Today Paul defended his remarks about the death of bin Laden, telling me it was about the way he was killed, not the fact he was dead.
“I was talking about the procedure. You know I endorsed the whole idea of going after him. I supported going into Afghanistan. I thought we blew it then. We had him cornered, we let him get lose (sic?) and we then went in and invaded Iraq…So the process has been very bad. So I have no qualms about getting him, I’m delighted he’s gone, but the whole thing is we could have done it differently,” Paul said.
Paul is worried we won’t be able to repair our relationship with Pakistan.
“Ignoring the Pakistani government doesn’t help us at all, it looks like we’re trying to be more antagonistic towards the Pakistanis. They have helped us in the past to catch many terrorists,” he told me.
So why he is running as a Republican if he is at odds with his party on foreign, domestic and social issues?
“Running as an Independent here is just about impossible unless you’re a billionaire like Ross Perot. You don’t get on debates. If I was an independent George, you would not have me on this program this morning,” he said.
Instead he told me he’s taking the opportunity to nudge Republicans to “stick to their guns on fiscal conservatism.”
He will poll better then he usually does to the rather large field and the deficit being one of the top issues. He may even win the GOP nomination, but his foreign policy is rather weak sauce. Even talking about Pakistan being a good ally is not going to endear him to many voters even Republican ones and that is his greatest weakness. If any of other GOP candidates are worth a damn, they will exploit it especially now. I still believe he is a one note candidate with a cult like following, no offense CRZ. Yet, I still give him good odds to win the GOP mainly due almost all the other candidates have big flaws as well.
(edited by lotjx on 13.5.11 1549) The Wee Baby Sheamus.
Shame on you. But he is joining a legit party with, as mentioned, a weak field and Donald Trump. Obama has semi-moved back to the middle with killing O and immigration. At the very least Paul will make a spinelss GOP stand up and take notice. Even if HE SOLD OUT HE SOLD OUT HE SOLD OUT
(edited by RYDER FAKIN on 13.5.11 2000) Demonstrations are a drag. Besides, we're much too high
Ron Paul certainly wasn't hurt tonight by "Mike Huckabee: The Decision" (with special guest cameo by The Donald Trump!)
That's a lot of evangelical primary voters/caucusers who are now officially up for grabs, particularly for the Iowa caucuses and SC primary which tend to shake out most of the field (along with NH and NV).
In Iowa, Paul would probably contend with Pawlenty for that group.. but he may be hurt on gay marriage, I think that's going to be a big issue to that caucus electorate. SC could be easier for him as Gingrich is the regional guy, but Newt has some past personal issues that may turn off the religious right types.
I don't see Palin jumping in, but if Michele Bachmann decides to give it a go - she could be the wildcard here on the evangelical vote.
I would never vote for him but at least he is consistent in his views and I actually agree with some of his stances. a Republican candidate who wants to stay out of our personal lives is refreshing to say the least.