NH paper rips Paul and his supporters
December 30th, 2011
02:25 PM ET
9 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. Jamie from Riverside

    Every picture I see of this guy looks like he just sat on a pez dispenser.

    December 30, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  2. David

    To the contrary, many of us support him precisely because of his sane position on foreign policy.

    December 30, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  3. Logic in LA

    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, but due to his domestic policy. He wants to basically eliminate the federal government and return all the power to the sates. That makes us the "new" Russia, not United States. We are supposed to have a strong federal system to support the states and protect ALL of us.

    December 30, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  4. george of the jungle

    his supporters are just as wacky as he is. Boy oh boy what a crop of nuts running on the repo ticket. Bigotry is alive and well in the repo party.

    December 30, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  5. Multi-runners for President...!

    "if at first you don't succeed; try, try again" Paul and Romney tries too many times and going nowhere...Just annoying like a dripping faucet...Time to get- out and call the plummer...!

    December 30, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  6. grunk

    Ron Paul supporters have been laughing at that McQuaid clown since his column.

    December 30, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  7. S.Schulz

    Uh... this is the same newspaper that endorsed McCain in 2008.....the same McCain that came in 4th in Iowa and had ZERO money to continue....this 'unbiased newspaper' gave all kinds of free media to McCain and the republican establishment got their guy....and LOST to Obama.

    Hey! Union Leader and specifically Joseph McQuaid.....we ain't listening this time around....you have ZERO credibility.

    December 30, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  8. Marty Smith

    Ever since the paper's publishing rights were transferred a few years ago, the New Hampshire UL has been pushing a very neoconservative agenda, It should come as no surprise the paper takes issue with Paul's non-interventionist approach. Also, still interesting to see the media refuse to acknowledge that a large portion of Paul's popularity, especially among independents and members of the military, actually results from his views on foreign policy. Most everyone can agree that supporting our troops is a worthy cause. So I wonder what McQuaid would say if asked why he thought active military personnel contribute more to the Paul campaign than all of the other candidates combined.

    December 30, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  9. Russ Nelson

    I just want to know why are all the main stream news media afraid of Ron Paul and his supporters. Why are they so biased. So far from what I grew up thinking what the news media was all about. I am so disappointed in all the medias and this has taught me and should teach others that what the media tells you is not necessarily the truth but their slanted biased take on the issue Even though Ron Paul is winning in Iowa they still refuse to report on him unless it is something negative. All I wanted for Christmas was the truth. With the way the medias act it is high time for a new source.

    December 30, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  10. LoveLiberty

    So are they saying those who serve in the U.S. military are "fringe nuts," too? Because Ron Paul gets more support and donations from our active military than ANY other candidate.

    December 30, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  11. Don

    The next biggest crackpot lunatic after Newt actually thinks anyone really cares what buzzes around inside that empty head of his? The Republicans have really lost it, 3 idiots, 2 lunatic egomaniacs and a lame loser from Mass. is ALL they have to offer America. I bet a LOT of Republicans are wishing GW would run again, like that clown would ever get reelected. 2012, the year of the no-show by the most unethical illogical moronic political party in America, brought to you my the immoral Republicans. God what a joke this party is, has always been and will always be. Republicans in Texas really need to learn to wear a hat when they go out to stand in the sun all day, they still haven't learned it fries your brain like an egg, go figure, right? LOL

    December 30, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  12. Gerald

    CNN is complicit in the ongoing violence in Iraq and wealth distribution from the middle class to the international banking class. If they spent half as much time providing historical context and fact checking as they do slinging mud at Ron Paul, they wouldn't have such a declining viewership. Fascist media at it worst.

    December 30, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  13. Mike

    It's funny how people call his supporters names and trash them... His top 3 donors are US air force , navy and the army... So your saying that the people that protect you are insane, crazy, idiots?

    December 30, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  14. ron

    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. The Russians did not want China to get the bomb, so they approached Nixon proposing the US and the USSR cooperating in a preemptive strike to prevent it. Nixon not only refused to take part in the preemptive war the Russians proposed, he used the Russian proposal as a means to open up China, which is nowadays considered Nixon's major foreign policy coup. How can the Union Leader dismiss Paul as crazy, when his policy proposal mirrors Nixon's greatest success? Apparently many people don't recall history.

    December 30, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  15. Jacob

    My favorite part about anti-paul is when he is called unamerican. People will continue to slander and hate you because they fear you. I guess Joseph McQuaid and all Democrats sleep in bunkers at night because they fear al-queda will get them! fact check: no american citizen is in any danger due to foreign "enemies", we are more in danger from our own governments (ie: police brutalities, etc) but you guys can continue to lose sleep over Iran.. i sleep fine at night.

    December 30, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  16. John

    I am an independant who voted for Obama in 2008 – I am not displeased with his leadership – the past few years have been tough for most of us and mostly not of his making. I look at Ron Paul seriously – I think he makes a great deal of good sense. I don't buy the lunatic fringe. His positions are carefully thought out and logical.

    December 30, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  17. yogi

    The scariest part is the state of mind of the majority of Republicans in this country: Those who actually support all the clowns that are in the primaries, all of them with the exception of Huntsman, he is at the bottom of the pile because he is actually intelligent and he would be the most difficult opponent of President Obama in the elections......

    December 30, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  18. edhoward

    Fact Check: "Ron Paul can't win" – FALSE
    Short of the economy tanking, carving off chunks of Obama's support is the only way to win.

    The youth vote which Obama won by 34% in 2008 is abandoning him. Ron Paul has proven strong appeal with the young voters. He is by far the best candidate capable of not only appealing to this demographic but energizing it towards defeating Obama. Anyone who thinks the youth vote will abandon Obama for one of the other candidates is kidding themselves. This is one of Obama's Achilles heals and ONLY Ron Paul can not only exploit it – but use it against Obama.

    Most Americans think that with Bin Laden dead, our job is done and we should bring the troops home. Obama is vulnerable on this issue against Ron Paul. Any other GOP candidate will galvanize these supporters to Obama. Ron Paul is the ONLY candidate who appeals to these voters disenchanted with Obama – carving away votes.

    76% of Americans agree with RP that the federal war on drugs is a failure, in fact, only 8% think it has been a success. 89% of the people who voted for Obama 4 years ago believe the war on drugs is a failure. Ron Paul is the ONLY candidate who is positioned to cleave off a chunk of these Obama supporters. Any other GOP candidate will galvanize these supporters to Obama.

    A record number of Americans do not trust politicians. Obama is a status quo politician, Romney is the poster child of insider politician. Ron Paul is the anti-politician and a doctor – and Americans have a high level of trust in doctors. Ron Paul is the candidate who can appeal to these voters and most effectively take votes from Obama while taking on Obamacare. Consistent on opposing mandates and ObaMass-care.

    Obama is not going to be defeated by a slick DC Beltway campaign alone. It is going to take a nationwide passionate, energized army of supporters. Ron Paul has clearly demonstrated that he can energize his base of supporters like no other candidate can. You and I both know that if Ron Paul isn't the nominee, this army of energy disappears. But with Paul as the nominee, this army will mushroom.

    FALSE – "Ron Paul Can't Win".
    When you look at what it will take to beat Obama (assuming the economy doesn't tank), Ron Paul is the only candidate that can beat Obama.
    Ron Paul's message isn't engineered to win a GOP beauty contest – it's engineered to beat Obama.

    December 30, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  19. Ron Paul 2012

    He must be doing something right then!! Keep telling it like it is Ron!

    December 30, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  20. Squigman

    It's not just Paul. The rest of the republican wanabe's and their followers (the one's sporting tin-foil hats), need to be scrutinized as well. What a bunch of nut cases.

    December 30, 2011 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  21. free___thinker

    "What is needed to competently fight a war, and al-Qaida is indeed at war with us..."

    Oh yeah, who told you that? The media? Gullible people...

    December 30, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  22. ramrod

    I can see having questions about Paul's views but to call his supporters the "lunatic fringe" is insulting and obviously inaccurate. Saber ratttling in front of Jewish groups by Gingrich and Romney is scarier then RP. Also, treating terrorists like civilian suspects has been very successful. Expert interogators have gotten confessions and other useful information from these guys. McQuaid either has blinders on or he's doing a hatchet job on RP because he has ulterior motives.

    December 30, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  23. The Greedy Old Pigs are a neocon deathcult

    "WOW! a newspaper that calls it straight!"

    You don't even make sense. The paper wrongfully criticized Paul's foreign policy positions and then you post that it's all about his domestic policies. The bottom line is that the paper is just another propaganda tool the parasitic elites use to manipulate voters and elections. Notice how no one has dared to explore the ramifications of what they say about Paul. They accuse him of being too moderate while the rest of them are drooling to attack Iran, which poses no threat to us. This bloodthirsty desire to start another unnecessary neocon war should be front and center in every debate and media interview, yet the corporate media instead tries to deflect AWAY from this extremely important truth. A vote for the GOBP deathcult is a vote for more war and torture. Anyone with a soul should renounce the GOBP deathcult.

    December 30, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  24. m

    Who cares is Paul get the GOP nod, he will never be elected president!

    December 30, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  25. Bill

    I used to be a Ron Paul supporter like you. Then I took an arrow in the knee from supporters of the status quo.

    December 30, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
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