Ron Paul's GOP legacy growing in states like Iowa

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  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Jan. 15, 2013 3:44 p.m.

    But David, how do you get any of those wild ideas passed with a handful of Libertarians in Congress? The GOP couldn't get behind Romney when he was driving down the middle of the road. How are Paul's extreme positions going to get any support at all?
    And all of his poll number came from invaded caucuses, not the general population. Hence, they faded as fast as they surfaced.

  • David King Layton, UT
    Jan. 15, 2013 2:50 p.m.

    @Say No to BO

    "Neither one got out of single digits."

    Actually, Ron Paul polled in double digits in a lot of places. Do a Google search on "Ron Paul Iowa" or "New Hampshire Presidential Primary results" or even "Ron Paul national poll trend" and you will see that your statement is not correct.

    I take it from your screen name that you oppose almost everything our current president does. So why not like the one Republican that consistently disagreed with him? The President and Mitt Romney, at one time or another, believe or have believed the same thing about individual mandates, the bank bailouts, the stimulus package, the NDAA, the Patriot Act, FISA, and a host of other issues.

    The reason that a lot of Republicans love to hear Paul talk about small government, but then break with him on other things is simple. They're not serious about what they pretend to care about. If they were serious about cutting the deficit for example, they would have proposed a balanced budget. Ron Paul was the only Republican candidate who ever proposed a balanced budget within the next decade. He says what he means, and that troubles many Republicans.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Jan. 15, 2013 2:03 p.m.

    Ron Paul was never considered a viable candidate for president. He was a footnote that really didn't belong in the GOP, but the Libertarian Party had zero chance of winning.
    Folks who talk about his strength remind me of Huntsman fans. Neither one got out of single digits.
    GOP people love to hear Paul talk about smaller government, but things go south quickly when he talks about street drugs and defense.

  • David King Layton, UT
    Jan. 15, 2013 1:42 p.m.

    Many believed the 'Ron Paul people' were working in vain once their candidate could not become the nominee, but we are starting to see fruits for their efforts.

    If I could, I would just like to be a little nit-picky about a couple of lines from the article.

    "But he is out of sync with the GOP broadly in supporting a return to the gold standard and ending the Federal Reserve system."

    Ron Paul doesn't advocate a return to the gold standard. His own words on the subject are:
    'I wouldn't exactly go back on the gold standard but I would legalize the constitution where gold and silver should and could be legal tender'
    This position is almost exactly like the law currently on the books in Utah, but inconvenient if you want to make Paul look extreme.

    "He opposed the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, [and] foreign aid to Israel"

    He did oppose the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, but it should be noted he wants to cut foreign aid to ALL nations, not just Israel. It's curious that his position is only ever described as cutting Israel's foreign aid.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Jan. 15, 2013 1:10 p.m.

    I saw the coverage on 'the daily show' of how Ron Paul was actively ignored in the campaign and it was amazing. Especially ironic was how, in the fox debates, Ron Paul sounded far and away as the best, most sane and intelligent candidate.