Politico: How Ron Paul won the debate; Perry is "alpha dog"Submitted by SteveMT on Fri, 09/09/2011 - 15:07
How Ron Paul won the debate
September 09, 2011
This Tuesday, Republican frontrunner Rick Perry sent out a statement questioning Rep. Ron Paul's fealty to Ronald Reagan. On Wednesday, he attacked Paul from the stage. And on Thursday, photographs circulated of him jamming his finger into the mild-mannered libertarian's face.
This may be the best thing that's ever happened to a Paul presidential campaign, and it wasn't entirely an accident. The Ron Paul campaign set out to bait Perry into a confrontation, a tactical move that's part of a quiet but real shift from Paul's earlier, inward-looking presidential campaigns toward an effort that has added a layer of experience and mainstream Republican strategy to the passionate, deep-pocketed, but limited Paul grassroots.
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Benton said that while Paul has laughed off the Perry exchange, the campaign likes the contrast.
"What it shows is that Rick perry is a very aggressive, in your face person," he said. "He puts his hands on people, he tries to show that he’s the alpha dog, he tries to psychologically intimidate people and gets in people’s faces.
"Some people like that, but other people like someone who's going to be a more thoughtful president, not a bully," he said.