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New York Times: "Strength and Weakness in the Campaign of Ron Paul"

NEW YORK TIMES
By RICHARD A. OPPEL Jr.
Published: March 27, 2012

BURBANK, Calif. — Whatever happened to Ron Paul?
He came in second in the New Hampshire primary. He has raised more money than any Republican candidate except for Mitt Romney. His campaign rallies still draw thousands of fervent supporters, far more than any of his rivals’. College students give him rock-star treatment, and he is planning rallies at 30 campuses over two months.
But turn those strengths into a candidacy with a real shot at the Republican presidential nomination?

It never happened. His strategists are searching for answers, and one may be that many who turned up for his rallies were less eager to take part in Republican primaries or argue Mr. Paul’s case at Republican caucuses.

Even Mr. Paul cannot entirely explain why the passion he generated, especially among young people and those his campaign identified as motivated supporters, did not translate into more votes.

“I don’t have a full answer for that,” says Mr. Paul, who says he believes ballot irregularities have chipped into his numbers in some places. He adds, “I think there’s some problem with always making sure this energy is translated into getting to the polls.”

Though the campaign says it still has some tricks up its sleeve, it now faces a hurdle just to place Mr. Paul’s name in contention for the nomination: a Republican convention rule requiring a candidate to have the greatest number of delegates from each of at least five states.

Full Article: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/28/us/politics/in-ron-pauls-c...



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I think we will easily jump this "hurtle".

"Though the campaign says it still has some tricks up its sleeve, it now faces a hurdle just to place Mr. Paul’s name in contention for the nomination: a Republican convention rule requiring a candidate to have the greatest number of delegates from each of at least five states."

Oh my, arent they in for a surprise!

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"The State is a gang of thieves writ large." - Murray Rothbard

I have found the NEW YORK TIMES and the WASHINGTON POST..

to be "spot on" many times, despite their horrible opinion page. That Jesse Benton has "no regrets" once again demonstrates why he should be fired or demoted IMMEDIATELY. I fear, as long as Benton and Tate are in charge, there will be be no attempt to sell Ron Paul's foreign policy and Mitt Romney's "crony capitalist" financiers to GOP primary voters. That means NO state primary victories.

I still believe that he

I still believe that he should run third party. His followers are from all political backgrounds. Many of does people in does rallies are registered independent or democrat, unable to vote in those primaries. Not all democrats believe in the welfare system, just like not all gop members believe in war. Dr. Paul's message is one of personal responsability and the ability to live free, but is only for does who open their eyes and see what the future holds.

Ron Paul Freedom!!!

Knowledge is the currency of the Universe.-
Giorgio A. Tsoukalos

yes they can, they just don't

They are not unable to vote in the primary, they are unwilling. And that is a HUGE problem.

I have seen that everytime

I have seen that everytime someone speaks of third party, people starts voting down. Guess what guys, that might be the chance we have. In the same polls that we love to see Dr. Paul in the battle, show that within the gop, the percentage of followers is not very encoraging. Just because a different idea is posted does not mean that it shouldn't be taken into cosideration. We are all here because we are tired of listening to the members of both parties. Dr. Paul is in the gop race because is the closest to his ideas and the advantage of the coverage in the media, but he believes a totally different U.S. than the rest of the candidates are offering. We are united here in the cause.

Ron Paul for Freedom!!!

Knowledge is the currency of the Universe.-
Giorgio A. Tsoukalos

I would prefer more parties

Actually I would prefer he be running 3rd party. However, he if you think he gets no press now just wait until he is a 3rd party candidate. It will be a tough road and we had better be prepared to fund it.

Really though, he has chosen to run Republican and try to take over the Party. I just registered Republican so I can vote for him. The day after the election I will re-register as non-partisan. It is discouraging to me that people won't do that much. Too bad too, because it might be the only way they get to feel good about voting this election season.

Go away!

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"The only thing we die with is our own personal integrity!" LRH
Vail, CO
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Because," New York Slimes"

You're part of the illusion... that Ron Paul can't win! You deliberately perpetuate that myth. You're in fear that we will win! Like you'll lose your job...your newspaper won't get anymore taxpayer's money (billions altogether). So you belive that lie too? Do you really think AP/Reuters (europe)/Rockefeller would collapse w/o real news? But hey, here's a plan... Why not do a real honest job and you would suceed? We would all suceed, and prosper, and live in peace.

This is not brain surgery....It has always been known that

young people do not vote in as many per capita as older people. Like anybody involved with politics like since FOREVER knows this. Why in the world the Paul campaign doesn't get this part is baffling.

Until recently I actually they were "using" the younger people and converting then with the thought they could be "missionaries" to other folks based upon large numbers.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO~! The CHEAPEST easiest thing to do in this campaign is what Santorum does. Connect with pastors who act as missionaires of the "word of Santorum", spread the word, and THEN ole Rick goes to a CASINO and hangs out there.

Why doesn't the Paul campaign direct us? Too much liberty here?

SequoiaTrees4RonPaul

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This needs a bump

! How did we get fair play in the NYT?

Not a bad article

I thought there was a fair amount of positive coverage in this article, considering the source.

Our campaign certainly does have "some tricks up its sleeve[s]".

I particularly liked the closing line - "One woman, in a form-fitting dress that made plain how pregnant she was, told Mr. Paul, who worked decades as an obstetrician, 'I wish you could deliver my baby.'"