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Ron Paul Wins CPAC Presidential Poll

By Da King Published: February 13, 2011

For the second year in a row, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) won the presidential straw poll at the Conservative Politicial Action Conference (CPAC). Paul is noted for his Libertarian political views. Here are the full results of the poll:

Congressman Ron Paul (Texas): 30%
Mitt Romney (Mass.): 23%
Former NM Gov. Gary Johnson: 6%
NJ Gov. Chris Christie: 6%
Newt Gingrich: 5%
Former Minn. Gov. Tim Pawlenty: 4%
Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann: 4%
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels: 4%
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin: 3%
Businessman Herman Cain: 2%
Former Ark. Gov. Mike Huckabee: 2%
Former Penn. Senator Rick Santorum: 2%
So. Dakota Senator John Thune: 2%
Fomer Utah Gov. John Hunstman: 1%
Miss. Governor Haley Barbour: 1%
Other: 5%
Undecided: 1%

Of note here is that Gov. Gary Johnson, also a Libertarian, came in third place, signaling the rising popularity of Libertarian Republicans at CPAC. This also reveals the ideological split within the GOP between the Libertarians and more traditional conservatives. From Fox News:

Many convention-goers booed when the results were announced but the Paul supporters drowned them out with chants of "Ron Paul! Ron Paul! Ron Paul!"

Paul's consecutive victories in the straw poll have frustrated many GOP faithful who would rather see a more credible contender win. A CPAC official told Fox News that the big story is not Paul winning again but rather the strength of Romney's second-place finish.

A quick look at Ron Paul on the issues illustrates why some Republicans love him and other Republicans, not so much. Here are some selected one-line descriptions of Paul's positions:

- Abortion is murder. (Apr 2008)
- Wasteful government spending backed by both parties. (Apr 2008)
- Repeal 16th Amendment and get rid of the income tax. (Feb 2008)
- We’re worse off than in 2000, due to Bush & Congress. (Jan 2008)
- Economic stimulus ok, but not via spending & printing money. (Jan 2008)
- Currency inflation counterfeits prosperity & destroys poor. (Oct 2007)
- We can’t afford a trillion-dollar war in Iraq. (Jan 2006)
- Supports Balanced Budget Amendment & on-budget accounting. (Dec 2000)
- Liberty Candidate: End the Federal Reserve. (Sep 2010)
- National ID card is part of fear-based government. (Feb 2008)
- No legislation to counteract the homosexual agenda. (Sep 2007)
- No affirmative action for any group. (Sep 2007)
- Opposes death penalty at state and federal level. (Jan 2008)
- Repeal most federal drug laws; blacks are treated unfairly. (Sep 2007)
- School prayer is not a federal issue. (Apr 2008)
- Close Dept. of Education, but don’t dismantle public schools. (Dec 2007)
- Big Oil profits ok; Big Oil subsidies are not. (Jun 2007)
- Voted NO on enforcing limits on CO2 global warming pollution. (Jun 2009)
- Liberty Candidate: tax incentives for US-based [energy] alternatives. (Sep 2010)
- Property rights are the foundation of all rights. (Sep 2007)
- Cut off all foreign aid to Israel & to Arabs. (Dec 2007)
- No foreign aid; no treaties that commit US to future wars. (Jun 2007)
- No nation-building; no world policeman; no pre-emptive war. (Jan 2006)
- Free trade agreements threaten national sovereignty. (Apr 2008)
- No restrictions on import/export; but maintain sovereignty . (Dec 2000)
- The “living Constitution” is the death of democracy. (Apr 2008)
- Constitution defines much smaller government. (Feb 2008)
- Dismantle agencies that have no Constitutional role. (Dec 2007)
- Signing statements erode constitutional balance. (Jul 2007)
- Opposes the DC Gun Ban; it’s not just a “collective right”. (Mar 2007)
- Insurance companies & gov’t make healthcare unaffordable. (Oct 2007)
- Transfer funds from debt & empire-building to healthcare. (Oct 2007)
- Socialized medicine won’t work; nor managed care. (Oct 2007)
- Stop policing the world and we can get rid of income tax. (Dec 2007)
- Amend Constitution to remove aliens’ birthright citizenship. (Dec 2007)
- Immigration problem is consequence of welfare state. (Sep 2007)
- Right to organize; but no special benefits for unions. (Oct 2007)
- Minimum wage takes away opportunities, especially for blacks. (Sep 2007)
- Liberty promotes peace, and peace promotes prosperity. (Feb 2008)
- Tyranny and inflation are ancient, Bill of Rights isn’t. (Feb 2008)
- Abolish Social Security, but not overnight. (Jan 2008)
- Let people get out of Social Security; it’s a failure. (Jan 2008)
- Federal government won’t keep its entitlement promises. (Mar 2007)

That should be enough to give you an idea what Ron Paul is all about.

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