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. TC

    AMA-1, CNN and this article is doing the nation a disservice. The article should have highlighted Dr. Paul's standing with the Christian base of the party. It should have focused on the act Dr. Paul is gaining traction. But we all know CNN isn't interested in reporting news, they are protecting the bankers. They are told to discredit Dr. Paul.

    October 10, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  2. Col Jam

    Funny that the group running the poll had no issues taking the $75/day entrance fee from the attendees. They were gald to have them. It's merely that the people running the poll disagreed with how the attendees voted.

    Let me see–those running the event disagreed with the attendees, and the attendees are the outliers? Sorry, the Tony Perkins and others like him are those out of touch.

    October 10, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  3. Sametestsameresults

    What is crazy about this article is how out of touch the American Family Council and the GOP are with America. Characterizing the protests on Wallstreet as "dissatisfaction with inefective government" shows they don't have a clue what these mainstream Americans are angry about. We are angry about big business taking control of our government and economic system. Corporate greed has lead to to much control over our government which in turn makes it "anti-worker, anti-constituent" It is only the fault of the GOP and Tea Party which has endorsed and hand fed corporate lobbysts and corporate agenda with their "job creator" tax cuts and Job Creator deregulation policies. Not to mention Citizens United giving the peoples voice to the highest corporate bidder.

    October 10, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  4. Mark

    I find this fascinating. Mr. Perkins does not like who won his little poll, so he accuses the winner of cheating? Either Mr. Perkins knows better than the people who participated, or he is a sore loser. There is another name, but the CNN monitors might object.

    October 10, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  5. Noodle Nose Johnson

    Ron Paul will never be President.

    October 10, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  6. TC

    Only Ron Paul supports and defends the constitution. That's the end of the debate. Good bye!

    October 10, 2011 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  7. adf

    "I do actually like the man and can see that he is sincere, compassionate, loaded with a lot of common sense, and consistent in his opinions."

    If you can see that, how are you NOT a Ron Paul supporter? His solutions aren't simplistic, they're real. His opponents solutions are just more of the same garbage.

    October 10, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  8. Comments4U

    For those saying Ron Paul is too old....Who cares? It's his ideas that are solid and he's trying to change the way people think about what the role of Government should be. We the people are the government. Do you willingly vote for someone else you don't agree with because of age. The message is more important than the messenger. Let's get elected officials who represent us all across the board. Too old.......come on.

    October 10, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  9. Jake

    I do not approve of Tony Perkins cult. I do not approve of him meddling in our politics and government!

    October 10, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  10. Marjee123

    Isn't it odd when a republican does not agree with the establishment they always manage to slur and whine about them. I think people have the republicans all wrong. They should be called THE PARTY OF HATE. Not republican.

    October 10, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  11. Samuel

    Cain a strong second? He was 14 points behind Ron Paul. Cain got left in the dust.

    October 10, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  12. cf

    Ron Paul fanatics always point to the couple of polls that Paul wins and say "Look how popular he is, he wins every poll," but they forget about the dozen in which he finished dismally.

    October 10, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  13. Dan

    "I am a strong Cain supporter; yet I congratulate Paul for his win. Why would folks discount a victory without objective evidence? Makes little sense."

    Bill O'Reilly did the exact same thing. He had a poll on his show for your favorite supporter, and Ron Paul and Hermain Cain won. However, Bill basically said they got too many votes so he threw them out of the poll and declared Mitt Obomney the winner. The establishment people are scared to death of Cain and Paul.

    October 10, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  14. samuel

    Good for Paul ! But he dont want governement.......and no taxes. How do we build roads, protect our childrens, and recover ? With his ideas and attitude, how can he get anything accomplished. I will vote for anyone over him....he is to old and smart to continue to complain, and target a governement that has provided him security for so many years. I think he has good ideas, but just not a lot of common sense and he lives in a glass world. Life and the world are a little more complicated then how Paul vision it. We have to take care of our sick, old, all Americans...not just the ones who dont want to pay taxes or have some type of disregard for the country at this time. This country future is too bright to turn over to Paul !

    Thank you....Go USA

    October 10, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  15. Kelli

    @Bessy- You are absolutely incorrect.

    October 10, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  16. jk from MN

    Soooo typical of someone from the far right – if the outcome doesn't exactly match their expectations – just reason it away. Maybe it's time to take a good look in the mirror to see what's wrong in your world, Mr. Perkins.

    October 10, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  17. Joe Mama

    Greed Over People, do you really, honestly think that Democrats in Washington aren't corporate sellouts too? Is funneling your tax money to the megacorps of one industry vs. another that big of a differentiator for you? You can't ask the average Republican to wake up and not be willing to wake up yourself. We ALL have to take this country back.

    October 10, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  18. TM

    Someone needs to tell this American Taliban dimwit that bringing in supporters is EXACTLY how straw polls are DESIGNED to work. How does he think Bachmann did so well in Iowa?

    October 10, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  19. SusieQ

    Ron Paul RULES!!!! It is a conspiracy that the main stream media is not giving him the attention they deserve! CNN, you ought to be ashamed of yourself for giving all the attention to Perry, who is an idiot, and to the others who are NOT running. Who cares if they aren't running? Start paying attention to the only one that matters–RON PAUL! The same thing happened when Nobama came from out of nowhere a year before the '08 elections...he kept being touted as this and that...then he started on "hope" and "change"...spare me...I "hope" wake up from drinking the Nobama koolaid and see that Ron Paul is the "change" we need. Ron Paul is the guy to make Nobama a one-term president! Go RON PAUL!

    October 10, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  20. andyj

    So, Ron Paul wins because he has supporters who believe in his message and are willing to vote for him. Um, how else do you win a straw poll?! So, if Romney had many supporters who believed what he said and wanted to promote him for president and he won this poll, would the headlines be the same? Or would that result be an outlier? This is a joke. They should just stop having straw polls because Ron Paul supporters are going to stuff the ballot box via... what for it!

    October 10, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  21. extra medium

    I wonder what I should wear today? Should I eat beef for dinner, or chicken? These decisions are too hard for me to make, so I look to conservative leaders like Tony Perkins for guidance. Thanks Tony, don't know what I'd do without your "Leadership"...

    October 10, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  22. COMMET

    CNN and this article is doing the nation a disservice. The article should have highlighted Dr. Paul's standing with the Christian base of the party. It should have focused on the act Dr. Paul is gaining traction. But we all know CNN isn't interested in reporting news, they are protecting the bankers. They are told to discredit Dr. Paul. <-Agreed.

    October 10, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  23. Nevis

    I love it. They are starting to eat their young.

    October 10, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  24. BCasero

    Spoken like a true "vote-suppressing" Republican. Way to go Tony. By the way, keep your church out of my government!

    October 10, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  25. Saboth

    Ron Paul is the only Republican candidate I would even consider voting for. My only concern is his "deregulate everything" approach. I think it's pretty proven we can't trust banks/corporations/insurance companies to regulate themselves. If RP came up against Obama, it might be a tough choice for me. Any of the other nitwits (Perry and the ilk), it would be Obama all the way. I might be disappointed in the job he has done thus far, but a lot of that is from Republican obstructionism. I do like Cain's flat tax proposal (or at least the idea of FINALLY getting some much-needed tax reform), but that's all.

    October 10, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
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