|Iowa Straw Poll First GOP Test|
|by Tom Pauken||Tue, Jul 17, 2007, 08:57 AM|
The Iowa Straw Poll for Republican presidential candidates will take place on August 11th. It will be the first, significant test of candidate strength in preparation for the first in the nation
That leaves the field wide open for former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney who currently is leading in the polls among likely participants in the
Nonetheless, keep your eye on how four Republican dark horses do in the
Governor Huckabee has a strong following among the evangelical community. Just last month,
Lane, who is emerging as a major political force within the evangelical community, last year put together a Pastors Policy Briefing which brought together another 250 Evangelical pastors in
Ron Paul is another candidate worth watching next month. A pro-life libertarian and strong critic of the War in
It was surprising that organizers excluded Ron Paul from the debate since he is both pro-life and a consistent supporter of low taxes. Paul supporters suspect that he was “uninvited” because of his opposition to the War in
Ron Paul has a dedicated following and could do better than expected in the Iowa straw poll since he is the only Republican candidate for President opposed to the war.
Representative Duncan Hunter also has strong grassroots support among conservatives. Hunter has been a strong advocate for addressing our trade deficit with
Finally, Representative Tom Tancredo may garner support from Iowans concerned about the Bush Administration’s immigration policy. He has been the leading Congressional critic of the President’s immigration policy from the beginning. At the moment, opposition to the Senate’s failed immigration reform legislation is the “hot button” issue among Republican primary voters. Can Tancredo turn that into his advantage at the August straw polls? The problem he faces is that most of the other Republican contenders (excluding John McCain) also opposed Bush’s immigration reform legislation which was recently rejected by the U.S. Senate.
Mitt Romney has far more support in the
written by Byron George , July 17, 2007
If Ron Paul wishes to be taken seriously, he needs to distance himself from Austin's notorious conspiracy theorist, Alex Jones & Texe Marr. I wouldn't support my mother for office if these two fruit cakes endorsed her.
written by Tom Pauken , July 17, 2007
Byron, who are Alex Jones and Texe Marr? I am not familiar with either of them in terms of Texas politics, and what is their involvement (if any) with the Ron Paul campaign?
written by Byron George , July 17, 2007
Tom, they are not, as far as I know, affiliated with the campaign. They do endorse him and they are two (in my opinion) frauds and fear-mongers. Marr claims to be a Christian but if he is he makes right-wing radicals look like leftist.
written by Paul D. Perry , July 19, 2007
Reagan was endorsed by elements of the Klan. He didn't ask for the endorsements. If I remember correctly Gus Hall endorsed a few Democrats.......Marr and Jones are conspiracy theorists(to be kind) with divergent views. I will vote for Dr. Paul. Neither Jones nor Marr are my cup of tea however.
written by Trent Hill , July 19, 2007
Fred Phelps, designer of the website GodHatesFags.com endorsed Al Gore in 2000.
written by Byron George , July 19, 2007
Didn't vote for Al Gore either.
written by Ian Perry , July 21, 2007
I think not voting for Ron Paul because he has appeared on Alex Jones's show makes about as much sense as not voting for him because he has appeared on liberal networks such as CNN. If it makes you feel better, his largest number of appearances have (I believe) been on the more conservative Tucker Carlson program.
Anyway, trying to attack Rep. Paul because of the people he associates with is really unfair in his case because he consistently tries to work with whoever shares his desire to limit the power of government, even if there is broader disagreement. He's happy to work with left wingers on freedom of speech and right wingers on tax issues. He counts people with lots of contradictory beliefs his friends, and I think this would likely be a strength should his longshot campaign succeed and he take office (and I think he has more of a chance than any candidate other than Fred Thompson, Giuliani, and Romney).
written by Steve Heath , July 24, 2007
Alex Jones is just one of hundreds of non-mainstream media websites who support Ron Paul. In fact, I can find very few independent websites that are not tied down to blindly supporting the Democratic or republican party that do not support Ron Paul. If the republicans nominated Hitler and the Democrats - Joe Stalin,there are too many people in this country who would blindly feel compelled to vote for one of them, just because of party affiliation.
Jones has a very large following and seems to be primarily concerned with 911 being an inside job, and the New World order conspiracies. The 911 Truth Movement has been gaining a lot of momentum and supporters. maybe the Government should start releasing more classified information to once and for all disprove these conspiracy theories. They're doing a terrible job. No government source, including the 911 Commission has even attempted to give a plausible explanation for how WTC7 collapsed.
I will be curious to see if Mark Cuban actually releases the "Loose Change" version he is promoting and distributing. I understand he is under tremendous pressure to drop this comittment.
written by bk , July 26, 2007
Any classified information the government released would just be labeled as a fabrication by these nuts.
Also, sometimes the decision whether to release classified information comes down to a risk v. rewards analysis. It happens that one can be willing to take a big hit in exchange for not compromising something else, such as a source, which can be inferred from content. It's just not that simple.
written by Sandra Crosnoe , July 28, 2007
Tom, are you going to help us with the Ron Paul campaign this time? Great article on the straw poll. I will look forward to your comments after the event!
written by Nichole , July 29, 2007
Wow I loved this article it spoke mountains as to what is really going on in our political areana. I appreciate and commend this writer for his piece. I am a Ron Paul supporter and hope he can rally the support of this writer and any others to help him in his campaign to office. God Bless
written by Robert Morrow , July 31, 2007
Here is why I am for Ron Paul - who is a statesman and a principled and consistent conservative and has been that way for 30 years:
Ron Paul: the true conservative:
Pro-Secure the Border
Pro-U.S. National Sovereignty