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Ron Paul Beats Own Fundraising Record

In 2004, on the day John Kerry accepted the Democratic presidential nomination, the Boston senator raised $5.7 million on the Internet, the biggest online fundraising day on record.

Yesterday, Ron Paul, the Republican congressman whose rock star status on the Internet has singlehandedly fueled his campaign, broke that record, raising nearly $6 million in 24 hours.

On Nov. 5, which was Guy Fawkes Day, a symbol of rebellion in British history, Paul hauled in $4.3 million in 24 hours. And yesterday, the 234th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party, the day that helped spark the American Revolution, Paul's Web-savvy, intensely loyal supporters completed another "money-bomb," raising nearly $6 million from more than 50,000 donors, half of whom were new donors. With 14 days left in the fourth quarter, the Texas Republican has amassed more than $17.5 million.

"This is exciting. It's crazy. I can't imagine any other Republican raising this kind of money this quarter. This means Ron Paul's message is really resonating with people," Jim Forsythe, the former Air Force pilot (and former Bush supporter) who leads Paul's New Hampshire MeetUp group, told The Trail a few minutes after midnight Monday. A few hours earlier, Forsythe was one of the few speakers -- along with Rand Paul, one of the congressman's five children -- at Boston's historic Fanieul Hall, shown live on Tea Party 07.

His opposition to the Iraq war stands Paul apart from the rest of the GOP field, the "Paulites" say, and his fiscal conservativism and fiercely libertartian, live-and-let-live streak, have attracted independents, Republicans and Demoratics. Though he's yet to break into double-digits in various national and state polls, he recently placed fifth among Republicans in the recent survey by the Concord Monitor, polling ahead of former senator Fred Thompson and behind former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee. Polls aside, he's amassed arguably
the most creative group of supporters, one of whom has orchestrated the launch of the Ron Paul blimp. It's traveling around the country -- it was on South Carolina today -- and on its way to New Hamsphire for the Jan. 8 primary.

Paul's online popularity, to the surprise (and envy) of other Republican campaigns, proves to be one of the most fascinating fundraising stories of the year. He's the only candidate, Republican or Democrat, to increase his fundraising haul with every quarter, raising $640,000 in the first quarter, $2.4 million in the second, $5.1 million in the third. And more than two-thirds of the money, his aides say, has consistently come from the Internet. In what was first seen as an overly ambitious goal, aides said they needed to raise $12 million by Dec. 31 to be able to stay competitive in the early primary states. With the money raised, campaign spokesman Jesse Benton said Paul bought television spots in Iowa and New Hampshire and radio ads in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Nevada and Florida. Benton added that the campaign has attracted more than 107,000 donors this quarter, with the median contribution of about $50.

"We're in a really good position, money-wise," Benton told The Trail.

-- Jose Antonio Vargas

By Web Politics Editor  |  December 17, 2007; 1:33 AM ET
 
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I love that no one in the MSM can figure out how Ron Paul is doing it -- raising 6 million in one day. The MSM is a joke -- they feed at the same trough as all the money-grubbers in congress on both sides of the aisle, and they are desparately trying to hang onto the status quo. War is a money machine, but millions of voters are just not buying it any more. I'm a Kucinich-loving liberal but if Ron Paul wins the GOP nomination and faces Hillary/Obama/Edwards, I'll vote for Paul with pleasure -- it's nice to hear the truth for a change instead of the charade the WP and NYT call their election coverage.

Posted by: bate | December 18, 2007 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Man, there's a lot of heavy breathing around here. Gettin' kinda steamy.

Remember, Paul is still a Republican. He cannot wave a magic wand and make all the problems the Republicans created in seven short years disappear.

I'm glad he's doing some damage, though. The more divided and fractured the Repubs are before the primary, the better.

Posted by: rchrd_grace | December 18, 2007 4:15 PM | Report abuse

The People of this Nation need to wake up and start participating in the political process. The Ron Paul movement is an effort by the few to become a majority in really going back to our roots that of rule of law, constitutional principles and love of family and Nation. Also, respect and diplomacy and trade with a healthy banking system with other members of the international community. http://theusrepublic.wordpress.com

Posted by: theusrepublic | December 18, 2007 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Ron Paul has shown through years of service that he represents the vast majority of Americans. The shadow government and big money corporate interests should be concerned; their gravy train is threatened. My cynicism grew exponentially since JFK died.
Ron Paul first appeared as a glimmer of hope...and now Ron's Star shines brightly! The common people are taking notice We the People, can take back OUR Country...and by God, we will! God Bless us Everyone! Merry Christmas!

Posted by: chas23 | December 18, 2007 1:24 AM | Report abuse


Presidental Candidate Ron Paul is the ONLY TRUE VIABLE person running that can stop all the Bull S**t. He speaks to all Americans, if the Media would allow it? I am more than pleased to say that I have give money to his campaign.
The current Administration has this country on Mr. Toads Wild Ride, and W does not care where it takes US.
VOTE FOR RON PAUL for President.

with the comments of ProudPrimate, it make me wonder if he was the Aide de Camp for Lord Cornwallis?

Posted by: nalaegral | December 17, 2007 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Democrats must be Paul's largest contributors. Paul is completely out of touch with Rep voters on too many issues to be a serious contender for the nomination.

Posted by: PattiORiley | December 17, 2007 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Smokescreen! Open a window to clear your eyes! IVI is not a Roman numeral (maybe a misspelled plant?)

Ratzinger styles himself Benedictus PP XVI.

Or, as Solomon might have put it, "I gathered me also silver and gold, and the peculiar treasure of kings and of the provinces: I gat me men singers and women singers, and ratzingers" [Eccl. 2:8]

Posted by: ProudPrimate | December 17, 2007 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Glenn Beck went into conniptions over the fact that Ron Paul's first moneybomb (indirectly) honored Guy Fawkes, a notorious terrorist (unless you have heard the strong evidence he may have been a "fall guy" for then PM Robt. Cecil, 1st Lord Salisbury).

What will Beck say about the second and greater bomb launched in honor of more homegrown terrorists, Sam Adams and his band of ruffians! I can't wait.

Posted by: ProudPrimate | December 17, 2007 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Tea Party 07 Breakdown
12:00 AM 12-16-07
$11,552,000
12:06 AM 12-17-07
$18,013,742
Total raised $6,461,742
Per Hr average $269,239
Per Minute average $4,487
Biggest hour 10pm - 11pm 12-16-07
$704,749 in ONE HOUR
$11,746 Per MINUTE

Posted by: sharpsteve2003 | December 17, 2007 5:43 PM | Report abuse

"Federal Income Tax accounted for 1/3 of the total budget for 2007. If we were to cut income tax now, that would put us right around the year 2000 level budget wise. Your telling me we can't do that? That we can't run a more efficient, less intrusive government? We can do it."

On the one hand, this claim has already been debunked. [Paul fudged his numbers.] On the second hand, have you ever heard about this little thing called inflation? The same expenditure in dollars now would be about 80 cents in 2000. On the third hand (I'm a mutant), the U.S. population is larger in 2007 than in 2000. It's not like soup--you just can't thin it out. Hey, I'd love it if Congress killed the earmarks. I hope that the budget proposed by the House Dems goes through (no earmarks to meet the Bush budget restrictions). That's still playing around the margins.

Outsourcing has meant paying twice as much for contractors as for employees. The government payroll is smaller, but the cost is larger. There aren't easy solutions and if you believe there are, you've drunk some pretty strong koolaid.

"Imagine what it would be like if the FICA line went back into your pocket on payday? The economy would go crazy."

And your parents would be shacking up with you once their Social Security checks stopped. Good luck paying for their meds. I do pretty well and so do my siblings. We could afford to support our parents with the money saved. I don't think this is the case across the land. I also wouldn't want an elderly person screwed just because they don't have successful kids or won't grovel to ungrateful ones.

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | December 17, 2007 5:00 PM | Report abuse

If you find yourself on this page, take some time to read though these posts. It's not hard to figure who the kooks are. If you wonder if Dr. Ron Paul is a real candidate research his positions. I'll wager, if you understand what America ought to be, you'll agree with him more than disagree. We can take this country back, peacefully, and hand off to our children a country we can all be proud of.
We've come to a fork in the road, let's take it. (thanks Yogi)

Posted by: rickstrgzr | December 17, 2007 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Finally, a well done piece of objective reporting!! Much appreciated Mr. Vargas!

As a Ron Paul supporter, I have become extremely appalled and concerned by the major media coverage (or lack thereof) of the Ron Paul 2008 campaign thus far. Ron Paul's grassroots campaign will be the most phenomenal happening of modern American politics and deserves real journalism -objective and factual.

It could be said that Ron Paul 2008 is a presidential campaign for the people and by the people. The immense grassroots funding generated, the winning straw polls, debate winnings, throngs of supporters in the streets... logic demands that we can not believe the national polls as spun by the media regarding Ron Paul's small support base. Thousands of Americans everyday are coming to that very conclusion.

Up here in northern Alaska, the only visible candidate support on all fronts is for RON PAUL, and it is intensive! He is the candidate of choice for the majority of us Alaskans, whom like many Americans - respect the U.S. constitution and cherish our personal liberties. We embrace the creed of our founders and seek to restore our Republic as it was intended to be by demanding our representatives in Washington DC adhere to the constitution and remember that government, as guaranteed in our Republic, is to serve the needs of the people and not that we, the people, serve the needs of big government masked for elite social/political and economic world agendas. We are sick and tired of it and will no longer allow it to continue, therefore, the media should get on this stream -roller and take part in a true historic movement that is unfolding in front of our very eyes.

Thank you Washington Post for being professionals - REAL JOURNALISTS!!

Thomas A. O'Brien

Posted by: tobrien1 | December 17, 2007 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Please wake up America! This could really happen we could actually elect someone who really will do more then talk the talk. Find out about Ron Paul his position, his history, his passion and you will also feel relief to finally have a real American running for America and not his own gain. Media please take this as the real deal 6 mill in one day by mostly small donations is huge for a news day!

Posted by: pieabrosmama | December 17, 2007 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Why has there not been one word, except in literally two online publications (according to Google), about the Strasbourg Tea Party in the capital of the European Union?? The support for Dr. Paul has reached well beyond our shores! This is big!

http://europe4ronpaul.blogspot.com/2007/11/strasbourg-tea-party.html

http://ronpaul.blog.de/2007/12/16/teaparty_der_europaischen_ron_paulianer_~3451683

See for yourself.

Posted by: dcornibe | December 17, 2007 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Fishskicanoe wrote: "The Paul Cult of Personality is revealing.

We've brought up a generation of people so ignorant of their own history so as to believe the lie that they are being told, i.e. that the "Founding Fathers" all had the same vision for the United States and that one man's idiosyncratic interpretation of that vision is the Truth."

Dr. Paul understands those who brought about this great experiment did not speak with one voice but with many. The Federalists and Anti-Federalists, the royalist visions of Hamilton and the agrarian libertarianism of Jefferson.

Each of those who rebelled against the rule of England did so for their own individual personal reason spurred on by their own biases, visions, and beliefs of what they wished this new world to be.

It is not a collectivist vision that Dr. Paul seeks to recreate. Instead, it is one of allowing the individual to find their own way, their own freedom, their own liberty, and their own path. It is the ideal of individual liberty, of indiviudal freedom, and individual greatness.

It is not the coercive benevolence of either the liberals or conservatives.

It is not the nationalistic bellowings of the neo-conned.

It is not the creative turn of words that turns theft of goods into taxes.

It is individual freedom that Dr. Paul offers, and individual freedom does not speak with one voice, one mind, or one vision.

It is the conservatives, the liberals, the neo-conned, the nationalists, those who wish to create this collective that thinks and acts with only once voice and one action not Dr. Paul.

Instead of fighting over who gets to wield the tazer to get the governed to comply with the wishes of government (because after all, government is force - plain and simple, it is nothing more than brutal force), Dr. Paul wants to give the governed the ability to govern themselves.

After all, one of those Founding Fathers wrote, "but when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security."

Posted by: SandPanda | December 17, 2007 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Concerning Dr Paul, DrDetroit wrote, "I get a strange insincere vibe from this guy."

I don't. He strikes me as someone of high integrity. I get the strange insincere vibe from any and all of the other leading candidates.

It would be interesting to know what the mothers of the 4,000 babies whom he has delivered think about his sincerity, professionalism, and compassion.

I don't have an answer to your other comment about popularity vs electoral candidacy. Not sure what you were aiming at. I know screwball things happen between popular vote and electoral college voting. I am content to sit in the stands as if I were at the horsetrack rooting on my favorite.

I see RP as Seabiscuit, and you name the other candidate as War Admiral. I have already placed my $2 bet. The ticket window closes the day before the first primary or causcas occurs. No bets on place or show horses taken.

Thanks for your question, I answered it the best I could.

Posted by: Scrooge | December 17, 2007 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Vargas wrote a fair article concerning a kind Patriotic American running for President. I have followed Ron Paul since his beginning in Congress and it is clear he cannot be bought. There are few in Congress with this ethic. I sat up late last night here in Germany, where I work with the US Army, watching the money bomb being dropped on Ron's campaign. When I woke this morning the twelve million they requested stood at eighteen million plus some change. He tells us why one Euro cost a dollar thirty six and vows to bring our troops home from this unconstitutional war. Believe me when I tell you Dr. Paul will have the Military vote. We Americans are not cowards, we just love our Constitution. Many of us look forward to the day when we will guard our borders, keep our hard earned money for ourselves, helping other Americans in need, trading with countries around the world, printing our own currency and letting each state decide what's good for them. The few things I have mentioned could save trillions. My answer to people who would say "DO YOU LIKE YOUR JOB!!!" is "YOU COULD PAY ME THE MONEY YOU ARE PAYING ME NOW FOR SELLING ICE CREAM AND MAKING OUR CHILDREN HAPPY WITH THE MONEY WE SAVE." Now that my friends is a vision for the future of a friendly great nation. Lead by example not force. GO RON!!!!!

Posted by: jimhixster | December 17, 2007 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Those of you who have questions or concerns about Ron Paul should take the time to read his latest book "A Foreign Policy of Freedom". It is essentially a record of his congressional foreign policy speeches from his first term in congress in the 1970's to current. He was right then, he is right now, and his public record of the last 30 years proves that he alone has the answers to prevent the further slide of America into a second rate 'superpower'. The conservative Republicans' declared crusade to spread American freedom and values throughout the world is misguided and dangerous to our countries very existance.

Posted by: bflagg | December 17, 2007 2:21 PM | Report abuse

New Jersey and Pennsylvania Ron Paul supporters join our forum at http://www.pennjersey.info/forums/

we have kool polls, who do you supoort for President and my favorite, worst President ever, guess who is winning? lol.
http://www.pennjersey.info/forums/showthread.php?t=201

Posted by: njriverman | December 17, 2007 2:18 PM | Report abuse

rahaha: if you knew anything about Ron Paul,you would not be calling him a racist. It goes against everything he has been saying for 30 years. Even when racism was in fashion, he was not a racist, unlike some of our recent Republican senators.

I guess people from Virginia know a bit about racist senators though.


Posted by: wp1123 | December 17, 2007 2:00 PM | Report abuse

thecrisis: "I think it's funny that so many people are throwing their money at Paul. If he's elected president, will he fly a "United States is awesome!" blimp over Iran? Sounds like a useful expense."

Your blabbering like an idiot. Fly a blimp over Iran, what does that even mean? Some people just need to be hit really hard with a clue bat.

Posted by: wp1123 | December 17, 2007 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Don't trust anyone 100%, including Ron Paul or his supporters.

I think it's funny that so many people are throwing their money at Paul. If he's elected president, will he fly a "United States is awesome!" blimp over Iran? Sounds like a useful expense.

Posted by: thecrisis | December 17, 2007 1:09 PM | Report abuse

I love it. I love that Ron Paul raises more than $6 million in one day, and all the haters can throw at us is, "Ron Paul is a nut, he's kooky." Then when you ask them exactly what they disagree with, you find out they haven't the foggiest notion what Ron Paul says or does.

Think for yourself, don't trust anyone 100%.

Posted by: goneresistance | December 17, 2007 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Right on Ron Paul. Speak on it. Ron Paul peeps, do not let the republicans throw the constitution away right underneath your noses. This is an illegal war. And we will be paying for it for the rest of our lives. F. THAT.

Posted by: jessi_lc | December 17, 2007 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Sorry above, Smokescreen is exactly what Ron Paul is! Kool-Aid's alive and well. Is he a Pope (with apologies to Benedict IVI), a quack, a what? Said it before, say it again. A cadaver in search of hole. Say goodnight Ron.

Posted by: Smokescreen | December 17, 2007 12:28 PM | Report abuse

The TV pundents and people in Washington treat this campaign as if it were a joke. This support is real and coming directly from the average American citizen, but they are saying we don't count. I don't need a hyped up, contrived or down right crooked and misleading poll attempting to influence me. A revelation--Politics in America is borderline or out right criminal.

Posted by: notabeliever | December 17, 2007 12:12 PM | Report abuse

I AGREE 90% OF TIME WITH RON PAUL, AND I TRUST HIM, BUT I STILL HAVE TO WAIT OUT AND SEE HOW LONG HE CAN FLOAT. IT'S STRANGE THAT HE HAS SO MANY MONEY DONATIONS, BUT I HARDLY SEE ANY ADVERTISING AND ON TOP OF THAT HE'S STRUGLING IN POLLS, JUST STRANGE. OVERALL HE'S GOOD SO FAR, JUST MISSING SOME KEY DETAILS. GOOD LUCK DR. PAUL.

Posted by: BOBSTERII | December 17, 2007 12:05 PM | Report abuse

"Paul hauled in $4.3 million in 24 hours -- the most money raised online by a candidate in a single day."

Didn't Hillary raise over $6 million in a single day back in January?
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I think it was only 2 million after she returned all the illegal contributions.

Go Ron Paul. A TRUE American hero.

Posted by: eco-pharm | December 17, 2007 11:53 AM | Report abuse

What a shame! All that money down the drain!

What will these Paul supporters do when they see their candidate getting no more than 5% of the vote in most primary states?

Will they donate just as much to a viable candidate or sulk off into obscurity?

Posted by: hiltonheadman2k | December 17, 2007 11:37 AM | Report abuse

"...proves to be one of the most fascinating fundraising stories of the year."

He will prove to be one of the most fascinating stories of the year. There is still time, for the Washington Post to be the first MSM outlet to declare that Ron Paul not only has a shot, but his chances are getting better and better everyday. Go ahead and predict that he will win the nomination.

Posted by: fitzonetj | December 17, 2007 11:36 AM | Report abuse

You stupid tin foil hat wearing 'tards how can you vote for this guy when he is such a nut I know he is a nut because they telded me on TV! crazy wing nuts! an anyway you votes won't be counted correctly anyways so you should all vote for a former american like mc cane of a slavering mob boss like rudy if you want your vote counted by Israel.

Posted by: kipathan | December 17, 2007 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Kevinschmidt - you are wrong about RP and impeaching Cheney - Here is RP's direct statement on the matter, and why he didnt support Kucinich's bill.

Its a few paragraphs so here is a link to it:

http://ronpaullibrary.org/document.php?id=976

And as for me - I agree with Joe Biden, the only thing I like about Kucinich is his wife.

Posted by: hannibal81 | December 17, 2007 11:28 AM | Report abuse

For those of us in D.C. who attended our Meetup group's "Tea Party" at Garrett's on Sunday, we could feel the sincerity of our support. If that intensity is reflected in meetup groups across the country, then Ron Paul has already won. Kudos to David Weigel of www.Reason.com for covering our Tea Party at their "Hit and Run" blog (the best blog in the world), and thanks to wwww.RonPaulRadio.com for live broadcasting the historic day. We beat John Kerry's one day fundraising record by over a million. Finally, I welcome comments at my blog, www.CommonInterest.info.

Posted by: cfroh | December 17, 2007 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Federal Income Tax accounted for 1/3 of the total budget for 2007. If we were to cut income tax now, that would put us right around the year 2000 level budget wise. Your telling me we can't do that? That we can't run a more efficient, less intrusive government? We can do it.

Imagine what it would be like if the FICA line went back into your pocket on payday? The economy would go crazy.

I want everyone to get out your pay stubs, your bills, your gas/food receipts and start adding up the taxes,the fees, the duties, you pay. Its disgusting.

Ron Paul might not be able to win, I don't know, I hope he does. But, he has my vote because even if I vote for Hillary and she wins, I still lose, and so do you.


Posted by: wp1123 | December 17, 2007 11:26 AM | Report abuse

I suggest that anyone who is afraid of Ron Paul's ideas should read, "Escape From Freedom" by Eric Fromm.
Big Gov't as Big Daddy is leading from Fascism to Totaliarianism.
I dare you to deny the Takeover of the U.S. by Big Corporations controlling Big Gov't.

Posted by: fobo | December 17, 2007 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Your moniker of Smokescreen is a textbook example of a "Freudian Slip."
Enjoy your Bliss.

Posted by: fobo | December 17, 2007 10:52 AM | Report abuse

The Media-Fascists dictate to the citizen-sheep who the "so-called" Candidates will be; all the while, refusing to recognize any Candidate that talks about the real issues and real solutions: Candidates such as Ron Paul, Gravel, Kucinich and even Edwards (they're greatest nightmare).

Posted by: fobo | December 17, 2007 10:42 AM | Report abuse

As others have noted here, kudos to The Washington Post for providing some fair coverage of Ron Paul. Cynics may question their motives, but I say "thank you."

As a disenchanted registered independent, Ron Paul captures my imagination. In 2000 I voted for "compassionate conservatism" and "strict constructionism" and got neither. In 2004 what choice was I offered? So Ron Paul appeals to me.

But now that I am following his campaign (and have contributed), I am aware of acute media bias against him. Fred Thompson, Tom Tancredo and their ilk get far more coverage, and I have to search repeatedly to find recent news on Dr. Paul at most "news" sites. So now I'm fired up (even angry) and ready to get involved in his campaign, something I never thought I would do.

Oh yes, by the way, I am a 53 year old hi-tech professional who doesn't have a landline.

Posted by: caine.obrien | December 17, 2007 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Ron Paul's fundraising and public support continue to grow. He can win the GOP nomination.

President Ron Paul - Could He Really Win?

Learn how outside economic and foreign policy events just might elect Ron Paul.
http://www.ronaldholland.com/presidentronpaul.htm is a two part article on how current events outside the political process could elect Ron Paul as President.

Posted by: ronholland | December 17, 2007 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Living proof that fools and their money are still easily parted.

Posted by: Smokescreen | December 17, 2007 10:22 AM | Report abuse

WP,

You forgot to put a huge picture of Hillary on the front page this morning. I am sure that this was an oversight and you will have her back tomorrow.

Posted by: davidholt | December 17, 2007 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Jose,
I'd like to second tess101's comment in commending you and the Washington Post. Some of the major print/online publications like yours have been very balanced in reporting on the candidates.
Others have been lazy at best.. and yellow journalists at worst. The broadcast media has been very spotty, but ABC, CNN, and PBS have been at the forefront of giving the candidates more balanced and in-depth coverage that actually involves legwork and interview air time, not just picking and choosing from wire reports or putting the least-senior reporters on the story.
Thank you for covering a lot of ground with this report.

Posted by: thirty3na3rd | December 17, 2007 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Ron Paul is a racist and an Anti Semite. Read this great Article where this guy Gaurav Bhola makes a case against Ron Paul.

GimmieTheScoop.com

http://www.gimmiethescoop.com/index.php/news-politics/presidential-election-and-election-coverage-2008-ron-paul-racist-anti-semite/

http://www.gimmiethescoop.com/

Posted by: rahaha | December 17, 2007 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Comment from a non-Paul supporter:

I have to say that his candidacy has been one of the most fascinating to watch in awhile. The first hint I had was in listening to C-Span radio every morning on the way to work. Virtually every morning, there would be someone calling in favor of Dr. Paul. The commentators were initially dismissive, much less so as time has gone by. This is going to be very interesting.

Regarding the criticism of the media, a candidate is going to get press only if they are well-known, poll well, or are winning the money primary. It's nothing personal or political. Paul was doing none of the three and so got no more attention than Gilmore or Gravel. Indeed, the early press was similar for Gravel and Paul. Gravel isn't even invited to debates anymore; Paul is now on center stage.

Good luck with your candidate. The fundies have Huckabee. Libertarians have their first serious candidate. So, I figure it's those two vs. the survivor of Romney, McCain, and Guiliani. Split convention anyone?

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | December 17, 2007 9:31 AM | Report abuse

For awhile I kept wondering why does every article about Ron Paul seem dismissive about his support being based on-line. Then I realized that the people on-line weren't plugged into the Main Stream Media quite as much as others. Perhaps it goes to show how much the MSM can lead people in whatever direction by choosing what they will report on and what angles they choose to portray it.

The INTERNET, it has MSM as well as alternative news outlets too. It is the free flow of information and ideas that mankind has always needed. I love it! It is FREEDOM. No wonder Ron Paul wants to protect it and preserve it, while the others want to make any excuse to regulate it.

You can't regulate Freedom? Use that as a moral compass.

Posted by: aesclepius138 | December 17, 2007 8:51 AM | Report abuse

I see a few endless-warmongering neocons (like Dr Detroit) have recovered just enuff from the money bomb shock to post their disinfo. But over 90% of the posts are strongly supportive of the good doctor. And he is going to win!

Posted by: qualquan | December 17, 2007 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Ron Paul is a fake. Just look at his voting record. Don't listen to what he says.

In over 75% of the time he voted with the enabling Republicans to support the worst administration in history.

Worst of all, Ron Paul refuses to support Dennis Kucinich's bill to impeach dick Cheney.

Face it, only Dennis Kucinich has a life long record of fighting for WE THE PEOPLE over the corporatocracy, while Ron Paul is just a lot of hot air.

www.Dennis4President.com

Posted by: kevinschmidt | December 17, 2007 7:58 AM | Report abuse

Something is very wrong when a man, namely Ron Paul has so much support for the right reasons and he still gets no fair-shake by the media. What is it that the media likes about perpetual wars for Israel, for a less sovereign U.S.A., for the North American Union and the United States Constitution. DEAR RON PAUL supporters: YOU are in this for the right reason.. that includes me.. now is our time to stand at intersections with placards and whatever you want to PROCLAIM the message and re-claim the former 'great' USA. www theradioavenger com is where truth flows.

Posted by: abroadventure | December 17, 2007 7:29 AM | Report abuse

Sr. Vargas, eres un hombre bueno.

Posted by: queleche | December 17, 2007 7:28 AM | Report abuse

WP- Why isn't this on the front page?
The Graham political agenda is transparent and tedious.

Posted by: grannymiller | December 17, 2007 7:19 AM | Report abuse

Isn't part of the oath "...to protect and defend the Constitution..."
It will be refreshing to have a person in the White House who will actually uphold that promise.

Posted by: beau69cephus | December 17, 2007 7:06 AM | Report abuse

It's simply more evidence in support of the estimate that 20% of Americans are mentally unbalanced.

Posted by: pali2500 | December 17, 2007 6:28 AM | Report abuse

You know that if Mr. Spock was running the donors would have coughed up twice as much.

Posted by: nosubstituteforvictory | December 17, 2007 6:17 AM | Report abuse

Republicans get their own Howard Dean now. Don't be disappointed when the $ doesn't convert into votes.

Posted by: wideblacksky | December 17, 2007 6:10 AM | Report abuse

SCrooge

how on earth do you fathom a candidates popularity affects their electoral candidacy ?

Posted by: DrDetroit | December 17, 2007 5:09 AM | Report abuse

bowenj10: "Please don't compare Paul to Lincoln. Lincoln was easily one of the worst presidents that this country has ever had. While FDR, Wilson, and Bush Jr. are almost equally atrocious, Lincoln takes the cake. I know that you mean well by comparing Paul to the school-yard fantasy version of Lincoln, but your comparison couldn't be further from the truth."

Please add specifics so I better understand your criticism. If you knock Lincoln because of damage to states' rights I accept that. His action to hold the union intact over a division about individual rights damaged states rights in the process. It took us 76 years to deal with slavery, it doesn't surprise me that damage to states rights has persisted for 143 years. It may be poetic justice that a Republican Paul will clean up states rights mess created by Republican Lincoln.

This is all conjecture on my part as you were not detailed in your criticism other than to disparagingly lump Honest Abe in with other names.

Honest Abe won in 1860, Honest Ron wins in 2008.

Lincoln was a self educated lawyer. Does it bother you that Paul is a self educated economist although he was good enough to represent the Ludwig Mises Institute in a debate against a Fed Bank President?

Posted by: Scrooge | December 17, 2007 4:04 AM | Report abuse

I was 'ok' with Ron Paul until I saw him on c-span recently.

He was going off on fiat money, and that people can trade cigarettes and chocolate if they want.

I find the idea of removing paper money from society beyond the reach of any 'administration' - the world is using it too.

This makes Paul tragically unrealistic, and I have to stop and wonder, gee, Ross Perot was a distraction fly paper candidate.... Is it possible Ron Paul is a creation of Karl Rove ? to take the votes of the youth ?

and for the most part - extinguish them ?

I even wonder now about the money he's raising... Really, in principle can he use money to fund a campaign that's anti-money ?

Paul doesn't come across anymore to me as sincere.

He seems disconnected from this supporters - in live person. He continually affirms legally "well, that's good, that's something YOUR doing, not me, and you're more than welcome to run a billboard on highway X with my name if you want"

The kids in this nation - 18 to 25 let's say - don't quite realize how unrealistic his ideals are.

There is simply NO way income tax would just go away- that's the tip of the iceberg. There is simply NO way ANY US presidential candidate can change the world's choice to use US paper money.

No way.

think of all the organized crime !they'd go - what ? no more Benjiman's ?

Uh uh, I'm guessing Paul is a Rove creation to suck votes away from a REAL candidate.

Sorry ron, go practice medicine, you seem to be off the looney bin OR beind paid an aweful lot to decieve people.

I get a strange insincere vibe from this guy.

Why is he so distant from his supporters ? It's as if he's SURPRISED he's got so much support.

Paper Money ? gone ? er, this election is going to be another Perot scam.

Posted by: DrDetroit | December 17, 2007 3:53 AM | Report abuse

DrDetroit wrote,
"I find the idea of removing paper money from society beyond the reach of any 'administration' - the world is using it too."

Paper money is already gone. I pay bills and buy merchandise by sending a string of 0's and 1's over the internet.

The economy is really a game (think of Monopoly game) and the rules of all games can be changed to improve the quality of play. We do it in sports frequently.

Go to http://dyn.politico.com/members/forums/thread.cfm?catid=2&subcatid=30&threadid=234703 to see a thought experiment you can do yourself with the rules of the Monopoly board game. Play the game according to the revised rules and you will understand that the real economy's rules related to the Fed can be changed to improve the quality of the economy. Try it yourself. Don't just take my word for it. And when you do I think you will confidently vote for Ron Paul. The laws on the Federal Reserve are 95 years old. We sure still aren't playing football, baseball, and basketball with 95 year old rules.

We are long overdue for a revamp of our economy's rules.

Thanks for your comment which prompted my reply.

Posted by: Scrooge | December 17, 2007 3:46 AM | Report abuse

I find it interesting when people challenge Ron Paul's economic stances, while really having no idea what he's saying. The man has written two books and a number of articles on the subject... and it seems as if none of his serious critics have read them before challenging his ideas as "looney." He learned from the Austrian economic giants, namely Ludwig Von Mises and F.A. Hayek (and before slighting them as well, don't forget that Hayek was a Nobel Laureate).

I'm not going to go into a point-by-point attack on DrDetroit's post, but I do wish to point out that the idea of sound money is not a crazy idea... and we've gone off and back on sound money before. To say that it is impossible to reinstate sound money is 1) unknowable, and 2) still ignores the problem posed by paper currency (namely, the rapid devaluation of the dollar, and destabilization of the price system), all stuff that Dr. Paul, as well as his mentors in the Austrian School of Economics, point out in great detail.

Posted by: g33k_17 | December 17, 2007 3:29 AM | Report abuse

I was 'ok' with Ron Paul until I saw him on c-span recently.

He was going off on fiat money, and that people can trade cigarettes and chocolate if they want.

I find the idea of removing paper money from society beyond the reach of any 'administration' - the world is using it too.

This makes Paul tragically unrealistic, and I have to stop and wonder, gee, Ross Perot was a distraction fly paper candidate.... Is it possible Ron Paul is a creation of Karl Rove ? to take the votes of the youth ?

and for the most part - extinguish them ?

I even wonder now about the money he's raising... Really, in principle can he use money to fund a campaign that's anti-money ?

Paul doesn't come across anymore to me as sincere.

He seems disconnected from this supporters - in live person. He continually affirms legally "well, that's good, that's something YOUR doing, not me, and you're more than welcome to run a billboard on highway X with my name if you want"

The kids in this nation - 18 to 25 let's say - don't quite realize how unrealistic his ideals are.

There is simply NO way income tax would just go away- that's the tip of the iceberg. There is simply NO way ANY US presidential candidate can change the world's choice to use US paper money.

No way.

think of all the organized crime !they'd go - what ? no more Benjiman's ?

Uh uh, I'm guessing Paul is a Rove creation to suck votes away from a REAL candidate.

Sorry ron, go practice medicine, you seem to be off the looney bin OR beind paid an aweful lot to decieve people.

I get a strange insincere vibe from this guy.

Why is he so distant from his supporters ? It's as if he's SURPRISED he's got so much support.

Paper Money ? gone ? er, this election is going to be another Perot scam.

Posted by: DrDetroit | December 17, 2007 3:03 AM | Report abuse

Thank you Washington Post for publishing this article!

Next money bomb: December 31, 2007, New Years Eve. Visit the website here: http://donate2008.org/ There is also a possibility of the Ron Paul blimp flying over Times Square in New York on New Years Eve!

In Freedom & Liberty,
Ryan Brennan
http://www.ThirdPartyNews.net

Posted by: info | December 17, 2007 2:58 AM | Report abuse

Scrooge,

Please don't compare Paul to Lincoln. Lincoln was easily one of the worst presidents that this country has ever had. While FDR, Wilson, and Bush Jr. are almost equally atrocious, Lincoln takes the cake. I know that you mean well by comparing Paul to the school-yard fantasy version of Lincoln, but your comparison couldn't be further from the truth.

keithwright1,

The points that you bring up must be put into perspective. While he has said that he would like do away with abortion altogether (aside from those instances where it's medically necessary), his political position is totally consistent with his political beliefs. There would be nothing stopping you or anyone from lobbying your state legislature to legalize it. As for the rights of anyone to get married, he has repeatedly stated that he is in favor of everyone's rights to get married but that he doesn't want the federal government getting involved. Again, he'd rather this be left to the states, where it belongs. As for gun rights, that is a far more tricky subject. But again, I am in his corner on this one. One has to realize that the original intent of the second amendment was not to allow people to own guns for protection or for hunting. It was to meant to protect the people from the government and from invading forces. Unlike Hamilton, Madison and Webster did not trust that a government or military could adequately protect the freedoms of the individual. If you look at the debates that occurred, I think you'll find that, while Hamilton knew more about economics and big government, Madison and Webster knew more about liberalism. The question is, which concepts do you value more?

Posted by: bowenj10 | December 17, 2007 2:49 AM | Report abuse

Wake up Republican Party. Ron Paul is here to stay, he is the only candidate that, by example, believes and votes consistant with our Founding Fathers agenda.

The other Republican candidates and all of the Democratic candidates offer us more of the "same old stuff" that has made our country weaker and less respected by the world.

We need CHANGE and we need it NOW, only Ron Paul offers us that, so GO RON.

Posted by: davidholewinski | December 17, 2007 2:43 AM | Report abuse

It's a shame he has to run under the Republican ticket. He's not a Republican. I don't want someone of his caliber confused with the incompetent lot of neocons.

Posted by: djdominus | December 17, 2007 2:39 AM | Report abuse

The over 6 million dollars and counting was raised on 12/16/07 outside of Ron Paul's campaign - they did not manage nor did they pay any money to promote this fundraising(!)

There are NO special interest groups involved here, just citizens.

Since the funds were not solicited via phone calls, these are not "pledges" - this is cash money. Pay attention when comparisons are made to pledge drives.

Polls reflect an older generation who generally stay home, close to their land lines (and are willing to take the calls!) Most of us work and commute 50-70 hours per week and use cell phones exclusively.

Huckabee doesn't believe in evolution - how's that for progress?

Since Ron Paul won't play to corporate interests and doesn't ever plan to be influenced by lobbyists, the corporate-owned media are terrified of him.

Posted by: natgnou | December 17, 2007 2:34 AM | Report abuse

An even louder salvo of the shout heard around he world,

"Gentlemen, your reality is based on lies and balderdash, and we are happy to say we grasp none of it. Elect Ron Paul!"

Time to reload for a third salvo!

We have a multi-round magazine full of money bombs at our ready.

Since the dollar is plummeting in value a good way to fund the broadsides is to fudge your deductions upwards at tax time. If the Fed can print money out of thin air than so can We the People!

It's called fighting fire with fire. A common strategy in the West to control forest fires.

We the People are not only the owners of the government, we are the engines of the economy, not the Fed. The rules of the board game Monopoly can be tweaked if you are creative, and so can the rules of our economy because We the People make the rules!

Posted by: Scrooge | December 17, 2007 2:22 AM | Report abuse

Brief Overview of Congressman Paul's Record:

He has never voted to raise taxes.
He has never voted for an unbalanced budget.
He has never voted for a federal restriction on gun ownership.
He has never voted to raise congressional pay.
He has never taken a government-paid junket.
He has never voted to increase the power of the executive branch.

He voted against the Patriot Act.
He voted against regulating the Internet.
He voted against the Iraq war.

He does not participate in the lucrative congressional pension program.
He returns a portion of his annual congressional office budget to the U.S. treasury every year.

Congressman Paul introduces numerous pieces of substantive legislation each year, probably more than any single member of Congress.

Posted by: jeff111 | December 17, 2007 2:19 AM | Report abuse

Switzerland supports RON PAUL.
He will have surpassed the 20 Mio $ by Christmas Eve!!

PEACE for the world and sound money policy.
Let's get rid of the dirty FED.
Noone has dared since 1913!

Posted by: HOPE-FOR-AMERICA | December 17, 2007 1:56 AM | Report abuse

Oh yeh this is important so important that I gave my last money to this. I am helping my brother who has cancer and cannot work so this is tough. Let me tell you Cancer drugs are expensive. this is another reason to donate. Dr. Paul will help with the health care system. I am in it we need an overhaul in order to help the sick/poor/dying. This past 8 year nightmare has made it so that unless you were an elitist insider that was willing to eat your young at birth, you would not get ahead.
Cheney must me choking over our good fortune.

Posted by: boxrocker | December 17, 2007 1:50 AM | Report abuse

I've been watching the Ron Paul sites and graphs all day after making my 100 dollar donation. Like most Paul supporters (averaging $100 + per)I can show my support 21 more "money bomb" days, and intend to do so. This isn't a fad that will pass. It's a movement the likes of which has never been seen before, and never needed so much. Tears came to my eyes more than once, with pride, to see the outpouring of patriotism. Hillary may have raised 6 mil. in one day, but I bet she maxed out many contributers. Ron Pauls support is wide and deep. Stay tuned for more of the "Ron Paul revolution". Ron Paul in "08"

Posted by: rickstrgzr | December 17, 2007 1:45 AM | Report abuse

The names 'Republican' and 'Democrat' are largely meaningless and don't stand for anything but their corporate backers funding their expensive media buys over the once public airwaves.

There are only two candidates who are pro-Constitution and anti-wars: Dennis Kucinich and Ron Paul. I like them both.

The rest of the Republicans are loonier than Bush and Cheney (and Ghouliani would make this Bush debacle look comparatively good), and the rest of the Democrats are pretty good, but largely the same.

The difference between these guys (Paul and Kucinich) and Ross Perot or John Anderson is that they are running through the party brands. The similarity (1980 and 1992 elections) is that the nation is hungry for change and alternatives based on principle and 'we the people.'

The MSM is trying to box Paul and Kucinich in as fringe crazies, but they make sense, and they are good speakers with principles and bold convictions backing them. Money talks and BS is going to walk or follow.

Posted by: jaredg | December 17, 2007 1:43 AM | Report abuse

Others may have hauled in money . big money on 24 hours. That was from very wealthy bilderburg types " Rickifella ... Rocky feller" who ever types. This is a mandate this is everday poor Americans scraping the bottom of the barrel to give chane and what not. We get $6,000,000.00+ . This is the a nail in the coffin of the you know fascist neo-cons or neo-khans/huns/hords/tools. Tim Russert will choke when he sees this!

Posted by: boxrocker | December 17, 2007 1:42 AM | Report abuse

I'm a Democrat who just changed my party affiliation to Republican to vote in the Florida primary for Dr. Ron Paul.

This man brings passion back to politics - the passion of an America dream that our founding fathers put in place.

I could not be more proud to be a Ron Paul supporter and a meetup participant and part of the Ron Paul Revolution. I have purchased hand bills, yard signs, and bumper stickers to hand out and have gone to events to do so. I've also donated to keep the Ron Paul Blimp floating. I've also donated at all three recent money bomb events.

This is what a Ron Paul supporter does, and I do it proudly.

I look forward to Ron Paul as our next President!

Posted by: cbarata | December 17, 2007 1:38 AM | Report abuse

TO THE ARMY ... WE ARE SMART, WE ARE STRONG, WE ARE TRUE PATRIOTIC AMERICANS. We must ride this momentum the the upcoming primaries and kick ass!!

Six mil.+ /24 hrs. WE RULE!!!!!!!!!!! I cannot wait to hear the talking tools on the air tomarrow. It will be funny. Hold your bellies get ready to laugh. If nec. do that thing you do.

a soldier

Posted by: boxrocker | December 17, 2007 1:35 AM | Report abuse

I wish he would truly believe in freedom...

1) He doesn't believe in reproductive rights for women

2) He doesn't believe everyone has the right to be married. Isn't this about the pursuit of happiness?

3) He is pro-gun. Guns should be for the militia...we will see what the Supreme Court has to say..wont we?

Everything else I right there with him...and I'm straight by the way.

Posted by: keithwright1 | December 17, 2007 1:34 AM | Report abuse

Guys I am not even an american..I donated today.I even dont have the voting rights. But I see a leader after a long time in america who understands whats going on in the world. I dont even know whether he wins or not..but what matters is whether he understands the world and care about people living here. All the remaining politicians are just liars.

Posted by: kittoo | December 17, 2007 1:30 AM | Report abuse

Let this day mark the beginning of operation vote-swarm.

How can anyone seriously even ask the question "Will Ron Paul donors become Ron Paul voters?" Shouldn't the question be "Where are the 20% of 'real' Republicans who are supporting Frudy McRompson?" Fred couldn't get more that 100 people to donate on 'Fredsgiving day' and I am willing to bet that while Huckabee may do better, he won't be anywhere near Dr. Paul, on his fundraising day.

The Plain Old Telephone Surveys (POTS) are totally missing the picture, and it's going to be another "Dewey defeats Truman" moment (In that race also, a minority had landline telephone service) POTS are the *only* measure that shows Dr. Paul at the bottom. It is due to cellphone bias, and "likely voter" bias in the questioning.

*Every other* indicator of support shows him leading or in the top 2:
+ Straw polls, (unless someone pays for their supporters to vote multiple times, as Mr. Romney did or Dr. Paul's delegates are unfairly excluded, as in TX.)
+ Text message polls (no multiple voting allowed)
+ Fundraising (real people with real money)
+ Web traffic (lots of unique IP addresses)
+ Google search results (more unique IPs)
+ Facebook (real students)
+ Myspace friends (real people)
+ Youtube views (Even more than Obama)
+ Number of real people at rallies (even Rudy Giuliani noticed it and mentioned it to Ron Paul after one of the debates.)
+ Bumper stickers (Do you even see any others, aside from the occasional Obama?)
+ Yard signs (including lots of handmade ones)
+ Committed delegates (WV)
+ Signatures on nominating petitions (VA)
+ People showing up at GOP meetings (WI)

Do not be fooled by those who trot out the POTS and tell you that the support isn't "real." It's the POTS numbers that are not really about support, but about name recognition.

$18 million dollars is very real. The fact that it is all coming from regular voters in $100 increments should be telling you that Ron Paul will have a lot of voters at the IA caucii on Jan 3rd.

In most precincts, one only needs to show up with 12 people to totally dominate.

Posted by: demonrats | December 17, 2007 1:29 AM | Report abuse

Americans love country, but love freedom and liberty even more. Ron Paul, take America back from anyone that wants to discard the freedoms and liberties that made America great. Washington can think they understand the people, but now they are really finding out. This is the greatest focus group in the nation. The PEOPLE! Pay attention Washington or they may not let you eat cake.

Posted by: dperano | December 17, 2007 1:23 AM | Report abuse

Jose, thanks for writing these great (and fair!) articles about Ron Paul. I saw you get interviewed on C-SPAN awhile back by Steve Scully and was impressed. I know I can count on Washington Post to deliver great news on Ron Paul because of you!

By the way, it felt amazing to donate even more money to Ron Paul on this historic day. I think this is like my 10th time or something. Ron Paul is just the bomb, in the parlance of our times.

Colleen

Posted by: colleenryor | December 17, 2007 12:59 AM | Report abuse

Oh, by the way. Jose Antonio Vargas is a good man.

Posted by: jdadson | December 17, 2007 12:58 AM | Report abuse

The other fact that is so amazing is that Ron Paul's donations come from regular people, not from special interest groups.


We the People are tired of being lied to, tired of the system making the rich richer, at the expense of the middle class.

We don't want your NAFTA type agreements any more, which aren't really "fre trade" but benefit Big multi-national corporations. We are tired of how our government leaves our borders wide open whle protecting Iraqs.

I could go on and on.....

Posted by: bohemianowl | December 17, 2007 12:50 AM | Report abuse

Hillary's 6.2 million included pledges. Ron Paul has the largest single day CASH donation - online or otherwise - in history.

Posted by: pukurdpo | December 17, 2007 12:49 AM | Report abuse

Is there a doctor in the House? YOU BET THERE IS.

Posted by: Fazsha | December 17, 2007 12:42 AM | Report abuse

Hillary got 6 million and change in pledges on one day, but half of them flaked out. Edwards got 5.7 in one day, but that was after the convention, when big contributers could give a second 2300 under the McCain-Feingold law.

I think when the dust settled, today's credit card total was bigger than either of those anyway. The widget started subtracting numbers occasionally in the last hour. Probably a bug. We'll get a full accounting soon enough.

Posted by: jdadson | December 17, 2007 12:40 AM | Report abuse

The polls are hopelessly flawed at present.

They are failing to account for motivation.

Apathy is an aberration, not the rule.

Posted by: Patrick_OConnor52 | December 17, 2007 12:39 AM | Report abuse

People are sick-and-tired of the same-old song-and-dance from their presidents. See the YouTube music video satire on the president, the MSM, and the War on Terror, from the award-winning feature film, "song of the Dead." The filmmaker is giving a share of his profits to the Ron Paul campaign.
http://youtube.com/watch?v=qQmkkoxSKYw

Posted by: mketcher | December 17, 2007 12:37 AM | Report abuse

charleswt_tx: "Didn't Hillary raise over $6 million in a single day back in January?"

If I understand correctly, Hillary's take was disputable and/or poorly documented. But it's a moot point, Ron Paul beat that record anyway with around $6.4 for the day.

Posted by: mitch | December 17, 2007 12:33 AM | Report abuse

I am proud to be one of the tens of thousands of Americans who donated money to Dr. Paul because we want the Constitution to be followed by our elected officials.

God bless Ron Paul and his message of freedom! It is the message of true American patriots.

Posted by: aoxomoxoa_9 | December 17, 2007 12:32 AM | Report abuse

The Huckster's sudden rise to prominence in the polls is highly suspect. Although he pulled a few good one-liners in the debates (2, so far) it is extremely unlikely that they gave him this much of a tailwind. His sudden polling success is reminiscent of that of another former governor of Arkansas-turned-president, and of Jimmy Carter. Both were CFR darlings.

Huckabee's problem is this: He has no money, and polls don't decide elections. Maybe hackable voting machines will - in which case he still has a chance. Otherwise, with the palpable level of the nation's disgust with cookie-utter politics, don't hold your breath if Huck is your man. He is indistinguishable from the media-enforced political norm and incapable of beating any Democrat front runner.

Posted by: awallenwein | December 17, 2007 12:25 AM | Report abuse

It is impossible for the media and the GOP to ignore this gentleman any longer. No politician has never had more people donate to them, ever. To my fellow republicans out there, here is the only one who can beat the democrats and the reason is twofold really:IRAQ and our ECONOMY, and he is the only one that does not have blood on his hands and talks sensibly about reigning in our bankrupt empire.....

Posted by: mgtampa | December 17, 2007 12:21 AM | Report abuse

Ron Paul is the only candidate who will immediately end this war and restore the constitution and protect the second amendment.

It's simple really.

$6M in one day is mind-boggling. People are starving for man with true integrity who is an advocate for civil rights. God bless Ron Paul.

Posted by: peter3 | December 17, 2007 12:20 AM | Report abuse

"We've brought up a generation of people so ignorant of their own history so as to believe the lie that they are being told, i.e. that the "Founding Fathers" all had the same vision for the United States and that one man's idiosyncratic interpretation of that vision is the Truth."

What's with the straw man bullcrap? Nobody I've talked to thinks that all of the Founding Fathers had the same vision for the United States. You're the one who needs a history lesson if you think the current crop of sellouts running this country care one iota about following the plain meaning of the Constitution. At least Ron Paul WANTS to follow the Constitution. Jeesh, where have you been living?

Posted by: scottevines | December 17, 2007 12:20 AM | Report abuse

People are sick-and-tired of the same old song-and-dance from their presidents. See the YouTube satire on the presidency, the MSM, and war on terror:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=qQmkkoxSKYw

Posted by: mketcher | December 17, 2007 12:19 AM | Report abuse

"yep, we've got the makings of a full-blown cult going here."

Which cult do you belong to? The Cult of the State? The Cult of the Status Quo? Do us all a favor and turn on the Disney Channel if all you can muster are some ad hominem insults.

Posted by: scottevines | December 17, 2007 12:12 AM | Report abuse

The Paul Cult of Personality is revealing.

We've brought up a generation of people so ignorant of their own history so as to believe the lie that they are being told, i.e. that the "Founding Fathers" all had the same vision for the United States and that one man's idiosyncratic interpretation of that vision is the Truth.

fishskicanoe

Posted by: georgecleveland | December 17, 2007 12:12 AM | Report abuse

the cultists are the jesus freaks who hide their hypocrisy behind their religiosity & the likudniks who care little about the usa
-- ron paul's showing them up by being his own man & being straightforward -- i live in new hampshire & will vote for ron paul: he's the candidate whose outlook most closely matches my own

Posted by: herbert-de-turbot | December 17, 2007 12:07 AM | Report abuse

Almost 11:59PM EST and the unofficial tally for the 12/16/07 Ron Paul "money bomb" is, drum roll please:

$6,050,782!

Posted by: rahaha | December 16, 2007 11:54 PM | Report abuse

People, please check out http://RonPaulPositions.com I had the idea it would be nice to have Ron Paul's ideas subjected to mathematical rigor using the same statistics the DOJ, DOE and other governmental organizations employ. Please check out my first analysis, 'The War on Drugs' and let me know what you think.

Thanks,
Louis Nardozi

Posted by: lnardozi | December 16, 2007 11:53 PM | Report abuse

Let's see... slavish wide-eyed fanatical devotees sending him all their earnings... 9/11 conspiracy theories abounding... persecution complex directed at those nefarious pollsters who call "everyone but us"... romanticized stories of His Paulness in his college days... yep, we've got the makings of a full-blown cult going here.

Posted by: B2O2 | December 16, 2007 11:46 PM | Report abuse

I helped a little with the Santa Monica Tea Party today and never in my life have I seen, or been part of, so much exhilarating infectious energy. HOLY Mother of Mary..! People are you watching the counter on Ron Paul's web site???!!! ... Jumping Jiminy Cricks Mon!! In less than 15 minutes, from 7:30 pm to 7:45 I've seen over $500,000 THOUSAND DOLLARS BEING PULLED IN!! This is unbelievable -- I guess we just BLASTED that utterly asinine "FRINGE CANDIDATE" remark into the stratosphere!!

People keep your fingers crossed -- we are going to get our constitution based America back! -- But there's no stopping now -- 11 months more of work and fun to go! DONATE NOW! HELP BREAK ALL FUNDRAISING RECORDS BY MIDNIGHT EST!!!

Posted by: aworkofmarc | December 16, 2007 11:42 PM | Report abuse

What will it take for the Washington Post to actually mention Ron Paul's name on page A1. There are graphs with candidates' poll numbers, some on the way down to 8%, but the Post just leaves whitespace below that. The Ron Paul supporters are more persistent than average and are going to turn out for the caucuses and primaries at greater than average rates. That will mean that Ron Paul will likely beat a lot of the so-called "front runners". With the money he has now, probably $20 million in Q4, and the rate that he is burning it, Ron Paul will be in the race until the end. He's not dropping out like a lot of the "front runners" will be doing in a few weeks.

Posted by: nehmeus | December 16, 2007 11:38 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone remember Ross Perot?

Posted by: mikie44 | December 16, 2007 11:37 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Vargas,

your readers appreciate your fair coverage of each of the presidential contenders.

Posted by: matthiasgoodley | December 16, 2007 11:34 PM | Report abuse

"Didn't Hillary raise over $6 million in a single day back in January?"

charleswt_tx- actually that record has not been substantiated. Supposedly it is Kerry who holds the record for most contributions in one day. We'll see if Paul breaks it.

Posted by: matthiasgoodley | December 16, 2007 11:33 PM | Report abuse

Will Ron Paul will be the surprise Candidate within the Republican Party?

http://www.youpolls.com/details.asp?pid=1319


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Posted by: jeffboste | December 16, 2007 11:31 PM | Report abuse

For me, it comes down to this. It is Ron Paul (ending the war, the IRS, restoring the Constitution) vs. the Darkside (more war, more taxes, more rights taken. There is no longer a question about what he stands for; though others would marginalize him. He's the best candidate we have had for years. To miss this opportunity is to shoot ourselves in the foot.

By the way, Hillary did raise more, but not online. Today may see the record broken. As I write this, there are 30 minutes to go, and today we raise just under $6m. Pretty darn good, considering the media rarely reports anything positive about him!

Posted by: zenpiper1 | December 16, 2007 11:30 PM | Report abuse

Go Ron Paul!!! Not bad for the lunatic fringe of the Republican Party, Huh?

Posted by: thasic | December 16, 2007 11:28 PM | Report abuse

person who actually says 'no more wars' for the middle east. A person who is an 'actual' liberal - not a pretend one.
Ron Paul - finally a candidate we can vote FOR and not AGAINST!

Posted by: eloiselanum | December 16, 2007 10:03 PM
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Liberal?????

Posted by: puciret | December 16, 2007 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, Ron Paul is like Nader, outside of the box and unrealistic. Yes I know this makes no sense. Too many points to disagree.

Posted by: katahdin11 | December 16, 2007 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Expect the smear campaign from the corporate media to begin next week. Terms like isolationist, kook, conspiracy nut, gold bug, anarchist, terrorist appeaser, etc. will be slung Paul's way. My prediction is that these tactics will backfire IF Ron Paul keeps his composure and maintains an aura of statesmanship. If he slips up, the evil bastards in the media will eat him alive. I hope and pray that his interview with Tim Russert goes well and that Paul holds his own. The arrogance of Washington and the MSM is disgusting and I hope they get theirs. The elitist bastards underestimate the intelligence of the American people and their thirst for freedom.

Posted by: scottevines | December 16, 2007 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Dr. Paul has broken his own online fundraising record today and is about to beat Hillary's supposed record for one-day haul. He's already broken Kerry's confirmed one-day record.

This goes to show that this election ONLY one Republican can outfundraise Hillary - Ron Paul.

Posted by: fozzieandrolf | December 16, 2007 11:19 PM | Report abuse

There have been at least 3 front page stories about Mike Huckabee in the Post in the last 2 weeks, maybe more. Same with the Wash Times.

In my opinion, this kind of fundraising haul, from this many individual donors, this close after the last record-setting day, Nov. 5th ought to be

Front Page News.

What do you all think?

Posted by: TomdeSabla | December 16, 2007 11:13 PM | Report abuse

For those who are questioning the $4.3 million being a record... it was an ONLINE fundraising record. No one had even comes close, ever, to that record (well, except Dr. Paul today). As for Hillary's $6M one-day haul, the official FEC record doesn't support that claim, more likely she held back reporting her month-long totals until the last day, although I don't disagree with her ability to fundraise overall. (Until today, Gore held the previous 1-day record.) I'm impressed with the NUMBERS of people choosing to support Ron Paul! AMAZING!

There is NO REALISTIC WAY Ron Paul won't win the NH primary. If he doesn't win, I'll TRULY think there's some voting hanky-panky going on. Other primaries he's still going to have to work on to place in the top 3, but it's highly doable.

Posted by: roobah | December 16, 2007 11:09 PM | Report abuse

If you care about your kids and grandkids and the USA, Ron Paul in 2008! 'Nuff said !

Grandpa Steve Chase

Posted by: stephenbonnie | December 16, 2007 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Mr. Vargas. Please join us for tea!

Posted by: discerning | December 16, 2007 11:01 PM | Report abuse

$5.9 million so far in 23 hours - still counting - donate now at Ron Paul 2008!

Posted by: jeff111 | December 16, 2007 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Man o man! Ron Paul has already raised 17 million. He was only aiming for 12 this quarter

Posted by: qualquan | December 16, 2007 10:42 PM | Report abuse

I tell ya, the only Repub who can beat Obama in the general is the good doctor. The rest are chopped liver.

Posted by: qualquan | December 16, 2007 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Ron Paul graduated from Gettysburg College, in Gettysburg, PA.

I wonder how often he visited the Gettysburg Battlefield, contemplated Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, and asked himself if he could be as heroic as the soldiers who died there to save a great experiment in government of, by, and for We the People.

The historical similarity between Paul's and Lincoln's statemanship cannot be denied.

Imagine a blockbuster campaign video of Paul walking across the Gettysburg Battlefield reciting the last lines of Lincoln's address after he talks briefly of his college days there:
"from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." - A.Lincoln

"As an OB-GYN doctor I am an expert at birth. As president I will deliver a "new birth of freedom" with the same resolve as the men who died here."

Such an ad would be an excellent use of the money from our Tea Party.

A fundraiser could be set up for July 1-3, the Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.

Posted by: Scrooge | December 16, 2007 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Regarding your poll,

The Republican primary is a horse race - and you don't want to be first until the end.

In this game they shoot at the front runner - See Huck duck.

I think Ron Paul is just where we want him:

He's in first place with the majority (Us) - and in fifth place with the minority (The people who get polled).

Posted by: resono1 | December 16, 2007 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Ron Paul President 2008!

Posted by: jeff111 | December 16, 2007 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Boston Tea Party 2007 is NOW!! Give NOW to Ron Paul 2008!!!

Google: "Ron Paul 2008 Donate"

Posted by: jeff111 | December 16, 2007 10:04 PM | Report abuse

A person who actually says 'no more wars' for the middle east. A person who is an 'actual' liberal - not a pretend one.
Ron Paul - finally a candidate we can vote FOR and not AGAINST!

Posted by: eloiselanum | December 16, 2007 10:03 PM | Report abuse

The polls are a farce, they count ONLY republicans who voted for Bush in the 2004 presidential primary, i.e. when there was no contest and no reason for challengers to get out the vote. Here in New Hampshire, I see Ron Paul supporters everywhere, while PajamasMedia and RedStateBlog have blacklisted his supporters and his name from their polls because he keeps winning. They couldn't prove any hacking so they invented the term 'swarming' to describe online support for Paul, as if its wrong to be the most popular candidate online.

The MSM is going to get the shock of its life when Paul comes in 1st or 2nd in NH. He has the grassroots support, he has the money to promote his candidacy, and thats really all you need.

Posted by: mlorrey | December 16, 2007 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Kyrgyzstan supports Ron Paul!

Posted by: usmanov.seyitbek | December 16, 2007 9:51 PM | Report abuse

BTW, Ron has handily broken his old record by crossing 5 mill and is chasing 6!! And all this from a whole bunch of hyper enthusiastic small donors highlighting his incredible grass roots support. 'Mazin!

Posted by: qualquan | December 16, 2007 9:36 PM | Report abuse

What if it gets to be Obama vs Paul in the general? I guess I'll have to switch and go with the good doctor.

Posted by: qualquan | December 16, 2007 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Can a man with no last name get elected president in this day and age?

Posted by: waylandadmin | December 16, 2007 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Vargas,

I would like to thank you for reporting the news on our next GOP nominee and Presidential hopeful Ron Paul. The Washington Post has been very fair regarding Dr. Paul. His supporters did a great job today even though the weather was harsh, they still rallied for Liberty, Freedom, our Country, and for the most honest man in the race, RON PAUL.

Super job Ron Paul supporters, now lets all make sure we vote in the primaries and get this man in the White House.
http://ronpaul2008.com

Posted by: tess101 | December 16, 2007 9:24 PM | Report abuse

I think it is time to question whether the national polling data is an accurate measure of Paul's support. I have a strong hunch that Paul's supporters do not have listed land line telephone numbers, which are used in most of the standard "polls". In fact, I'd be surprised if there were more than 500 people who had land lines among his 98,000 + MySpace friends, let alone among the micro-targeting savvy tea party folks.

Posted by: greenredwing | December 16, 2007 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Oh. Right. online :}

Posted by: charleswt_tx | December 16, 2007 9:03 PM | Report abuse

I like Obama because his presidency looks for me (I can't be sure, of course)like
the possibility to discover many talents in ghettos, and to change the course of USA politics to the better. Maybe, the order should be different. However, if Ron Paul would be nominated on the other side, it might be the fair competition. Other GOP candidates do not even look competitive currently after what really happened on 9/11. And people actually know what it was. However, they knew before the election of 2004 also. So, go figure!

Posted by: aepelbaum | December 16, 2007 9:01 PM | Report abuse

"Paul hauled in $4.3 million in 24 hours -- the most money raised online by a candidate in a single day."

Didn't Hillary raise over $6 million in a single day back in January?

Posted by: charleswt_tx | December 16, 2007 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Great reporting by Vargas! But he missed half the story:
While the rest of Boston was in an emergency standstill owing to a snowstorm (and with Boston's public transportation unable to accept credit cards) I along with 3-400 other Ron Paul supporters gathered at Boston's Historic Fanieul Hall, which teapartyrally.com simulcast on the web. The grassroots organization started from nothing- an interest group on meetup.com and eventually was organized into a PAC by Bob French and Bob Dwyer. A big thanks to those guys!

Posted by: mrdthree | December 16, 2007 9:00 PM | Report abuse

LoL the warmongering uber-neocon LIEberman just endorsed McCain.

You know the neocons are in panic, when they can't settle on one candidate, Giuliani, Romney, or McCain?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wC6D6uiLrgQ&eurl=http://www.dailypaul.com/

Posted by: rednova | December 16, 2007 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Rock On Ron Paul !!!

Ron Paul is the only presidential candidate that I would trust with my money and my family's safety.

I Vote For Virtue; I Vote For Ron Paul !!!

Posted by: PainfullyAware | December 16, 2007 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Boycott AIPAC and say no more wars for Israel! Enough bias and entaglement in the Muslim Middle East on behalf of the Israel-first neocons is enough.

Support Dr. Ron Paul for America's independence, prosperity, and our children's future.

Posted by: rednova | December 16, 2007 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Dr. Ron Paul for President 2008

Posted by: sseedragon | December 16, 2007 8:48 PM | Report abuse

It's about time the only Candidate who reveres the U.S. Constitution gets some fairness from the Press.. if the Press tries to regulate our conscious, I say boycott then, protest them, arrange meet-up groups everywhere to emphasize the true need for organizations that relay news, not ideals. FOLKS: We3 together outnumber the CFR members, the AIP**, and the others that promote a former sovereign USA and they promote another Nation before they do OUR USA.

Let's protest unfairness in the Press! www theradioavenger com

Posted by: abroadventure | December 16, 2007 8:18 PM | Report abuse

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