Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Ron Paul Surges To A Solid Third In CNN/ORC Poll Of Declared Presidential Candidates Taken September 9-11, 2011

CNN/ORC polled 1,038 adult Americans by both landline and cell phone from September 9-11, 2011, and among declared Republican presidential candidates, found that Ron Paul has surged to third with 13 percent. This represents a huge jump from 6 percent on August 24-25, and appears to be at the expense of Michele Bachmann, who dropped from 12 percent to 7 percent during that same period. Here are the full results for declared candidates:

-- Rick Perry: 32 percent
-- Mitt Romney: 21 percent
-- Ron Paul: 13 percent
-- Michele Bachmann: 7 percent
-- Newt Gingrich: 7 percent
-- Herman Cain: 6 percent
-- Jon Huntsman Jr: 2 percent
-- Rick Santorum: 2 percent
-- Someone else: 2 percent
-- None of the above: 4 percent
-- No opinion: 2 percent

Because of the possibility that Sarah Palin might still enter the race, ORC also polled separately, including her name on the list. In that separate poll, Palin finished third with 15 percent, while Ron Paul ended up fourth with 12 percent. Bachmann plunged further, all the way down to 4 percent. This indicates that if Sarah Palin enters the race, she will take a big chunk of support away from Bachmann, while taking smaller chunks from Rick Perry and Mitt Romney. The impact of a Palin candidacy upon Ron Paul will likely be negligible.

RT (formerly known as Russia Today) has published a report on Ron Paul's performance at the presidential debate sponsored by CNN and the Tea Party Express at the Florida State fairgrounds on September 12, 2011 in Tampa, Florida; video embedded below:

Opposing Views has compiled a video of all of Ron Paul's responses during the debate:

Some of Ron Paul's foreign policy ideas were a big hit with the crowd. Paul pushed his plan to reconsider America’s foreign policy and said that he believes that the military could be posed with spending cuts, but that defense should not. Paul added that America’s problem with military spending lies in the fact that the USA has placed itself on far too many war fronts. “We're under great threat because we occupy so many countries,” he said. “We’re in 130 countries. We have 900 bases around the world. We are going broke!”

However, some of the audience showed that they were still infected with the 9-11 Syndrome when Ron Paul started talking about the 9-11 attacks. When challenged by Rick Santorum for being irresponsible in saying that the actions of the US government served as catalyst for 9/11, Paul defended himself by condemning again America’s military actions abroad, explaining that “Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda have been explicit and they wrote and said that ‘We attacked America because you had bases in our holy land in Saudi Arabia, you do not give Palestinians a fair treatment.’” When a bunch of Rick Perry partisans started booing, Paul told them “We have been bombing and killing hundreds of thousands of Iraqis for ten years. Would you be annoyed? If you’re not annoyed then there is some problem.”

Ron Paul also questioned whether Rick Perry really deserved credit for increasing the number of jobs in Texas by noting that his taxes had gone up during Perry's regime. He further stated that the Texas state debt has nearly tripled, and that 170,000 of the Texas jobs created were government jobs. Government jobs generally do not create wealth, but instead merely transfer it.

Unfortunately, the media seems just as interested in the video of the drunk Ron Paul supporter who confronted a cop than they are in Ron Paul's performance at the debate. Ron Paul tends to be either ignored or marginalized by the elite much of the time. Phiily2Philly thinks the media should stop ignoring Ron Paul ,and gives four solid reasons for their conclusion.

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