Originally posted by Southern Guardian
Winning the popular vote
Romney has won the vast majority of States in the Republican primaries by popular vote.
Ron Paul in his history of running for president, hasn't won one state by popular vote.
Nice to see you SG, but I am afraid I have to take you to task on this one. For starters, I have to attack your source. Real Clear Politics has proven
itself to be inaccurate. We know Ron Paul took the majority of delegates in Nevada, Iowa, Minnesota, Colorado and Maine. According to RCP he has 1
delegate in Iowa (wrong), 5 delegates from Nevada (wrong), 20 in Minnesota (close to right but they gave him the majority), 3 in Colorado (wrong), 21
in Maine (right). So in a nutshell we can prove they are 2 out of 5 correct in reporting numbers from States where we know Ron Paul took a majority of
delegates, and this is just one Candidate. I am not going to say they specifically have an agenda against Ron Paul, they may have gotten the numbers
wrong for all of the Candidates.
So for me RCP has lost all credibility. However, when they say Ron Paul has not won the popular vote in any State, they are technically correct. Ron
Paul won the popular vote in the US Virgin Islands and they are not technically a "State" they are an "unincorporated territory".
That being said, is this a popularity contest? Are we picking a Presidential Candidate or a Prom Queen? I would suggest that if people stopped being
concerned with who is more popular and started really listening to what is being said, and comprehending it, this Country would be in much better
Romney was former governor of Massasschusetts, he has strong connections and has built up a reputation around his own home states and neighbouring
states. This will be key to the coming November elections. Let's not forget that Romney has also won the vast majority of States in the GOP primaries
thus far, he has won them by popular vote.
We do not know who has a clear majority in the Neighboring States of Massachusetts. Of the 6 States around Massachusetts, Romney has won 3. New
Hampshire, Rhode Island and Connecticut. Ron Paul won one State, Maine. There is still New York, Vermont and Massachusetts itself that have yet to
determine the delegates and will not until their State Conventions. To give Romney the nod now is premature.
Ron Paul? Considering that he hasn't even won his own district in the previous two presidential campaigns he ran, he doesn't have the same
kind of support among voters out there, just a fanatical minority.
I am not so sure we can compare his previous runs to this year. His popularity, crowds, and most importantly votes have all increased dramatically
from his previous runs. Calling his base a minority in his previous two runs is fair, but they are no longer a minority today. They are not a
majority, but they are large enough to sway and win an election. In this case, it is fair to say they can win this election for the GOP, or they can
cost the GOP this election. When you have that type of power, calling them a minority is simply not accurate.
Minnesota and Maine are currently under Paul's name in the race, however this is attributed mostly to Paul supporters strong arming delegates
to turn on the votes of their constituents.
Strong arming? When the "Regan Revolution" began in 1976 and the Regan campaign used this same strategy and almost won the Nomination from Gerald
Ford, was it "strong arming" then too?
If the richest Corporations on the Globe are funding your campaign, I am not so sure this is a good selling point. Today we know that the richest
Companies in the world have been funding Presidential Campaigns, and all the while the little people get screwed. Isn't now a good time to stop the
Romney has received endorsements from political figures in Florida, Ohio, and other key battle ground states where this kind of support will be
Paul seems to be low on support from higher ups. Apart from a minority of state senators and represenetitives there aren't any popular figures in key
states backing Paul.
The only "higher ups" Ron Paul is not getting endorsements from is within the Federal Government. When you look at the State level, endorsements
rise dramatically. You can find a complete list here.
2012 Ron Paul Endorsements
I cant see this as a negative. We already know the Feds are way out of touch with the people. His endorsements, in my mind, add more to fuel to that
position. If you want to end the Status Quo- start by not listening to the Status Quo