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August 29, 2007

Ron Paul's Non-Inverventionalist Foreign Policy a Hit With Republicans

Ron Paul's grassroots support among Republicans is graining momentum across the country as the race for the good ol' party's nomination gets serious. More and more Americans of all political parties are realizing that the Iraq war is a colossal fraud and failure, and that the ambiguous "war on terrorism" may soon include an unprovoked attack on Iran. Dr Paul, who advocates an immediate and complete withdrawl from Iraq and direct diplomacy with Iran has gone from an fringe, "dark horse" candidate to a serious "top-tier" contender for the GOP nomination.

I would like to hear from Ron Paul supporters on this one. Is it the strong stance against the war that won your support, or another issue? Please comment freely...

Thanks to redpills.org for these recent straw poll results:

Ron Paul Won First Place
08/21/07 - South Sound, WA       28%
08/18/07 - Tuscaloosa, AL        81%
08/18/07 - Strafford Co., NH     73%
08/14/07 - Gaston Co., NC        37%
07/07/07 - Hopkinton, NH         62%
Ron Paul Won Second Place
07/28/07 - Georgetown Co., SC    18%
07/04/07 - Cobb Co., GA          17%
06/16/07 - Liberty Papers Conf.  17%
06/12/07 - Salt Lake City, UT     5%
Ron Paul Won Third Place
08/18/07 - Tippecanoe Co., IN    12%
08/16/07 - Springfield, IL       19%
08/05/07 - NFRA Conference       14%
07/01/07 - CA Rep. Assembly Cnf. 12%

Straw Poll Specifics

On August 21st the Ronald Reagan Club’s South Sound Republican straw poll showed Ron Paul is favored in Washington!  The results were:

1. Ron Paul (45)         28%
2. Fred Thompson (40)    25%
3. Rudy Giuliani (29)    18%
4. Mike Huckabee (12)     8%
4. Mitt Romney (12)       8%
5. Duncan Hunter (10)     6%
6. Newt Gingrich (8)      5%
7. John McCain (3)        2%
8. Sam Brownback (1)      1%

On August 18th the West Alabama Republican Assembly sponsored a straw poll at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The campaigns of Romney, Giuliani, Thompson, and Paul had representatives who gave speeches regarding their candidate.  When the dust settled, Ron Paul came in first place!

Results of U. of Alabama straw poll (votes):

1. Ron Paul (216)          81%
2. Mitt Romney (14)         5%
   Other candidates (36)   14%

Another straw poll was held on August 18th by the Strafford County Republican Committee in New Hampshire. In addition to Ron Paul, Mike Huckabee and Tom Tancredo attended.  When the votes were counted, Ron Paul walked away with 73% of the votes for first place!

Results of Stafford Co. New Hampshire straw poll:

1. Ron Paul (208)         73%
2. Mitt Romney (26)        9%
3. Mike Huckabee (20)      7%
4. Tom Tancredo (8)        3%   
   Other candidates (24)   8%

The results of the straw poll conducted by Tippecanoe County Republicans of Indiana on August 18th were:

1. Mitt Romney      26.8%
1. Fred Thompson    26.8%
2. Rudy Giuliani    14.5%
3. Mike Huckabee    11.7%
3. Ron Paul         11.7%
4. John McCain       3.9%
5. Sam Brownback     2.2%
6. Duncan Hunter     1.1%
7. Tom Tancredo      1.1%

The final poll results from the llinois straw poll conducted August 16th at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield, were:

1. Mitt Romney     40.35%
2. Fred Thompson   19.96%
3. Ron Paul        18.87%
4. Rudy Giuliani   11.61%
5. John McCain      4.12%
6. Mike Huckabee    3.04%
7. Sam Brownback    1.08%
8. Duncan Hunter     .65%
9. Tom Tancredo      .33%

The Republican Party of Gaston County, North Carolina, conducted their straw at their GOP meeting and barbecue at Alfred aand Charlie’s BBQ House on August 14th.  The results of that straw poll were:

1. Ron Paul        36.6%
2. Fred Thompson   31.7%
3. Mike Huckabee    9.8%
4. Newt Gingrich    7.3%
5. Mitt Romney      7.3%
6. Rudy Giuliani    4.9%
7. John McCain      2.4%

The Ames, Iowa straw poll was conducted August 11th.  The results were:

1. Mitt Romney (4516)     31.6%
2. Mike Huckabee (2587)   18.1%
3. Sam Brownback (2192)   15.3%
4. Tom Tancredo (1961)    13.7%
5. Ron Paul (1305)         9.1%
6. Tommy Thompson (1009)   7.3%
7. Fred Thompson (231)     1.6%
8. Rudy Giuliani (183)     1.3%
9. Duncan Hunter 174)      1.2%
10. John McCain (101)       0.7%
11. John Cox (41)           0.1%
 

The 2007 National Federation of Republican Assemblies (NFRA) Convention was held in St. Louis, Missouri with 250 people in attendance.  The results of their August 5th straw poll were:

1. Fred Thompson   33%
2. Mitt Romney     15%
3. Ron Paul        14%
4. Duncan Hunter   11%
5. Tom Tancredo    11%
6. John Cox         6%
7. Newt Gingrich    3%
8. Mike Huckabee    3%
9. Rudy Giuliani    2%
10. Sam Brownback    2%

The Georgetown County Republican Party of South Carolina held its presidential straw poll on July 28th with 223 votes cast.  The results of the poll were:

1. Fred Thompson (102)   46%
2. Ron Paul (40)         18%
3. Mitt Romney (37)      17%
4. Duncan Hunter (15)     7%
5. Rudy Giuliani (13)     6%
6. John McCain (7)        3%
   Other candidates (9)   4%

Coalition for New Hampshire Taxpayers straw poll at their annual picnic in Hopkinton, New Hampshire results (7/7/07):

1. Ron Paul (182)          62%
2. Rudy Giuliani (24)       8%
3. Daniel Gilbert (20)      7%
4. Mitt Romney (13)         4%
5. Mike Huckabee (10)       3%
   Other candidates (45)   15%

The Young Republican National Federation conducted their straw poll on July 6th in Hollywood, Florida.  The results were:

1. Mitt Romney (163)      47.0%
2. Fred Thompson (103)    30.0%
3. Rudy Giuliani (37)     10.7%
4. Mike Huckabee (14)      4.0%
5. Duncan Hunter (14)      4.0%
6. Ron Paul (11)           3.2%
7. John McCain (5)         1.4%

On July 4th the Cobb County GOP of Georgia held their straw poll.  The results were:

1. Fred Thompson (73)     29.7%
2. Ron Paul (43)          17.5%
3. Mitt Romney (38)       15.5%
4. Mike Huckabee (33)     13.4%
5. Newt Gingrich (29)     11.8%
6. Rudy Giuliani (26)     10.6%
7. Tom Tancredo (2)        0.0%
8. John McCain (2)         0.0%

The California Republican Assembly convention held their straw poll July 1st.  The results were:

1. Fred Thompson         25%
2. Duncan Hunter         19%
2. Mitt Romney           19%
3. Ron Paul              12%
4. Tom Tancredo           8%
5. Newt Gingrich          7%
5. Rudy Giuliani          7%
6. Sam Brownbeck          3%
   Other canidates        0%

TheLibertyPapers.org conference was held in June and on June 16th a straw poll was conducted.  The results were:

1. Fred Thompson     25.7%
2. Ron Paul          16.7%
3. Rudy Giuliani     12.5%
4. Mitt Romney        9.0%
5. John McCain        5.6%
   Other candidates  30.5%
 

The Utah GOP Convention straw poll was held in Salt Lake City on June 12th.  The results were:

1. Mitt Romney       80.0%
2. Ron Paul           5.4%
3. Rudy Giuliani      4.4%
4. John McCain        4.2%
   Other candidates   6.0%

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Cascadian

State's Rights, State's Rights, State's Rights.

LindaMuller

As a true conservative I never focus on just one or two issues when deciding who to support for any political office.

Ron Paul stands strong on all issues important to me and my family. Whether it's ending the War, taxes, illegal immigration, and government gluttony... Or protecting our privacy, property rights, right to life, the 2nd Amendment, et al -- Ron Paul is 100% right on target.

Tara

It is his consistency, honesty, well-thought out opinions on issues, sensibility, humility, faithfulness to his wife, ability to speak without cue cards, willingness to do the right thing, willingness to allow freedom to the people (witness the grassroots campaign), patriotism, and trustworthiness that got me.

Bee Lee

I'm actually for the war. I still believe that it is better to engage the enemy in Iraq than in the United States. While I disagree with Dr. Paul on his stance on the Iraq War, I heard him speak at his birthday party in Texas City, and I can understand why he is against this war - primarily because there is not a formal war declaration and the people are not lined up supporting it.

What I like about the man is that his strong belief in the freedom and an individual's right to make his/her own decision and their responsibility for their decisions thereof.

Mark G

It is an issue, bu tit is the smaller government and less federal control over the states that has me salivating. He is the only candidate that would return the power to the people, and for that I support him. He has also been educated about his positions on sound monetary practices, his position on the inflation tax for example, he is a proponent of free markets, he has integrity(unlike other folks, nameless in this response), he had a career before politics, served his country in wartime, and is a staunch proponent of the US Constition. He understands the purpose of the second amendment, his voting record reveals a conservative of the early statesmen who founded our great nation,he favors elimination of the Patriot act, habeas corpus, the abolishment of the IRS, disassociation with the global imperiasistic U.N., who are powerless without us, kick them out. He is not a member of any secret organizations such as the Council of Foriegn Relations. His commitment is commendable and it is time for America to embrace a return to our founding principles. Extricating ourselves form Iraq is but a microcasm of how adrift our nation has become. We are controlled by outside interest, not the will of the people, Dr. Paul instills hope for America, one in which no other candidate can approach.

Mark G

It is an issue, bu tit is the smaller government and less federal control over the states that has me salivating. He is the only candidate that would return the power to the people, and for that I support him. He has also been educated about his positions on sound monetary practices, his position on the inflation tax for example, he is a proponent of free markets, he has integrity(unlike other folks, nameless in this response), he had a career before politics, served his country in wartime, and is a staunch proponent of the US Constition. He understands the purpose of the second amendment, his voting record reveals a conservative of the early statesmen who founded our great nation,he favors elimination of the Patriot act, habeas corpus, the abolishment of the IRS, disassociation with the global imperiasistic U.N., who are powerless without us, kick them out. He is not a member of any secret organizations such as the Council of Foriegn Relations. His commitment is commendable and it is time for America to embrace a return to our founding principles. Extricating ourselves form Iraq is but a microcasm of how adrift our nation has become. We are controlled by outside interest, not the will of the people, Dr. Paul instills hope for America, one in which no other candidate can approach.

Patrick

Dr. Paul is the only candidate with a decades-long, consistent record on favoring small, Constitutional government. That idealism in the face of a Republican party that has not only abandoned its ideals, become a mind-your-business cabal to rival the Democrats, but also punishes those in its ranks who dare to oppose the big-spending corruption in the party that once styled itself fiscally conservative, is why I support him.

I am not ecstatic about his Iraq war position; there are many good arguments to be made in favor of us not again abandoning those to whom we have made promises and looking to the world like cut-and-run softies, regardless of how mistaken our initial foray may have been. I'm also not ecstatic about supporting the border fence; I think America's history deserves instead an attitude of "if you want to work hard, welcome - but if you want gummint cheese, no thank you". But in the big picture, he is so much more of what America needs and deserves than what I can see from the other Republicans, and I'm tired of candidates who get elected and immediately proceed to go back on every principle they articulated, such as Pres. Bush's many reversals on trade policy and other matters not in today's shrieking leftist limelight.

I had the chance to meet Dr. Paul recently at a town day in NH. He stopped and chatted with a couple of us for a while, and came across as a decent, quiet man without the residual sliminess that characterizes certain of his fellow candidates. As to his electability vs. a Hillary or Barack, I can't say; but I would finally rather vote for a good candidate, rather than (once again) the lesser of two evils for the sake of electability; look where *that* approach has gotten us.

Constantine

It wasn't so much the Iraq War, as it was the type of foreign policy that Congressman Paul proposes.

For me, the issue was the Administration's decisions on the one hand in Iraq and the Middle East and on the other hand in Kosovo where they are backing the independence bid of criminal Albanian Muslims who are engaged in violence against a virtually defenseless Serbian Christian minority. Some of these prominent Albanians have suspected or not so suspected ties to Jihadist groups.

This is a seemingly nonsensical position to take. Unless you're trying to prove to the Muslim world you're not all bad, at the expense of the Serbs. All of which lead me, months before I had even heard of Ron Paul, to the realization that there was something truly flawed with American foreign policy, that we have been in the habit of choosing sides in conflicts arbitrarily, to suit whatever "our" (I use the term loosely) own political interests happen to be at the moment.

We see the same thing happening in Iraq today. General Petraeus is arming Sunni insurgents, the current friend du jour. It's insane.

Of course, I came for the foreign policy but, like others, now I'm drawn to the "Freedom Message" too and the unparalleled integrity of Congressman Paul.

Allan Bartlett

His adherence to the Constitution is what I love and its what is bringing people from different political parties together. His opposition to unjust and undeclared wars flows from the first point I made. I don't agree with him 100% on everything, but he's about as close as a politician will ever come to mirroring my thoughts.

Phil

The war is a big deal, but above all else is his commitment to the rule of law. This is the key most politicians are missing, in my opinion; they seek to circumvent or reinterpret the constitution instead of amending it. This might be acceptable, if everyone agreed on the new interpretations, but in that case, it would be simple to amend it. Obviously, then, not everyone agrees on the new interpretations, and that means that the contract between the government and the citizens is being ignored.

I find it impossible to support this in any situation in good conscience, because, even in the cases I think the changes are beneficial, supporting the behavior undermines the limitations placed on those who disagree with you when they happen to be in power. We've seen, time and again, that when one administration bends the rules a little in one area, the next does so increasingly; this administration is just following a long line of bad precedent, and taking the country on the next step of the path we've been on. We need to get off that road, and Ron Paul is the only one who stands up and says so.

Martha

It is his consistent integrity and commitment to liberty and the constitution, that by nature includes peaceful relations with other countries, that deserved my support.

Dave

At first, I was intrigued by what I heard about Ron Paul. His stance on everything from the IRS, Federal Reserve, Iraq, Healthcare was so different from what anyone was talking about. I had to find out what was going on and if what he was saying was possible, neccessary etc. Well, I found out not only are his solutions neccessary they are mandatory. If we don't start moving in his direction, our country and the world is ----ed! The more I look into why he believes what he believes the more I realize why he's still saying it despite criticism from the media, his party etc. No one else follows the "goddamn piece of paper" (Constitution) like he does or even considers it. In my opinion, the Constitution is second only to the Bible. It's that important - it freed so many people of oppression. When followed, it creates the only type of government that doesn't create suffering and despair etc etc. This should appeal to all people and it does once they hear it. God bless this man and the message he has.

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