Romney has work to do with Ron Paul believers

  • Article by: BAIRD HELGESON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 1, 2012 - 7:12 PM
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c4lcncplsSep. 1, 12 7:38 PM

The very 1st polls this election season showed that only Ron Paul could take away the votes from Obama that would be needed to beat Obama. That has not changed. This will be a repeat of 2008 and Obama will be re-elected. The GOP keeps doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results. But, I guess Romney must know he is going to lose. He already made the necessary Rules changes that will guarantee him the nomination again in 2016.

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luzhishenSep. 1, 12 8:39 PM

I can only imagine how the Ron Paul delegates must have felt - you fly down there on your own dime and the party establishment won't even let the votes your candidate got be announced, and your candidate can only speak with a script censored by the Romney people. Nasty, unnecessary treatment to folks who put a lot of time and effort into winning by following the rules. Good luck.

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yvesbabetteSep. 1, 12 8:40 PM

I don't think I need to inform the Ron Paul supporters that the 2012 Democratic Party is much closer to the views of true libertarians than is the 2012 Republican Party. Neither major party, of course, is an exact match, but I'm just sayin' that if you're not gonna vote for the Libertarian Party candidate this November, then the Dems come much closer to what you actually believe.

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fun65feelSep. 1, 12 8:52 PM

In a bid to get Paul delegates on aboard, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty attended a breakfast meeting of the state's delegates to talk about the need to fall in line behind Romney and be stupid little sheep and protect the GOP not America.This is the problem in America.The two 16 trillion dollar parties what to protect their turf like gangs.It's OVER!NO MORE!They will destroy America to protect their agenda!

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mplsbigmamaSep. 1, 12 9:40 PM

Problem with Ron Paul is he waited until his late 70s to see "the light" and become an honest politician, who advocates for the betterment of Americans and not Corporations. Sort of a "Last Confession" of a dying Catholic - doesn't do the living any good, but puts his troubled soul at rest.

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goodfiteSep. 1, 12 9:46 PM

"In a race that's already excruciatingly close, losing Paul supporters -- or at least having them sit out the election season -- could prove a crucial factor in the outcome." Dr. Paul had to school Mittens on the Constitution, now he is fixing to get schooled on "Blowback".

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zekefaxSep. 1, 12 9:53 PM

Ron Paul voters, you've seen how the GOP dismisses you and your ideas. Your thoughts are wrong you must adhere to us and be subserviant to your true masters! Like it? This is what the GOP does with anyone who has a different point of view. Look at it this way, you wanted to marry Ron Paul and the GOP in its self-righteous manner said nope, you must marry who we tell you to marry after all we are God's chosen party!

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upnorth85Sep. 1, 1210:49 PM

It is interesting. I am a libertarian who believes in personal freedom including the state not interfering in the right to abortion and contraception. I also believe in low taxes and small government. Neither the Democrats nor Republicans meet all of my beliefs. So I tend to vote either party depending on candidate. I could vote Bill Clinton anytime. Sensible fiscal policies and socially liberal policies. I voted against Obama because I thought McCain would be more libertarian. Since the last election I have been driven by the Republicans towards the Democrats. Republicans are no more fiscal conservatives. I see no difference between the parties on fiscal matters. Given that I would then prefer Democrats, at least they are not driven by the zeal to restrict women's right to abortion and contraception. I am thus going to vote for Obama. The last person on earth that I would listen to is Pawlenty. He is the typical far right social conservative with a clean cut face and smile. He is not a fiscal conservative but a crony capitalist. He is happy to create special deals for businesses not to benefit the state but so they can get campaign contribution. He is as far from liberty as one can get. Paul Ryan is worse. He sponsored the no abortion even in case of rape. Now Paul is talking anything but abortion. Libertarians have a long memory when it comes to social issues. Ryan will not get any votes from Ron Paul supporters. My gut feeling is that Obama will get the bulk of the votes.

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vessey24Sep. 1, 1211:07 PM

RE: mplsbigmama; Dr Paul has been at it for over 40 years, it's only not people realize he was right all along. End the Fed, end the wars, end the bailouts, end the Fascism. This Paul supporter's vote is going to Gary Johnson. No longer will I take the lesser of two evils.

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jhb8426Sep. 1, 1211:12 PM

Paul supporters - get with the program or prepare for 4 more years.

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