PRO-LIFE + LIBERTY = PEACE + PROSPERITY: Viet Nam War veteran Dr. Ron Paul easily wins Republican presidential candidate straw poll Saturday at conservative Values Voter Summit in Washington

Ron Paul Wins 2011 Values Voter Straw Poll

Ron Paul Values Voter Straw Poll
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Texas Congressman Ron Paul has been declared the winner of the 2011 Values Voter Summit Straw Poll, garnering 37 percent of the vote.

Herman Cain finished in second place with 23 percent, while Rick Santorum took third at 16 percent.

Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann finished in a dead-even tie for fourth at eight percent. The rest of the field saw Mitt Romney net four percent, Newt Gingrich at three percent and Jon Huntsman in dead last with zero percent.

After the vote, Slate’s David Weigel spoke withFamily Research President Council president Tony Perkins, who credited a key strength of Paul’s presidential run:

“Do the math,” said Perkins. “Ron Paul and his campaign are very well organized.”

Paul’s campaign could prove to be a major 2012 GOP spoiler. The AP noted on Monday how Paul’s libertarian lean has energized some conservatives. But when asked about the term ‘spoiler’, Paul had this to say:

“I have no idea what exactly spoiler means,” Paul said recently while in New Hampshire. “If you’re a participant and you have an influence and you win or come close and you influence the debate, I think that’s pretty important. So I don’t put a negative term on that as spoiling anything. Spoiling their fun? Maybe they need a little spoiling.”

His support also showed during his speech itself. The Atlantic’s Molly Ball captured how well Paul’s rhetoric was received, describing his turn at the microphone as ‘rambling, didactic, full of obscure references — and rapturously received by his fans’, backed by segments such as this one.

“As long as we allow the federal government to grow…things will get worse,” he said. “But the good news is, a whole generation of Americans are rising up and saying, ‘We were on track at one time. Let’s get back on track.’ Let’s restore our liberty, prosperity and peace!”

MSNBC’s First Read adds that another segment of this particular straw poll revealed voters’ preferences for the GOP vice-presidential nominee. Bachmann finished in the top slot in that area, followed by Cain, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, and Santorum.

Paul wins conservative voter straw poll

-The Washington Times

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Rep. Ron Paul easily won a Republican presidential candidate straw poll Saturday at the conservative Values Voter Summit in Washington, while two of the most popular candidates in the race — Texas Gov. Rick Perryand former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney — finished near the bottom.

Mr. Paul won with 37 percent of the vote, while businessman Herman Cain, who has been surging in the polls recently, finished in second with 23 percent. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum finished third with 16 percent.

Dr. Paul’s standing among Christian conservative voters is growing as people become more familiar with the man as well as the message,” said Jesse BentonMr. Paul’s presidential campaign chairman.

Mr. Perry and Rep. Michele Bachmann officially tied for fourth place with 8 percent of the vote, although Mr. Perry’s 167 votes was 10 more thanMrs. Bachmann’s tally. Mr. Romney, who has struggled to win the support of conservative voters, had 4 percent.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich finished second from the bottom with 3 percent, while former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, the only majorGOP presidential candidate who declined to attend the weekend event, finished last with less than 1 percent of the vote.

Rep. Ron Paul, a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, speaks at the Values Voter Summit in Washington on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)Rep. Ron Paul, a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, speaks at the Values Voter Summit in Washington on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Mr. Paul, is an outspoken Texan whose libertarian leanings often don’t sit well with conservatives in his party. But his fiercely loyal band of supporters often show up en masse for Republican straw polls, pushing him near or at the top of the table in those contests.

More than 600 people registered for the three-day Values Voter Summit on Saturday morning just before the straw poll’s noon closing time, with many, if not most, believed to bePaul supporters.

Event organizer Tony Perkins, an influential figure in the American conservative movement, declined to say if he was disappointed in the poll results, instead saying that “the field is still somewhat fluid.”

Ron Paul and his campaign is very well organized in showing up for straw polls,” said Mr. Perkins, president of the Family Research Council.

Mr. Perkins, when asked to explain why Mr. Perry and Mr. Romney did so poorly in the poll, suggested that conservative voters “are still in the process of deciding where they want to go.”

“This is really a testing ground for what it’s going to take for someone to capture the Republican nomination” for president, he said.

© Copyright 2011 The Washington Times, LLC.

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3 Responses to PRO-LIFE + LIBERTY = PEACE + PROSPERITY: Viet Nam War veteran Dr. Ron Paul easily wins Republican presidential candidate straw poll Saturday at conservative Values Voter Summit in Washington

  1. goyodelarosa says:

    THE END OF ‘PAX AMERICANA’

    Patrick Buchanan @ Lew Rockwell

    http://lewrockwell.com/buchanan/buchanan187.html

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