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Re: The Last Nail by Ron Paul — With Documented Hyperlinks
« Reply #20 on: July 13, 2011, 06:24:48 PM »
http://dailybail.com/home/ron-paul-wins-nh-straw-poll-obliterates-mitt-romney.html

New Hampshire is Ron Paul's only legitimate avenue to build momentum and make it a realistic race in 2012, and considering his announcement earlier today that he will NOT be seeking Congressional reelection in Texas in 2012, he's apparently going all in, although his immense popularity in Texas' 14th district would likely allow him to re-enter that race if his presidential ambitions are foiled.

Iowa is a non-starter for Dr. Paul, who refuses to bend for social conservatives, and that makes NH extremely important in his bid for the White House.  Wall Street Romney did not fare well (he was annihilated), as you will see inside.  And I do mean annihilated.  Chopped up and spit out like month-old road kill by the freedom-loving voters of New Hampshire.

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DERRY, N.H. — Texas Congressman Ron Paul topped a straw poll of declared Republican candidates in this first-in-the-nation presidential primary state.

Conducted last weekend by the Coalition of New Hampshire Taxpayers, the poll included Mitt Romney, the former governor of neighboring Massachusetts and the winner of the 2008 GOP primary here.

Paul garnered 39 percent of the straw poll vote, followed by Rick Santorum with 12 per cent and Michele Bachman and Herman Cain with 11 percent.

Romney got 9 percent of the vote, Tim Pawlenty, 8 percent, and Gary Johnson, 7 percent.

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In this poll Ron Paul is running third in Iowa behind Romney and Bachmann:

http://americanresearchgroup.com/pres2012/primary/rep/ia/

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Re: The Last Nail by Ron Paul — With Documented Hyperlinks
« Reply #21 on: July 13, 2011, 07:03:24 PM »
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Re: The Last Nail by Ron Paul — With Documented Hyperlinks
« Reply #22 on: July 13, 2011, 09:06:24 PM »
http://revolutionarypolitics.tv/video/viewVideo.php?video_id=15705
Ron Paul "If We Don't Become OUTRAGED What Will They Do Next!"
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Re: The Last Nail by Ron Paul — With Documented Hyperlinks
« Reply #23 on: July 14, 2011, 09:26:23 AM »
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Ron Paul can win.

Paul's greatest enemy isn't defending his issues or getting a majority of americans to agree with him on the war and the economy etc. Paul's greatest enemy is the press with the weapon of the lemming effect. The lemming effact is a contrived preception of preception that becomes a self fullfilling proficy.

The news media can manipulate people's behavior by creating an image of everyone else's behavior. CNN and MSNBC have already been busted faking polls. And Fox News faked both polls and a post debate focus group in terview in 2008, they also faked footage of boos when Ron Paul won the CPAC nomination. And if you remeber back in 2008 the majority of people questioned about Paul who agreed with him on the issues, voted for another anyway because they fell for the propaganda of the lessor of two evils. Essentially the media can create the preception that although you may love Paul, everyone else doesn't and so voting for him is a waste of your vote thus out of fear of the worst to contender you must vote only between two people and choose who you hate the least rather than who you actually like.

Simply by lying, the media can create the image of what "everyone" is doing and saying. In doing so, people change their own behavior because of their preception of the masses. By saying Paul has no support they are actually removing his supporters via scare tactics.

If you took the votes that peopel gave Obama because they were more afraid of McCain but that that actually wanted to end the wars, and implement Paul's policies, Paul would have won. The majority of the country is and has always been anti-war and anti-bailout, anti-torture etc. The problem is no matter what Paul says, does, or stands for, even if he was completely perfect, lemmings would not vote for him until the TV tells them he us a winner.

The best way to crush the lemming effect is for Paul to win in New Hamshire. One victory will mean total victory because without the game of the lessor of two evils to play, the opposition has NOTHING to offer in terms of arguments on the issues. Desperately trying to paint Ron Paul as racist, or crazy, or an isolationist simply is not going to work. And they have nothing on him on the policies. Paul wants to remove the TSA, end WWII-Libya, open trade, end NAFTA and the IRS, and audit the fed and tell wallstreet to stick it when they lie and gamble they can't come to the government and tell them to bail them out by robbing other people. One win is a total win. Ron Paul will eniolate Obama in a debate on the issues. The MSM is scared to death of Paul winning the primaries. That is why they lie about polls refuse to show them and or dismiss them win Ron Paul wins. You look at the debate stage and remove the spon you have a bunch of pro-war jack-a-mammys and only one man standing for America's interests and that's Ron Paul.

His son just won a senate race in Kentucky last year. Paul can win states in the primaries. If he gets to debate Obama Ron Paul will annihilate him.

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Re: The Last Nail by Ron Paul — With Documented Hyperlinks
« Reply #24 on: July 14, 2011, 10:24:06 AM »
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If any other of our presidents had doubled the national debt, which had taken more than two centuries to accumulate, in one year, would you have approved?


If any other of our presidents had then proposed to double the debt again within 10 years, would you have approved?
 
If any other of our presidents had criticized a state law that he admitted he never even read, would you think that he is just an ignorant hot head?
 
If any other of our presidents joined the country of Mexico and sued a state in the United States to force that state to continue to allow illegal immigration, would you question his patriotism and wonder whose side he was on?
 
If any other of our presidents had pronounced the Marine Corps like Marine Corpse, would you think him an idiot?
 
If any other of our presidents had put 87,000 workers out of work by arbitrarily placing a moratorium on offshore oil drilling on companies that have one of the best safety records of any industry because one foreign company had an accident,
would you have agreed?
 
If any other of our presidents had used a forged document as the basis of the moratorium that would render 87000 American workers unemployed would you support him?
 
If any other of our presidents had been the first President to need a Teleprompter installed to be able to get through a press conference, would you have laughed and said this is more proof of how inept he is on his own and is really controlled by smarter men behind the scenes?

If any other of our presidents had spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to take his First Lady to a play in NYC, would you have approved?
 
If any other of our presidents had reduced your retirement plan holdings of GM stock by 90% and given the unions a majority stake in GM, would you have approved?
 
If any other of our presidents had made a joke at the expense of the Special Olympics, would you have approved?
 
If any other of our presidents had given Gordon Brown a set of inexpensive and incorrectly formatted DVDs, when Gordon Brown had given him a thoughtful and historically significant gift, would you have approved?
 
If any other of our presidents had given the Queen of England an iPod containing videos of his speeches, would you have thought it a proud moment for America?
 
If any other of our presidents had bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia, would you have approved?
 
If any other of our presidents had visited Austria and made reference to the nonexistent "Austrian language," would you have brushed it off as a minor slip?
 
If any other of our presidents had filled his cabinet and circle of advisers with people who cannot seem to keep current in their income taxes, would you have approved?
 
If any other of our presidents had stated that there were 57 states in the United States, wouldn't you have had second thoughts about his capabilities?
 
If any other of our presidents would have flown all the way to Denmark to make a five minute speech about how the Olympics would benefit him walking out his front door in his home town, would you not have thought he was a self important, conceited, egotistical jerk.
 
If any other of our presidents had been so Spanish illiterate as to refer to "Cinco de Cuatro" in front of the Mexican ambassador when it was the 5th of May (Cinco de Mayo), and continued to flub it when he tried again, wouldn't you have winced in embarrassment?
 
If any other of our presidents had burned 9,000 gallons of jet fuel to go plant a single tree on Earth Day, would you have concluded he's a hypocrite?
 
If any other of our presidents' administrations had Okayed Air Force One flying low over millions of people followed by a jet fighter in downtown Manhattan causing widespread panic, would you have wondered whether they actually get what
happened on 9-11?
 
If any other of our presidents had failed to send relief aid to flood victims throughout the Midwest with more people killed or made homeless than in New Orleans , would you want it made into a major ongoing political issue with claims of racism and incompetence?
 
If any other of our presidents had created the position of 32 Czars who report directly to him, bypassing the House and Senate on much of what is happening in America, would you have ever approved?
 
If any other of our presidents had ordered the firing of the CEO of a major corporation, even though he had no constitutional authority to do so, would you have approved?
 
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Re: The Last Nail by Ron Paul — With Documented Hyperlinks
« Reply #27 on: July 25, 2011, 08:00:25 PM »
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If any other of our presidents had given the Queen of England an iPod containing videos of his speeches, would you have thought it a proud moment for America?

An iPod? He gave HM the Q an iPod?  I can say with a good degree of certainty that Ma'am don't iPod, in fact she probably needed somebody to explain to her what it was.

It matters not :- by convention all royal gifts go unused. there is a large room in Buckingham Palace full of everything she has been presented with throughout her reign, ranging from very valuable objets d'art to the hollowed out gourd penis sheath presented to Prince Philip by some Indonesian tribe.

Now if Baz had filled the iPod with videos of her horses winning the Derby and Grand National it would probably be Sir Baz , and iPod By Royal Appointment by now.

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I looked at a ipod once
and with the size of my fingers
it was Never going to work/funtion
in one piece
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« Reply #29 on: August 04, 2011, 03:48:56 PM »
http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/the-debt-ceiling-deal-from-hell

The Debt Ceiling Deal From Hell
Is the debt ceiling deal supposed to be some sort of a cruel joke?  Is this what the American people have been waiting months and months for?  The "debt ceiling deal from hell" is a complete and total fraud.  Barack Obama will not need to worry about the debt ceiling again until after the 2012 election, and no "real" spending cuts will happen until after the 2012 election.  The way the political game in Washington D.C. is played today, if you don't get something right now, you probably will never end up getting it.  The Republicans have traded a massive debt ceiling increase right now for the possibility of very skimpy budget cuts in the future.  Meanwhile, this deal establishes a new "Super Congress" that threatens to fundamentally alter our political system (and not in a good way).  The funny thing is that everyone is running around proclaiming that the Tea Party won this battle.  That is a complete and total lie.

So what about the $917 billion in "immediate" spending cuts that the Republicans are getting as part of this deal?

Well, they aren't really spending cuts at all.  Rather, they are spending caps.  Basically what is happening is that future spending increases are being cancelled and our politicians are selling that to us as "spending cuts".

What is even sadder is that the $917 billion is spread over ten years and the vast majority of the "cuts" are in the latter years.

For example, even if you consider these to be "spending cuts" (which they are not), the deal calls for only about $25 billion in "cuts" in 2012 and only about $47 billion in "cuts" in 2013.

25 billion dollars is far less than one percent of the federal budget, so needless to say these "cuts" are not very impressive at all.

Okay, so how about the second stage of the deal which will produce "spending cuts" of between 1.2 and 1.5 trillion dollars?

Well, yes, these would actually be spending cuts and they would be spread over 10 years.

Near the end of the year, the new "Super Congress" (more on that in a minute) will submit a proposal to Congress which could cut spending over the next 10 years by a total of up to 1.5 trillion dollars.

If the recommendations of the "Super Congress" are not implemented, then "automatic" spending cuts of $1.2 trillion will go into effect over the next 10 years.

However, there are some very important things to remember about these "spending cuts".

First of all, none of these "automatic" spending cuts would even go into effect until 2013.  The face of American politics will be dramatically different by then, and there is absolutely nothing that makes these cuts binding on Congress.

As Gregg Easterbrook recently noted, Congress can cancel spending cuts at any time and for any reason....

By projecting the only tangible savings — which aren’t even specified, but are merely caps — into the future, the plan allows Congress to cancel them. In 2012 or any future year, Congress will say, “We can’t have caps this year because of the [INSERT ANY WORD CHOSEN AT RANDOM] crisis. We are postponing action till next year.” Rinse and repeat.
As I have written about so many times before, the U.S. national debt is completely and totally out of control.  This was supposed to be the moment when at least some members of Congress were finally going to get serious about our exploding debt.  Unfortunately, our politicians have sold us down the river once again.

Even if the best case scenario happens (which it never does) and Congress sticks to this deal for the full ten years (which is about as likely as hell freezing over), the "savings" that this deal would produce are quite pathetic as Peter Schiff recently explained....

The Congressional Budget Office currently projects that $9.5 trillion in new debt will have to be issued over the next 10 years. Even if all of the reductions proposed in the deal were to come to pass, which is highly unlikely, that would still leave $7.1 trillion in new debt accumulation by 2021. Our problems have not been solved by a long shot.
Keep in mind that Congress can change this deal whenever it wants.

So nobody should get excited about these "spending cuts".  After all, when was the last time that "future spending cuts" actually materialized in Washington?

The reality is that neither political party seems to want to do much to cut government spending.

So the band will play on and the can will get kicked even farther down the road.

When Obama was inaugurated, the U.S. national debt was $10,626,877,048,913.08.

Today, it is $14,342,358,440,969.10.

But what this "debt ceiling deal" will do is it will give the congressional leadership of both parties much more power.

The new "Super Congress" that this deal establishes will be granted "extraordinary new powers" that regular members of Congress do not possess.

For example, The Huffington Post says that any new legislation produced by the "Super Congress" will not be able to be filibustered or amended....

Under the reported framework, legislation the new congressional committee writes would be fast-tracked through Congress and could not be filibustered or amended.
So who will be a part of the "Super Congress"?

The members will be chosen by the leadership of both parties.

So anyone that is not part of the "establishment" is not likely to be included.

The following is what U.S. Representative Ron Paul had to say about this new "Super Congress"....

"Nothing more than a way to disenfranchise the majority of Congress by denying them the chance for meaningful participation in the crucial areas of entitlement and tax reform. It cedes power to draft legislation to a special commission, hand-picked by the House and Senate leadership."
It is this new "Super Congress" that will decide what will be in the package of "spending cuts" that will be voted on by the end of the year.

Regular members of Congress will be frozen out of the process.

On December 23rd, Congress will be required to vote up or down on the spending cuts proposed by the "Super Congress".  Regular members of Congress will not be allowed to amend the legislation in any way, and no filibusters will be permitted.

Does that sound very "American" to you?

The more that one examines this "debt ceiling deal", the worse it looks.

Meanwhile, many Democrats are running around and acting as if their lunch money was just stolen.

For example, the following is what Politico is reporting that U.S. Representative Mike Doyle said about this deal....

“We have negotiated with terrorists,” an angry Doyle said, according to sources in the room. “This small group of terrorists have made it impossible to spend any money.”
Democratic congressman Emanuel Cleaver was even more dramatic when he proclaimed that this deal "looks like a Satan sandwich".

Well, this deal is a total nightmare, but not for the reasons that Cleaver is suggesting.

This deal opens the door for more rampant deficit spending, and nearly all of the "spending cuts" are put off until after the 2012 election.

Basically, the Republicans got taken out behind the woodshed and beaten to a pulp on this one.  Any Republican that is trying to proclaim that the debt ceiling deal is a "great victory" is a complete moron.

But in the end, it really does not matter which political party gets a "victory" out of all this.  What matters is that our federal government is still steamrolling toward a date with financial oblivion.

If this is the best that our politicians can come up with, we are absolutely doomed.

 

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« Reply #30 on: August 04, 2011, 03:58:58 PM »
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5oGLn5XF8E
Lieberman Says We Need To Cut Social Security To Pay For Defense
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXHboGUckwY
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http://www.activistpost.com/2011/08/enormous-cuts-in-military-spending-read.html

http://revolutionarypolitics.tv/video/viewVideo.php?video_id=15973
Ron Paul "Why Don't We Just Freeze The Budget? That Would Be A REALLY BIG Cut!"

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« Reply #32 on: August 15, 2011, 07:39:32 AM »
No idea how far it will take him, but was glad to see Paul do well in the Iowa straw poll.
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« Reply #33 on: August 15, 2011, 01:57:15 PM »
There was a link to a poll posted on ATS: http://www.usnews.com/opinion/articles/2011/02/24/who-is-your-pick-for-the-2012-gop-presidential-nomination

Ron Paul is completely left out, yet the "Other" choice is winning with 60% of all votes. Even if only half of those votes were for him, he would still be winning over the second result by 20 points. Granted he had not declared at the time when the poll was posted, but that is still a powerful message that other wins over everyone else by such a large margin.

MSN also claims there are now only 3 front runners after the straw poll. Despite coming in second(although only by quite a very narrow gap behind first), one of them is apparently not Ron Paul.
http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/08/15/7377315-first-thoughts-and-then-there-were-three

They are trying to ignore him this time, but they are failing at it. I have said they cant ignore him this time around and its true. They can try, but people are starting to realize whats up.
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US election 2012: Republican candidates
President Barack Obama has officially launched his campaign for re-election in 2012 and has begun raising money in earnest. So who is vying to be his Republican opponent in the race for the White House?

The Republican field is taking shape and leading candidates debated some of the issues in a televised event in Iowa on 11 August.

Here are the leading Republican contenders:

Mitt Romney
 
Mitt Romney, the wealthy former governor of Massachusetts, officially launched his second bid for the Republican presidential nomination on a farm in New Hampshire in June.

He enters the fray as the presumed front-runner, placing at or near the top in early polling.

Mr Romney, son of former Michigan Governor George Romney, made his first bid for the presidency in 2008, after earning a fortune in corporate strategy and private equity.

But his considerable resources (he spent about $35m [£21.4m] of his own money before dropping out in February 2008) were not enough to overcome what others perceived as inconsistent messages, policy shifts and questions about his authenticity as a conservative.

Mr Romney seems to have learned lessons from 2008, and is casting himself as a serious grown-up in a Republican Party characterised in the 2010 mid-term elections by grassroots anger.

Continue reading the main story Those who say they aren't runningIndiana Governor Mitch Daniels said his wife did not want him to runMississippi Governor Haley Barbour would have faced questions about his career as a lobbyist and about race relationsSouth Dakota Senator John Thune cited the difficulty of raising enough money Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, brother of George W Bush, has not ruled out a 2016 runIndiana Congressman Mike Pence, an influential conservative, may run for governorAfter a long flirtation with a bid New York businessman Donald Trump said his heart lay in the private sectorBaptist minister, broadcaster and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee indicated he did not have God's "full blessing" for a runChris Christie, governor of New Jersey, has ruled out running multiple times, but still gets asked
After his 2008 defeat, Mr Romney cautiously courted important political figures in key early primary states, including South Carolina and New Hampshire, the state he now calls home.

He raised money for many congressional and gubernatorial candidates - earning him much goodwill in the party - and has developed a reputation for being hard-working and loyal.

His financial expertise and impressive economic record in private industry, particularly in turning around troubled businesses, could be an asset if the economy continues to be the dominant issue in 2012.

But Mr Romney has several hurdles to overcome. As governor of the generally liberal state of Massachusetts, he reformed the state healthcare system - an overhaul that looks remarkably similar to the one President Barack Obama signed in 2010 in the face of united Republican opposition.

One of Mr Romney's first policy speeches of the 2012 campaign was devoted to explaining that although he believed the overhaul was right for Massachusetts, he would repeal it on a national level if elected president.

Mr Romney's Mormon roots could also present an issue, as the Republican primary contests in Iowa and South Carolina tend to be dominated by evangelical Christian conservatives who may be uncomfortable with his faith.

Rick Perry
 
Rick Perry may have entered the race later than his rivals but he has spent months raising money in Texas, where he has been governor for 10 years.

Although yet to formally declare - that is expected to happen on Saturday in South Carolina - he and his team indicated this week they have their eyes firmly on the White House.

His mantra is small government and he can boast that he balanced the books in the second largest state in the US, although critics complain at the scale of resulting spending cuts, especially in education.

A deepy religious man, Mr Perry sealed his popularity among Christian evangelicals when he led a prayer rally attended by 30,000 people in Houston in early August.

So he can unite two strong powerbases of the Republican party - the fiscal hawks and the social conservatives.

Whether he can unseat Mitt Romney as front-runner or drain support from the other Tea Party favourite Michele Bachmann, who occupies similar political ground, remains to be seen.

But his ability to fire up the Republican base - a la Bachmann - will energise the race.

Michele Bachmann
 
The Minnesota congresswoman, a favourite of the Tea Party, used the first televised debate in New Hampshire to formally announce that she was entering the contest.

She is an outspoken conservative who has been spending time in the early primary states.

The fiery Ms Bachmann has a small core of staunch support and observers believe that she could draw a lot of votes from Sarah Palin's fan base if the former Alaska governor does not run.

The Iowa-born 55-year-old has a law degree and worked as a tax attorney, and she has fostered 23 children.

Newt Gingrich
 
Mr Gingrich, the former speaker of the House of Representatives, announced he was running against Mr Obama in 2012 on YouTube, Twitter, and in an interview on Fox News.

Since he left office 12 years ago, Mr Gingrich has build a broad network of conservative businesses and non-profit organisations, generating films, books and position papers, and has sought to align himself as an elder statesman and a creative source of conservative policy ideas.

He remains widely respected in the party for leading congressional Republicans out of 40 years in opposition in 1994, although he lost the speaker's gavel in 1998 after the party took significant losses.

But his chances took a serious knock when senior members of his campaign team walked out, citing differences over strategy.

There were previous hiccups too, like his attack on a plan popular among Republicans to slash and privatise a healthcare programme for the elderly.

Mr Gingrich can be both inflammatory and irascible - qualities Americans do not tend to see as presidential - and has a long record of undiplomatic quotes.

His three marriages may also haunt him in a 2012 campaign. His first wife has accused him of divorcing her while she was in hospital recovering from cancer.

Mr Gingrich was having an affair with a staffer (whom he later married) while he was leading the charge to impeach former President Bill Clinton over his affair with Monica Lewinsky.

Ron Paul
 
The Texas congressman has won a devoted following among libertarian-minded Republicans with his calls for a return to the gold standard, the abolition of the Federal Reserve and the Internal Revenue Service, and his staunch opposition - unusual in the Republican Party - to the war in Iraq and to American militarism in general.

Supporters of Mr Paul, an obstetrician, gained a reputation during the 2008 race for their enthusiasm for the candidate - as well as for their practice of disrupting rival candidates' rallies and press conferences.

Some of his backers also became known for espousing far-out conspiracy theories, such as the suggestion the US government was behind the 11 September 2001 terror attacks, tainting his movement in the eyes of the mainstream Republican electorate.

Mr Paul, 75, announced his candidacy in May in remarks that mixed anti-war cries with arguments for the legalisation of heroin and the end of federal flood and disaster insurance programmes.

He will bring to the race a legion of devoted followers who can organise and raise funds.

But to his detractors, Mr Paul is too eccentric and his ideas too fringe for them to take him seriously as a presidential hopeful.

In July 2011, Mr Paul announced he would not stand again for his House seat, saying he wanted to remain focused on his presidential bid.

Jon Huntsman
 
The former governor of Utah joins the race for the Republican presidential nomination with a distinct, if awkward, qualification: he worked for the other side.

As ambassador to China for two years under President Barack Obama, he has arguably the most foreign policy expertise of the Republican field.

But it remains to be seen whether or not that experience - which he defends as loyal service to the country rather than the president's policies - will be an advantage to Mr Huntsman in his bid to succeed the man who appointed him.

Jon Huntsman, 51, is the motorcycle-driving son of billionaire Jon Huntsman Sr, who founded a large chemical manufacturer.

He dropped out of high school to play keyboard in a rock band, later finishing school and graduating from the University of Pennsylvania. He also served as a Mormon missionary in Taiwan, and is said to speak fluent Mandarin.

His tone has been markedly more moderate than that of his rivals, and he has in the passed backed civil unions for same-sex couples and said he believes in the science of climate change.

Since he spent the last two years outside the country, he must now introduce himself to Republican voters who have been steeped in the angry, stridently anti-government Tea Party movement.

Some analysts have suggested Mr Huntsman aims to be the adult in the race, rejecting his rivals' crowd-pleasing attacks on Mr Obama while counselling the US must make hard choices to rein in the national debt.

But it remains to be seen whether after four years of Mr Obama in the White House, Mr Huntsman will satisfy voters.

Rick Santorum
 
The former Pennsylvania Senator hopes to capitalise on his solid social conservative credentials, but he last appeared on the ballot in 2006, when lost his re-election bid by 17 points.

Polls this time around have shown him a distant seventh place in the race but that was before the televised debate in Iowa, when he came out fighting.

He attacked Ron Paul and Michele Bachmann with a gusto previously kept under wraps, but he has a lot of ground to make up on the front-runners.

Herman Cain
 
The former CEO of a pizza chain entered the race formally in May.

He appeared on the same platform as the leading contenders at the debate in New Hampshire and again in Iowa, which were two opportunities for him to introduce himself to many Americans for the first time.

But in neither debate did he really make his mark, and remarks he once made that suggested he would be fearful of hiring a Muslim, in case they were a terrorist, have come back to haunt him.

Others to mention
Other candidates who are running include Gary Johnson, who was governor of New Mexico from 1995 to 2002, Thaddeus McCotter, a Congressman from Michigan, and gay rights activist Fred Karger.

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin remains the biggest name in US politics outside the White House and she has refused to rule out a presidential bid. The running mate of 2008 Republican nominee Senator John McCain is on a bus tour around the US, often appearing in the same state as the other candidates, at the same time. But while loved by a core of Republican voters, she is loathed by Democrats, and many doubt that she is serious about running.

Some speculation persists that former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani may enter the race. He suffered a dismal defeat in the 2008 Republican nomination race. But in early June he travelled to the early primary state of New Hampshire and launched attacks on Mr Romney and Mr Obama. He has said he will decide by the end of the summer
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Re: The Last Nail by Ron Paul — With Documented Hyperlinks
« Reply #36 on: August 16, 2011, 09:20:26 AM »
Jon Stewart nails the media for ignoring Ron Paul
http://revolutionarypolitics.tv/video/viewVideo.php?video_id=16049
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Re: The Last Nail by Ron Paul — With Documented Hyperlinks
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August 15, I looked at how many search results google pulled for the top candidates. Ron Paul came in at over 21 million compared to Bachmann at 17 million. As of now the end of August 18, that has more then doubled to over 43 million.(Bachmann only gained 4 million to 21)

Well, its hard to tell what might have been added, but thats alot more stuff.
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