BLITZER’S BLOG: Ron Paul could surprise us
December 13th, 2011
04:24 PM ET
11 years ago

BLITZER’S BLOG: Ron Paul could surprise us

(CNN) – Three weeks to the Iowa caucuses and anything is still possible, including an upset win by Congressman Ron Paul.

As you know, he has lots of devoted supporters. He has an excellent organization in Iowa. He could surprise a lot of people and actually win the caucuses – to the dismay of Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney.


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  1. Democrats answer to everything, TAX THE RICH, TAX BUSINESS

    Highly unlikely.... I'll bet you $10,000 he doesn't win CNN! hahaha

    December 13, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  2. vic , nashville ,tn

    I wish he surprise us , Ron Paul or Jon Huntsman will gets our votes over Obama

    December 13, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  3. Republicans answer to everything, TAX THE MIDDLE CLASS, PROTECT THE RICH

    They are all a bunch of clowns anyway.

    December 13, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  4. Gurgi

    I will start to like Ron Paul, then he will come out with something scary. Not really sure I could vote for him.

    December 13, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  5. Indy

    Its actually no surprise at all to anyone paying attention, and giving the fact that the others entire campaigns are based on lowering taxes for the rich and deregulating everything that caused all the current problems. Ron Paul has much more support then the media and Republicans would have you believe.

    December 13, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  6. surfson

    Mandevillian Capitalism is the oil in many misguided conservatives mechanistic thinking. Extraction of capital from a corporation usually starves that corporation into bankruptsy; U.S.A. is being sought to be run like a corporation. If the U.S.A. is like a corporation then it's people are it's most valuable asset especially since corporations cannot exist without people. Once Globalization is acknowledged as a reality; it becomes the duty of U.S. born corporations to maintain all of its people with basic sustinance. After that consider using a "maintainable economic mission" as a long term goal of capitalism.

    December 13, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    What better endorsement can Paul get than, " . . . Not really sure I could vote for him." from a teavangelical?

    December 13, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  8. Food stamps for billionaires.

    Ron will certainly support the wealthy .2% of Americans with his elimination of all consumer protections, social security, medicare, civil rights and more. Ron is just the dream candidate for the extreme right.

    December 13, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  9. willie floyd

    Not a bad person but I could never vote for him. Foreign policy in todays' world is vitally important. I think our president has proven himself very capable in this area.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    December 13, 2011 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    About time CNN and Blitzer, the worlds biggest neocon toady, paid positive attention to Ron Paul.

    December 13, 2011 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  11. Patriot Awesome

    I hope Ron Paul gets the republican nomination. I'm still going to vote for Obama, but at least Ron Paul isn't a dirt bag like the rest of the republican hopefuls. If the republicans had any respect for the American people they would nominate either Ron Paul or Huntsman.

    December 13, 2011 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Democrats somebody wrote:
    Highly unlikely.... I'll bet you $10,000 he doesn't win CNN! hahaha.
    Dr. Paul is the most likely next 'anti-Romney' should Newt fall down and break his crown.

    December 13, 2011 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  13. Woman In California

    Yes, he could win the Iowa caucus but the country would NEVER vote for him as president. Period.

    December 13, 2011 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  14. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Some good ideas, some bad ideas... Rand was one of his worst.
    At least we know where he stands.

    December 13, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  15. Gurgi

    @Wire Palladin, S. F., actually I'm an independent, not a "teavangelical." At this point it is looking like the election choice will be between the lesser of two evils, but I really don't want to have to vote for Obama.

    December 13, 2011 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  16. Ben Dover

    I doubt Paul will suprise anybody...Hes too old.

    December 13, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  17. Julie Diane

    You have been very professional when you do cover Ron Paul, Wolfie! Thank you!!

    Also, tell Candy Crowley that when she covered him the other day she called him an isolationist, as if he promotes the philosophies of North Korea or something. Non-intervention is QUITE different from isolationism. Ron Paul has OUR interests in mind... he is a non-interventionist!

    December 13, 2011 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    Gurgi wrote:
    At this point it is looking like the election choice will be between the lesser of two evils, but I really don't want to have to vote for Obama.
    Why? Republicans accuse Obama of "runaway spending" when the real deficit problem is a result less revenue due to the high unemployment and the Bush Tax Cuts. Discretionary spending has not increased. Revenue has decreased.

    December 13, 2011 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  19. Buzz Fisher

    Ron Paul will surprise the folks over at Billboard Magazine when his unofficial anthem, "The Light of Revolution", reaches #1 in January! Read more at

    December 13, 2011 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  20. diridi

    I like this dude better, I mean much better than those two idiots...i.e, Romney, and Gingiiirich....o.k,

    December 13, 2011 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  21. vet in texas

    Paul can't win the nomination for this one fact:

    He will stop giving corporate welfare to the military complex, big oil, or big pharmacy, add the fact that he wants to end the FED, the Kochs, and the other powers that be would spend more money to defeat him because of all they would loose. There is a reason that Limbaugh, Levin, etc. speak negatively of him. He's too old to care. The GOP will always need a patsy to do their bidding from the Governors actions of the immigration issue for private prisons to make huge profits, to the oil subsidies that the oil industry loves, but doesn't need. It's fairly easy to see if you look at them as skeptically as if you would look at Obama and what you think he's trying to do.

    December 13, 2011 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  22. Diman

    "I think our president has proven himself very capable in this area?" Yes... very capable of extending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (exactly the opposite of what he promised to do), starting a new war in Libya (which put Islamic radicals in power, who are supposedly our enemy in Iraq and Afghanistan) and threatening to start a new war in Iran! Very capable??? You have to be kidding me!!! Obama has no clue what he's doing and if he does than he's intentional ruining this country and bankrupting us!

    December 13, 2011 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  23. Rufrigginkidnme

    So Wolfe this begs the questions; When are you and your colleagues on CNN and other networks going to begin asking Newt and Romney if they will support Paul if he wins the nomination? When will you begin asking them if they will run 3rd party?

    December 13, 2011 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  24. Obama2Paul

    Voted Obama 2008. Ron Paul alllll the way 2012. Romney...... Gingrich..... OBAMA.... really there isn't much difference folks... WAKE UP!!! They are puppets to the establishment. There is a reason you don't see as much coverage on Paul. They know he won't be another pushover. He is the only candidate that is not in denial about how bad of shape this country is in. He is the only candidate who is sincere about America not policing the world, and bringing our troops home. He is the only candidate that wants to stop spending the taxpayers' money on a FAILED war on drugs, a conjured "War" on terror, and big Gov't Agencies that have only cost us more money with little or nothing to show for it. He is the only candidate who wants to audit and eventually end the Federal Reserve. He is the only candidate that wants the Federal gov't out of our lives in so many ways so that we may obtain and retain the LIBERTY that we desere as human beings and Americans. Please folks, if you haven't taken the time to listen to what Dr. Ron Paul has to say, his ideas, his logic, his values, his vision.... do so. The way i see it.... he is one of the LAST true hopes for this country to survive as we now know it. It's time.

    December 13, 2011 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  25. americus soul

    It's funny. Months ago we used to bother to reply back to you clueless people. Now we just ignore you. The same thing happened right before Rand Paul was elected. We just stopped arguing with you establishment shills and trolls.

    Ron Paul might not win in 2012, but Rand Paul will win in 2016 or 2020. Enjoy your payoffs while you can. We are going to clean this country up. Happy holidays.

    December 13, 2011 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
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