Paul's serious challenge in Iowa could rock the GOP race
December 15th, 2011
10:35 AM ET
11 years ago

Paul's serious challenge in Iowa could rock the GOP race

(CNN) - What if Ron Paul rocked the political establishment, silenced the naysayers and spoiled the party for Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney by winning the Iowa caucuses?

"I think I have a good chance," the Republican presidential candidate told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on "The Situation Room" on Wednesday.


Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Ron Paul
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  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Rarely does the winner in Iowa make it to the nomination. Paul just may be another example of the Iowa curse.

    December 15, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    For what it is worth, our Fort Myers News Press reported on page 11 in the bottom right column. that President Obama marks the end of the Iraq War. When Bush landed on a carrier marking "Mission Accomplished" in Iraq, it was on the front page.

    December 15, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  3. Larry L

    He's the Ralph Nader for the Republicans – but this time an anarchist and isolationist rather than a left-wing radical. The result is the same. Once America gets past the sound bites and understandsthat none his concepts could actually work in a diverse, dynamic and interconnected world, they move on to somebody with actual solutions.

    December 15, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  4. ja

    do we really want a seventy-five year old leading the country, there is a minimum age, therefore we need a cutoff age,

    December 15, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  5. The Real Tom Paine

    Larry L, I submitted yesterday that Paul was hopelessly naive ( as are all Libertarians, in my opinion) and I was roundly attacked as lacking undestanding. Paul's followers live in a perversion of Jeffersonian ideals, which are, as you stated, unworkable in the real world and assume that everyone agrees with you. I hope Paul does win Iowa, because it might shock the GOP enough to realize that they have run off the rails to keep a vocal minority happy that can't offer a workable solution to any problem. Americans like incremental change, not dramatic, and Paul does not represent what people prefer.

    December 15, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  6. gg

    40 yrs to late

    December 15, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  7. Bill

    Great stuff. The GOP will rip what left of its fractured party into shreds between now and next June. Obama 2012. Thank you GOP for being such a gang of misfits!

    December 15, 2011 11:18 am at 11:18 am |

    I would love Ron Paul to win Iowa and run as a 3rd party candidate. I'm not saying I'll support him, but I know he'll take votes away from the rest of the clowns in the circus.

    December 15, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  9. Will

    He is the one man up there offering real change. The one man offering different solutions to problems other than constant war and constant spending. Mitt and Newt would be no different then Obama. People will look back and realize that we had a chance to stop our country from collapsing and instead voted for the same type of puppets over and over again. Think real hard about this because this may be our last shot at getting this right.

    December 15, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  10. Lynda/Minnesota

    A quote from Mittens, about Mittens:

    “People are taking a closer look at Speaker Gingrich,” Mr. Romney said. “And like other people who bumped up in the polls in this last year, as they take a closer look, some are happy with what they see and some would like to see something else and recognize that he may not be exactly what they wanted.” - Mitt Romney 2011

    Apparently Mitt hasn't gotten the memo yet. Those that don't like Gingrich seem to be headed towards Ron Paul. In Iowa anyway. But back to the point. No matter where they look ... it ain't Mitt they're seeing, or liking.

    December 15, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  11. The Real Tom Paine

    Will, how do you think Paul will implement his chnages, when he will be the first president in history capable of uniting the Congress against him? There is change, and there are fantasies: Paul's supporters live in a fantasy world, and even he realizes it. He's just milking it for all its worth before he heads beack to TX: btw, TX was annexed, and since there are no provisions in the Constitution for annexation, Paul just made himself inelgible for the presidency.

    December 15, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  12. vic , nashville ,tn

    I wish Ron Paul will win ,Republicans establishment and right wing media always discount Ron Paul

    December 15, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  13. Joe Shmoe

    He's far from an isolationist. He's a non-interventionist. Big difference. Dr. Paul believes in free trade and a policy of mutual respect, not nation building and pre-emptive invasions. This is the forein policy of the Founding Fathers. And like the Founding Fathers, he believes in limiting the reach of the Federal Government. Following the Constitution and the Rule of Law does not equal "anarchy".

    There's a reason Dr. Paul is gaining momentum despite the lamestream media's attempts to distort his message and marginalize him. He appeals to those who are tired of the growing warfare/welfare state and want to follow the Constitution.

    If we don't address the debt and spending, and return to a Republic rather than an Empire, we will face bankruptcy and a full on collapse like the world has never seen. Don't be a sheep. Investigate for yourself what Ron Paul's message and record really are.

    December 15, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  14. Anonymous

    Lifelong Democrats for RON PAUL 2012!!!!

    December 15, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  15. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Even if Ron Paul wins in Iowa, he won't win any place else. I just hope the Republicans do not end up nominating the ONLY person on the planet that cannot beat Obama next November. This country will be so screwed if it does.

    December 15, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |