June 5th, 2007
10:21 PM ET
11 years ago

Spin room gets animated

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - Tommy Thompson's getting energized.

The former Wisconsin governor and Bush cabinet secretary is talking to about five reporters right now. Thompson's quite animated as he talks about what he calls a drug problem with teens in America. Thompson was also energized as he discussed the immigration reform plan now in Congress.

Duncan Hunter's sounding off right now about the fate of the Republican Party. The longtime congressman from California wants to see the GOP return to its roots. And he's slamming Mitt Romney right now. He just told a scrum of reporters that Romney stood side-by-side with President Clinton when it came to gun control.

A similar attack on a frontrunner from another man back in the pack: Rep. Ron Paul just told journalists that Arizona Sen. John McCain can't be trusted. The congressman and Libertarian from Texas says that McCain is a maverick who bucked the party during the 2000 campaign.

All and all, it's a typical night in the spin room. The front-runners leave the spinning to their surrogates while the rest of the pack try to grab as much media attention as possible.

–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser

Filed under: Duncan Hunter • John McCain • Mitt Romney • Race to '08 • Ron Paul • Tommy Thompson
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Tom, St. Paul MN

    I think it's funny how Mr. Steinhauser says that a candidate like Dr. Ron Paul is in the back of the pack. Dr. Paul has a strong grassroots backing. He has this support in part because the majority of Americans are against the war in Iraq. It's funny how CNN didn't offer a poll for the public to vote on the winner of the debate. Is this because Dr. Paul would likely win and get more exposure? Should candidates that the controlled corporate media consider "front runners" be given three times more minutes than someone like Dr. Paul in the debate?

    June 5, 2007 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  2. Scott,Raleigh,NC

    That is disgustingly biased. Ron Paul has been a republican congressman for ten terms. You call him a "libertarian" just to sleight him. It's obvious. He has much more support than you will ever admit.

    June 5, 2007 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  3. Jason, snellville, GA

    Libertarian????????????? Get a clue! Republican for TEN terms.

    June 6, 2007 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  4. Carl Darby

    When he ran again for Congress as a Republican (after running for president as a Libertarian) the RNC people worked overtime to try and get him defeated in the Republican primary. "Ron Paul the looney Libertarian believes.....".

    It back-fired.

    In the general election the Democrats pulled the same thing. "Ron Paul the looney Libertarian believes...."

    It back-fired.

    It seems that the more people hear about the "looney Libertarian" the more they realize who the TRUE loons are.

    It isn't Ron Paul or the American people of all political backgrounds that resonate with his message. It is the people that are self-appointed political leaders with a profound mistrust of freedom and an aversion to principled Constitution based governance.

    June 6, 2007 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |