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Wall Street Journal on "Ron Paul's Bigger Tent"

The Wall Street Journal's Political Diary has been very good about reporting on Ron Paul's campaign. You can subscribe to the daily e-mail Diary ($3.95 a month) at www.wsj.com. Anyway, here's their latest on Ron from Nov. 1 (no link is available):

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Ron Paul's Bigger Tent

Move over, Bill Clinton. Ron Paul may be our first libertarian "black" presidential candidate (not counting Alan Keyes, who is black without the quotation marks). Recent polls show the Texas Congressman beating the entire GOP field in his ability to attract African American voters. In a general election contest with Hillary Clinton, Mr. Paul would get a whopping 33% of the black vote -- not a win exactly but well ahead of the roughly 10% President Bush received from black voters in the 2004 election.

Mr. Paul was one of only three Republican candidates to attend Tavis Smiley's All American Forum debate back in September -- a turnout that should have been an embarrassment to the GOP. At that forum, he received a warm response for his call for "repeal of most of federal laws on drugs and the unfairness of how blacks are treated with these drug laws" (a position notably endorsed by another attendee, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee).

Mr. Paul's black support extends to the key early state of New Hampshire. Not known for its diversity, the Granite State registered one of the biggest percentage gains in black residents this year. Mr. Paul is polling 7.4% these days, good enough for fourth place. He's also got a million-dollar TV ad campaign up and running in New Hampshire. Not bad for a candidate whose online supporters were recently banned from the conservative blog RedState.com, which told his fans they were free to be their "zany libertarian selves" but not to "pimp" for the candidate. (One posting complained about "how annoying, time-consuming, and bandwidth-wasting responding to the same idiotic arguments from a bunch of liberals pretending to be Republicans can be.")

Notwithstanding such attitudes, Mr. Paul is also the most popular candidate among military donors, according to the Houston Chronicle. He's collected $63,440 so far this year from contributors who stated a military affiliation, versus $53,968 for Democrat Barack Obama and $48,208 for former POW John McCain.

-- Collin Levy

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Also, check out the RLC's recap of Ron Paul at the Orlando/Prez IV/Paullapalooza event last month: www.rlcfl.org



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