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How Ron Paul won the debate.

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September 09, 2011

How Ron Paul won the debate

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.

The crucial experience may have been Rand Paul's 2010 Senate race, which introduced the Paul team to the Republican -- and to the notion that a campaign can be more than a statement.

"There’s been a growth in general in the Ron Paul organization – and that includes the Ron Paul family and that includes Rand Paul," said Paul's campaign chairman, Jesse Benton, a longtime aide who's married to Paul's granddaughter, in an interview from Lake Jackson, Texas, where Paul is shooting ads today. "The fact that we were able to win in Rand's campaign shows people what we can do and what it takes to win."
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Politico runs so hot and cold

Politico runs so hot and cold on Ron one would think it is owned by a schizophrenic. Ya, a great article. Today.

The Perry pictures were devastating to Perry

and a REAL boost to Paul. I don't care what the true gentleman Ron Paul says, Perry's body language screams loud and clear as to what was going on, and that's why EVERYONE ran with the photos.

I agree that those photos may have been the best thing to happen to the campaign. HA

Thomas Jefferson: “Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever."

Viva La Revolucion!

I don't think Paul ever

I don't think Paul ever intended to bait Perry into something like this.

He definitely intended to go after him on the issues, though.

I remember the days...

on this board when an article like this lit up everything. Now there's so much going on - this isn't any big deal I guess.

We used to long desperately for good press.


I smell success stewing in the campaign kitchen.

I really have hope that

this could actually become a done deal.

Especially with what happened with Drudge linking to the MSNBC poll. I think the overwhelming numbers knocked down completely the "unelectability" thing.