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University of Florida Independent Alligator Editorial Board Endorses Texas Congressman: We Pick Paul

On Tuesday, Jan. 31, voters will flock to the polls to distribute Florida's 50 delegates among the four contenders left in the Republican presidential primary. If you plan to vote in the primary, the Editorial Board of the Alligator encourages you to place your vote for Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas.

Paul is an unconventional candidate who does not fit the standard Republican mold — and that's why we like him. Unlike his 2008 bid for the White House, his campaign has been on the offensive. Rather than going after his competitors over non-issues like extramarital affairs, he has been attacking the other candidates for their inconsistency and lack of commitment to serious ideas.

Paul puts winning the nomination second to the proliferation of his ideas - ideas that would never even have been discussed by the media four years ago. Who would ever think that a top contender for the White House would be talking about ending the Federal Reserve or the war on drugs?


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Not that I'm aware of...

I probably shouldn't have commented that since there was no proof of it but just watching her smile throughout the SC debates as the "other guys" pontificated their big gov't bs got me a little fired up.

Any other Florida endorsers?

Does anyone know of any other politicians or 'famous' people in Florida that support Dr. Paul that are willing to come out to the press?
Are there any newspapers in Florida supporting the good Dr.?

Floridians with some star power

I am not sure of any of he following's political persuasions. But, from living for many decades in Florida here is a starter list of some people of considerable fame who are closely associated with Florida.

One of the top Florida's favorite son celebrities is Jimmy Buffett. Probably Gloria Estafan is the top "favorite daughter" celebrity.

Tom Petty and the "boys" from Credence Clearwater Revival are from Florida. Deion Sanders (who largely has disassociated himself from SWFL) is Fort Myers-born.

Jacque Fresco of the Zeitgeist films who with his colleague, Roxanne Meadows, is the founder and director of an organization known as The Venus Project, located in Venus, Florida.

I think Connie Mack III may have already endorsed another candidate.

There are dozens of celebrities who have winter residences in Miami including Sly Stallone and Barry Gibb.

There are also several rap and hip hop artists out of Miami. They include Trick Daddy, Trina, Pitbull, Pretty Ricky, DJ Khaled, Flo-Rida, Jackie-O, Rick Ross, DJ Laz, and the Miami Bass group 2 Live Crew.

Florida is a winner take all

Florida is a winner take all State. That is why Ron Paul is not spending a lot of time and money here.

By the entire state?

Is it winner take all for the entire state, or by district like in some other states? If so, then Paul just needs to win a district to pick up some delegates and all efforts should be focused on one district.



Florida is a winner take all

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...well written endorsement!

...well written endorsement!

I'm in Florida

I LOVE The Good Dr. Paul!!!.... I have been spreading his word for years!!! Because of me all the rep. in my office and building will be voting for Dr. Ron Paul...

As much as I Love Ron, I can't endorse anything from the Gators

UF and everything from it can suck it.

Go NOLES! State Champs two years in a row!!!

"A living Constitution is a dead one" -Ron Paul

Gatorbait! So proud of the


So proud of the alligator! glad they're standing up for Liberty. Rather proud of my Alma Mater right now!!

Are you rather proud

of our 21-7 stomping in the swamp this last year ;)

"A living Constitution is a dead one" -Ron Paul


Spoken like a true fan. I'm not from Florida so I don't know the intensity of the rivalry down there.

I can still appreciate the humor behind the sentiment. I completely understand.

Still, taking the rivalry out of the picture (which is easy for me since I'm not in it) I'm glad they endorsed our man.

For liberty!!

"It does not take a majority to prevail but rather an irate, tireless minority keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men."

--Samuel Adams

UF was an early adopter

Ron spoke to standing-room-only crowd in Gainesville in 1988. Rand Paul also spoke on campus (at the Plaza of the Americas) as a college student around that time.

Go Gators!

Tim Tebow's alma mater

So he'll be coming along with an endorsement next.

Dreaming... :)

Okay you UF people!

The challenge is to get these college-age RP supporters out to the voting booths!
Its not enough to get half-way there.
We NEED those votes!
Have a carpooling party or something, to bring them to the voting booth. Keep bringing them to the polls. Anybody who needs a ride, take them. After the polls close, have a RP party with a keg or something.

Yep,and don't forget the...

Yep,and don't forget the "Red Solo Cups" because they are something they can relate to.lol. In all seriousness you are very right.

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

I think this article is wrong about delegates.

It says Florida's 50 delegates are at stake to be divided proportionaly.

But I thought only HALF of them will be awarded as punishment by the RNC because they moved their primary AND...

I thought Florida is the only Winner-Take-All state in the country this year.

If I am correct then it makes no sense for Ron to campaign much there if at all.

Or to spend too much on advertising.

Let idiot Santorum spend his money stupidly because the state is going for one of the 2 main establishment fools.

Any position OTHER THAN FIRST is a total waste of time, effort and precious campaign money.

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul


was 99 delegates before the move & subsequent penalty by the GOP.

They are correct in what they said about the number of Florida delegates being at 50 and the rest of your post was 100% accurate.

Florida is essentially a 50 delegate state with a 100 delegate advertisement budget. With inflation and marketing saturation already at peak levels there, it's actually going to require an even bigger budget. To "heavy up" in marketing speak, and break above the media noise in Florida it will take substantially more.

For those 50 delegates its not worth the money.

Romney will sink 20 million in Florida, Gingrich will try to compete there to keep his South Carolina momentum moving, and in the process will drain all of his Alders money to compete with Mitt. Santorum has no money and is saving face by saying that he's adopted Ron Paul's strategy (which was adopted from Obama in 08'). But the only thing with that is - it takes a grassroots effort and a ground game of which Santorum has neither.

Again, Santorum will be out grounded by Paul supporters and organization. Gingrich will be overwhelmed by Romney with competing air campaign messages. It's a battle of strategy at this point and Ron's got the inside advantage. Paul's got the army ground attack. Romney's got the media air attack.

Thats my opinion anyway.

"It does not take a majority to prevail but rather an irate, tireless minority keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men."

--Samuel Adams

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we are WINNING!

Roll on, big mama!

its 'cos I owe ya, my young friend...
Rockin' the FREE world in Tennessee since 1957!
9/11 Truth.

endorsements are good

so, bump!

What is begun in anger, ends in shame.



End the Fed. End the Wars. Problems Solved. Ron Paul.