Conservative leader discounts Paul win
October 10th, 2011
09:44 AM ET
11 years ago

Conservative leader discounts Paul win

(CNN) - The president of the Family Research Council characterized Rep. Ron Paul's weekend win in the Values Voter Summit straw poll as "an outlier."

Tony Perkins, who heads the social conservative group, said the Republican presidential candidate influenced the results by busing supporters to the event, proving his 37% support is not reflective of social conservative backing nationally.

"I think Ron Paul, when you look at everything is an outlier in this poll," Perkins said Monday on CNN's "American Morning." "You see Herman Cain finishing a strong second, followed by Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry. Those are more reflective I think of actually the other polls and what's happening in the social conservative community."

Paul, the longtime Texas congressman who is making his third bid for the White House, led the field of GOP candidates including former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain with 23%, former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania with 16%, Texas Gov. Rick Perry with 8%, Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota with 8%, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney with 4% and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich with 3%.

Thanks to strong support from his followers, Paul has come out on top in many of the most prominent GOP presidential nomination straw polls over the past two years. He won the Conservative Political Action Conference contest in 2010 and 2011 and the straw poll at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference earlier this year.

Perkins also connected the sentiments of the Occupy Wall Street movement with those of Paul supporters, over 700 of whom voted in Saturday's survey.

"We should not discount there's a lot of discontent with big ineffective government that's taking place in this country, and I think the Ron Paul campaign reflects that," Perkins said. "The message of his campaign is sending is something other campaigns have to listen to as well."

Romney won the straw poll during his last bid for the White House in 2008 and Perkins attributed his drop to decreased attention over values issues, despite articulating "those values this year" during his speech.

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soundoff (240 Responses)
  1. Scott

    Even if that's true, the other candidates can't get support enough to have a few more people show up either? Kind of two-way street. Besides, this is not the first straw poll Paul has won. One of many, although he doesn't win all, sometimes he loses bad. Just like everyone else – but you'll see that Paul wins more than anyone else.

    October 10, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  2. ama01

    I hate to break it to Mr. Perkins, but that's how voting works. Whichever candidate encourages the majority of the voters to get out there and cast a ballot for him/her wins. Now, in our official elections you have to vote where you live so that everyone can be tracked and no one votes more than once. But in a straw poll, where you're trying to show the electorate that you can carry the ticket and everyone is free to bus in their supporters, it's totally a viable solution. No crying "not fair" when the money machines of Perry, Bachmann, Cain, and Romney can't equal Paul.

    October 10, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  3. tonyl

    The president of the Family Research Council Tony Perkins is "an outlier." He is a twisted right wing fanatic. An Christian American Taliban. Interpreting the Bible as they wish and forcing others to accept their own interpretations. That is the same belief that Taliban and Al-queda has in Islam. Here they use lobby, money and power to influence the congress to force the all citizens to favor policies to their beliefs and there Taliban use the force of fear, killings and murder to have the population accept their beliefs and way of living.

    October 10, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  4. NoCommentCNN

    So we do not like the results so we ignore them. Love that. time a lot of people pay attention to Dr. Paul he has been the only person who has predicted todays crisis going back into the 1990s.

    October 10, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  5. Marc

    Trending: Conservative leader Tony Perkins, who leads the Family Research Council, reveals that he is a supporter of the status quo and America's imperialistic, insane economic establishment by disrespecting Ron Paul. Here's a better buzzline for your article CNN- at least one that is more truthful. Thanks for outing yourself as a puppet of the FED and the establishment of lies and theft.

    October 10, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  6. Gmartine

    Religious conservatives should take note that this Perkins person is a deceiver. They should also note that Ron Paul has always been honest with the American people. Take it as you will but remember that the great deceiver has many tools in the world and Perkins appears to be one of them.

    October 10, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  7. matt papke

    Ron Paul did not bus anyone in. There are grassroots supporters that use their own money to support Dr. Paul. today I am meeting with 15+ Ron Paul Supporters to hold signs at busy intersections. The signs are either home made or paid for out of pocket by people like me. No one was conscripted and bussed in. Please refrain from such ignorant statements when reporting on our future presidential elections.

    October 10, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  8. Reel American

    We need More Conservative candidates elected to straighten out all these sinners. Ron Paul is a heathen

    October 10, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |

    Herman Cain won a straw poll that's never been considered a good indicator of GOP sentiments? = HE'S A GOD! HE'S A FRONTRUNNER!!!

    Ron Paul wins many Straw Polls and gets the 3rd highest vote total ever in the history of the Ames Straw Poll = Straw polls arent' a good indicator of electability anyway and he's probably stuffing the ballots with a non-representative demographic.

    Your bias is showing CNN...

    October 10, 2011 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  10. Keith Allahson, Mpls Mn

    We must all put on our marching shoes for Obuma!!!!

    October 10, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  11. Joshua Ludd

    Yeah, all you folks supporting Paul... he can't get the nomination and he can't win. The GOP base will never support him because he doesn't support their big version of "small government".

    October 10, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  12. Vic

    Ron Paul and H. Cain are the only ones with more "tangibility" and less idology in their agendas. Paul wins because he does not have the hypocritical aura everyone esle does. With respect to Paul being an "outlier" - in outliying times, you need an outlier.

    October 10, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  13. Bob Lees

    I love it... Conservatives can't even have a phony vote without cheating. Values voters...... hahahahahaha, love them values.

    October 10, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  14. JMM

    Social conservatives need to get a clue. The country as a whole, over time will continue to be "less" conservative, its called making "progress" in society. Hence the GOP moving far to the right the past 10 or so years. Tony Perkins and all of his whacko friends do not represent very many Americans, and really they are not very representative of the "true" Republican party. They spew hate in the name of God and twist the arm of religious political leaders to remain in the dark ages. Just like Ricky Santorum, didn't take the folks in PA very long to figure out he is loonie tunes.

    October 10, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  15. CommonSense

    Didn't Michele Bachmann do the same thing in Iowa by providing free barbecue, country music and the ballots? All the politicians do. If Paul's people are dedicated enough to get bussed in then they are voters. The ones for Bachman were at the fair and no extra effort was needed on their part.

    October 10, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  16. Bessy

    Ron Paul is just as bad as all of the other candidates. This man is a doctor, and yet, when he was questioned in the debate, about what should be done about someone who is ill, and needs care, but has no insurance, his responsive was " to let him die ". Heaven help us ! That is just 1 of the reasons I would never vote for him.

    October 10, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  17. HereComes Everyman

    "The president of the Family Research Council characterized Rep. Ron Paul's weekend win in the Values Voter Summit straw poll as "an outlier.""

    In other words Mr. Perkins, you didn't get the rubber stamp seal of approval on the choice of candidate you and your organization are backing.

    October 10, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  18. GI Joe

    Christian Values = Sarah Palin + Glen Rice

    October 10, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  19. glm

    I'm voting Dr Ron Paul!! Ron Paul is the only reason I switched from Independent to Repub., and I will get to vote for Ron Paul in the Repub primary election and I can't wait to show my support and fight the good fight with Dr Paul!!!!!!!!!

    October 10, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  20. Mark Smith

    Maybe he should refund all the money the Ron Paul voters paid to get into this event, if they really don't count.

    October 10, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  21. MarkinGA

    Let me get this straight – you head an event and do not like the results because in your opinion, the Voters Vale Straw Pole can be manipulated by politicians. And if so, aren't tyou also condeming ALL STRAW POLES because they can be manipulated by the politiscians as wel. Two suggestions, either stop having the Straw pole, or stop voting at the event. And since ALL straw poles can be easily manipulated by politicians, we should stop having them and the press should stop covering them.

    October 10, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  22. Jilli

    Actually, Perkins dismissal is a plus in my book. I'd wear it like a badge of honor, that this so-called "christian" didn't support me.

    October 10, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  23. Scott O

    All candidates can bus people in, this article is absurd.

    October 10, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  24. jsknow

    Isn't it amazing that every time Ron Paul wins a poll, the very people conducting the poll claim their own poll is invalid for one reason or another? Are we supposed to believe everything these people say and that they are competent to run a political event “except” when Ron Paul wins? So what if RP's supporters came in busses? They showed up, they bought a ticket and they voted. They did exactly what supporters are supposed to do and they didn't do anything supporters of other candidates weren't allowed to do. The Paul bashing that happens after every poll he wins makes me think Paul is actually way ahead with the majority of voters and the crooks running the media are doing everything they can to hurt him because they fear a true representative of We The People and the Constitution that can’t be bought off.

    October 10, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  25. David

    So Ron Paul got the most voters to come out and vote for him? Isnt this the point of getting elected? Im voting Ron Paul because the media is telling me not to.

    October 10, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
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