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    Ron Paul: nowhere in polls, but everywhere on the Web

    SEATTLE TIMES Sunday 6-17-07 (Front Page--bottom) (From a
    Washington Post article)

    WASHINGTON — On Technorati, which offers a real-time glimpse of the
    blogosphere, the most frequently searched term last week was "YouTube."

    Then came "Ron Paul."

    The presence of the obscure Republican congressman from Texas on a list
    that includes terms such as "Sopranos," "Paris Hilton" and "iPhone" is a
    sign of the online buzz building around the long-shot Republican
    presidential hopeful — even as mainstream political pundits have written
    him off.

    Rep. Ron Paul is more popular on Facebook than Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. Paul has more friends on MySpace than former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Paul's MeetUp groups, with 11,924 members in 279 cities, are the biggest in the Republican field. And his official YouTube videos, including clips of his three debate appearances, have been viewed nearly 1.1 million times — more than those of any other candidate, Republican or Democrat, except Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.

    No one is more surprised at this robust Web presence than Paul, a
    self-described old-school, pen-and-paper guy who is serving his 10th
    congressional term and was the Libertarian Party nominee for president
    in 1988.

    "To tell you the truth, I hadn't heard about this YouTube and all the
    other Internet sites until supporters started gathering in them," said
    Paul, 71, who noted that he raised about $100,000 after each of the
    three debates. Not bad considering that his campaign had less than
    $10,000 when his exploratory committee was formed in mid-February. "I
    tell you, I've never raised money as efficiently as that in all my years
    in Congress, and all I'm doing is speaking my mind."

    That means saying again and again that the Republican Party, especially
    when it comes to government spending and foreign policy, is in "shambles."

    However, while many Democrats have welcomed the young, fresh-faced
    Obama, who is trailing Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., in most
    public-opinion polls, Paul barely is making a dent in Republican polls.

    Republican strategists note that libertarians, who make up a small but
    vocal portion of the Republican base, intrinsically gravitate toward the
    Web's anything-goes, leave-me-alone nature. They also say Paul's Web
    presence proves that the Internet can be a great equalizer in the race,
    giving a much-needed boost to a fringe candidate with little money and a
    shadow of the campaign staffs marshaled by Romney, McCain and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

    An obstetrician and gynecologist, Paul is known as "Dr. No" in the
    House. No to big government. No to the Internal Revenue Service.
    No to the federal ban on same-sex marriage.

    "I'm for the individual," Paul said. "I'm not for the government."

    If he had his way, the Homeland Security and Education departments,
    among other agencies, would not exist. In his view, the USA Patriot Act,
    which allows the government to search personal data, including private
    Internet use, is unconstitutional, and trade deals such as the North
    American Free Trade Agreement are a threat to American independence.

    But perhaps what most notably separates Paul from the crowded Republican
    field, headed by what former Virginia Gov. James Gilmore calls "Rudy
    McRomney," is his stance on the Iraq war. He has opposed it from the

    After the second Republican presidential debate last month, when Paul
    implied that U.S. foreign policy has contributed to anti-Americanism in
    the Middle East — "They attack us because we're over there. We've been
    bombing Iraq for 10 years," Paul said — he was attacked by Giuliani on
    stage, and conservatives such as Saul Anuzis were livid. (YouTube - Republican Debate - Ron Paul vs. Rudy Giuliani)

    Anuzis, chairman of the Michigan GOP, threatened to circulate a petition
    to bar Paul from future Republican presidential debates. Although the
    petition never materialized, Anuzis' BlackBerry was flooded with e-mails
    and his office was inundated with calls for days. "It was a distraction,
    no doubt," he said.

    The culprits: Paul's growing number of supporters, some of whom posted
    Anuzis' e-mail address and office phone number on their blogs.

    "At first I was skeptical of his increasing online presence, thinking
    that it's probably just a small cadre of dedicated Ron Paul fans," said
    Matt Lewis, a blogger and director of operations at Townhall, a popular
    conservative site. "But if you think about it, the No. 1 issue in the
    country today is Iraq. If you're a conservative who supports the
    president's war, you have nine candidates to choose from. But if you're
    a conservative who believes that going into Iraq was a mistake, Ron Paul
    is the only game in town."

    Added Terry Jeffrey, the syndicated newspaper columnist who ran Pat
    Buchanan's failed White House bid in 1996: "On domestic issues like
    spending and taxation and the role of government, Ron Paul is saying
    exactly what traditional conservatives have historically thought, and
    he's pointing out that the Bush administration has walked away from
    these principles. That's a very attractive argument."

    Especially to someone such as Brad Porter, who obsessively writes about
    Paul on his blog, subscribes to Paul's YouTube channel and attended a
    Ron Paul MeetUp event in Pittsburgh last week.

    The 28-year-old Carnegie Mellon student donated $50 to Paul's coffers
    after the first debate, and an additional $50 after the third debate.

    "For a poor college student, that's a lot," said Porter, a lifelong
    Republican. "But I'm not supporting him because I think he could get the
    nomination. I'm supporting him because I think he can influence the
    national conversation about what the role of government is, how much
    power should government have over our lives, how much liberty should we
    give up for security. These are important issues, and frankly, no one's
    thinking about them as seriously and sincerely as Ron Paul."
    __________________________________________________ ________________________________

    June, 15, 2007 BELLINGHAM HERALD
    (WA State)

    Supports Ron Paul for U.S. President


    I believe the establishment press has avoided giving U.S. Rep. Ron
    Paul of Texas, a Republican presidential candidate, recognition — even
    when he was atop an MSNBC poll.

    Paul has an unblemished constitutional record.

    Nearly every bill that comes to a vote before Congress has “pork” or
    other clauses that violate the U.S. Constitution, in my opinion. If it
    violates the Constitution, Paul votes against it. That's why he's been
    dubbed “Dr. No.” The record shows he has never voted to raise taxes, for
    an unbalanced budget or for restrictions on gun ownership. He has never
    taken a government-paid junket. And never voted to increase the power of
    the executive branch.

    He voted against the USA Patriot Act, against regulating the
    Internet and against the Iraq War. He does not participate in the
    lucrative congressional pension program. He returns a portion of his
    annual congressional office budget to the U.S. Treasury every year. Dr.
    Paul introduces numerous pieces of substantial legislation each year,
    probably more than any other member of Congress.

    I believe that as President he will break the colluded combine of
    Democrat/ Republican administrations that has plunged America into
    no-win wars, spiraling inflation and moral decay.

    Ben Hinkle Bellingham

    The Bellingham Herald / Letters to the Editor / Supports Ron Paul for U.S. president
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    I actually like Ron Paul. I saw him on Real Time with Bill Maher a while back and he made some good points, especially about the U.S. foreign policy and repercussions that we're feeling with Al-Queda and other nations. He's probably the only Republican I would consider voting for.

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    I just changed my registration from democrat to republican so I can vote for him in the primary.

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    I thought that he was a moron at first, but if you take a second look at him, he definately isn't. He's actually quite endearing.
    YouTube - Congressman Ron Paul at the First GOP Presidential Debate

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