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Ron Paul's Record Online Haul


Ron Paul with New Hampshire Secretary of State William Gardner after Paul filed his declaration of candidacy in the Granite State. (AP).

UPDATED

Sen. Barack Obama has Oprah Winfrey, Sen. Hillary Clinton has Magic Johnson and Rep. Ron Paul, the online star of the primary race, has Sean Morley, aka Val Venis, the popular WWE pro wrestler who pretends to be an adult film star.

And like many of the Paulites, the Texas congressman's loyal, Web-savvy supporters, Morley is blogging about Paul on his own site. "I can't really say what my support means. But, you know, I first heard about him two years ago, and I've studied his voting record and I'm convinced that more than any candidate, Republican or Democrat, he's the most principled candidate out there," Morley, a libertarian, told The Trail this afternoon. "By the way, I'm at Denny's outside LAX. Here for a fight later tonight. I'm wearing a Ron Paul T-shirt. It's a great day for Ron Paul, you know."

Indeed.

Today, Nov. 5, marks not only Paul's best fundraising haul in a single day -- approximately $3.75 million by 11 p.m. EST -- but online observers say it's also the most money raised by a candidate on the Web in a single day. And the day's not over yet. "Damn. Wow. Um, that's pretty awesome," said a stunned Jerome Armstrong who served as Howard Dean's online strategist. Armstrong, the founder of the popular blog MyDD, said Dean raised as much as $700,000 in one day toward the end of the primary race. "But not a million," Armstrong added. "What Paul is doing -- or what his supporters are doing -- is really impressive." You can view all the fundraising data here.

On the online left, Sen. Chris Dodd is getting a lot of love, especially among the liberal bloggers. On the online right, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee is attracting more visitors to his Web site than the rest of the Republican field -- save Paul himself, depending on which traffic site you're looking at. But the online political sphere at large has been buzzing about Paul since the beginning of the year. Reporters who write about Paul -- or who fail to mention Paul in their stories -- are familiar with the e-mails, some of them downright incredulous.

His popularity in online polls has been questioned by some online observers. A study by the University of Alabama concluded that illegal spammers storm sites, though Gary Warner, who directed the research, said Paul's campaign probably has nothing to do with it. Annoyed by the Paulites who storm RedState.com, the popular conservative site, the folks at RedState banned them from commenting on the site.

But money talks loudly in politics, and Paul's fundraising haul has surprised political analysts. Last quarter, Paul raised $5.1 million -- close to Sen. John McCain's total and five times more than Huckabee's. Energized by the grassroots support, especially online, Paul has set a very high goal for the campaign: raise $12 million for the fourth quarter. And, in a bold and innovative move, Paul's Web site is streaming in real-time the names and towns of all the online donors. In addition to that, a few Paulites got together and picked a day, Nov. 5, to raise as much money as they can. An explainer is on TechPresident.com, the hub of online presidential campaigning.

Morley, the WWE wrestler, hasn't given money to Paul. He's Canadian and working on getting his American citizenship. "But I'm still wearing the T-shirts," Morley said, "blogging about him, telling everyone I know. He's surprising everyone."

-- Jose Antonio Vargas

By Washington Post editors  |  November 5, 2007; 4:31 PM ET
 
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Better get out in front of the Ron Paul tidal wave or be overwhelmed by it.

Posted by: daestradapalma | January 13, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: shadowdemocracy | December 5, 2007 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Jose Antonio Vargas's effort to paint Ron Paul supporters as 'fringe' is without merit and is simple-minded. For example, I am a retired U.S. Marine Corps infantry officer who works on homeland security issues in Washington, DC. Many other military veterans, both active duty, former and retired, also support Ron Paul as do many, everyday, typical Americans.

BTW, Vargas, the single-day total was actually $4.3 million, now up to over $8 million post, Veterans Day effort, for the first 40 days of this quarter.

Noel Gibeson
RNC member

Posted by: ngibeson | November 12, 2007 3:01 AM | Report abuse

North Carolina/NAU drivers license

http://wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=57502

PREMEDITATED MERGER


North American Union driver's license created Logo intended to standardize documentation across continent.

September 6, 2007

The first "North American Union" driver's license, complete with a hologram

of the continent on the reverse, has been created in North Carolina.

"The North Carolina driver's license is 'North American Union' ready,"


charges William Gheen, president of Americans for Legal Immigration.


New security logo on the reverse of North Carolina's driver's licenses.

"The hologram looks exactly [like] the map of North America that is used as

the background for the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America

logo on the SPP website," Gheen told WND. "I object to the loss of

sovereignty that is proceeding under the agreements being made by these

unelected government bureaucrats who think we should be North American

instead of the United States of America.

etc....

Posted by: placecurious23 | November 10, 2007 8:41 PM | Report abuse


"If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foriegn enemy",

James Madison, 4th President of the United States.

Posted by: placecurious23 | November 10, 2007 6:30 AM | Report abuse

http://www.danielestulin.com/?op=secret&idioma=en
Bilderberg 1973 secret report.


www.spp.gov
www.keeptexasmoving.com

www.nascocorridor.com


Robert Richt, Bill Clintons, political appointee, in the 1990's, stated that;
"AMERICAN VOTERS HAVE NO SAY IN THE POLITICALS OF AMERICA ANY MORE".


Will a presidential candidate's position on ending outsourcing and illegal
immigration influence your vote?

Yes 97% 4180
No 3% 113


Hillary Clinton video she doesn't want you to see.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xq8aopATYyw

Posted by: placecurious23 | November 10, 2007 6:21 AM | Report abuse

For all Ron Paul supporters, just incase you haven't heard the rumor.

Supposidely the Republican party in Iowa is planning to leave Dr. Paul out of the debates.

There has been many callers, respectively calling, the Republican Party in Iowa, to let them know it would be a big mistake for our party to ignore him.

515-282-8105

if they haven't shut down the # with all the Ron Paul calls they have been receiving.

It may not be true, but even so, may be a good idea, just for support and to show that his followers are serious.

God Bless.

Posted by: placecurious23 | November 10, 2007 6:11 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: JaneAitken | November 9, 2007 8:16 PM | Report abuse

IFLB2: I think you should go back to Dr. Paul's position papers and read all of them. Of course there will be the states' departments of education and the local school board left. What exactly does our Federal Department of Education fund for local schools besides their own jobs in Washington, D.C. "NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND" Please...Obviously eliminating the Dept. of Education will still leave two layers of government (state & local) to make sure the idiots in this country have a place to pray.

Posted by: Lucretia591 | November 8, 2007 10:06 PM | Report abuse

I consider myself a libertarian more than any other kind of label. I'm all for fiscal responsibility, non-interventionism, free trade, less supports, smaller government and the right for people to do as they wish in their own home as long as no one is being hurt or intruded upon. But Ron Paul's anti-abortion stance doesn't fit. He also wants to do away with the Dept of Education. Which would leave us with what? More home schooling? More ignorant wackadoodles espousing hate filled bigotry to their offspring? Yup just what this country needs. Once he eliminates all of these departments where oh where will these people be employed? Since the GOP has farmed out all of our industries to the lowest foreign bidder what will we be left with? The government is our largest employer. It will start an endless downward spiral. How many businesses rely on government contracts? More than you could ever imagine. Think of how cities turn to ghost towns when a military base is closed or mothballed. Now think of that on a much grander scale.

Say goodnight Gracie!

Posted by: 1FLWB2 | November 7, 2007 6:36 PM | Report abuse

DAWN OF AN AMERICA REFORMATION, AND THE BEGINNING OF END OF THE ERA OF THE UGLY AMERICAN

This Ron Paul constitutional rebellion is an escallation and re-orientation of the American Cultural War, by the American People, against the rising governmental tyranny by Neoconservative Republicans and Leftist Democrats. It is sweeping across America like a wildfire - ignited by the illegal and unnecessary invasion of Iraq.

It raises many crucial questions; such as, where does the American Constitution give my government the right to sacrifice precious American wealth and blood, in interests of domestic and foreign lobbies?

And, where does the American Constitution give my government the right to allow my nation to be invaded and permanently by illegal aliens?

And, where does the American Constitution give my government the right to support the sacrificial killing of children, by their own mothers?

And, where does the American Constitution give my government the right to discriminate against traditional religious practices in public schools, universities, marriage institutions, armed forces, and governmental offices?

This creeping governmental tyranny, driven by perverse special interests, has now been going on for so many decades, like the illegal invasion, that the impending American Reformation is regarded with fear and loathing, by those who are to lose their illicit gains.

Like Gandhi, Ron Paul, is drawing his intrepid volunteers from the full spectrum of humanity in America; and World is cheering him on to victory.

Note: Evidently, websites such as the NeoCon RedStart, pretentiously offer freedom of speech; in fact they practice in press censorship, much as any evil dictorship.

Posted by: Naughten | November 7, 2007 6:24 PM | Report abuse

I am attending a RP rally in Philly this coming weekend. I really want to meet and see in person a modern day incarnation of one of our original signers. Since I believe in reincarnation, then RP is probably one of them. They saw "the people" being trampled by the Bilderberg cabal and their sacred Constitution being ignored and used as toilet paper. We are so far off course that RP would need two terms to get us back on course. Right on!!!

Posted by: i70commuter | November 7, 2007 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Keep spinning and smearing WaPo, it only makes us more determined and in the end you are going to look very foolish.

Posted by: none987 | November 7, 2007 1:12 PM | Report abuse

DR. PAUL IS UNIQUE AMONG PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES.

He embodies the best America has ever been.

Just like in the story of Jesus who is said to have chased moneychangers from the Temple, Dr. Paul aims at CHASING TODAY´S MONEYCHANGERS AND THEIR HELPERS FROM THE TEMPLE OF AMERICA´S LIBERTY.

He is probably the only chance America has to mend its ways and is being viewed by many enlightened people the World over as a great chance to save us all from tyranny and opression.

God bless him!

Posted by: davi1963 | November 7, 2007 4:35 AM | Report abuse

If your interested about interests in the world that are affecting America, its laws, constitution, the military, etc..

http://www.danielestulin.com/?op=secret&idioma=en

Bilderberg 1973 secret report cover page: DESCRIPCION:A unique document from the 1973 Bilderberg conference in Sweden.

ECPP invitation: DESCRIPCION:ECPP invitation to something called the "Fourth Intergovernmental Plenary" in New York City. ECPP is a cover up for unsavory characters from the Russian Israeli Mafia involved with the ubiqutous Mario Scaramella

World Population Study report: DESCRIPCION:Point 29 of the report speaks volumes about the oligarchy's true intentions. The plan was to reduce the world's population by 500 million towards the year 2000 (from 1974) and by 3 billion by the year 2050.

Bilderbergers discuss oil price hike: DESCRIPCION:During the 1973 meeting, the Bilderbergers plotted to hike the price of oil from the then $3/barrel to "somewhere in the range of $10 to 12.50/barrel." Miraculously, six months later the price of oil jumped 350% to $11.65. Amen!

******************
You may not want to look further, it is scary and very sad state of the world. God Bless Us All.

Final page of casey´s sworn declaration: DESCRIPCION:Casey reaffirms CIA´s involvement in drug trade. This worn declaration took place five months before he died from brain cancer. Former President Richard Nixon signs as witness.

William Gates, CIA, drug trafficking: DESCRIPCION:CIA director, William Gates, in a sworn declaration, admits to CIA drug trafficking, in the name of fighting against communists. ((read the last line of this sworn statement :o( ))

e-mail from Oliver North on Iran-Contra 9/12/86: DESCRIPCION:Oliver North and Rabin discussing arms shipments to Iran

Posted by: placecurious23 | November 7, 2007 3:06 AM | Report abuse

For all those that are knocking Vietnam Vet, Dr. Ron Paul, they are probably the same people, that are heading our country into this kind of thinking.

www.freedomtofascism.com/

http://www.danielestulin.com/?idioma=en

If not, they would be backing everything good and right for our country.

The military isn't going to go down without a fight, so I am told.

We love our constitution, our families, our freedoms, our liberties, our forfathers, and everything america stands for.

From what I hear, it would be a mistake to take the military for granted, if your a politician with the thought of the military being in your back pocket for your own greed.

Just don't test us, fight for our country as we are doing.

WE deserve it, our kids deserve it, and most of all, we have fought and died for it.

God bless.

Posted by: placecurious23 | November 7, 2007 2:39 AM | Report abuse

"Go. Go. Go. Go hard" -- Tom Cruise to Ron Paul

cwardnm You sound like a crazy person - "Each of these reporters is a Jew or works for Jews -- and they always do the hit job without mentioning the one thing that makes Jews hate Paul."

You seem to be under the delusion that Dr. Paul would agree/sympathize with your position. He would not. Unlike you, he is not Jew hatter. The whole of his economic platform and position on sound money is thanks to two of the 20th centuries greatest Economists (who happened to be Jews), Ludwig von Mises and Murray N. Rothbard. He new and admired Rothbard and counted him a great friend. To paraphrase a rather tired punch line, Dr. Paul could in all honesty say "some of my best 'inspirations are Jews"

Regarding celebrities who admire Dr. Paul... don't forget Tom Cruise. According to TIME [ http://www.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,1678661,00.html?imw=Y ] while the two were on Tonight Show with Jay Leno "The actor went to Paul's dressing room to thank him for his work on a bill fighting the forced mental screening of grade-school kids. "Go. Go. Go. Go hard," Cruise said."

Posted by: Mark | November 6, 2007 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Gutta cavat lapidem, non vi sed saepe cadendo

Posted by: chrispringle | November 6, 2007 6:27 PM | Report abuse

"So, when exactly, does life begin? "

Um, when they leave home? :)

Posted by: whitecrj | November 6, 2007 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Each hit piece on Paul inserts a tidbit meant to discredit him.

Readers take note. The ONE thing never mentioned is how his foreign policy will undermine aid to Israel.

AND THAT DEAR readers is the real reason for the hit pieces... all from neocon or Jewish sources.

Each of these reporters is a Jew or works for Jews -- and they always do the hit job without mentioning the one thing that makes Jews hate Paul.

America has been sleeping with the enemy since 1948 - yet the relationship has never been this toxic or expensive.

Contenders like Paul are extremely dangerous to AIPAC and treasonous Americans for Israel who want war expanded to Iran, Syria and of course Russia [now that the Jewish gangsters have been deported or locked up]

It's the JEWS stupid.... remember treason is always the reason Jews get themselves in trouble throughout history.

today is no different, but that they have painted themselves as the victims over millenia - wherein the exact opposite is true.

My russian grandfather told me about the Jews and the Bolshevik Revolution. they are masters of propaganda, and ethnocentric manipulation of government and media...'

Quiz - who lost more people in WWI and II?

Jews, Russians, Poles?

20 million Russians murdered and savaged - but without the Hollywood propaganda machine... It's Jews who produced the three hanky sagas of which we are all so familiar [and tired]

beware America - we are sleeping with the enemy... and it ain't Islam

Posted by: cwardnm | November 6, 2007 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Obviously, there is no simple answer and even if Ron Paul is elected, the change will not be overnight, however, "We the People" are no longer willing to be "we the sheepole" and we need to move the this Democratic/Republic experiment back several decades.

In an engineering or science environment the control of an experiment must be based on a valid and solid hypothesis. In this case, we are changing the experiment and chasing the results based on who is controlling the experiment. OUT OF CONTROL !!

Look carefully at the trend of where we were and where we are now. The government does not represent us anymore, and "they" are no longer "us".

I am 53 and a previous Republican Navy/Vet. and the Republicans left me years ago to follow their own persuasions and promises.

Simply, its time to reset the experiment called The United States Government.....a revolution? Perhaps. Of course, our Constitution gives us this liberty to do just that.

Posted by: jeffrey.smathers | November 6, 2007 3:03 PM | Report abuse

If you want some information on Ron Paul's environmental platform, this blog has a lot of good posts...

http://greenpieceblog.blogspot.com/2007/10/ron-pauls-environmental-q.html

http://greenpieceblog.blogspot.com/2007/10/ron-pauls-environmental-policies.html

Posted by: crumbrye1 | November 6, 2007 2:42 PM | Report abuse

I don't care if he gets nominated by the hypocritical Republicans. I voted for Bush in 2000 because I thought he was a small government guy but now its obvious he's not. I will never vote for a major party again. All these people who write stories knocking Paul's record don't realize how dangerous a road we are heading down, whether it be Republican or Democrat. With Republicans we'll get the thought police and the police state. With the Democrats we'll get mindless slaves of the state. Either way, if we don't elect Paul, shrink the government, and restore civil liberties now, revolution will be in 20 years...I'm writing him in even if he isn't nominated...

Posted by: joschutz | November 6, 2007 2:40 PM | Report abuse

NoMugwump, Ron Paul is another Ross Perot? Well, quite honestly this country couldn't have done any worse over the last almost 20 years so maybe Perot would have been a good candidate in hindsight but that's not what I came to discuss. Ron Paul doesn't have the donations the Hillary and Obama have because he doesn't accept corporate donations. That means he doesn't tow the corporate line and also wants to close the cozy gap between corporations and government and implement a true free market where we can all contribute instead of just being passive consumers.

Honestly, if you care about American sovereignty, you won't vote for Hillary or Obama (or any of the other top four candidates on either side). Why? BECAUSE THEY ARE ALL MEMBERS OF THE CFR, whose goal is to eliminate US borders (North American Union) and ultimately create a one-world government. Sorry, I like America and don't like international communism, unlike the dems and neocon reps.

Posted by: peterson553 | November 6, 2007 2:36 PM | Report abuse

We love Ron Paul> I pray that he will be elcted and save our country. We are a sick nation and need a doctor!

Posted by: MAK0016 | November 6, 2007 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Ron Paul is the real deal the rest are just anti-american scum who have sold us out for a cancer called Israel

Posted by: rdskn0003 | November 6, 2007 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Ok, so, if the Wash. Post is so against Ron Paul, why did they choose a picture of him working closely with Santa Claus?!? So, maybe all of that money is coming from those elves up in the north pole!

Posted by: bschott40 | November 6, 2007 1:07 PM | Report abuse

It is refreshing to see my fellow Americans finally waking up to the circumstances they are in. Even if 1 billion dollars is raised for truth and freedom, even if every thinking non-robotic person wakes up and supports Dr. Paul, even if every MSM media scumbag article is challenged on the facts by hundreds of people who see the facts, IT WILL ALL BE FOR NOTHING if we do not take back the voting system to open transparent fairness.

Electronic voting machines are a part of the foundation of the establishment's control. The tyrants can safely sit behind phony poll results as a screen for the fraud they will pull on election day. The establishment foresaw that a certain percentage of Americans would start to awaken as the tyranny became more obvious. Unless you want all your work to go down the drain you MUST do something about the electronic voting machines. The system can crank in any result they want.

50 lawsuits in the 50 sates are in the process of being filed that demand the decertification of electronic, paperless voting machines like the Diebold system. Please check out the votefraud org also VoteInSunshine and the National Clean Elections Lawsuit: "N-CEL" for more details about this vital subject. Time is short. I pray it is not too late for all of us!

"I care not who votes, I care only about those who count the votes".-
quote attributed to the dictator Josef Stalin

Posted by: think_feel_will | November 6, 2007 12:26 PM | Report abuse

"Further, deciding that life starts at conception has no basis in science, medicine or religion."
So, when exactly, does life begin? Or, in other words, when are LIFE, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness granted someone? Is it when they reach "viability?" the ability to exist outside the womb? Wouldn't this let me kill my one or two year old child who would certainly starve to death if I wasn't around to feed him? No, it can't be viability. Is it when the heart starts beating on its own? Is it when the fingerprints, a common form of identification, are formed? Is it when the lungs function? These are all questions designed to make you refute the ignorant notion that, "it's my body, it's my choice" because it obviously isn't the woman's body. It is a separate entity existing within the woman. You can ask all these questions, and as a scientist, (I have a Ph.D. in electrical engineering, and dabbled in philosophy in school) the answer I keep coming back to is that life begins when the male donated chromosomes join the females chromosomes and replicate. After that, it's just one continuously changing, growing, living entity until death. There's a huge scientific basis that life begins at conception. I choose to give the benefit of the doubt to the infant and afford it life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness at the earliest point, not somewhere in between. I don't know Ron Paul's exact philosophy, but from what I can tell through exhaustive research is that it most closely matches my own so I will be voting for him.

Posted by: sthomasiii | November 6, 2007 12:23 PM | Report abuse

NEWS NEWS-
We have won the war in Iraq. There does not appear to be too many insurgent strikes. Soon Iraq will be more stable and we will have constant bases there. Yes, we have won the war. Meanwhile...
The Price of Gasoline is going to go up as high as $3.50 or $4.00 a gallon which means that...Food prices are going to soar. Corporations will adjust and raise prices. The very last thing to go up, years later, will be your paycheck. This is inflation tax. A private institution, the Federal Reserve, is controlling the only type of money that we have. The bloated military keep patrolling the air and sea for make believe military attacks. Meanwhile trillions are being spent. Welfare recipients have a way of life. Meanwhile, the working individual gets half his pay suck out of him.
Only Ron Paul gets in ......there will be no end to the madness.

Posted by: JOOLYO | November 6, 2007 12:03 PM | Report abuse

I hope Jose Antonio Vargas's editor reads this. A CANADIAN WWE porn star wrestler supporting a republican presidential candidate, is a central part of a story about the biggest republican candidate fundraising day of the year? I expect a lot more from a major newspaper than this drivel. No wonder newspaper subscriptions are down.

Posted by: richard.bankhead | November 6, 2007 11:58 AM | Report abuse

As the world is getting smaller it's a petty to see that WP is also. Ron Paul would be refreshing although he will enherit a wasp nest. Good luck Ron Paul and God's speed. Ps. would chip in a few $ if I could, it's cheap these days.
Anders, DK

Posted by: mbalj | November 6, 2007 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Matthew Continetti, an editor at The Weekly Standard, just said on MSNBC that he wanted to know "who" these Ron Paul supporters are. So I e-mailed to tell him: editor@weeklystandard.com

Posted by: jennifer1234 | November 6, 2007 10:54 AM | Report abuse

"Pali, You do not know what you're talking about. The bill is symbolic and would have no effect on the right to an abortion and certainly would not make abortion murder."

______________________________

A so-called libertarian authoring a "symbolic" bill?

Can you say "hypocritical pandering"?

As for "having no effect on the right to an abortion and certainly would not making abortion murder", nonsense.

The taking of a human life is murder or manslaughter. And, once it has been legislated that life starts at conception, then every termination (natural or forced) contains the intimation of murder or manslaughter.

It opens the door to witch-hunts by every small-minded, politically-driven prosecutor and/or law enforcement officer in the country.

It's a dumb law, proposed by a dumb man. And to repeat, it is (by your own admission and statement) not supported by science, medicine, or religion.

Paul has simply picked a point along the cycle that suits his pandering.

"Opponents of abortion will say that they are defending only human life. It is certainly true that the fetus is human life. But so is the semen before it fertilizes; so is the ovum before it is fertilized. They are both human products, and both are living things...

"Defenders of the fetus say that life begins only after the semen fertilizes the egg, producing an embryo. But, in fact, two-thirds of the embryos produced this way fail to live on because they do not embed in the womb wall. Nature is like fertilization clinics -- it produces more embryos than are actually used. Are all the millions of embryos that fail to be embedded human persons?" ~ Gary Wills, 'Abortion isn't a religious issue'.

Posted by: pali2500 | November 6, 2007 10:35 AM | Report abuse

This article is so bad, I have personally posted Jose Vargas's on my no read list and Washington post this article was your third strike. I will be removing you from my reading least also.

Ron Paul is the real deal. A comment was made comparing him to Ross Perot. Give me a break Perot was a businessman not a politican. Ron Paul has a voting record and political history to back him up.

Posted by: savagee2k | November 6, 2007 10:18 AM | Report abuse

About Ron Paul and abortion: (from prospect.org)

"In his New York Times Magazine profile of Paul, Christopher Caldwell writes: "He remembers seeing a late abortion performed during his residency, years before Roe v. Wade, and he maintains it left an impression on him. 'It was pretty dramatic for me,' he says, 'to see a two-and-a-half-pound baby taken out crying and breathing and put in a bucket.'"

How can you see that and have it NOT affect you?

Plus, I've been around doctors for twelve years now and I dare you to find a private-practice OBGYN who is pro-choice/pro-abortion.. whatever you want to call it. The Hippocratic Oath states you shall "first do no harm" and MANY doctors believe abortion is harm.

I give the man a pass on this issue. He believes it is a matter of states-rights anyway and besides, he would be too busy brining the troops home and fixing deficit spending to deal with Roe V. Wade. (... by the way... you do know that the woman at the heart of RvW, who had her baby because the case took so long, is now pro-life and is trying to help overturn RvW? Just an aside....)

Posted by: jennifer1234 | November 6, 2007 10:10 AM | Report abuse

This article is offensive in every way. Shoddy journalism, incorrect facts, and passive-aggressive backhandedness. What is the deal?

Posted by: bbmwm | November 6, 2007 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Pali,

You do not know what you're talking about. The bill is symbolic and would have no effect on the right to an abortion and certainly would not make abortion murder.

Furthermore, while I would not describe myself as pro-life, I have to laugh at your assertion that "deciding that life starts at conception has no basis in science." Oh really? And what is the scientific definition of life? "Life" certainly does begin at conception, if not earlier. Whether a zygote/fetus is a human being is an entirely different question.

Posted by: chyra | November 6, 2007 9:36 AM | Report abuse

I find it very impressive that ALL the money donated to the Ron Paul 2008 campaign is from regular folks. Not one penny comes from political action committees or corporations.

Romney,Guilliani,McCain,Thompson,Clinton,
Obama and Edwards can't say that. In fact, 60-80% of thier money comes from corporate interests. Corporate interests expect a payback sooner or later.

Obama gets millions from bankers on Wall Street, Clinton gets millions from Big Pharma and Monsanto, who knows where Edwards is getting his millions from. Romney is financing himself and heavily in debt, Guilliani also in debt and bought by special interests, Thompson-a former lobbyist with backing from corporations and McCain seems to be sinking.

Last November R's and D's came out to vote in a huge demonstration and sent a message to Congress and administration that we need a new direction. The one we are on is putting our children into financial slavery and becoming a Leviathon. Government is sharing power with Corporations and we are paying for it. Americans are taxed out, tired from working two jobs, we miss our family and friends and sick of the corruption in government and corporatism.

I don't see any relief from any of these candidates but Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich. The rest are from the same cookie cutter, with icing and sprinkles to make them look different from each other. Many of them are members of the Council on Foriegn Relations or other private organizations that threaten U.S. sovereignty. I can see why so many people are donating to Paul's campaign; it fills us with hope that we can be free again and keep the fruits of our labor. I agree....Freedom is popular.
Finally, a candidate that will do what he says and says what he means. Paul has a stellar voting record in Congress and listens to what the people are saying. Very impressive indeed!

Posted by: lydialynscott | November 6, 2007 9:01 AM | Report abuse

My goodness, Washington Post...

When are you ever going to recognize this for what it is? When are you ever going to call in to question those bogus "scientific polls"?

I have never heard of Morley and most anyone who supports Ron Paul has never heard of him either. We support Ron Paul because of his MESSAGE.

Also, this isn't just some on-line phenomenon. Today has set the year's record for fundraising in one day for a primary candidate on the Republican side. Why don't you just call an apple an apple? Oh yeah, can't make Council on Foreign Relations upset.

Plllease....

Posted by: therealjjj77 | November 6, 2007 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Spread the word about Ron Paul to your neighbors. Most of them have probably never heard of him. This is an information war. I donated to Dr. Paul, for the first time in my 63 years digging into my pocket to support a political candidate. I did it in honor of the First Amendment, and I'll do it again.

Posted by: siegels | November 6, 2007 8:29 AM | Report abuse

I couldn't care less about Ron Paul as a person, but his message of Liberty is extremely powerful, and deserves more than the scant attention he is getting. Being the only conservative running, he has an advantage over all other candidates & parties.

I was proud to be a part of the events on November 5. Glad I could help out our country.

Posted by: dave_123456789 | November 6, 2007 8:08 AM | Report abuse

Voting is not a popularity contest. Ron Paul is not charismatic and his supporters represent a diverse set of views. The message is the important part. Supporting Ron Paul is supporting a message of freedom and justice. He might not win, but the political establishment will know that voters still care about the constitution.

Posted by: rgump | November 6, 2007 7:50 AM | Report abuse

It just dawned on me. Ron Paul is the 'Moses" of our day.

Consider...
-they both had humble beginnings.
-the both had prestigious careers.
-they both spent time in obscurity (Moses in the wilderness and Ron Paul in Congress).
-They both felt a higher calling to do something that they were somewhat reluctant to do.
-They both were not taken seriously by the powers of their day.
-They both had a tenacity and pit-bull attitude about getting the job done.
-Moses had his staff; Ron Paul the internet.

And both have the same theme:

"Let my people go".

Wake up America - the Red Sea awaits!

Posted by: MIForRonPaulcom | November 6, 2007 6:57 AM | Report abuse

I did check out what Ron Paul was running on and I did not like the details. Want prayer in school? Vote for him. Want to end social security. Vote for him. Great that he wants to end the war, but he believes we don't need any government at all. NO regulation of corporations, etc. If you are not Libertarian, you won't like him.

Posted by: goldie2 | November 5, 2007 07:05 PM
goldie2 your comment is a lie

Posted by: rickstrgzr | November 6, 2007 6:16 AM | Report abuse

Now we have money, stop calling us "nuts". We are now "eccentric". Thank you.

Posted by: marvel | November 6, 2007 5:53 AM | Report abuse

More journalistic malpractice from the Washington Post. You are pathetic; completely lacking any sense of integrity in reporting the news in an impartial manner. You do an incredible disservice to your readers and I certainly hope that most will seek a credible alternative to the Washington Post.

Posted by: rc | November 6, 2007 4:38 AM | Report abuse

yes! justice! ron paul is the only 1 left who stands for liberty, and the individual, and the new england ideal of self-worth solidified by freedom, even at the expense of state-defined "safety"...this is the only ideal that has upheld our society above all others

Posted by: cboeman | November 6, 2007 4:34 AM | Report abuse

I am happy to see support for Dr. Ron Paul, Vietnam Vet and finally, an honest poliltician who cares for America as much as we in the military do.

No more Greedy; NAU, CAFTA, NAFTA, SPP, etc.. while our citizens struggle to survive.

Vets living on the streets, hungry American children starving, etc.. just to see the One World Government get more wealthier and greedier, at Americans expense?

I won't say what military base I am from, but here in So. California, there is much interst in Dr. Paul and his candidacy.

To finally have someone fighting for our country, in a political position, with the possibility to have some real changing power, just makes us servicemembers feel more secure about the jobs we are doing to secure America.

We finally have a partner to help our country with.

If we in the military, continue to keep up this fight with Dr. Paul, (and do what we have sworn to do, protect America, the Constitution, etc...), then the big businesses, lobbiest, Big news media, etc.. will finally take us serious.

Remember, right now, most of the American voters are "Political Party Sheep" but are we in the military the same way.

Are we going to stand to be ignored?

Are we all, past, present, and future, going to die in vain?

Do we want to be like the sheep, taking our orders from those who don't care about our welfare.

Those that are selling out America, for their own Greed, with no concern for the us or our families, that are paying the price for their wealth and Greed?

Will we in the military fall prey to those that have used us for their own personal gain? Instead of those that have actually paid the ultimate price for our freedom, with our lives?

Are we going to be the ones that are persuaded by the big business, lobbiest, the Greedy, by their sound bites or "ARE WE GOING TO STAND UP AND TAKE BACK OUR COUNTRY?"

IF we don't fight now, will we have something to fight for in the future?

Sempre Fi!!!! and God Bless.

Posted by: placecurious23 | November 6, 2007 4:22 AM | Report abuse

This entire article goes out of its way to backhandedly complement Ron Paul and his amazing support.

A. The first paragraph sets the tone of the article with the statement that his support is a disreputable group of crazies (Paulites certainly has a crazy ring to it) with the reference of a supporter of his being a pro wrestler / wanna be porn star.

B. Then you drudge up the same old card that his online support is really some spammer and not an actual group of people.
Clearly us crazy fringe nonexistent spammers managed to somehow pull over 4 million dollars out of our pockets at the end of the day.

C. Then you say that Ron Paul's internet traffic is comparable to other candidates visitations. This is simply laughable.

The headline should say 'Wackos Who Don't Exist Destroy Record For Online Fundraising.

Jose Antonio Vargas and the Washington Post know what they are up to.

Posted by: barnseyboy | November 6, 2007 3:34 AM | Report abuse

This was written by Ron Paul in 2006 and should clear up the confusion regarding his stance on abortion policy. Pretty much everything he has written for the past 30 years is available at www.ronpaullibrary.org for review. He also has a book on the Amazon best seller list currently. Anyhow...

Federalizing Social Policy

January 30, 2006

As the Senate prepares to vote on the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito this week, our nation once again finds itself bitterly divided over the issue of abortion. It's a sad spectacle, especially considering that our founders never intended for social policy to be decided at the federal level, and certainly not by federal courts. It's equally sad to consider that huge numbers of Americans believe their freedoms hinge on any one individual, Supreme Court justice or not.

Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided, but not because the Supreme Court presumed to legalize abortion rather than ban it. Roe was wrongly decided because abortion simply is not a constitutional issue. There is not a word in the text of that document, nor in any of its amendments, that conceivably addresses abortion. There is no serious argument based on the text of the Constitution itself that a federal "right to abortion" exists. The federalization of abortion law is based not on constitutional principles, but rather on a social and political construct created out of thin air by the Roe court.

Under the 9th and 10 amendments, all authority over matters not specifically addressed in the Constitution remains with state legislatures. Therefore the federal government has no authority whatsoever to involve itself in the abortion issue. So while Roe v. Wade is invalid, a federal law banning abortion across all 50 states would be equally invalid.

The notion that an all-powerful, centralized state should provide monolithic solutions to the ethical dilemmas of our times is not only misguided, but also contrary to our Constitution. Remember, federalism was established to allow decentralized, local decision- making by states. Today, however, we seek a federal solution for every perceived societal ill, ignoring constitutional limits on federal power. The result is a federal state that increasingly makes all-or-nothing decisions that alienate large segments of the population.

Why are we so afraid to follow the Constitution and let state legislatures decide social policy? Surely people on both sides of the abortion debate realize that it's far easier to influence government at the state and local level. The federalization of social issues, originally championed by the left but now embraced by conservatives, simply has prevented the 50 states from enacting laws that more closely reflect the views of their citizens. Once we accepted the federalization of abortion law under Roe, we lost the ability to apply local community standards to ethical issues.

Those who seek a pro-life culture must accept that we will never persuade all 300 million Americans to agree with us. A pro-life culture can be built only from the ground up, person by person. For too long we have viewed the battle as purely political, but no political victory can change a degraded society. No Supreme Court ruling by itself can instill greater respect for life. And no Supreme Court justice can save our freedoms if we don't fight for them ourselves.

Posted by: nomascerdo | November 6, 2007 3:03 AM | Report abuse

Funny thing is, I think a lot of Paulies are warming to Huckabee.

http://www.mikehuckabee.com/

Posted by: soulsamurai | November 6, 2007 2:57 AM | Report abuse

I am pro choice and I DO support Ron Paul. I understand his feelings (he has delivered over 4000 babies).

I will fight to keep my rights, BUT if we have no Constitution or Bill of Rights, if we enter into a war with Iran, if we keep the prisons privatized and filled with young people, if we allow a president to rule as dictator with all the executive orders which take away our constitutional rights, if we allow major corporations to run our government, then we might as well forget about the abortion issue too, because we won't have a country in which we can discuss, share, and argue ideas.

You are not going to get any one candidate to agree with you on everything, but knowing Ron Paul's record he will defend our right to free speech. We are losing our country, our Bill of Rights and our Constitution, our economy. Please, let's not fall for the divide and conquer trick. There will be many issues to discuss, debate, and vote on. Abortion will not be the only one. Just realize that we must our rights intact and a forum in which to argue/debate these issues.

That is why as a progressive I have decided to vote for Ron Paul in this election.

Posted by: evelyntalmadge | November 6, 2007 2:19 AM | Report abuse

Pali, why don't you just get chipped now so the government can track you like cattle. Bahhh-bahhh, you're as retarded as the others who will vote for Romney or Clinton. Protest while you can! If Dr. Paul looses this election no dissent will be tolerated. The North American Empire will be one step closer to accomplishing their goals of destroying the middle class.

Posted by: idteller | November 6, 2007 1:58 AM | Report abuse

Dear Mr. Vargas,

I thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog, I think Ron Paul is such an interesting candidate. With the variety of candidates this year, he just adds excitement to the race. Just a few months ago, Ron Paul came to speak at my college, University of Southern California, about why he should be the next President of United States and how much faith he has that his popularity in online polls will be able to translate into actual votes on Election Day.

You write, "But the online political sphere at large has been buzzing about Paul since the beginning of the year. Reporters who write about Paul -- or who fail to mention Paul in their stories -- are familiar with the e-mails, some of them downright incredulous." Do you think the support shown in the online world can be reiterated anywhere else? Personally, I feel that Ron Paul's name recognition is still low compared to other candidates, and the turn-out will not be great as he might expect. Paul may have a loyal cadre of supporters, but that does not equate to nomination-winning votes.

"But money talks loudly in politics, and Paul's fundraising haul has surprised political analysts." This statement might be true if in officially organized polls his support numbers grow. A little money doesn't always speak loudly - it can help - but it is not a clincher.

-LG
www.politicalkyklos.blogspot.com

Posted by: lgallowa | November 6, 2007 1:55 AM | Report abuse

"In Congress, I have authored legislation that seeks to define life as beginning at conception, HR 1094."

I think Dr. Paul knows better then anyone posting on this blog about this matter. He must have voted based on his education in the matter just like you and I vote based on what we know. Yes, Dr. Paul is against abortion yet still wants to leave that decision up to the states. It's funny how people pick and choose what they are willing to believe about a person.

Posted by: idteller | November 6, 2007 1:50 AM | Report abuse

"I find one particular stance of his inconsistent. While he is an advocate for getting government out of the lives of American citizens, I find his plan to completely outlaw abortion as hammering the government right back into the lives of every single woman of reproductive age.

(JLF03)

Wrong! Ron Paul has clearly stated on numurous occasions that he believes it should be up to INDIVIDUAL STATES to vote for themselves on issues like abortion. GET IT STRAIGHT!

Posted by: idteller | November 6, 2007 1:43 AM | Report abuse

I just donated my last hundred bucks to a man who has been my hero for over a decade. Keep fighting the good fight, Dr. Paul.

Posted by: melandriley | November 6, 2007 1:40 AM | Report abuse

"Pali, Is that your main concern? He says it should be a state issue not a federal issue."

_________________

If it's a state issue then why is he authoring a federal bill?

Neither he nor you can have it both ways.

Further, deciding that life starts at conception has no basis in science, medicine or religion.

It does, however, have a basis in fascism if you are trying to transform an irrational personal belief into a federally enforced national law.

I also find it more than strange that a so-called libertarian wants to force an entire nation to conform to his crackpot beliefs by enacting a federal law.

The man is a fraud. And a nut job.

He will never be President -- just an icon for other nut jobs.

Posted by: pali2500 | November 6, 2007 1:35 AM | Report abuse

"We don't want to tell you how to live - we don't want to run the economy - we don't want to tell other nations how to act" RP's campaign is one of ideas, not promises or bashing. It is an intellectual dialogue with the people. I'm still amazed a those who yap about Social Security & Medicare when, by their own admission, they are bankrupt in a couple of decades. Is there any better examle of the inefficiency of the State in "caring" for us?

Posted by: smb12321 | November 6, 2007 1:19 AM | Report abuse

Last time I checked, Romney raised $6.5 million on a single day in January. Ron Paul does NOT own the record.

Posted by: rrichey | November 6, 2007 1:13 AM | Report abuse

Your first paragraph tries to paint Ron Paul supporters as lunatics, as usual. Meanwhile, you point out the support of Oprah and Magic Johnson as if that is something to hang your hat on.

Well, I'm David B. and I support Ron Paul.

I spent 10 years in the Marine Corps.

I've been deployed to 5 different countries in support of U.S. military operations.

I'm a family man and a defender of the Constitution.

And I think that's a heck of a lot better endorsement than some guy who bounces a basketball and has so much extramarital sex that he acquires HIV.

What do you think?

Posted by: dvdburns | November 6, 2007 1:10 AM | Report abuse

"You ronbots crack me up. I can only pray that your boy should get the nomination because that equals a democratic landslide. What land of denial do you guys live in to really believe that independent moderates, who swing elections, are going to vote for a guy who wants to take the country back pre-new deal? Were any of you even awake when bush tried to even partially privatize SS? LOL"


First, what is the alternative? Rudy? Mitt? It's no longer Democrat vs Republican, it's Coke vs Pepsi.
Odd, all my life I've been labeled a sheep or robot for being a Conservative. Now, I'm a sheep/robot for Paul. As long as people keep callin me one, I know I'm on the right track.

Posted by: ghimraab | November 6, 2007 12:48 AM | Report abuse

To brabc1 - Us baby boomers will collect our social security. Dr. Paul is NOT going to abolish social security but will fight to allow the younger people to opt out. If I weren't so near retirement age and put in a lifetime of my own $$$ into the system, I'd be opting out myself. You're scared of something that is not happening - or you're simply trying to scare other people. Go to ronpaul2008.com and find out what he REALLY says about Social Security. You people who are afraid of losing your right to choose - Dr. Paul is PERSONALLY pro choice because as an OB, he delivered over 4.000 babies, but he feels that abortion is between a woman, her doctor and her God. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS NO ROLE IN DECIDING ONE OF THE MOST PERSONAL DECISIONS OF ONE'S LIFE. You are all spewing misinformation about his positions. I would suggest all of you who are interested, go see for yourself. Hubby and I contributed ANOTHER $200 today - that's on top of what we contribute regularly every month PLUS any extras. The rEVOLution is real!!! Ron Paul is the only honest person in the running.

Posted by: hitbabe | November 6, 2007 12:36 AM | Report abuse

With U.S. style democracy you only get the type of leaders you pay for. We're fed up with corrupt, ineffective, unresponsive government run by lobbyists.

It looks like we might have to pay a few hundred million to get Ron Paul elected but it'll be worth it to finally have a leader who serves the people instead of corporate and other special interests.

Posted by: thoughts | November 6, 2007 12:23 AM | Report abuse

Pali,

Is that your main concern? He says it should be a state issue not a federal issue. So it would still be legal in many states if you so desire. You misconstrue his stance. As an obstetrician he is liable if he hurts a fetus is he not? So his rational is understandable.

I happen to respect the right to choose but I am looking at the big picture here. This is about saving our nation from fascism. Does that matter to you or not?

Posted by: NewRepublican | November 6, 2007 12:18 AM | Report abuse

Do you believe us now!!

Ron Paul has won most of the real world Straw Polls across the country and most by landslide figures... verify them for yourself on his website..

Head to head Straw Poll stats from Ronpaul2008.com

Ron Paul's Head-to-Head Records (Win-Lose-Tie):
Ron Paul v. Rudy Giuliani 33-5-0
Ron Paul v. Mitt Romney 25-13-0
Ron Paul v. Fred Thompson 23-14-0
Ron Paul v. John McCain 34-3-0
Ron Paul v. Mike Huckabee 31-5-1
Ron Paul v. Sam Brownback 34-2-1
Ron Paul v. Tom Tancredo 35-1-0
Ron Paul v. Duncan Hunter 34-2-0

Enough said... Please join us in defense of our Constitution and our freedom!!

American Revolution 2.0

This revolution will not be televised...
It will be downloaded!!

Posted by: NewRepublican | November 6, 2007 12:11 AM | Report abuse

I agree, I hate the subliminal messages that keep being sent by the mainstream media in an attempt to relegate Ron Paul to a 3rd party whack job. Beginning the article with Val Venis a wrestler pretending to be a porn star is probably a perfect example of this. It's non-stop and just makes you wonder.

Posted by: michigannn | November 5, 2007 11:49 PM | Report abuse

"If the posters are correct that this is Ron Paul's position on abortion, let states decide, you better tell him. The website states: "In Congress, I have authored legislation that seeks to define life as beginning at conception, HR 1094."

___________________________________

The taking of a human life amounts to murder or, at the least, manslaughter.

Paul's proposed legislation would bring a potential charge of murder or manslaughter against every woman who aborts a fetus -- either naturally or willfully.

Every miscarriage would need to be investigated to establish the cause of the loss of human life.

This proposed legislation shows that Paul is unfit to be a doctor -- much less President of the United States.

Posted by: pali2500 | November 5, 2007 11:46 PM | Report abuse

Of course I meant "Republican nomination"....duhhh

Posted by: redmaxy66 | November 5, 2007 11:42 PM | Report abuse

As an outsider (Englishman) looking in at the 2008 contest with great interest I have to applaud Dr. Paul.

His integrity is unquestionable regardless of whether you agree with his politics or not. This in itself puts Ron Paul on a plain much higher than his colleagues and adversaries.

I have no doubt he will not be allowed to win the Dem nomination by the Republican hawks. He has stated that he will not run as an independent and nothing I have seen of Ron Paul leads me to doubt that statement.

I also never cease to be amazed at the way the politically motivated press can destroy a candidate by putting out total and utter nonsense. You should be embarrassed about the piece you have written today...what drivel!

Well done RP and your supporters.

This man may well be the best president you never had!

Posted by: redmaxy66 | November 5, 2007 11:41 PM | Report abuse

After months of ignoring Ron Paul in its GOP Presidential candidate coverage, the best the WaPO can muster up is a blurb from a pro-wrestler. Disgusting. The mainstream media blackout on Ron Paul is extremely disappointing.

Posted by: Tirade1 | November 5, 2007 11:35 PM | Report abuse

You can tell how desperate the Republicans are when they are reduced to giving money to the mummified cadaver known as Ron Paul.

Here's a hint: Ru Paul has a better chance of being elected President than the zombie from 'The Nights of the Living Dead' (a/k/a the Republican presidential candidates' debates).

Posted by: pali2500 | November 5, 2007 11:34 PM | Report abuse

Forget the Canadian pro wrestler that hardly anyone who's not a wrestling has heard of, I remember reading that Barry Manilow gave the maximum allowable donation of $2,300 to Dr. Paul's campaign.

Posted by: andrew | November 5, 2007 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Another Ronpaulbot here. I am confused about the MSM. They will produce a poll stating that 75% of American's want change, yet they are shocked that people are supporting a founding father type candidate in Ron Paul. It is time the MSM treat this man with the respect he deserves.

Posted by: Matt4RonPaul | November 5, 2007 11:18 PM | Report abuse


"I am an older Baby Boomer who is scared to death. I have worked my whole adult life and will need Social Security benefits in order to survive Young folks best have enough money to not only support their families but also their grandparents and parents.

Great. America's future: Low paying jobs, few benefits, no pension and no Social Security. It is so cruel to keep jerking those of us in our 50s around like we are all rich and don't care.

Do you folks really know Ron Paul's stand on all the issues????"

Yes, we do know Ron Paul's stand on these issues.

You can rest easy, Ron Paul will not allow vulnerable people such as yourself to be thrown out into the streets. He has said time and time againg that he recognizes that many people are dependent upon the government to survive, and that his proposals does not mean that such persons are going to go without help. In fact, his proposals are the only ones that truly save Social Security for people such as yourself. By redirecting priorites home (rather than maintaining a world-wide empire), there will be money available to sustain those who are dependent on the government. Otherwise, the entire system is bound to go bankrupt heading for disaster for everyone, particularly for the vulnerable. Cost of living increases due to hyperinflation could not be calculated and adopted fast enough to help you if this whole system colapses as it probably would unless changes are made.

Ron Paul is trying to help the future generations by acknowledging that social security for their generation is NOT secure. He wants to give them the option to set aside money for themselves instead of allowing the goverment to continue taking money from them and squandering it as it is doing now.

Posted by: davidfromtexas | November 5, 2007 11:17 PM | Report abuse

I don't agree with all of his views, but I have to admire his honesty. And anyone that promises to work on the ILLEGAL alien problem by following the law has my undying support (and will receive my donation).

Posted by: EXPAT4 | November 5, 2007 11:11 PM | Report abuse

I disagree with many of Ron Paul's positions, but I'm going to vote for him. He's the only politician left who seems to understand the idea of "limited government." All the rest of the Republicans seem to be following George's mad power grab. The Republicans I admire most are Eisenhower and Goldwater. Mr. Paul is the only inheritor of their tradition.

Posted by: bholly72 | November 5, 2007 11:06 PM | Report abuse

So much misinformation out there...

Dr. Paul has stated over and over again he will not "put anyone out in the streets". In fact, he's the ONLY candidate with a platform that can sustain those who are dependent on government benefits, while minimizing the tax and inflationary pressures on "the rest of us". Most younger Americans have little faith that the social security safety net will still be above ground by the time they are eligible. Many realize they might actually be able to prepare a better retirement for themselves if the government would simply GET OUT OF THE WAY. The theoretical intention of the welfare state is noble indeed. Sadly, this system has merely created a monstrous, inefficient beauracracy of agencies, departments, and councils. Rather than enrich the "American Experience", this system has seriously undermined the foundation of our great nation: The principles of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Killing unborn babies is not "life", nor is fighting needless, bloody wars. Laying claim to my labor and allowing me to keep a portion of its fruits, while restricting my decisions on how I wish to lead my life is not "liberty". In fact, try as it may, the government CANNOT define "The pursuit of happiness" as it relates to all the individuals in our rich and wonderfully diverse populace.

It's time to revisit these profound principles and restore the gift our Founders fought for: A CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC with a limited federal government sharp and narrow in scope, leaving difficult social issues to be dealt with on state and local levels preserving individual liberty and justice for all.

Posted by: jeffe55106 | November 5, 2007 10:42 PM | Report abuse

If the posters are correct that this is Ron Paul's position on abortion, let states decide, you better tell him. The website states: "In Congress, I have authored legislation that seeks to define life as beginning at conception, HR 1094." You do not need a law degree to understand that this would not allow states to make abortion legal, as it would be unconstitutional since the unborn would have 14th Amendment protection.

Posted by: merganser | November 5, 2007 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Nice to see the grassroots turnout and no doubt, his supporters are fervent. Yet, I went to the issues link on Paul's website, and only agreed with 2 (Iraq and illegal immigration). Plus, not quite the libertarian his supporters make him out to be, e.g., making abortion illegal is hardly individual freedom. Plus, is the right to home-school really a pressing national issue? Does it trump energy policy and environmental degradation? I looked, listened and no sale. To quote Bono, I still haven't found what I'm looking for.

Posted by: merganser | November 5, 2007 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Also this is the approach that the Constitution mandates when it gives all powers that it doesn't mention to the States (try and find where the Constitution mentions abortion... hint: it doesn't).

Posted by: mill1165 | November 5, 2007 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Ron Paul doesn't believe in outlawing abortion. He just believes it should be a state issue. This means that rather than having a one size fits all approach to abortion (either allow it for everyone/ or diss allow it for everyone) we can choose state by state the policies we want to have towards abortion. This would allow states like Michigan or California to have liberal pro choice policies while states like Alabama can have pro life policies. Ultimately, through the great laboratories that are the states we can find democratic solutions that actually reflect all of our diverse values and political preferences.

Posted by: mill1165 | November 5, 2007 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Ron Paul is popular because he is straight out against the war in Iraq. He is tolerated in Texas because his Libertarian ideas strike a chord with Texans. What he has to offer the rest of debate as to how we will live and survive in the future is unclear. At the core of his candidacy is his opposition to the war in Iraq. Other candidates should pay attention to his success.

Posted by: guinasso | November 5, 2007 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Ron Paul's position on abortion is that he feels its wrong and that Roe vs. Wade should be overturned but that the states have the right to regulate abortion pre-Roe.

So some states will allow abortions and some will not. So if you wish to live in a state that allows abortion, you can move there.

That's the beauty of America, at least ideally, until the "be like us or else!" crowd took over.

Posted by: sean4 | November 5, 2007 10:04 PM | Report abuse

I have been a loser in presidential elections for so many years that I cannot remember. I voted for the Libertarian candidtae every time and lost every time. Maybe things are about to change. I have been pushing for Paul in my family and in my neighborhood ever since he announced his candidacy. GO PAUL.

Robert M Kraus
Akron

Posted by: rmkraus | November 5, 2007 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Latino Ron Paul supporters create a website in Spanish called: www.latinoronpaul.com

Already have 250,000 hits... way to go!

Posted by: eev | November 5, 2007 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Hey sseedragon, A simple statement of support by a porn star is nothing. Here's a link to a story about a porn star campaigning side by side with president Bush and raising money for the good old GOP.

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=44763

I know a heterosexual sex scandel about GOP members is quite unusual these days, but apparently it's true. They don't just go after their fellow men after all!

Posted by: slr3 | November 5, 2007 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Sean Morley (val venis) isnt actually a porn star and the way you word that it makes it seem like he was.

Way to take any chance you can to take a potshot at ron paul, geez.

Posted by: viktro1 | November 5, 2007 9:30 PM | Report abuse

If the Post does not report on this somewhere other than the style section tomorrow, I a canceling my subscription.

Posted by: julieannemccormick | November 5, 2007 9:29 PM | Report abuse

PAUL FOR PRESIDENT, HUCKABEE FOR VEEP. That ticket would sweep 80% of the vote. Dr. Paul is going to win this thing.

Posted by: eric70 | November 5, 2007 9:24 PM | Report abuse

If you can't see the obvious slant at the beginning of your article, you aren't qualified to be a journalist. And if you can see the obvious slant and chose to write it anyway, than you aren't qualified to be a journalist.

Posted by: jaffy87 | November 5, 2007 9:18 PM | Report abuse

If the future of America is low paying jobs with few benefits, you can lay the blame directly on government spending and monetary policy that have created the twin deficits. Dr. Ron Paul is a noted student of Austrian economics. He has diagnosed the disease, and he knows the cure.

Posted by: jdadson | November 5, 2007 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Misinformation abounds. When someone takes the most simple soundbite-length ideas of what Ron Paul would like to do, it is easy to ridicule. However, if you investigate more thoroughly what Paul is advocating, you will find that the reason moderators scoff and mainstream media calls him "radical" or "a gadfly" is because he represents real traditional American values of liberty, freedom and individualism.

In all of his years in Congress, he has consistently maintained the same principled positions. The litmus test he uses to determine if a piece of legislation is legal is whether it is authorized by the Constitution.

He is an OB/GYN who has delivered over 4000 babies. Can you really expect him to be pro-abortion? On the other hand, he feels that this is a state issue and that the Federal government has no place in making a decision regarding anything which is not expressly granted permission it by the Constitution. Thus he will not seek to Federally ban abortion. This is an example of a decision on principle over personal preference.

For those that do not understand FDR's New Deal, it was a Communist doctrine which failed miserably. Of the few programs that survived post-WWII, Social Security is bankrupt due to your leaders borrowing from it to pay for their pork-barrel spending and the American empire overseas. Dr. Paul wants to help the poor here, not by abandoning those dependent on government assistance but by cutting the bloated pork and empowering the people.

His goal of eliminating the IRS, another Unconstitutional agency, is entirely possible and would put your hard-earned money back in your pocket. Reagan's Grace Commission found that not one cent of the money you pay in Federal Income Taxes actually goes to pay for education, jobs, social programs or any necessary government functions- it's already used before it gets there in a futile effort to pay down the accumulating debt of the tax-and-spend government. This nation is bankrupt. The dollar is plunging. What will it take for you to see we need a major change of course? (Hint: Hillary isn't going to save the U.S. or get out of the Middle East) The only candidate who has the consistent record of championing the Constitution, the determination, the lack of corruption and who will never abuse the office or powers of President is Ron Paul.

Posted by: njsucks | November 5, 2007 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Oh, by the way Brabc1, I am 60. (That's 421 in spambot years.)

Posted by: jdadson | November 5, 2007 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Brabc1, check your facts. Ron Paul has repeatedly said he does not want to abolish Social Security. With veto pen in hand, he might be able to save the economy enough to assure that your Social Security dollars are worth something though.

Posted by: jdadson | November 5, 2007 9:09 PM | Report abuse

I must admit I'm in awe of all the folks giving small donations to Ron Paul even though he has said that HE INTENDS TO ABOLISH SOCIAL SECURITY.

I am an older Baby Boomer who is scared to death. I have worked my whole adult life and will need Social Security benefits in order to survive Young folks best have enough money to not only support their families but also their grandparents and parents.

Great. America's future: Low paying jobs, few benefits, no pension and no Social Security. It is so cruel to keep jerking those of us in our 50s around like we are all rich and don't care.

Do you folks really know Ron Paul's stand on all the issues????

Posted by: Brabc1 | November 5, 2007 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Reportedly, more than 20,000 individuals contributed to Dr. Paul's campaign, and I'm happy to be one of them. His principled campaign is the greatest thing since "Clean" Gene McCarthy in 1968.

Posted by: ronpaul2008com | November 5, 2007 9:01 PM | Report abuse

I'm another RP spambot. Listen to Ron Paul. He says it's not about him; it's the message he's delivering.

Maybe 12 million dollars for the quarter is not ambitious enough.

Posted by: grunk | November 5, 2007 8:54 PM | Report abuse

When Ron Paul ran for President in 1986 on the Libertarian ticket he had my vote. As an Independent, I just made a donation to the Paul campaign to take part in today's "Historic Event."

I find Mike Huckabee to be an OUTSTANDING candidate, as well. Paul and Huckabee would make a GREAT team for the Republican Party ticket this next general election. Think about it!

God bless.

Posted by: prestonadams | November 5, 2007 8:53 PM | Report abuse

This is an automated message from a Ron Paul spambot.

The funniest thing is how people keep trying to smear Ron Paul by association with these characters that are supposed to be so unsavory.

Well, what have these unsavory characters ever actually done to anyone? This pro wrestler, he go around hurting people? Does he advocate it? What about Alex Jones, the "9-11 conspiracy nut" - does he rape rob or steal? Does he hate America? No to all the above.

Yet, who really does rob, steal, lie and kill? Why, our own government of course, and by failing to realize that - the other candidates prove that they themselves are the real unsavory characters we should be concerned about.

I hate to be blunt about this, but really, there is something deeply wrong with blindly opposing an honest, knowledgeable guy like Ron Paul - a guy who understands how the world works and where America has gone wrong.

How could this happen to so many? The answer is that it's a sickness, an addiction that plagues America, the same malady that the Founders warned about - statism. It is strangely fitting that this horrible, deadly addiction in our society be treated by electing a real doctor.

Ron Paul spambot message over. I must go replicate myself now.

Spambots for Ron Paul!!

Posted by: TomdeSabla | November 5, 2007 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of the Huckster, it is a FACT that Ron Paul raised more in one day than Huckabee has raised in three quarters.

http://www.opensecrets.org/pres08/summary.asp?id=N00007539&cycle=2008

The Empire is naked.

Posted by: emailme | November 5, 2007 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Every campaign has some eccentrics - I'm sure Hillary has a few Amazonian feminists ranting in her coalition.

Most Ron Paul supporters I know disaffected Republicans who are either fed up with the War or with run away spending. Many have quantitatively focused degrees, such as accounting or economics, who look at what Washington does and can't see a way out. Some are Democrats who thought they couldn't vote Republican based on social liberties but are otherwise fairly conservative. I've only met one Libertarian, so far. My point is, we're rational voters who are highly suspicious of politicians who use the words "honor", "fear", "terrorism", "security", "patriotism", etc.

Posted by: catchilupi | November 5, 2007 8:37 PM | Report abuse

I said I would NEVER vote for a Republican again - but I would vote for Mr. Paul before that "other" Republican, Hillary Clinton.

If not, I will support Edwards or Obama.

Go Ron Paul!

Posted by: dogpoke | November 5, 2007 8:33 PM | Report abuse

IMHO any Republican primary voter who does not vote for Ron Paul is fooling himself. The other candidates represent the cynical big money interests who don't give a tinkers damn about this country or its people. The transnational corporations control the so-called "leading cadidates" of both parties.

Posted by: Jihm | November 5, 2007 8:21 PM | Report abuse

What land of denial do you guys live in to really believe that independent moderates, who swing elections, are going to vote for a guy who wants to take the country back pre-new deal? Were any of you even awake when bush tried to even partially privatize SS? LOL

Yeah, bring Ron Paul on. Nominate him, I'm beggin ya.

Posted by: catherinefent | November 5, 2007 07:11 PM

You mean the "Raw Deal"

Posted by: smriggs | November 5, 2007 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Aitken - How wonderful it is that we live in a country where you have the freedom to believe what you believe and I have the freedom to believe what I believe. However, to force a woman to go through with a pregnancy that she had no choice in conceiving, such as in the case of a rape or incest, is 100 percent completely against the entire concept of freedom.

Posted by: JLF03 | November 5, 2007 7:57 PM | Report abuse

"On the online right, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee is attracting more visitors to his Web site than the rest of the Republican field -- save Paul himself, depending on which traffic site you're looking at."

Hey, the prize for second place is in the ladies room! Let me just add that Huckaboo's site looks incredibly like Ron Paul's and came up after the third quarter reportings. I guess kickbacks don't pay like they used to.

Look at the only presidential candidate Web site that count$...

www RonPaul2008 dot com

Posted by: 2partsgin | November 5, 2007 7:45 PM | Report abuse

i voted for kerry last time in hopes that he would put and end to the bush bulls**t, but as usual the do nothing dems did nothing. go ron paul you have my vote any day over the neocon hillary

Posted by: RobertPutnam | November 5, 2007 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Vargas:


FYI: Sean Morley is NOT an ex-porno star. That would be like saying Carroll O' Connor is a brainless bigot or ALan Alda is a doctor.


Val Venis is the name of a character on a TV show. That should have been your first clue that Morley was never a porno star.


As someone who has followed wrestling in the past precisely because it's so stupid that it's funny, I don't whether to be more contemptuous of wrestling fans who still believe the matches are genuinely competitive or elitists who have contempt for wrestling fans and believe the negative character portrayals are real.


Thanks,
Michael Johnstein
Oak Forest, Ill.


PS -- All those early deaths ARE real. Many of the wrestlers, while entertaining, really are idiots.

Posted by: zwrite2 | November 5, 2007 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Could someone PLEASE convince Gen. Wesley Clark to be a running mate w Ron Paul? WHY? That combination, while diverse would wipe the dem's behind with their own money and all of America would be behind the pair. (Think about it... You KNOW I'm right. It would give Clark the opportunity to get back at all those pundits who insisted he wasn't really a Democrat after all.)

Posted by: roobah | November 5, 2007 7:41 PM | Report abuse

To JLF03 - you have choice and should use it in the form of birth control. After that it's murder and taking the choice and right to life and liberty from another...which is WRONG.

Posted by: JaneAitken | November 5, 2007 7:41 PM | Report abuse

To goldie2 who said:

"I did check out what Ron Paul was running on and I did not like the details. Want prayer in school? Vote for him. Want to end social security. Vote for him. Great that he wants to end the war, but he believes we don't need any government at all. NO regulation of corporations, etc. If you are not Libertarian, you won't like him."

You are WRONG.

Yes he would protect our RIGHT to have prayer in school, if that's what the people wanted in that particular school. It would not be outlawed. It's called 'freedom' of religion which you would deny people.

NO he doesn't want to 'end social security' but allow people to opt out and privatize and allow those who've contributed to be able to take their money from a system that is about to collapse because it's a ponzi scheme

Finally he doesn't believe in 'no government at all' but in federalism. You socialists just don't get it, youre so used to sucking off the public teat..

Posted by: JaneAitken | November 5, 2007 7:36 PM | Report abuse

While I respect Rep. Paul in that he stands by his principles, I find one particular stance of his inconsistent. While he is an advocate for getting government out of the lives of American citizens, I find his plan to completely outlaw abortion as hammering the government right back into the lives of every single woman of reproductive age. The concept of freedom, which Rep. Paul waves as the banner of his campaign, cannot be applied only to those issues of his own choosing. No one is going to take away my freedom to decide what will happen to my own body.

Posted by: JLF03 | November 5, 2007 7:33 PM | Report abuse

iwouldvoteforhuckabee, "Huckabee's catching up, though."

Oh really? http://ronpaulgraphs.com/huckabee_oct_total.html

Posted by: vsync | November 5, 2007 7:31 PM | Report abuse

You Guys keep asking these writer where they get there information because its always wrong and slanted . THEY DO IT ON PURPOSE . News is not news its Mind Sculpture. Thank God people are waking up

Posted by: razoo51 | November 5, 2007 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Together we stand!

Let's go people, keep it coming!

If you are tired of the same old crap from your government, dig deep and your wishes for a better life are just around the corner.

If you only have ten bucks to give, that will do. Every dollar counts.

GO NOW AND GIVE WHAT YOU CAN!

https://www.ronpaul2008.com/donate/

Posted by: PAR | November 5, 2007 7:25 PM | Report abuse

My hats off to you Paul people, it's really amazing. Huckabee's catching up, though.
Money doesn't really make votes... that's something even Romney is going to have to come to terms with, sooner or later.
So I'll do some "spamming" myself. (why not?)
Like Mike? Sign The Huckabee Petition!
http://www.iwouldvoteforhuckabee.com

Posted by: iwouldvoteforhuckabee | November 5, 2007 7:20 PM | Report abuse

I think people need to stop holding his low standing in the national polls against him. Obviously a candidate that can do this has far more support. Perhaps it has to do with the fact that polls poll likely primary voters and Dr. Paul is going to bring out a few likely voters plus a whole slough of other more unlikely ones in the primaries.

Posted by: dan111 | November 5, 2007 7:19 PM | Report abuse

What Republican would vote for Hillary? Not many. And, this way, we have libertarians, independents, constitutionalists, disgruntled GOPers, longtime GOPers like myself and even many democrats to form the majority to beat the pants of that horrid woman.

We're up over $6M now, what says you to that? This is only the first month of Q4.

Posted by: JaneAitken | November 5, 2007 7:14 PM | Report abuse

You ronbots crack me up. I can only pray that your boy should get the nomination because that equals a democratic landslide. What land of denial do you guys live in to really believe that independent moderates, who swing elections, are going to vote for a guy who wants to take the country back pre-new deal? Were any of you even awake when bush tried to even partially privatize SS? LOL

Yeah, bring Ron Paul on. Nominate him, I'm beggin ya.

Posted by: catherinefent | November 5, 2007 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Great day for all us Spammers.

I'm going to spam some more money to Ron Paul 2008 next month and max out before the end of the year.

God Bless you Ron Paul!!

Posted by: grannymiller | November 5, 2007 7:09 PM | Report abuse

"What Paul is doing -- or what his supporters are doing -- is really impressive."

Damn straight; my wife and I maxed out. RP2008!

Posted by: washingtonpost | November 5, 2007 7:09 PM | Report abuse

"Sen. Barack Obama has Oprah Winfrey, Sen. Hillary Clinton has Magic Johnson and Rep. Ron Paul, the online star of the primary race, has Sean Morley, aka Val Venis, the popular adult film star-turned-WWE pro wrestler."

Of all the supporters to pick, Ron Paul is coupled with an adult film star... not that there's anything wrong with that, I'm just saying.

Posted by: john.k.lawlor.iii | November 5, 2007 7:07 PM | Report abuse

I did check out what Ron Paul was running on and I did not like the details. Want prayer in school? Vote for him. Want to end social security. Vote for him. Great that he wants to end the war, but he believes we don't need any government at all. NO regulation of corporations, etc. If you are not Libertarian, you won't like him.

Posted by: goldie2 | November 5, 2007 7:05 PM | Report abuse

My last post did not get up here, don't know why.

Paul is getting 5 times the hits on his site that Huckabee gets according to Alexa.
And this is proven in the money.

First month of Q4 and we've raised $6M.

This is 6 times what Huckabee has raised.

So Hitwise's numbers don't make sense.

Posted by: JaneAitken | November 5, 2007 6:59 PM | Report abuse

A great day, Oh hey if this article is not proof that the Neo Cons hate the Consitition what is, if he does not win, then what? I guess we will see when the almond tree blossoms.

Posted by: RaferJanders | November 5, 2007 6:54 PM | Report abuse

How dare you @ the Washingtonpost.com slander, downgrade and demonize Dr.Ron Paul like that after a Great Day like today. You incorporating Sean Morley, aka Val Venis, the popular adult film star-turned-WWE pro wrestler into your article clearly reveals your true colors and intentions of smearing the colors freedom. I hope everyone sees your biased remarks and views, and stops reading your communist newspaper. You could at least use your status to help promote a Legend and Champion of THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA'S CONSTITUTION. It is a sad day when Americans realize America has been sold out and they own very little of it. We need our Country and Freedom back and even without you we are going to get it.
FREEEDOOMM!!!

Posted by: cybercerebral2004 | November 5, 2007 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Yep, go ahead and vote Ron Paul. You'll all just secure the presidency for the Democrats.

GO DEMS!

Posted by: camera_eye_1 | November 5, 2007 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Jose, I have another suggestion. Why not go on the road with Ron Paul? I think you would be the first reporter to do so. This campaign has legs. It is the most exciting thing that has happened in politics in my short 60 year life, that's for sure. Getting embedded with the Ron Paul Revolution would be a super career move. I am betting you would catch the liberty fever too. "Freedom is popular."

Best regards,
Jive Dadson

Posted by: jdadson | November 5, 2007 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Ron Paul For President. Money talks

People are obviously impressed with Ron Paul's message. He stands for Fiscal Policy and ending the war. Great Message, which none of the other candidates are willing to commit to.

Who will Ron Paul replace to become a first tier Candidate?
----> http://www.youpolls.com/details.asp?pid=890

Posted by: PollM | November 5, 2007 6:39 PM | Report abuse

If you're going to poke fun at Ron Paul for the company he keeps, at least do some fact-checking before you rush to "print." I'm sure Val Venis and World Wrestling Entertainment would be very happy you're perpetuating the myth/storyline that he's an ex-porn star, but it just ain't so. In fact, Val (real name: Sean Morley) took to wrestling after he decided his studies at the London School of Economics were too boring. Like a lot of professional wrestlers, he's a lot smarter than the average bear.

Posted by: stupid | November 5, 2007 6:31 PM | Report abuse

There are a few inaccuracy in your report,

first Ron Paul Raised $2Million you my have not known that.

Second Ron Paul is not an insider so he supports the constitution and the bill of rights completely.

Third he is the only canidate who says the same thing today, as he did last week, last month, last year, 10 years ago, 20 years ago... all the same each and every day.
I guess that is truth...something that does not change or vary is true....

Also as you seem to unfamiliar with why Dr. Paul's supports support him, it is because
He is for freedom...the constitution...the bill of rights..small government that protects the people and their freedom and privicy not the other way around.

More things he is aginst...
* undeclared unconstitutional wars,
* unconstitutional Federal Reserve ACT,
* unconstitutional Federal Income Tax
* unconstitutional Gun Control
* republican not communism
* corporate Criminals and their crimes
* Killing babies in or out of the mom.
* IRS, EPA, DOL, DOE, DOT, FBI, CIA, NSA, and all of the secrete government we pay for and never know what they do.
* NO CFR, UN, bilderburgs, Triladeral commision, AIPAC, WTO, NAU, SPP influence on our republic.

Posted by: davina | November 5, 2007 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Hey, don't "diss" those professional wrestlers! We had one in Minnesota (Jesse Ventura) who came out of nowhere to beat the state's top Democrat (none other than Hubert Humphrey III) and also the state's most ambitious and well-funded Republican (Norm Coleman---who later crawled to Washington over the dead body of Paul Wellstone.)

The most important thing about Ventura's victory was that it was the work of the ordinary people---not dictated by the corporations. Nor was it expected by the self-appointed media experts who listen to each other, instead of to the grassroots.

Posted by: looselatchet | November 5, 2007 6:29 PM | Report abuse

John McCain said, " Ron Paul is the most
honest man in politics" To bad the media
doesn't have the same reputation.

Posted by: jims57s | November 5, 2007 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Hello Jose. Jive Dadson here. We exchanged a number of emails a few months ago. I am pleased to see you are getting more exposure on the Washington Post. I thought the recent video about the web and politics was quite good. As others have pointed out, you kind of dropped the ball on this one. I would like to offer my services. If you would like for me to fact-check articles that mention Ron Paul, I will be happy to do it. You have my email address.

Best regards,
Jive

Posted by: jdadson | November 5, 2007 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Your statement that the online polls were a result of spam is blatently untrue!

The online polls and text messages had features that one cell phone could only vote once. Furthermore, Ron Paul has placed 1st in most Straw polls of REAL PEOPLE. That the media would be reporting if RP hadn't WON.

Ron PAul WON THE FOX POLLS LEGIT!
The university of Alabama study was about 1 email message. not about polls or about online support.

Your Article is a twisted LIE.

Posted by: 23zzd45 | November 5, 2007 6:19 PM | Report abuse

If we get $3.2 million today, we will beat the one day record for this campaign. At this point, we only need $500,000. The media will have to cover this!

Posted by: jtboggie1 | November 5, 2007 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Despite all the money Ron Paul has raised today I will hazard to guess that tomorrow Chris Clizzia will write an article for The Fix talking about Mike Huckabee's increased web traffic.

Posted by: sean4 | November 5, 2007 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Gotta give him credit!

He DOES seem to be the least offensive barbarian in a hundred years!

(I'd STILL vote for Osama Bin Laden before I'd vote republican.)

Posted by: kase | November 5, 2007 6:07 PM | Report abuse

I agree with NoMugWump that LBJ and GWB were disastrous for the nation. That said, you will find on close examination of his speeches and statements archived at his Congressional website, www.house.gov/paul, that Ron Paul is no LBJ or Bush. Every vote he takes must pass the test of whether or not it conforms to our Constitution. Congressman Paul is the best candidate to uphold the oath of office administered to every president, to protect, preserve, and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic.

Posted by: txpenguin | November 5, 2007 6:04 PM | Report abuse

"On the online right, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee is attracting more visitors to his Web site than the rest of the Republican field."

Where in the world did you get THAT?? Perhaps the same place you get the national polling numbers? Huckabee's site traffic cannot even compare with Ron Paul's.

At least get your facts straight while you try to malign the campaign by associating it with Porn.

Posted by: wsc321 | November 5, 2007 6:01 PM | Report abuse

At least you don't try to hide your bias. How about John Mayer or Barry Manilow support Ron Paul. Ever heard of them?
With Dr. Paul the constitution has a chance.

Posted by: Mr.Pink3million | November 5, 2007 6:01 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe the blatant misinformation in this article.

1. The polls have NOT been subject to spam - in fact, most online polls track the IP address of the voters so it is IMPOSSIBLE to vote twice

2. Can you please tell me where you got your infomation on web site traffic becuase Mike Huckleberry is definitely NOT leading the rest of the republican field. A simple search on Alexa.com shows that ronpaul2008.com blows MikeHuckabee.com out of the water!

3. Stop pretending that the only celebrity supporter you could dig up was some wrestling porn star no-one ever heard about! How about mentioning Bill Maher? Or Barry Manilow -- he gave Ron Paul $2,300!

Here's what Ronald Reagan had to say about Ron Paul: "Ron Paul is one of the outstanding leaders fighting for a stronger national defense. As a former Air Force officer, he knows well the needs of our armed forces, and he always puts them first. We need to keep him fighting for our country!"

Posted by: pguerrant | November 5, 2007 6:00 PM | Report abuse

If Congressman Paul runs as an independent we will have a Democrat in the White House for sure. It's either Congressman Paul for the Republican nomination, or another Clinton presidency for 8 years. An independent candidate will pull at least 10% of the republican vote (25% if it's Paul), which will be devastating to the Republican candidate.

If Congressman Paul wins the nomination, the general election results will be: Democratic Candidate - 41%; Independent Candidate (none... they will unite behind Paul) - 56%, with 3% undecided... can you say "MANDATE"?

If Congressman Paul loses the nomination, the GE results will be: Dem Candidate - 43%; Republican Candidate - 39%; Independent Candidate - 18%... can you say "RIOTS IN THE STREETS"?

Posted by: rubondfan2 | November 5, 2007 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Run Ron Run! The Republicans (and Democrats) aren't good enough for you. If the Republicrats reject you, please just keep running as an independent. The time is ripe. Everyone will look for an honest alternative to everything to everybody candidacies of Romney, Clinton, Guiliani, Thompson, Edwards or Obama.

This is a historic 3d way opportunity to crush the pro-government Duopoly! Trust people to make their own choices. Run Ron Run!

Posted by: lovinliberty | November 5, 2007 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Ron Paul is the Ross Perot of the 2008 Election. With Clinton and Obama at about 75 million raised and Romney, with his own checkbook, doing well, the day total is impressive, but remember it is one battle in a long war.

I've had two "loose cannon" Texans as President in my lifetime, LBJ and GWB. I'm not going for another one. Come on Texans, you've got some bright, intelligent people down there with practical policies. Why do keep sending us these birds?

Is his son Ron Paul II or do we have him confused with the late, great and well respected Pope? Trust me! After February 5, it will be "Ron Paul Who?"

Posted by: NoMugwump | November 5, 2007 5:54 PM | Report abuse

I hope Ron Paul decides to run as an independent. Those that have bought and paid for the Republican party will never let him run as a Republican.

Posted by: metroman76 | November 5, 2007 5:48 PM | Report abuse

It's truely an honor to donate time and money to the most honest candidate I have ever seen in my lifetime. I am a Republican and voted for Bush (sorry U.S.A.) but recently woke up to the fact that our country is in danger of turning into a fascist state, with global bankers pulling the puppet strings.

Ron Paul is a man of integrity and cannot be bought by special interest groups. All the donations he gets are from common people, patriots who want their beloved coutry back.

Posted by: bohemianowl | November 5, 2007 5:45 PM | Report abuse

I haven't been paying much attention to Ron Paul except noticing he's the guy who gets snickered at by debate moderators. But seeing the numbers here, this is incredible.

Posted by: argonical | November 5, 2007 5:44 PM | Report abuse

You wrote:

"On the online right, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee is attracting more visitors to his Web site than the rest of the Republican field."

A quick check at Alexa shows that Ron Paul has approximately nine times the traffic that Mike Huckabee has.

http://www.alexa.com/data/details/traffic_details?site0=ronpaul2008.com&site1=mikehuckabee.com&y=r&z=3&h=300&w=610&range=3m&size=Medium&url=wikimediafoundation.org

Please correct that part of the article.

Posted by: infinitewealth | November 5, 2007 5:41 PM | Report abuse

WE ARE AT 2.6 M AND RISING!

Donate a hundred now and save thousands later on taxes you won't have to pay!

Ron Paul 2008!

Posted by: veritas81aequitas | November 5, 2007 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Your statement "On the online right, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee is attracting more visitors to his Web site than the rest of the Republican field." is not correct. Ron Paul's official site attracts far more viewers, as an Alexa search will show.

Also,on YouTube, Ron Paul has far more subscribers than all other candidates combined.

Posted by: wrightandallison | November 5, 2007 5:40 PM | Report abuse

What a boob! I guess he is less of a boob than those contributing to his hopeless try. It just shows that the people that put Bushie in office twice are still out thee.

Posted by: FedupwithPolitics | November 5, 2007 5:38 PM | Report abuse

The $1.8 million raised so far is just one Ron Paul spammer donating one dollar 1.8 million times. Just ask the MSM, they will tell you all about it.

Posted by: txpenguin | November 5, 2007 5:36 PM | Report abuse


As we on the subject of popular adult film star: I can name a few ...

Jenna Jameson adult film star, a devoted Democrat, declared her allegiance to Hillary in May 2007 (http://blog.washingtonpost.com/sleuth/2007/09/sen_specter_asks_whos_this_jen.html)

Posted by: sseedragon | November 5, 2007 5:34 PM | Report abuse

This is what it took to get Ron Paul truly on the national radar. The mainstream media are severely underestimating his political appeal and the devotion of his supporters. The best part of his campaign is that he's completely shocked by the loyalty and enthusiasm. Once people find him, their excitement is hard to contain.

He the only candidate out there that's honestly fiscally conservative and socially liberal. People with those beliefs are often mistakenly lumped together with the "moderates." Their population is growing. The other candidates need to recognize this and adjust their platforms if they want to win the general election.

The fact that's he's the only candidate that is coming across as authentic helps a lot. What ever happened to the straight talking McCain of 2000 or Obama in 2004. Supporters of those candidates in those years are increasingly becoming Paul supporters. Does anyone remember who won NH in the 2000 GOP Primary? Yeah, it was the straight talking, fiscally conservative, socially liberal Year 2000 McCain.

Posted by: trplmstrmike | November 5, 2007 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Why talk about a pro wrestler who can't even donate to Ron Paul on a day when over 20,000 everyday Americans have?

If there was any doubt that Ron Paul's support is real and growing rapidly, it should all be gone after today.

Yes, political analysts are surprised. That's because all they have been analyzing is the results of random telephone surveys of former Republican primary voters.

There's a lot of other evidence out there that Ron Paul is a serious contender -- more signs than other candidate, more volunteers (60,000 and counting), more Web traffic, larger crowds, more straw poll victories.... it's pretty much unprecedented.

Posted by: drd6000 | November 5, 2007 5:32 PM | Report abuse

I would think that someone like Bill Maher would be a more comparable celeb to Oprah and Magic than a WWE wrestler...but maybe I'm watching the wrong channels.

Posted by: e1-p3pq-fwk1-pkpm | November 5, 2007 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Excuse me Mr. Vargas, the statement is false that "His popularity in online polls has been questioned by some online observers and was the subject of a study by the University of Alabama." The study was about email spam that began after October 21, NOT about online poll popularity which has been old news since at least May. Your confusion of the two does not accord well for your ongoing coverage of Paul. It sounds like an MSM talking point to me.

Posted by: john | November 5, 2007 5:22 PM | Report abuse


Go Ron Paul!!!!!!!!!!!

I guess those spambots have money ... LOL

John

Posted by: sseedragon | November 5, 2007 5:21 PM | Report abuse

The Ron Paul Money Bomb is a Daisey Cutter.

http://www.ronpaul2008.com/

Posted by: grunk | November 5, 2007 5:20 PM | Report abuse

An outstanding effort. What is even more impressive is that his average donation is only around $50, so Paul is drawing a lot of support.

I am a career Naval officer who has been politically neutral for my entire life, but voting for Ron Paul is about voting for America and our Constitution--which I took an oath to preserve. I am now supporting Dr. Ron Paul with my wallet--and my heart.

Posted by: navymanusna | November 5, 2007 5:19 PM | Report abuse

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