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U.S. Representative Ron Paul, the Republican from Texas, is fighting against the crowded GOP presidential field. Paul, a libertarian leaning favorite, is running for the GOP nomination again. He also ran against Senator John McCain in 2008.
Paul released a new campaign ad attacking rivals Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann and Mitt Romney, as well as President Barack Obama.
“It’s the story of a lost city, lost opportunity, lost hope,” says a narrator in the spot. “A story of failed policies, failed leadership. A story of smooth-talking politicians, games of ‘he said, she said,’ rhetoric and division. One man has stood apart, stood strong and true. Voting against every tax increase. every unbalanced budget, every time. Standing up to the Washington machine.
Guided by principle. Ron Paul, the one who will stop the spending, save the dollar, create jobs, bring peace, the one who will restore liberty. Ron Paul, the one who can beat Obama and restore America now.”
“Dr. Paul is surging in this race, and today’s results show the strength of his grassroots support and top notch organization,” said Paul Campaign chairman Jesse Benton after the straw poll results were announced.
“Our message was the same in 2007 as it is in now in 2011, but this time we have quadrupled our support. That means our message is spreading, our support is surging, and people are taking notice.”
The ad is intended to air in early primary states, like Iowa and New Hampshire, this week. The ad is being released after Paul’s surprising second place finish in the Ames Straw Poll last weekend to capitalize on momentum. Of course, the all-important straw poll really means nothing. And the fact that Paul came in second place really means nothing.
Rachel Maddow explained that the Ames Straw Poll is really nothing more than a “racket” on her MSNBC show Monday night. It is a “racket” because candidates can buy ballots and hand them out.
Money is directly proportional to number of votes and guess who spent the most amount of money in Ames? Michele Bachmann, the winner of the poll. Who spent the second most? Ron Paul. The Ames Straw Poll has no predicative value in the GOP nomination. Even the Iowa Republican Party initially called this straw poll a “fundraiser.”