Ron Paul in the First GOP Debate

Congressman Ron Paul’s campaign has put together a selection of clips relating to his debate performance last Thursday night…

29 Responses to “Ron Paul in the First GOP Debate”

  1. globalist_elitist Says:

    I give him an 8/10.

    If he wants to be president, and not just a voice for “what’s right,” he would have been wise to leave the “abolish the IRS and Fed” rhetoric at home.

    Other than that, he really seemed out of place on that stage, and I mean that in a good way.

  2. Ernest Hancock Says:

    NO FEAR!

    The issues that surround freedom vs. tyranny and hope vs. dispair has too much to do with the IRS and the Federal Reserve and the proper role of government to leave those issues at home and have any credibility a voice for a change in direction.

  3. NH4RonPaul Says:

    In case you hadn’t noticed, Ron is a Republican not some third party candidate and he won the debate hands down in the poll that was taken after and in many other polls on the internet.

  4. Gary Odom Says:

    So, being a Republican is what gives him credibility?

    In case you hadn’t noticed, the other nine who he kicked the crap out of were also Republicans. I submit he would have mopped up the floor with them whether he was a 3rd Party candidate or a Republican. Your point is not clear.

  5. Wes Benedict Says:

    Excerpt from my blog:

    Many people have contacted me asking various questions about the effects of Ron Paul’s campaign on the Libertarian Party and its potential nominee for president. Some of these people have been outright hostile. Picture someone walking up to me with their fist clenched and arm cocked in a ready-to-punch position demanding, “You Libertarians aren’t going to run someone against Ron Paul, are you!?” (That hasn’t actually happened, but that’s the tone of some of the e-mails I’ve received.)

    My first response is, “I’ve contributed $600 to Ron Paul’s campaign—what have you done?” That’s usually enough to diffuse the tension.

    end of excerpt

    Read the whole blog entry here.

    http://wesbenedictforlnc.blogspot.com/2007/05/my-600-says-ron-paul-presidential.html

    Then I’d welcome comments back here. I don’t allow comments on my blog.

    Thanks,—Wes

  6. globalist_elitist Says:

    How about Tommy Thompson? His brother is a Libertarian. A lot of his answers seemed pretty legit in the debate. Anyone have any thoughts on him?

  7. Trent Hill Says:

    NH4RonPaul,

    The only reason he is a Republican is because he cant get in debates by being an LP or CP.

  8. Andy Says:

    “globalist_elitist Says:

    May 6th, 2007 at 6:57 pm
    How about Tommy Thompson? His brother is a Libertarian. A lot of his answers seemed pretty legit in the debate. Anyone have any thoughts on him?”

    Ed Thompson is a Libertarian, but his brother Tommy is NOT a libertarian.

  9. Sounds of Silence Says:

    globalist_elitist asks: “How about Tommy Thompson? His brother is a Libertarian. A lot of his answers seemed pretty legit in the debate. Anyone have any thoughts on him?”

    I’m not sure the country is ready to go from a President who can’t speak to one who cannot hear.

  10. globalist_elitist Says:

    I’m saying.. Comparatively… Would you rank him #2 next to Paul?

  11. Jay Matthews Says:

    SoS, well done. I saw him on Bill Mahr. I thought of Stockdale when Thompson said he had hearing aid problems and didn’t hear the question. Kinda goofy but certainly possible. When Mahr asked Shandling the question Romney got regarding what he doesn’t like about America I was waiting for Shandling to say “our lousy hearing aids.”

    “The only reason he is a Republican is because he cant get in debates by being an LP or CP.”

    Agreed Trent, I’d take it a step further and say had he not run for Congress as a Republican he likely would not have been elected to begin with considering the way voters seem to view candidates from third parties. It’s not that he’s not a Republican, just an old-school Republican which if it were not for him would be extinct. He may not say it publicly but he registered as a Republican way back when because the public are more familiar and comfortable with the party and its name and obviously that helped his chances of winning.

  12. Andy Says:

    “globalist_elitist Says:

    May 6th, 2007 at 8:25 pm
    I’m saying.. Comparatively… Would you rank him #2 next to Paul?”

    Ron Paul is the only candidate worth voting for in the Republican primary.

  13. Otto Kerner Says:

    global_elitist: No doubt, because the IRS and the Fed (especially the IRS!) are two of America’s most cherished sacred cows. I’m sure the public will be up in arms any moment now at the mere suggestion that they might have to try to carry on with these treasured institutions.

  14. matt Says:

    And the third sacred cow, at least on the Republican side, is the war. The other 9 Republican candidates were afraid to say what America wants to hear, and their fear cost them huge in the polls. Ron Paul could have interrupted the moderator, said “I oppose the war, that is all”, and done crossword puzzles for the rest of the debate, and he would have still been a big hit in the post-debate polls.

  15. globalist_elitist Says:

    I think Tommy Thompson’s first response RE: the war was pretty good, though.

  16. Robert Milnes Says:

    Wishful thinkers are donating to Ron Paul’s campaign at the expense of the real libertarian candidates. So I guess the real libertarian campaign will begin after he loses the gop nomination. Since he supports “repeal” (actually overturn) of Roe v wade, he would not get much support from the left so would not be a very good progressive alliance candidate anyway.

  17. Austin Cassidy Says:

    Donors to Libertarian candidates for President aren’t “wishful thinkers”? What are they then?

    Ron Paul has already gotten more media attention than Michael Badnarik ever did. And the first votes aren’t cast for almost 8 months.

  18. globalist_elitist Says:

    Is it unlibertarian of me to think that the state should lock up Mr. Milnes? He is clearly a danger to himself and others.

  19. Trent Hill Says:

    “Wishful thinkers are donating to Ron Paul’s campaign at the expense of the real libertarian candidates. So I guess the real libertarian campaign will begin after he loses the gop nomination. Since he supports “repeal” (actually overturn) of Roe v wade, he would not get much support from the left so would not be a very good progressive alliance candidate anyway.”

    HAHAHAHAHAHAH
    WISHFUL THINKERS? Mr. Milnes is delusional.
    Let me get this straight.
    1.)You call Ron Paul’s donators, “Wishful thinkers”
    2.)You instead encourage them to donate to libertarian candidates
    3.)You REALLY want them to donate to you, a man who has like 1% support in the straw polls for the LP nomination.

    Wishful thinking? Screw that noise.

  20. SovereignMN Says:

    “Ron Paul could have interrupted the moderator, said “I oppose the war, that is all”, and done crossword puzzles for the rest of the debate, ”

    Thanks Matt. That made me chuckle.

    Ron Paul did well at the debates and in my mind clearly showed himself to be an anti-establishment candidate. Hopefully he can pick up a financial boost from this.

    Slightly off topic…Did anybody catch the pathetic backtracking by Romney and Guiliani regarding the national ID? Check the debate transcript if you can find it. First, Romney, McCain and Guiliani all say how much they are in favor of the national id. Then Brownback, Paul and Tancredo call them out on how it’s unnecessary and unconstitutional. Romney and Guiliani then say “well we’d only want the national id for immigrants, not citizens” Ummm, yeah that is going to work well when you can’t even stop people from crossing the border.

  21. Pissed off Libertarian Says:

    Looks like ABC is ignoring Ron Paul as well…they don’t have him listed as a candidate in their “See Who’s In the Running in 2008”. How fucking convenient.
    http://abcnews.go.com/images/Politics/2008_political_players_17.pdf

  22. Bill Wood Says:

    Ron Paul’s videos are rating pretty high over on you tube.

  23. globalist_elitist Says:

    Yeah, how would a national ID work only for immigrants?

    Authority: “Show me your national ID card, immigrant!”

    Immigrant: “Hey dude, I don’t have one. I’m a citzen.”

    Authority: “Very well.”

    This is the reverse of the Bank of America thing that you xenophobes tried to pull, saying that BoA would ONLY give “no social security card” checking accounts and credit cards to immigrants and foreginers. How could BoA prove that you weren’t a foreigner?

    Citizen: I want to open a bank account, but I don’t want to give you my SSN.

    Banker: Sorry, sir. Those accounts are only for foreigners.

    Citizen: I AM a foreigner. Can’t you tell by my tan?

  24. Longtime reader Says:

    g_e/u_a: How about Tommy Thompson? His brother is a Libertarian. A lot of his answers seemed pretty legit in the debate. Anyone have any thoughts on him?

    I seriously thought you were mocking Dondero here.

  25. globalist_elitist Says:

    No mocking. I’m able to look at a group of ten candidates and rank them from least bad to worst. Intelligence is the ability to make finer and finer distinctions. You idiots can’t do that.

  26. Trent Hill Says:

    I sure can. I can rank the Republicans 1-10. It just so happens that between 1 and 2 there is a HUGE gap in how ardently I support those rankings.

  27. globalist_elitist Says:

    Fine. Tommy Thompson is my #2. And yes, Giuliani is my #3. I don’t like him, but his economic policy is very pro-growth. That puts him ahead of the others.

  28. Trent Hill Says:

    Eh.

    Guliani might be pro-growth (by your standards),but you need to consider his civil liberties issues.
    Gun Grabbing
    Supports Patriot Act
    Supports Millitary Commissions Act.

    I’d say a distant second is Tancredo (he has the same issues as Guliani, but shares my immigration policy and my views on abortion).

  29. globalist_elitist Says:

    I’m well aware of the civil liberties issues and that’s why I do not support him. I’m just saying, that if I have to choose, I would put him #3 amongst GOP. I’m certainly no fan of McCain, but I’d put him #4. After that, the field is very difficult to distinguish between in that they’re all very scary.

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