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. DieselChadron

    not a chance. he is a FRINGE candidate. in fact, even though 70% of people dissaprove of congress and the general direction of the country, Ron Paul, who would drastically change the country's direction, is not even worthy of mention on the NBC newscast.

    ALL OF THESE MEDIA MAKE ME SICK. Ron Paul owned everybody in the last debate. these newscasters are avoiding mentioning him as though he were the plague. you almost have to wonder if there are some type of orders from 'the top'.

    December 13, 2011 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  2. alan

    For liberals (like myself) who might not want to vote for ron paul, take a look at the list below
    1 Against the war? Check
    2 Consistent with voting records and wife? Check
    3 Donations come from grass roots, not goldman sachs or health care or freddie mac? Check
    4 The mainstream media eg Bill O reilly hates him? Check
    5 Correctly predicted the housing bublble and econ downturn? Check

    don't let the media "scare" you, obama fooled me last time, i am going for ron paul this time, and so should you, my fellow democrats

    December 13, 2011 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  3. justin

    I think if your a conservative republican there's only two logical options, vote hunstman or paul. Ron paul has a shot, and I believe will win iowa.

    December 13, 2011 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  4. Ben

    CNN is probably filtering comments, because there's nothing but trash talkers and opinionators here. Nobody here wants the truth: the country is INSOLVENT and the only way out is: total collapse of the economy or change from within ASAP. Ron Paul is the only candidate who understands the problems and how to fix them. The rest–democrat or republican–are bought bureaucrats. People, wake up. We have been brainwashed into thinking that the two-party system is working. They ask us how we want our country run: red or blue, when neither one is the right way!!! They've been doing it for so long we think its normal!

    December 13, 2011 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  5. Nick

    Ron Paul attracts the most independents and dis-enfranchised Democrats out of the whole GOP field. The message of freedom brings people together.

    December 13, 2011 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  6. Crow

    Everyone saying "I'll never vote for him" better wait until you see him debate Obama. You're going to have a clear choice, and you'd be an idiot to not see why Ron Paul is right, and Obama is yet more debt slavery.

    Never is an awful long time.

    December 13, 2011 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  7. doug

    Ron paul is not only more qualified2b prez than all the other republican presidential candidates put together–also he is 100% way more qualified 2b prez than than obama the so-called p.o.t.u.s. who not only stole the 2008 election with the help of a.c.o.r.n. & nancy pig-losi&illeagle immigrents who he wants2keep in the u.s. but also he did not diserve the nobel peace prize & he would love2get rid of elections4aslongas he is alive&turn the u.s.a. into u.s.s.a.
    (& Last but not least–ron paul is the only1making a good argument that the u.s. should not b police-ing the world&wasting u.s. taxas on building embassies that do so-if he were2b prez he would find a way2force congress2act out on those arguments–& with that said- who deserves the nobel peace prize ron paul or barack obama?well-here is a clue-which1of them is the1preaching peace–there is a reason y the word peace is in the word nobel peace prize !) irestmycase !

    December 13, 2011 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  8. The all potent one

    Paul is easily the best chance to beat OB. Maybe Paul/Huntsman?

    The staunch dems will not waiver but independants will and no way repubs will vote for OB.

    December 13, 2011 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  9. Torcehorse

    A Ron Paul victory is very likely in Iowa. He has the best organization, support and time invested. Gingrich will fall off due to his record and Romney simply can't get support. Ron Paul's support has been significant and steadily growing throughout this election cycle. Those who call him "unelectable" can continue to parrot the MSM. However, those with their head's up are picking up on something BIG. Ron Paul 2012

    December 13, 2011 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  10. Chad

    Hi Blitz, I mean, Wolf, Blitz. hehe, couldn't resist 🙂

    December 13, 2011 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  11. Rick

    My twentysomething son turned me onto Ron Paul in 2007.
    My 85 year old mother in law just told me that Ron Paul needs to be the peoples choice. (This is a new development.)
    Ron Paul is going to surprise America.

    December 13, 2011 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  12. jimmy vaughn

    I am a veteran, and I'm voting for Ron Paul. All the other candidates including the president are worthless politicians.

    December 13, 2011 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  13. Jason S

    Ron Paul will win Iowa count on it.

    December 13, 2011 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  14. Phil

    Yes keep up with the comment of "he can't win the country", "he's not electable", all you want because in the end Ron Paul will be the GOP nomination. People have been saying that he can't win Iowa before his rises in Iowa. Now look what happen...he trailed Gingrich by 1% in the latest poll. Now they (the mainstream media and ill-informed people) will say that he can't win NH, SC, and so on. Just wait and watch as the rest of the American people realized who is the real candidate.
    Ron Paul 2012.

    December 13, 2011 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  15. Midwest4Life

    Ron Paul all the way until his more traditional views become at odds with current affairs and a radically different culture. I've been mostly Democratic and may or may not choose Obama in the end, but Ron Paul is ultimately willing to hand the power back over to the people. Do we deserve it? Many would think they do, but some only use others as a mere means to an end and are capable of committing atrocities... thus ruining it for the many. Consequently, the government steps in to keep us in bounds. Then the government squeeze our pockets for unlimited funds it can't possibly reporduce in the forseeable future to commit their own atrocities. Which lesser evil will you choose? 😀

    December 13, 2011 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  16. Chris

    This is rediculous. Supporters of Paul who are in the loop have known for months that Paul has not only a very good chance of winning Iowa, but a great chance of capturing a significant amount of delegates from all over the country. People like Blitzer have known this for quite a while but have purposely ignored it in an effort to marginalize Paul. The only reason they have begun discussing this as a "possibility" now is that they are trying to save face when he wins.

    December 13, 2011 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  17. Hec Jervae

    Ron Paul is loved for his heroism and truth-telling. One man against the establishment.

    December 13, 2011 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  18. Jay

    Dr Ron Paul winning wouldn't be an upset!!....It will be the win that drive him home to the nomination...It will only be an upset and an uh-oh moment for the following: war profiting media corporations, neocons, the federal reserve, the military industrial complex, the banking system, the globalists...haha, the list goes on..Hey Blitzer, pray you still have a job at the end of all this yeah?

    December 13, 2011 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  19. Martyr Rabbit

    The party of the winner next year won't really matter. The end result – our economic, international, and domestic ruin – will be the same, because the most crucial policies that will lead us into financial ruin are exactly the same with both parties. Anyone who thinks that Romney/Gingrich are going to do anything other than delay that collapse, in a better fashion than Obama could, is completely delusional. The reverse is also true.

    December 13, 2011 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  20. Martyr Rabbit

    Why are people still pretending? President Obama has virtually the same foreign policy that Bush did (he "pulled out" of Iraq, actually, on Bush's own timetable; he's ramped up the war in Afghanistan; he's even started a few new ones). Military spending under Obama is even higher than it was under Bush (an increase of 3.6% in 2010 and then 2.5% in this year alone). Oh, but gays and lesbians can now openly die in undeclared wars too... that's just what everyone wanted, wasn't it!

    Federal Reserve policies and domestic/international bailout practices are exactly the same. The federal government was already paying for 50% of healthcare costs before ObamaCare, so the insurance mandate is really all that's substantially different now. The Patriot Act and its regular suspension of 5th Amendment rights is the same, and the TSA is even stronger than it was when Bush was in office. What's the difference? Rhetoric?

    Obama has increased the debt by 15.4% so far in his first term, while Bush increased it by 27.8% over his two terms. So who's worse? I'd say it proves they're almost entirely the same. Again, what's different? All the anti-opposition-party talk?

    December 13, 2011 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  21. Mark

    Anyone notice the pic of Ron Paul in this article? CNN has photoshopped Ron Pauls pic to make him less appealing. They have removed his eyes. Very phsycotic!

    December 13, 2011 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  22. Abby

    Ron Paul is going to destroy everybody on stage. Obama has no chance in front of Ron Paul

    December 13, 2011 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  23. Janelle

    I Heart Ron Paul!! 2012!

    December 13, 2011 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  24. T'sah from Virginia

    ►BLITZER’S BLOG: Ron Paul could surprise us◄
    Yep, all those fans – come on – just hop on the bus
    But how far can the bus run on Libertarian gas
    Ron Paul would DROP after Iowa and then take a pass!!

    The good thing about this – Ron Paul is going to take a LOT of votes from the RIGHT if he can manage to go ALL THE WAY by switching parties!!

    December 13, 2011 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  25. Derrel Walters

    Those of you ranting negatively about Ron Paul have yet to get the news. Pay no attention to national polls. Pay attention to Iowa and New Hampshire. Ron Paul is gaining ground in both. He is currently tied for the lead in Iowa. No person has went on to win the presidency that has not won at least one of those states. Romney and Gingrich are trending down in both. Did you know Ron Paul's top contributor is active US military, more that all the other candidates COMBINED. I encourage you to youtube Ron Paul and see what all the hooping and hollering in Iowa is about. He will likely be our next president.

    December 14, 2011 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
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