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June 16, 2007

NTU straw poll

by Jason Pye

Fred Thompson wins the straw poll at the National Taxpayers Conference, but guess who came in second place:

Every attendee of our Conference was given a chance to vote for any of the declared Presidential candidates, Republican or Democrat. After counting the votes, we can announce partial results.

Fred Thompson was the winner with 25.7% of the vote.

Ron Paul came in second place with 16.7%.

Rudy Giuliani placed third with 12.5%

Mitt Romney garnered 9.0% of the vote to snag fourth place.

The top five was rounded out by John McCain, who received 5.6%.

Also, Jim Gilmore kicked off a property rights initiative at the conference as well. Gilmore and Ron Paul are the only two candidates that have mentioned eminent domain and private property rights, at least as far as I know.

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  • http://thelibertypapers.org/2005/11/22/a-bit-about-kevin/ Kevin

    I’m not sure what can be done about eminent domain abuses at the Federal level. Most of them occur on the state and local level.

  • Alex

    Paul is the only candidate against the income tax, against an inflating fiat currency(tax on savings), and against eminent domain all the time. I don’t know how Thompson wins these things, unless people take other factors into consideration when voting. Don’t make the mistake of voting for another RINO or CINO. Vote for Paul!

  • http://leadership2008.com Joel Lemieux

    Cynicism and defeatism are NOT options to be entertained.
    “We are in the eleventh hour of losing this Nation…”

    What Ron Paul needs most is “Money” I’m using this and it is working very well… consider it… Everyone can afford it!!!

    Consider the only Conservative Presidential Candidate… Ron Paul…

    Fred who about Taxes?

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  • Seer

    Every attendee of our Conference was given a chance to vote for any of the declared Presidential candidates, Republican or Democrat. After counting the votes, we can announce partial results.

    Fred Thompson was the winner

    What the hell? I thought Fred was still undeclared? And what did he say to get ahead of Ron Paul, did he promise to invade other countries for tax revenue to reduce the domestic tax burden?

  • http://www.ronpaul.org Bradley J

    US funds eminent domain abuses through “Community Development Block Grants” and more. Dr. Paul had an amendment with Rep. Kilpatrick (D-MI) to prohibit federal funds to be used to take over churches that didn’t want to be closed.

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  • art arthur

    Well I would say these poll takers are not very informed if they picked Fred over Ron Paul !

  • http://www.kaligulawired.com Kaligula

    National Taxpayers Union is conservative, not libertarian.

    Thompson is going to run on as a “guns and butter” candidate. The best I can ascertain, Thompson advocates simultaneous wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Syria, and tentatively, Mexico, given the rhetoric.

    How does all these wars jive with a fundamental reform of our tax code…in short, it doesn’t compute.

    Thompson==Fraud

    But you know, Thompson played a Chief of Staff, a General, a prosecutor, and a CIA director in Hollywood, so the conservatives worship at his one-dimensional acting shrine to deliver them a miracle. And Thompson is already re-cycling old movie lines, not even having the decency to acknowledge the lines are from his co-stars.

    That bit about “Al-Qaeda plans for the next 100 years while we plan for the next election” is straight from “In the Line of Fire.” Except it was uttered by the John Malkovich character, he uttered “the Japanese plan for the next quarter century while we plan for the next fiscal quarter,” playing an assassin trying to cozy up to party figure-heads so he could get a clean shot at the president at a fund raiser.

    Fred, if i recall corectly, you played a cowardly suck-up politico dissed by Eastwood’s bravery in the end for that movie. Don’t remind us…

  • prudy

    “What the hell? I thought Fred was still undeclared? And what did he say to get ahead of Ron Paul, did he promise to invade other countries for tax revenue to reduce the domestic tax burden?”

    Fred is the Establishments pick. Bushies are supporting him. Google … Fred Thompson Bush nephew … for lots of information.

  • BillBacon

    He spent 18 years working as a highly paid lobbyist. He doesn’t stand a chance.

    Many of these polls are taken at events that cost money. Many of the attendees have delegate sponsorship and invitations.

  • Mary Lou Van Houten

    Anyone who is considering voting for Fred Thompson needs to see this video, ASAP! The future of our country depends on it!

    http://www.youtube.com:80/watch?v=Vo5CZvD3-QM

  • Robert Standard

    Why aren’t more libertarians enthusiastic about Fred Thompson?

    It’s my understanding, that Thompson was backed by the Republican Liberty Caucus in his first race in the early 1990s.

    His scores on the RLC Indexes were always very high.

    I could support Giuliani. But Thompson is more libertarian and trustworthy.

    Ron Paul just seems too fringe to the typical Republican voters. And as much as I enjoy him getting his message out, he’s no match for Thompson, image wise or in electability.

    As a longtime libertarian, I’m now in the Thompson camp.

  • http://thedailyburkeman1.blogspot.com/ C Bowen

    Fred Thompson is Council on Foreign Relations so no real conservative or libertarian can support him.

    Giuliani is simply not supportable unless you are a rightwing social democrat, but certainly not a libertarian or a conservative.

  • http://www.rlc.org Bill Westmiller

    “Ron Paul came in second place with 16.7%”

    Every one of those NTU members need to raise a stink about their “Iowans for Tax Relief” board members who have refused to allow Ron to participate in their candidate’s debate June 30th.

    Edward Failor Iowans for Tax Relief
    Phone: 563-288-3600 or 877-913-3600 Fax: 563-264-2413
    E-mail: itr@taxrelief.org

    Steve Sheffler, President Iowa Christian Alliance Phone: 515-225-1515 Fax: 515-225-1826
    E-mail: slscheffler@iowachristian.com

  • http://www.ImWithFredT.com Fred T

    If you love Fred, you’ll love http://www.ImWithFredT.com – the truth is liberating…it truly sets one FREE!

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