Soledad Reports: Independents for Ron Paul
January 9th, 2012
10:56 AM ET
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Soledad Reports: Independents for Ron Paul

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Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) – Tasha Gordon and Jason Segedy are both supporters of Ron Paul - even though they believe his solutions are out of the mainstream. They consider themselves independent voters.

"I think we need an extreme position because I feel like we lose our constitutional rights every day," said Jason.

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Tasha likes that he takes social issues out of the debate by pushing government out of people's lives. She is turned off by how the other candidates focus on stopping abortion and gay rights, which she sees as personal issues.

They are turned off by President Barack Obama's healthcare proposals because they say "when you earn $12,000 each you don't want to hear someone telling you to buy things you can't afford." Tasha is a hair dresser and Jason is studying with the help of the GI Bill.

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Filed under: 2012 • New Hampshire • Ron Paul
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Jesse

    Watched the interview with Rand this morning. Was interesting how when asked by Rand if you could talk about some of the good bills proposed (which far outweigh the more controversial no votes, which rightly followed the constitution), you said there wasn't enough time, then proceeded to bash his father as a racist. What happened to journalistic integrity? Why isn't Romney being presented as the privileged job killing investment banker that he is? I mean, if the negative coverage was equal for all candidates (which really SHOULD be a reporting of facts, not the analysis and bias that we see) it wouldn't bother me as much, but it's hard for the electorate to make an informed decision when a particular candidate's views are consistently misrepresented.

    I'd almost pay money for access to unbiased news with honest journalism in this day of infotainment.

    January 9, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  2. nina

    The CNN media on tv and on the web, completely ignores RON PAUL they are trying to create the out of sight out of mind but there is also a saying "absence makes the heart grow fonder" Vote for Ron Paul 2012, he is the only one that will even try to get America back to the way it should be.....Of course, God is the only one who can really fix the whole greedy, violent world.

    January 9, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  3. Sniffit

    ""I think we need an extreme position because I feel like we lose our constitutional rights every day," said Jason."

    Oh brother. Did you ask him if he's a Faux Noise viewer too? That should be the first question you ask any of these people you're interviewing for these silly pieces. Hand-wringing Faux viewers tune in daily to hear their fears confirmed and all their lingering anger at losing in 2008 justified. They'd believe that Obama's policies are going to cause the sky to split and rain tapioca if Hannity claimed it often enough. Gullible confirmation biased reality deniers, every one of them.

    January 9, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  4. Michael

    Think about it. If Ron Paul dropped out of the race, there would be absolutely NO ONE that firmly believes in their oath of office and takes our bill of rights seriously. That is what really scares me. We need real change and Dr. Paul offers it. Whether you agree with him or not on the issues, you know exactly where he stands. Hes been saying the same things for 30 years, we ought to listen to him now.
    Support Liberty!!!

    January 9, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  5. Sniffit

    It's like Wild Wild World of Animals, except in this episode, Soledad actually interviews the Faux viewers in their nativa habitat: IHOP or Denny's or something.

    January 9, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  6. anagram_kid

    They are turned off by President Barack Obama's healthcare proposals because they say "when you earn $12,000 each you don't want to hear someone telling you to buy things you can't afford." And when they get sick those of us responsible enough to have insurance end of paying for their care. Another example of someone touting the virtues of Libertarianism, which emphasizes personal responsibility, while shucking personal responsibility at the same time. BTW – who does he think is paying for his studying under the GI Bill?

    January 9, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    Most of those who support Paul, are isolationists, or liberal idealists. (His message is actually pretty appealing to Democrats.)

    January 9, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  8. Soserious

    @Rick Mcdaniel – Most of those who don't support Paul are neocons, or socialists. (Its pretty fun to broadly stereotype people you don't know or understand right?)

    January 9, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  9. Ellen

    I support Paul, and I'm neither a "liberal idealist" or an "isolationist." I come from a military family (3 immediate family members currently serving, along with over a dozen cousins and in-laws), and I like Paul's foreign policy positions. I also like his libertarian social views and his fiscal stance. He understands the basics of our economy better than any other candidate, and is the only one suggesting REAL solutions to our debt crisis.

    I'm not voting for Paul to improve America for myself. I'm voting for Paul to improve America for my children.

    January 9, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  10. Dixie Independent voter

    If you want to live in a shanty town or have one spring up near you vote for Ron Paul. Paul's ideas might have worked a hundred years ago, but not now. Some of his ideas ring true, but won't work in our advanced society. If you're a Republican, whats wrong with Mr. Huntsman? He seems to be the most rational and experienced of all the candidates.

    January 9, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  11. Patriot Awesome

    Can you imagine a Ron Paul / Dennis Kucinich ticket?

    January 9, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  12. Alex

    Ron Paul truly is our last hope for freedom. Ron Paul is the only candidate who as President would stop such bills as the stop online piracy act which gives government authority to shut down any website if it has copyrighted material, even youtube and google could be shut down under this ball, also the National Defense Authorization Act, where you can be locked ul by military without an attorney in America. No other candidates even talks openly about all these things. Ron Paul also would cut down government spending to lower our national debt and with lowered spending we can dinally have lower taxes and keep the money we work so hard to earn.

    January 9, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "If you're a Republican, whats wrong with Mr. Huntsman? He seems to be the most rational and experienced of all the candidates."

    You answered your own question quite succinctly.

    January 9, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  14. Alex

    John Huntsman supported the Tarp bailouts and he said he would support the national defense authorization act. That is bad enough for me not to support him. The national defense authorization act is a pretty heavy bill in which American citizens can get locked up by military without trial if they are thought to be associated with anything questionable related to terrorism, but if you look at history even with people who have done really bad things as a civil society we always at least offer a trial even to people who are guilty.

    January 9, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    from the article:

    They are turned off by President Barack Obama's healthcare proposals because they say "when you earn $12,000 each you don't want to hear someone telling you to buy things you can't afford."
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    Most people complain that government doesn't force you to go out and buy something. That's false. These folks are complaining that they are being told to buy something they cannot afford. First the government tells folks to buy some clothes and not walk around naked, which no one seems to complain about. Second, I believe there are alternatives options available for people making only $12,000 per year that will not bankrupt them.

    I refuse to continue to pay for someone else's health care who wants to receive all of the care that they may require, but doesn't want to pay for it. Suppose one of these folks gets into a car accident, not even their fault. Who pays for their care?

    January 9, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |