Ron Paul Wins 2010 CPAC Presidential Straw Poll

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Saturday, February 20, 2010 at 5:44 pm

Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) scored a victory in the annual CPAC straw poll, besting nine other Republicans in a vote taken by around 2,395 attendees — around 25 percent of the people at this conservative conference. Paul won 31 percent of the vote; Mitt Romney came in second with 22 percent, his first silver medal after winning the last three straw polls. Sarah Palin came in third with 7 percent, and Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-Minn.) came in fourth with 6 percent.

When GOP pollster Tony Fabrizio announced the results, loud booing broke out in the main ballroom; only when Mitt Romney’s showing was announced did they start to cheer, and the cheers continued for Sarah Palin. William Temple, the omnipresent revolutionary war re-enactor who has spent much of the conference standing in the ballroom waving a “Don’t Tread on Me” Gadsen flag, stayed mum, then cheered and waved his sign for Palin.

Still, the surprisingly strong result for Paul makes sense to those of us in the hall. Paul’s Campaign for Liberty and Young Americans for Liberty were a massive presence at this year’s CPAC, holding court in a wing of the exhibit hall and hosting overflowing satellite events with guests like paleoconservative author. They registered hundreds of attendees — nametags were stashed on Campaign for Liberty’s exhibit table — and worked the vote hard as other campaigns basically ignored the contest.

The result reflects two developments at this year’s conference. The first: the mainstreaming (inside the GOP coalition) of Paul’s libertarian beliefs, after years of him being marginalized, and sometimes booed, by this crowd. CPAC teemed with young libertarian-minded activists who, a few years ago, had little to do with the official conservative movement. The second development: the real affection for Romney, who has evolved from an excitable candidate over-eager to please to something of a statesman.

Only four of the 1o nominees spoke at CPAC — Sarah Palin, Mitch Daniels, Mike Huckabee and John Thune all skipped.

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undergroundrailroad
Comment posted February 20, 2010 @ 6:11 pm

“paleoconservative author”. Is that sort of like Celtic Woman? I presume you're talking about Tom Woods.


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txcarlostx
Comment posted February 20, 2010 @ 6:25 pm

Boo's came for the reason that Ron Paul supporters left early in protest of glenn beck speech because of his treatment of Debra Medina.


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mepmep09
Comment posted February 20, 2010 @ 7:34 pm

Mr. Weigel tweets:

BREAKING: ACORN steals 2010 CPAC straw poll for Ron Paul. DEVELOPING…

You posted that tweet in jest, Mr. Weigel, but you shouldn't be too surprised if such spinning of the straw poll does in fact take place, at least at the blog level. I doubt it will take the form of blaming ACORN – though if John Fund or Andrew Breitbart are involved in any way, I wouldn't put it past them – but I'll bet the traditional Republican factions make some effort to minimize this result.


mepmep09
Comment posted February 20, 2010 @ 7:48 pm

MMFA video clip:

Damage control: Fox News stresses that CPAC straw poll is “way early” and “unscientific”

That didn't take long!


spinnikerca
Comment posted February 20, 2010 @ 8:07 pm

Wow, you really have to downplay his win, don't you? I would think the Independent would like to see someone other than the usual players take a win, but you don't, do you?

The Romney folks were in the ballroom when results were announced. Ron Paul supporters are pissed at Beck who was coming up next, and didn't fight for the seats. I wasn't there, but OTHER articles have noted how Ron Paul supporters packed in the halls (not the ballroom) shouted and cheered when the results were announced.

As for the booing, I don't recall Ron Paul supporters booing when Mitt 'out organized' everyone three years in a row. I guess we know who has manners.


Free Willy
Comment posted February 20, 2010 @ 8:45 pm

This booing just shows that most Republicans are not conservative. It's just the same ole Repubracrat machine.


mises
Comment posted February 20, 2010 @ 9:39 pm

Mitt Romney is just another con-man in a fancy suit which means he has a very pliable interpretation of the Constitution. Ron Paul is the only Republican statesmen in Congress. How could anyone not be for ending the Federal Reserve? The Fed is stealing the purchasing power of our money! Who in the heck could be against ending it? Mitt Romney.


AFXACID
Comment posted February 21, 2010 @ 5:32 am

2012!


darrylschmitz
Comment posted February 21, 2010 @ 7:16 am

John McCain, long before the 2008 presidential campaign, commented in an interview that Ron Paul is the most principled man in Washington. Paul may not be the most polished speaker, but his principled allegiance to the Constitution and his willingness to get up in front of a large crowd in spite of his lack of prowess in speechgiving and tell the people EXACTLY like it is instead of give us the typical political snake oil salesman crap is what won him the straw poll. There may have been some boos in the crowd when it was announced, but don't forget THAT crowd was assembling to listen to neo-conservative speaker (who inaccurately claims to be a libertarian) Glenn Beck.


jared8786
Comment posted February 21, 2010 @ 5:16 pm

Doubling Guantanamo and preemptively bombing innocent civilians is as conservative as it gets! Woohoo, go Mitty! Selling out in 2012!!


jared8786
Comment posted February 21, 2010 @ 10:16 pm

Doubling Guantanamo and preemptively bombing innocent civilians is as conservative as it gets! Woohoo, go Mitty! Selling out in 2012!!


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George Washington
Comment posted May 18, 2011 @ 2:44 pm

 Sorry, only a President who upholds the Constitution, which is not dead which is why every elected public servant still to this present day takes an oath to it.

If I may please;

I am so pleased to see so many “Ron Paul for 2012″
supporters here. It mirrors what I see in my personal life :) The numbers are
growing daily.

Ron Paul is the only presidential candidate who would cut
enough spending to avert a debt crisis. Only he will restore constitutionally
sound money. And, only he will strengthen our national defense by bringing our
troops home and putting an end to the nation-building that is draining our
country.

Watch Dr Paul question Ben Bernanke if you doubt Paul
understands subtle aspects of the economy you’ve never thought of.

Other candidates speak flowery
words and tell nothing of how anything will get done. Mr. Paul is very
different.

Constitutionally, legislatively, and morally, Ron Paul has no equal. His
22 year voting record speaks for itself.

The World is
watching.

Ron Paul for President in 2012.

Thank You


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