Paul won another straw poll, Perry got American Idol treatment, Obama impersonator goes too far.

NEW ORLEANS — Texas Rep. Ron Paul, riding the strength of his loyal, passionate — and mostly young — libertarian-minded enthusiasts, captured the presidential straw vote Saturday at the Republican Leadership Conference.

Out of 1,542 votes cast, the Texas congressman and libertarian hero earned 618 of them — a decisive 39.7 percent in a field of 10. Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, who cancelled his scheduled appearance here due to a summer cold — and whose aggressive straw vote efforts took place beneath the radar and were rumored to include paying the way of his supporters to New Orleans — was second with 24.8 percent. Michele Bachmann came in third at 12.4 percent.

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  • Jason Wright, Editor

    The Daily Paul, it just cracks me up. It’s like a scripture-a-day website. My favorite verse is Ron 3:17, And it came to pass he said “audit the fed.”

    I think we should have :)

    I’d visit everyday!

    • Promise Kept

      A scripture verse to “End the Fed” might better be, 1PeterĀ 4:15, “But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters.”, but if Ron 3:17 inspires you, well then, Amen, brother.

  • Joe W

    Great video, would love to discuss this topic. I think the paulites get it.

    • Promise Kept

      Joe, Jack Hunter is one of my favorite political commentators, and I think he does a great job here, BUT, this is the PD, not the DP, so you should have linked to the video itself and not the DP forum discussion of it.

      Don’t get me wrong, because I find that forum an excellent site, but it is always better to respect your host and stay on point with their discussions if you hope to be persuasive.

      Jason posted an article that included, “Out of 1,542 votes cast, the Texas congressman and libertarian hero earned 618 of them — a decisive 39.7 percent in a field of 10.” The significance of those numbers are better weighed when we read that, “The rolling tally was taken among the nearly 2,000 Republicans and activists”.

      That means that about 3/4’s of the participants voted in this straw poll, a much higher percentage than CPAC, and just less than a third of the RCP’s total attendants voted for Ron Paul.

      This article mentions that “they had been bused in for the event”, but I believe that may have been reported that way to make it seem like a strategy to skew the poll, rather than describing their cost efficient means of arrival to the event. Do they believe that a third of the RCP’s attendants arrived on Ron Paul sponsored buses?

      • Joe W

        Sorry No disrespect for Jason. Just thought the video was interesting enough to share. Will not do it again.

        • Promise Kept

          Joe, I hope you’ve read me right. The video link was great, that’s why I reposted it in my reply. It was totally on point and appreciated.

          Just try and leave out the link to the Daily Paul next time, is all I was trying to say.