they voted for him...), then they should, for the most part, accept what he approves as good education, OR they could probably do like most states and have an 'Education Commissioner" that oversees plans created by teachers and curricula specialists. Don't jump to conclusions...next time, think about a better solution and solve the problem right.

      December 14, 2011 at 4:38 am |
    • Tannim

      So you're a one-issue voter, and that issue is minor compared to the issues facing the country today? Makes perfect sense to not vote for him, doesn't it?

      December 14, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  96. LeighAnn

    I can't vote for Gingrich or Romney. If either of them get the nomination, I will support Obama again. However, if it;s Ron Paul....him I can support. He has more sense than the rest of the GOP combined. Wonder who he'd pick as a running mate? Dennis Kunich would be awesome or maybe he'd reach across the isle and pick Hillary Clinton. Say what you will...Bill was the best president we have had in forever.

    December 13, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
    • MrDave

      I don't seehow you can support Obama. You need to look beyond his looks and charisma.
      How can you support him when he has increased the violence in the Middle East. Has stood by
      while Wall St has criminally walked away with tens of $trillions. We have lost many more Constitutional
      protections under him. We are now faced with a government that claims it has a right to
      kill anyone it wants without any due process.

      December 14, 2011 at 3:06 am |
    • Paul

      This is the issue with Paul's supporters. Paul, Obama and either of the Clintons are not in the same universe of understanding, so it's impossible to see any as a substitute for the other. I've known very few Ron Paul supporters who are clear on why they support him. A Paul presidency would be an America from the 19th century, and that's about it, I'm afraid.

      December 14, 2011 at 8:25 am |
      • lord help us

        You must not know many people then....

        December 14, 2011 at 12:39 pm |
      • Tannim

        19th century? How? Or are you simply not cognizant of American history, economics, and politics?

        December 14, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
      • What?

        How would a new approach be like the 1800's? By the way there was more economic growth in one year of the 19th century than the entire twenty first.

        December 14, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
    • jdk

      Even if he doesnt get the nomination.... WRITE HIM IN AND CHECK HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      December 14, 2011 at 10:56 am |
  97. Java McPhearson

    The only upset here is the media being upset that it can't sway the vote. This article is simply damage control, CNN and others are beginning to worry that Paul's win in Iowa would lead to distrust of the media's "predictions". The truth is that he already has widespread support and no amount of media propaganda can dissuade the truth. For those institutions that have profited by their control of government spending take note, that was the taxpayer's money and we want it back.

    December 13, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  98. Mary

    CNN's grossly negligent coverage of Ron Paul during this campaign has been a bitter disappointment.

    December 13, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
    • David

      Couldn't agree more!

      December 13, 2011 at 11:01 pm |
  99. HunterPSU

    Wolf...Ron paul has no chance. You may wish he would win the repubs so it would be easier on B.O. but wont happen. A few good ideas that attract a few people but that is it. No mainstreamers will vote for him just the fring and ill informed.

    December 13, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
    • Joe Six Pack

      The ill informed? Ron Paul is the only candidate who can explain what caused the financial crisis and how to fix it. The problem is most voters don't understand the issues well enough to understand what he's talking about. The other candidate just talk the same old BS. People that read and understand the issues in depth are the ones that are voting for Ron Paul.

      December 13, 2011 at 8:49 pm |
    • victor

      polling at 21% in Iowa...I don't think that's fringe, buddy.

      December 13, 2011 at 9:52 pm |
    • Kate4RonPaul

      We Ron Paul supporters are the most informed group of people I have had the pleasure of meeting a long time. We do our research and know the facts. All the non-supporters are just stuck in the brainwashed TV world.

      December 13, 2011 at 11:24 pm |
    • Steve

      Sorry but you are wrong. Ron Paul will be the next president, simply because the people are enlightened right now. It's magical to watch.

      The best way I can explain this to you is: Things have an amazing way of working themselves out....because they HAVE TO!

      December 14, 2011 at 12:12 am |
    • Cason

      Careful who you call ill-informed. Do a little math, ALL the Republicans will vote for him, if only to be contrary to Obama, many of the Independents will vote for him because A) He takes his vows seriously B) He has some agreeable points and C) to be contrary to Obama. Heck I would place a bet that many Demos will vote for him. Math says if he gets in, he'll win

      December 14, 2011 at 1:06 am |
    • Jason

      you really think Ron Paul supporters are ill informed? Come on, we are the ones that are informed? How would we be ill informed? Who are we ill informed by? What is the information that we have received that is "ill"?

      December 14, 2011 at 2:26 am |
      • Fayse

        Unfortunately many of the Ron Paul supporters are not the necessary research. Ron Paul supports the John Birch Society. He addressed the JBS in October of this year to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Be very carefull with just listening to what he says and not looking in to what he does.

        December 14, 2011 at 11:56 am |
    • liberties101

      I beg to differ. Obama would have a very very easy campaign if Mitt or especially Newt won. They both have so many inconsistencies as to make their campaigns laughable whereas Ron Paul has been consistent throughout his entire career. As for no one voting for him think again. Out of the top 3 candidates (Mitt, Newt and Ron) he is the only one that attracts independents and even democrats. If he were to win the nomination and go against Obama I think he would win because the hard right people (that wouldn't necessarily vote for Paul in the primary) hate Obama so much that they would show up and vote for whoever the other guy is just to get Obama out of office. That plus the ind and Blue Republican support could translate into President Paul in 2012.

      December 14, 2011 at 2:58 am |
    • press ron paul

      Sounds like a Fox news add, ill informed and blinders on..

      December 14, 2011 at 5:03 am |
    • Death to Sycophants

      This NH Republican is neither fringe, nor ill-informed, and will be casting his vote for Ron Paul. I am voting for integrity, consistency, and for a candidate that has not been bought and paid for by corporate interests. I don't agree with everything Dr Paul does, but he is so far above Huntsman, Mittens, Newt, Perry, Bachmann and Santorum that it is appalling to consider that they are in the same political race.

      December 14, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
    • Tannim

      Sorry, but in my 23 years of political activism, the only ill-informed ones are those who continually advocate for the state and more government and the tyranny it imposes–certainly NOT Dr. Paul.

      December 14, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  100. sftommy

    Ron Paul might surprise US by showing some compassion for his fellow man.

    More likely, the lack there-of, means he can win all the die-hard GOP votes he wants but most Americans will find him offering them nothing, no benefits, no hopes, no optimism, and that is what they will give him in return.

    America wants a leader with a positive outlook on what America can do, not someone looking to make denial and suffering a way of life. So far that's all RP has promised USA, and I do believe he intends to fulfill that promise and think himself noble somehow for doing so.

    December 13, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
    • Mike

      Keep telling yourself that, and when govt gives you all it has and the system collapses, you'll start wishing you had taken less. Promises to appease the greedy souls that just want someone to give them something mean nothing to your children's children

      December 13, 2011 at 8:52 pm |
    • Delilah Marconi

      So please elaborate....how is Ron Paul offering suffering and denial as a way of life? No where in my research did I ever take that from what he has been saying. What I got from my research is that he believes in the constitution and a strict adherence to it. Are you suggesting that the constitution fosters suffering? I read the constitution and believe it or not-it was designed to protect your liberty and guarantees everyone an opportunity to shape their lives without government control. In my opinion, the only ones that would be suffering are those unwilling to work hard and make something of themselves--those who would rather be molded and taken cared of by the government. But remember-once you let the government take full control over you, then where is the freedom?

      December 13, 2011 at 9:00 pm |
    • mmichellle79

      So you're saying that people won't vote for him because he will not be supporting them with government funds. He's right on the mark about many things. Education and college being one of them. He feels people are getting "pseudo educations", and as a college graduate, I can't agree more. People are sucked into college thinking their lives will be better when the graduate, but the truth is, they just have a lot of debt to repay and they don't always end up with even average paying jobs.

      He wants us to focus on America's problems, and fix ourselves instead of trying to fix the rest of the world. Doing so would create jobs, save money, and the people who cannot take care of themselves now will be able to. People will no longer be dependent on the government.

      December 14, 2011 at 1:26 am |
    • JM

      No hopes, no optimism? Care to explain what you mean by this?

      Just because Ron Paul doesn't spout off catchphrases like "Yes We Can" and claim to be able to fix everything without ever actually suggesting anything doesn't mean he wouldn't be a good president. I don't give a damn how many times these guys tell us how great America is, we will continue to go further in debt until somebody actually changes something.

      December 14, 2011 at 1:30 am |
    • Jason

      Ron Paul is the only one offering a true positive outlook on what America can do. Your statement is quite frankly insane.

      December 14, 2011 at 2:27 am |
    • MrDave

      Compassion? Check his platform. Stopping wars is the most compassionate thing he can do (unlike the Nobel Peace-Prize
      Winner). Would you rather people to depend on making a living by being able to find a good job with
      a revitalized industrial sector and domestic economy, or by having to be humiliated by having to beg
      a government case worker to allow them to have some food stamps, or to allow a woman to have
      her baby's father to live with her without losing all her aid?

      December 14, 2011 at 3:10 am |
    • MrDave

      What you don't seem to understand, it has been the combined power of the government and the super-rich
      creating regulations that favor the mega-corporations and international bankers that have strangled
      the American economy. Equality for blacks, prosperity for all was facilitated by having a strong
      industrial base that needed a strong happy work force. If we get back a good economy, there
      will be plenty for all, and enough work so even the lower economic classes won't have to
      beg government bureaucrats for aid.

      December 14, 2011 at 3:16 am |
      • vinny

        Ron Paul has no chance whatsoever to be President. He has a loyal but strong following. for the majority of Americans, he comes off as delusional. Some of his ideas are nice (no foreign aid to anyone). But he would be an extremely weak President when it comes to security.

        December 14, 2011 at 11:53 am |
    • Tannim

      How is his past treatment of patients for free not compassionate?

      How is the idea of returning personal power to the people from oppressive and clueless government not optimistic?

      December 14, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
    • Mary

      "most Americans will find him offering them nothing, no benefits, no hopes, no optimism, and that is what they will give him in return".

      Isn't this Obama we are speaking of????

      December 14, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
    • glyder

      many americans want someone the media has created.give them a catch phrase,something that rymes and 30% of the voters get excited.thats how frickin sick we are.

      December 14, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
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