NH paper rips Paul and his supporters
December 30th, 2011
02:25 PM ET
11 years ago

NH paper rips Paul and his supporters

(CNN) - New Hampshire's most influential newspaper took the knives out for Ron Paul Friday, calling the GOP hopeful "dangerous" and labeling his supporters the "lunatic fringe."

Joseph McQuaid, publisher of the Union Leader, lamented that reporters more interested in chasing the latest political developments have largely ignored Paul's views on foreign policy.

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"Those views have been largely overlooked by a news media more interested in the presidential 'horse race' than in the candidates' positions on issues. But we expect New Hampshire primary voters will examine the facts and act accordingly," McQuaid wrote.

The column ticked off several of Paul's views, starting with the stance that suspected terrorists be tried in civilian courts.

"This is nothing short of nuts," McQuaid wrote. "What is needed to competently fight a war, and al-Qaida is indeed at war with us, is the ability to gather information. Telling the enemy that it has a 'right to remain silent' is absurd."

Other positions at issue: Paul's controversial stance on Iran, which has recently come under fire from other candidates on the campaign trail.

"He has repeatedly said that we should allow Iran to continue to develop a nuclear weapon," McQuaid wrote. "This is the same country whose leadership vows death to America, the 'Satanic power,' and who wants Israel wiped from the map."

McQuaid also directed his wrath at Paul's supporters, who he said were far from mainstream.

"Never mind Paul being the favored candidate of the lunatic fringe (see white supremacists, anti-Semites, truthers, etc.)."

Paul's press secretary Jesse Benton released a statement saying the editorial reflected establishment thinking.

"Dr. Paul is fighting for real change and taking on the entire establishment – the neo-conservative foreign policy establishment, the monetary establishment and the big spending establishment in Washington," Benton wrote. "He is bound to take a lot of arrows from supporters of the status quo, but he has broad shoulders and will never stop fighting for what is right."

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Filed under: 2012 • New Hampshire • Ron Paul
soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. rob

    The Atlantic just ran a piece about the inaccuracy of new paper journalists associating Ron Paul support with ignoring his foreign policy. His foreign policy draws more people than any other issue possibly. I have yet to talk to an individual, army included, that supports Ron Paul and ignores his foreign policy. Pieces like this are trash. Trying to associate fanaticism the same way Santorum and Bachman try to scare voters into believing U.S. imperialism keeps the world peaceful.

    December 30, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Logic in LA wrote:

    WOW! a newspaper that calls it straight! I realize that we all have varying opinions, but Ron Paul is anti-American!
    Not because he is against war, or because he believes we have created our enemies
    You haven't traveled around the world much, have you? America is viewed in much the same light as the British were during the height of the British Empire. Much of the world sees American capitalism as no different from British imperialism. Throw in the fact that Great Britain is the USA's staunchest ally, and you have a perfect storm for American hate.

    Don't forget Bin Laden's stated reason for the 9/11 attacks. His reasoning sounded absurd at the time, right up until the moment we the Bush administration invaded Iraq. Bin Laden was upset that the US had set up permanent bases in the Middle East following the Gulf War in 1991, particularly the permanent presences in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. Bin Laden said that the US invades Arab countries, sets up puppet governments [think Shah of Iran] and steals the oil.

    In many parts of the developing world, unrestrained capitalism is viewed to be just as evil as unrestrained communism. I think they have a point.

    December 30, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |

    What's new? GOBP wingnuts ARE the lunatic fringe. That's why general elections terrify them into voter suppression tactics. They can run but they can't hide from voters.

    December 30, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  4. steve harnack

    I don't support our military adventurism and we spend way way too much on so called "defense" but when I hear the Paul gets the most support from active duty military members I have to ask, why are they in the military? Since we have an all volunteer force, why did they join? Sounds like they all must want some cushy 9 to 5 job sitting on their butts on some safe state side base. When I have disagreed with my employers I quit that job and went somewhere else. Why don't they?

    December 30, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  5. Christopher

    I'm of the mindset that folks that support the current cast of republicans, except Huntsman, and the current libertarian vying for the WH are not totally grasping how government actually was designed to work. It has been proven historically that states with too much power don't do good. As a matter of fact, it's a very bad idea and the federal government is there to balance the power. Just as there is a system of checks and balances between the judicial, legislative and executive branches of US government, the federal, state and local governments are bound by the same checks and balances. Also, the folks that feel cutting out needed federal programs and needed discretionary spending is a means to balance our budget and create jobs, do not understand the economics of our country and how it relates to the federal, state, local and global economies. This whole ordeal is beginning to expose a lot of folks lack of basic education and understanding. As a country we are really in need of a miracle and Ron Paul ain't it. Who ever we elect into office of the POTUS, just remember that they won't get any of their objectives met if they don't have a senate and house to support them. It'll just be more of the same and I really hope folks realize and understand that...smdh!

    December 30, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  6. Dougie

    I hope NH rips him to shreds. He's a dangerous man with very perilous and treacherous principals.

    December 30, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  7. JLR

    Ron Paul 2012. (Can I have my free bag of pot now?)

    December 30, 2011 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  8. Malory Archer

    LoveLiberty, can you provide a link to your claim that RP gets more support and donations from military members than any other Presidential candidate?

    December 30, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  9. Woman In California

    calling the GOP hopeful "dangerous" and labeling his supporters the "lunatic fringe."

    The truth shall set you free. He is dangerous and they are a lunatic cult.

    December 30, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  10. Ben

    Lunatics I tell you... expecting the united states government to uphold the bill of rights! Peace is dangerous... war is safe. 25% is far from mainstream. I don't care how bad Mcquaid misquotes Iranian leaders... he does my thinking for me and thus is right.

    December 30, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  11. unsub

    go Ron go!!!

    December 30, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  12. Independent

    All I see here is fear-mongering and slander directed at Ron Paul and his supporters. Very disappointing.

    December 30, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  13. Alex

    Ron Paul is the only smart choice left!

    December 30, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  14. poopmeister

    Most of his views are so extreme that, even if he were to get into office, none of his policies would get pass the house and senate. This guy needs to tone it back a bit before it's too late.....oh wait it is too late, his crazy book and letters are all over the place. It's in black and white. Even though his comments could be construed as well thought out, it still doesn't matter if he can't find the middle.

    December 30, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  15. BringTheToopsHomeNOW

    New Hampsherrr is Dangerous.

    December 30, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    ron wrote:

    To put this into some historical perspective, one should recall that in the early 1970s Red China was on the brink of developing a nuclear weapon. Nixon was president; Mao was still in power in China. Mao's "Cultural Revolution" had been in the headlines for years, and if anyone thinks the Iranian government is crazy, I assure you that Mao during this period was even crazier....How can the Union Leader dismiss Paul as crazy, when his policy proposal mirrors Nixon's greatest success? ....
    If you know your history, then you know that Chairman Mao was brutal against his own people. You would know that China adhered to a strict isolationist policy. Furthermore, you also know that China never declared for the destruction of another country. Yes, they had disputed territorial diferences with the Soviets, but they never got into a shooting match. Iran. Iran has called for the destruction of both Israel and the US. Your analogy between China and Iran doesn't apply.

    December 30, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  17. Lolo

    Ron Paul is seling wolf tickets and the clowns are bending over backwards to buy them. THe Republican/Tea Party group is really in a down spiral. They are so confused, they do not know if they are coming or going. Just settle down and wait until 2016 when you have found a true candidate to fight for all American people, not just for your mixed up one-sided views and ways of thinking. Your party really sucks and looks very crazy and scary to the rest of us.

    December 30, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  18. RayeLinda

    To label Ron Paul's supporters of being on the lunatic fringe shows you how scared others are of Ron Paul. Why are they scared? Because they like how things are now, but they don't realize that if things remain the way they are now we are doomed to collapse. Does that belief make me a lunatic or a realist? I plan to vote for Ron Paul. Why? He voted against the very things that have put us in this situation. He may not be pretty, he may not be articulate, he may be quirky, but I'm looking for honest, different, hard working and solutions. We have a generation that has become dependent on government to answer their every need. We have corruption, fraud and unethical behavior and I'm told by my congress that no laws were broken. So you may label me as being on the lunatic fringe, but I'm just against greed, corruption, free handouts to those who don't need it or haven't earned it, wars that don't benefit our nation, bailouts, law breakers, Solyndra, unethical behavior, etc. You say Paul will never be elected President, well he won't if people don't vote for him. The media is against Ron Paul so he is a long shot. Well I'm voting for the long shot; I'm not voting pretty!

    December 30, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  19. Indy

    New Hampshire's most influential newspaper took the knives out for Ron Paul Friday, calling the GOP hopeful "dangerous" and labeling his supporters the "lunatic fringe."

    Yet most Republican candidates have said they would vote for him if he was the candidate, at the same time they say he is dangerous but Republicans only care about their party not the people or the country. Ron Paul is crazy like a fox and will win Iowa and Romneys panties will be in a knot, and they will bring on the fear factor and manufacture a worldwide scare tactic so people will be scared into voting for the republican nominee.

    December 30, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  20. Jeremy

    Another insane writer trying to convince me i`m insane. Lol. Not working.

    December 30, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  21. GOP = Greed Over People

    "Lunatic fringe" and "clown car"?

    Glad the GOP dismisses political correctness in favor of "straight talk", 'cuz this is the unvarnished truth run amok!!!

    December 30, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  22. GOP = Greed Over People

    "Never mind Paul being the favored candidate of the lunatic fringe (see white supremacists, anti-Semites, truthers, etc.)."

    BAM! Bet the GOP cannot handle the truth!

    December 30, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  23. Jason

    One day soon, our reckless economic and military ignorance will be called an act of war. Who will come save us from ourselves? Will they say they are defending their strategic interests? What if they say they are protecting the freedoms of humanity?

    What if sound money and jobs are only possible when we aren't sending $5 billion out of this country every day?

    What if Christianity teaches peace and not preventative wars and aggression?

    What if we save ourselves?
    Ron Paul & Jon Huntsman 2012.

    December 30, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
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