Paul scores sought-after endorsement in South Carolina
January 15th, 2012
10:13 PM ET
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Paul scores sought-after endorsement in South Carolina

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (CNN) – Six days before South Carolina's presidential primary, Ron Paul scored one of the most sought-after political blessings in the state.

On Sunday, state Sen. Tom Davis endorsed the Texas congressman in Myrtle Beach. Davis is a rising star in Republican circles and a highly regarded fiscal conservative who holds sway over many tea party activists.

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Paul himself told CNN the nod would bring "a lot of attention for me."

In a packed hotel conference room at a Paul campaign event, Davis stepped onto a stage in front of a few hundred Paul loyalists and explained why he would support Paul over his rivals in the GOP presidential race.

"One of the nice things about being in South Carolina every four years is you get to meet candidates first hand. And I've had that chance," Davis said.

The state senator called former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman "a fine man" and was equally kind to former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

"At the end of the day, when I sat down, I realized there were a lot of good people running for this race," Davis said. "But there's only one person, there's only one person speaking to what I believe is the core problem of our country today. The biggest threat to our liberty comes from debt."

"There is only one candidate that is talking about this problem to the degree, at the scale and with the scope that it needs to be talked about. You can't nibble around the edges anymore."

Davis' endorsement of Paul could help the Texas congressman ahead of South Carolina's first-in-the-South presidential primary on January 21. A recent American Research Group survey in the state shows a tight race between former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Gingrich and Paul.

Yet Davis' endorsement also highlights a problem seen among Republicans nationwide: like-minded conservatives are unable to coalesce around one candidate.

Among the state's Republican leaders, Gov. Nikki Haley has endorsed Romney, popular state conservative Rep. Mick Mulvaney has backed Perry, and Rep. Joe Wilson previously backed former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who dropped out of the race after a disappointing finish in the Ames Straw Poll in Iowa last summer.

Senators Jim DeMint and Lindsey Graham and popular tea party figure Rep. Tim Scott have not endorsed a candidate.

After speaking at the event himself, CNN asked Paul why the Davis endorsement mattered.

"Well because he's very popular. And he's going to get a lot of support and he's going to get a lot of attention for me," Paul said. "And he's a believer."

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soundoff (208 Responses)
  1. yankeedoodoo

    If you want a repub prez vote ron paul if you want obama as prez vote mittens...... too freakin easy.

    January 16, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  2. olepi

    The first mention of the Tea Party in this whole process. The so-called "Tea Party" is a corporate front group, funded by the founders of the John Birch Society. Their 15 minutes of fame is gone, and this endorsement by one of them will turn out to be worthless.

    January 16, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  3. ithinkthat

    Dr. Paul is gaining momentum in spite of the media bias. Thank the internet.

    January 16, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  4. Fla Pete

    You insane Repubs are going to vote for a doctor ,who is one step from a nursing home bed.You all need your heads checked,he doesn't believe in Medicare,medicade ,anything that helps the middleclass,just like the employee that died during his last campaign.He told his family and friends of the employee to help pay his bills,Paul didn't.A real doctor who stands by the hypocratic oath,taken by doctors,LOL...

    January 16, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  5. Lisa A.

    The fear is palpable, especially in some of these comments.
    Anyone with any common sense cannot argue with Ron Paul's principles and ideas. But first you have to actually listen to him and not to what the "shaking in their boots, thought WE decided who the President was going to be" media. The power brokers are definitely in a tizzy!!

    RON PAUL FOR PRESIDENT 2012

    January 16, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  6. Angela

    Greeting from Canada. =D
    I just wanted to say most conservative Canadians are rooting for Ron Paul. Our government is fiscal conservative, and our economy is booming.
    Remember there is a light at the end of the tunnel after all! Good luck!

    January 16, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  7. Sheila

    Is Tom Davis' endorsement of Ron Paul ever going to be on the main news channels? It hasn't been. It makes the media look bad.

    January 16, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  8. TheTraveler

    RE: Alex
    "Actually Ron Paul would kill Obama in the general election fight being that Obama signed a law called NDAA in which Americans can be locked up indefinetely without an attorney if they are suspected to have ever done anything questionable according to the rule of law such as even accidently entering a questionable forum that is anti government. Obama also has no problem with a bill like sopa which would essentially censor the interner and is a huge threat to freedom of spech on the internet."

    Ron Paul has done nothing of any note in his 12 terms. Nothing. Let me repeat that: Nothing. One more time: Nothing.

    As for NDAA, people seem to forget it also contained the dialog for sanctions against Iran, and reviews of the military capabilities of several other nations. This compromise was forced by the Republicans. If you want to use it as an example, then do us the courtesy of knowing what you're actually talking about. Read and become informed.

    SOPA, well, the White House has come forward with reservations concerning SOPA and will not support it. Again, a small investment your time in reading something besides the pre-digested mental pablum we call "news" would be beneficial to you.

    January 16, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  9. fiskenmann

    If the apocalypse doesn't end us all, ron paul will.

    January 16, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    Ron Paul and the Tea party, the new Pol Pot and Khymer Rouge.

    January 16, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  11. Opprobrious

    @ TheTraveler –

    Yes, sanctions against Iran and reviews of several other nations is totally worth shredding our constitutional rights.

    What has Obama done? Increased our debt by like what? 4-5 Trillion dollars? Passed a hugely unpopular healthcare reform bill, AND set the precedence for assassinating AND detaining American citizens WITHOUT a trial.

    Some constitutional professor we have in the White House, huh?

    January 16, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  12. IndeePendant

    This means further division of Conservative votes and Romnay will as usual win (SC) with a very thin lead. He will add the One (%) vote that Huntsman is going to give him.

    January 16, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  13. Enzo Brigantti

    Ron Paul would be the best thing that happens to America (if he becomes POTUS), would be the best thing for mine too (Canada)...

    January 16, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  14. NudeTruth

    Dr Paul is the only one who has America and American's best interested at hear and the only one who can put America back on it's rightful track of peace and prosperity!!

    Ron Paul 2012!!

    January 16, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  15. Hair bear

    If you want people to vote for Paul! Then go tell the people in South Carolina! Asking us to vote for Paul on this Blog are even telling us to vote for him, want do ah bit of good if he doest have the guts to Run even if he doesn't land the GOP Nomination! So go Figure!

    January 16, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  16. GregHaus

    Who the heck is Tom Davis?

    January 16, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  17. Len Smith

    Ron Paul has nothing to offer the American people except hate and bringing the country down. He has done nothing in congress and is just a lot of talk, and more talk. I am sure he is a nice person, but there is no way he could become President of this great country.

    January 16, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  18. Derrel Walters

    I plan to cancel my cable service after the lack of coverage regarding this VERY important endorsement. I'll be sure to tell my cable company (Cox Communications) the reason that I am cancelling. The MSM bias has become too much to bear. Negligent and manipulative coverage can no longer be tolerated. The public deserves the right to be informed not to be lied to for the sake of people like Gloria Borger's husband who is a huge profiteer of the US military industrial complex. Objective journalism on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, etc is dead and likely can't be recovered.

    January 16, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  19. Firsat time Ron Pauler

    I am for Ron Paul 2012 and I can't wait to cast my vote.

    January 16, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  20. FLIndpendent

    All of you Ron Paul supporters need to get a lesson in reality. President Obama was our best hope for the change Washington needs and, although I want him to get a 2nd term and believe he's doing the best he can with what he has to work with, the reality is that it takes a cooperative Congress to pass policies that any president wants to put in place. How in the world do you think a President Paul would get anything passed as he has not been responsible for any "change" legislation for the many years he's been serving. What has he proposed and gotten through Congress...anything? His ideas may have worked in the 20th Century but they are NOT for the 21st! Obama 2012!!

    January 16, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  21. conrad

    I'd prefer the liberal version of Ron Paul ( I mean his opposite).

    He's the ultimate supporter of corporate interests. Also, I can't imagine what a disaster this nation would be without public education or many of the amenities we take for granted gone without a tax base. Imagine 60%+ illiteracy rates, homes without water supply, and little to no regulation of business or manufacturing activities ... we'd be Mexico in a generation.

    January 16, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  22. Larry in Houston

    IF Ron Paul is on the ticket in November, I will Vote for him. All of the others are either nothing but liars / cheats / insane / religious freaks / and for their selves, not for this country, or it's people. I doubt if he gets that far, but again, if he does, I will vote for him. Otherwise, unfortunately, I will have to vote for Obama (again) 😦

    Larry in Houston

    January 16, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  23. Mike

    FOX is claiming that South Carolina has a "closed"
    primary. They are trying to prevent independents from voting for
    Paul!!!! This should go viral,but nobody is talking about it!!!! Maybe this will post after 4th attempt. The fine print at bottom is pure lies! "Comments are not pre-screened before they post"......busted!

    January 16, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  24. Davidplatter

    For those who think we need chage but will vote for someone else but Ron Paul you might want to pay attention to who the endorsements are coming from for the candidates. If the media, money and the endorsements are coming form party elitists to expect anything change from the status quo to changes invokes the insanity rule.

    To do the same thing over and over again and expect different results is insane! Vote for the one and only candidate who is outside the political hacks and is not endorsed or funded the political elite who expect to you do as you are told.
    Remember as another saying goes, It does not matter who you vote for, you are still electing us.

    Let's get it right this time, it may be our last chance.

    January 16, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  25. The Real Tom Paine

    Opprobrious, what has Paul ACTUALLY accomplished while in the public office intermittently for over 3 decades? Nothing. What has he run that could possibly give him personal insight into the lives of regular people? He lent his name to a newsletter that ran articles he now disavows, but apparently were published either without his knowledge or consent. That tells anyone that he is incapable of editing a newsletter that bears his name, or that he is a liar. His resume should not even get him considered for dogcatcher, much less President, but, here his supporter are, dutifully swallowing the intellectual babyfood he presents because it sounds good and is easy to digest. Where are his accomplishments in office that make him qualified? Do you really think he has the skill to get his ideas through the House and Senate? Who will swallow their ego and run on the ticket with him?

    January 16, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
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