Why isn't Ron Paul leading in the GOP race?

United States
September 22, 2011 1:37am CST
I am not being facetious or snide, but shouldn't he be the front-runner, especially among the tea party? Why is Rick Perry winning the polls?
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• United States
22 Sep 11
Because the republican party establishment is cramming Perry down peoples throats because he is who they want. Paul is not a party follower. He won't blindly do what the gop wants.....so they will fight tooth and nail to keep him from getting it. Perry will be a good boy and maintain the gop status quo. Plus the media is biases. Big time.
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• United States
22 Sep 11
Do you think there are enough Ron Paul supporters to throw off the Perry lead?
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• United States
22 Sep 11
We will have to wait and see. So far Paul has out fund raised him, performed better at the debates and has won more straw votes. I personally think he has appeal across the board. It should tell u something when a lot of the candidates are now parroting a lot of his positions. The difference is he means it and they are pandering for votes. By the way anyone wanting yard signs or bumper stickers...etc...pm me.
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@Taskr36 (13925)
• United States
22 Sep 11
It's hard to say. The big difference is, Ron Paul's supporters are knowledgeable and dedicated to voting for him. Perry's supporters are typically less sure of their choice and can be swayed, especially considering most were originally supporting either Romney or Bachmann.
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@Taskr36 (13925)
• United States
22 Sep 11
Lilwonders pretty much nailed it. The party doesn't want him because he's not a shill. It's the same reason Mike Gravel and Dennis Kucinich were buried by the democrats in 2008. The big parties don't want their president to be a leader, they want a rubber stamp. The other reason is that he's about small government. Both republican and democrat politicians want a big government that is closely involved in people's personal lives. The other issue is the media. The media likes to pick the candidates. They choose who to cover and who to include in the debates. That's why nobody's hearing about Gary Johnson. The media has buried him despite him polling higher than Rick Santorum and John Hunstman. The media is the reason you haven't seen a third party candidate in the debates since 1992, when Bush demanded Ross Perot be included. It's honestly a wonder that Ron Paul is doing as well as he is considering the forces at work against him. Personally I think he should also be popular amongst the anti-war crowd on the left. Obama's already shown them that he wants to stay in Iraq and Afghanistan indefinitely and started a new war in Libya. Ron Paul is the only anti-war candidate in the running right now.
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• United States
22 Sep 11
You are so right. He is the only non war monger in the race.
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@anniepa (27241)
• United States
23 Sep 11
Taskr, maybe Paul would be popular amongst the anti-war crowd who are also pro-discrimination if a business owner chooses to discriminate, anti-minimum wage since repealing it would help poor people (HUH???) and in favor of letting a young person without insurance die because he'd made the beautiful choice of being free from buying insurance, never mind that he probably couldn't afford it! Annie
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• United States
23 Sep 11
You really have some misconceptions about Ron Paul. He is not pro discrimination. He is pro free market. There is a big difference. Same for the wage issue. As for insurance...it is about personal responsibility. People need to take responsibility for their lives and their choices. People need to be self reliant. It is about empowering people to take ownership of their lives. And he did not say let him die...you need to rewatch that...he said that is what private charities are for. Our government should not be a charity organization. That it is not its constitutional function. Charity is a private sector job.
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@bestboy19 (5482)
• United States
22 Sep 11
What I wonder is why he doesn't run as a libertarian. His views are more in line with theirs rather than the republicans.
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@mehale (2200)
• United States
22 Sep 11
For one thing, Paul is not making a very good showing in the debates so far, at least in my opinion....and that is hurting him in the polls. I don't really understand Perry being in the lead though. I actually supported Paul last time and was prepared to this time as well, but considering his showing in the debates, I have lost a lot of that. I actually think that either Cain or Huntsman would be the better choice vs either Perry or Romney....I am not too fond of either of them. But while Paul talks a good talk on his website and in writing, he is not doing that in person in the debates, at least I don't think so. I may be wrong but I think that this has a lot to do with his showing in the polls.
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• United States
22 Sep 11
I thinly he has done well n the debates. I wish he got more questions during them. They do not split up the questions or time equally in the debates.
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