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January 17, 2007

Further Thoughts On The Ron Paul For President Campaign

by Doug Mataconis

James Ostrowski responded today to my weekend post criticizing his comments that Ron Paul is Hillary Clinton’s greatest threat, and that he has a realistic chance of winning the the GOP nomination:

[C]onsider the fact that on the key issue of the campaign, the Iraq War, Ron Paul beats Hillary. He voted against the war and she for it. On three other key issues, the economy, immigration and health care, Ron Paul’s views should fare quite well against Hillary’s.

That’s well and good for the General Election, perhaps, but first the Congressman has to win the Republican nomination, and the three factors I mentioned in my original post (money, getting the message out, and name recognition) are going to be a big hurdle for Ron Paul on the road to the nomination, should he actually run for President.

Ostrowski finishes by saying this:

All I’m saying is that the Ron Paul campaign could be a political earthquake. We won’t and can’t know until after the fact.

Perhaps, but the likelihood of it actually happening is, I think, slim indeed.

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  1. [...] Update # 2: Further thoughts, and a response to Ostrowski’s second piece on the Paul campaign’s chances, can be found here. Related Posts: [...]

    Pingback by The Liberty Papers»Blog Archive » A Moment Of Hubris On The Ron Paul For President Campaign — January 17, 2007 @ 9:12 am
  2. I’m not registered as a Republican, but if Ron Paul is on the ballot, I will switch my registration so that I can vote for him in the primaries. If enough people do the same, perhaps we can change the Republican voting base enough to make an impact.

    Comment by Laura — January 17, 2007 @ 9:42 am
  3. I mailed the Ron Paul 2008 Exploratory Committee a check yesterday to help them get started. Ron Paul may lose but like James Ostrowski’s view, we will never know if we never try. I would rather be proud and fall than be humble and cower. I am certain that if Patrick Henry were alive he would be doing something for liberty by helping its best spokesperson, Ron Paul in his Presidential campaign, and not discounting the odds of success. The American Revolution was fought by people who put a very high value on personal freedom and who took on a very big risk in the struggle for it. As their heirs we must do no less.

    Comment by George Whitfield — January 17, 2007 @ 4:36 pm

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