A Real Presidential Candidate for 2012 (if Ron Paul doesn't make it)Submitted by Galileo on Sun, 03/28/2010 - 12:29
A Real Presidential Candidate for 2012 (if Ron Paul doesn't make it)
On MSNBC, Libertarian Wayne Root Criticizes McCain and Questions Palin Tea Party Credentials
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March 27th, 2010 · 13 Comments
On Friday Mar. 26 a Bloomberg News story was headlined “Tea Party Advocates Who Scorn Socialism Want A Government Job”. The article was about a Bloomberg poll that found 26% of Americans agree when asked “Do you consider yourself a supporter of the Tea Party Movement?” Of those supporters, 70% agreed with the vague statement that “the government needs to do a lot more to create jobs”.
The poll also found that 53% of Tea Party supporters favored privatizing Social Security and Medicare, compared to 33% of everyone polled. 30% of everyone polled strongly agreed that “health care is a private matter and individuals should make sure their needs are taken care of, through insurance, public clinics, or by paying for services directly”. 52% of everyone polled said that for deficit reduction the nation should consider “reducing annual cost of living increases for Social Security participants”.
MSNBC asked 2008 Libertarian Party Vice-Presidential nominee Wayne Root about the poll, while displaying a graphic saying “Tea Party Hypocrites?” Root hadn’t seen the polling data and reiterated the Tea Party philosophy of “smaller government, limited government, lower taxes, economic freedom”, and said “government is a failure at creating jobs”.
Root went on to call John McCain “a big-government Republican” who “tries to scare you to death that the sky is falling, the world is ending, the terrorists are coming, and we’ve got to spend money. And by spending money, the government gets bigger and more powerful”. Root said: “What the Tea Party is about is common sense, and I think Libetarians have common sense. Sarah Palin has been involved in the Tea Party movement, but there are a lot of people who are questioning whether she’s a Republican who wants to get the Tea Parties to support Republican candidates, or whether she really stands for limited government, even if that means electing Tea Party candidates who aren’t necessarily Republican. That’s certainly where I stand.”
Root is the #2 headliner behind Sarah Palin at today’s Tea Party Showdown In Searchlight, Nevada. Before today’s rally this morning, Palin spoke at a rally for McCain.
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