Ron Paul is surging in Iowa, but the question is why and where are those votes coming from?
From The UK Telegraph:
Dismissed by many as too extreme to win the nomination, Mr Paul has a fiercely loyal following that could propel him to an upset election victory in the January 3 caucus.
In the last week he has surged from 18 points to 21, leaving him only one behind Mr Gingrich and five ahead of Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who was once the presumptive nominee but is now being buffeted from all sides.
Iowa has always posed a challenge for Mr Romney, who governed as moderate in Massachusetts and whose Mormon faith may hold him back in an electorate that is 60 per cent evangelical Christian.
"The momentum is building up and a lot of the candidates so far would come and go. They would shoot to the top and drop back rapidly. Ours has been very steady growth, then in this last week or two there has been a sudden extra growth," said Mr Paul.
Where is all of this sudden Ron Paul interest coming from?
Ron Paul has never been able to gather more than 10% or so in any poll. So why the sudden surge?
If you were on Obama’s campaign team and you wanted to cause as much mischief as possible and screw things up as much as possible, which candidate would you want?
Gingrich? No, he would destroy Obama in a debate.
Romney? No. He has a strong organization and could be a formidable opponent.
Bachmann? No, she energizes the Tea Party vote.
Perry? No, for the same reason.
What about Santorum or Huntsman? Their numbers are too far down for there to be a realistic shot at them causing problems in the primary.
The perfect candidate for Democrats is Ron Paul.
The Democrats are not going to simply forget about the primaries. They remember Rush Limbaugh’s operation chaos of 2008 and certainly would love to return the favor.
Thus enter Ron Paul.
Ron Paul is the Republican candidate who has almost no chance to win on his own, yet his continued candidacy could really prolong the GOP primaries.
Ron Paul is the candidate Obama would probably most like to face. In debates he comes off as a ranting, crazy old man. While his talks about fiscal restraint is great, as soon as he is led into areas of foreign policy, he scares the hell out of most Americans.
With no one to run against Obama in the primaries, you can bet Democrats will be crossing over to cause as much mischief as they can.
And to cause some of that mischief, you can bet they will be voting for Ron Paul.
maggie Ron Paul is scarey on national defense.
no one on the norm trail is going to vote for ron paul-- this is his 3rd time running and losing big--his foreign affairs are way off the reservation-- he seems tired-- I don't think he could cope an election and obama administration knows this-- he can't win-- he is great to tap an investigation on the fed- I personally would like to see the fed go away--
I would love to see congress cut their pay -- their benefits - their retirement - pensions, their perks for inside trading
this is why they hate perry-- ron paul would be great in charge of the fed and overseeing this--president -NO
as far as the debate-- tired of the two always getting the most attention-- there were two candidates there that were dissed in my opinion-- rick and rick-- and both stand for every single thing america needs right now,
it is a shame-- newt has too many secrets-- he was supposedly involved with obamacare-- and that irks me
romney- a businessman, so if I have to deal with him-- I will hold my nose-- and see , better than letting obama wing
I sincerely feel perry was the right one-- but now niki haley has endorsed romney-- I think chris christie pressured this - and the repub. establishment
I would like to see who the va gov. endorses--if he does
ron paul always brings up good points then blows it with the outrageous foreign chatter.
sorry ron paul supporters-- I feel your pain-- being a perry supporter-- we have to bite our tongues.
Bite your tongue? Why? We all are free to express our viewpoints! I as well was a Perry supporter for quite a while. It was his apparent lack of debating skills, more than anything else that bothered me....
He's gotten better, but still has a ways to go. Perhaps 2016 might be better? And anything can happen yet.
He (Paul) would strengthen out military at home. With the state of things, if a war were to start, we'd be hurting. His fiscal ideas, etc. that most people are good with and the fact that he's the only one on the stage that's not a part of the global elite have the chance of getting us (particularly jobs/manufacturing base) back in order, so even if something did start, we'd be able to win. The man has morals. He's not going to completely ignore global atrocities, particularly if the American people want action. He's the only candidate who listens to his constituencies. Look at his track record. He can be trusted. The man is moral, which is a far cry from what the others can boast.
So he wants to make our Military stronger at home uh? there are a few others that did that as well. I think Mao was one of them. So to do that he is going to try to take us over? Or is it that he dosen't want us safe from over seas because he doesn't care about Israel, or England or our other friends that are not as strong as we are. I know he is Anti-Isreal, he has shown that over and over again, he would ask for LESS Nukes? How about none to those that are planing on using them. He is not a good choice if we want to stay safe. And he reminds me of a Snaping Turtel.
Well said Katie.
You are Correct!
I watched the Iowa debates last night. I won't support Ron Paul.
... these middle eastern countries and save the Jews and Christians which by Muslim/Islamic law should now be killed. Would he have gone into Germany and Russia during the holocaust from what he is saying the answer would be no he wouldn't. Do you realize how many jobs there wouldn't be today without the Jews here in America?How many department stores that there wouldn't be, as several were created by Jews...some of your favorites even.I 've been thinking about Ron Paul and his direction on foreign policy...some of you may not like what I have to say...that's ok. His suggestion that we stop policing other countries and that we let Israel do it alone are extemely dangerous! He may even be considered a bit like Hitler in regards to Jews and Christians in my opinion. He is basically when broken down stating that he will not go into
I wonder how many times we've seen this, and the various Ron Paul links, Jeff? There really is no advantage in Spamming this website! People get upset, you see...
So why would anyone voter for Ron Paul knowing that he might swing the votes to "the Kenyan"?