In his two previous campaigns for President, Texas Congressman Ron Paul was considered such a fringe candidate that most of his contemporaries ignored his many failings, extreme positions and questionable actions from his checkered past.
No more. Leading Republicans are starting to tell American voters what they think of Paul and a lot of it isn’t good.
“Ron Paul is not going to be elected President,” former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, winner of the Iowa causues in 2008, said on Fox News Sunday. “His views on foreign policy are so much an anathema to the Republicans, much less the Democrats and what I call middle-of-the-road people, that he has a very strong core of fanatical believers, but they do not represent the mainstream of America.”
Added Huckabee: “He’s not going to get the nomination, that’s for sure.”
Indiana GOP Sen. Dick Lugar told CNN’s “State of the Union” that Paul is so far out of the mainstream that he doesn’t represent the bulk of the GOP or anywhere near a majority of Americans.
Paul, Lugar said, is “left of Obama” when it comes to foreign policy.
Asked Lugar: “Is that a Republican party message?”
“The Republican establishment has had it with Ron Paul,” a leading GOP strategist tells Capitol Hill Blue. “They’ve decided it is time to let the American people know that he does not represent the party, its views or its future.”
For many years, the mainstream of the GOP have treated Paul like an eccentric grandfather that everyone tolerates but doesn’t want to talk about. But with renewed questions about his role in a serious of racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic newsletters published in his name in the 1980s and 1990s, along with his extreme and isolationist views on foreign policy, more and more Republicans seek to distance themselves from the Libertarian-leaning Texas Congressman.
America, Lugar says, “can’t afford” Ron Paul.
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich says Paul needs to “come clean” about his role with the “Ron Paul Political Report” and other publications that pushed racially-charged themes, anti-gay sentiments and attacks against Jews.
These things are really nasty, and he didn’t know about it, wasn’t aware of it? But he’s sufficiently ready to be president? It strikes me it raises some fundamental questions about him.
Those questions also appear to be affecting some voters. Republican tracking polls over the Christmas holiday weekend show some slippage in Paul’s support in Iowa, where he is now in a statistical tie with Mitt Romney and Gingrich.
Huckabee says a win by Paul in Iowa means nothing. He should know. Huckabee won Iowa in 2008 and was out of the GOP race just weeks later.
- Lugar: Ron Paul not in GOP mainstreem (politico.com)
- Sen. Lugar Says Country Can’t ‘Afford’ Ron Paul’s Foreign Policy Views (thinkprogress.org)
- Hate Mail Alert: Mike Huckabee On Ron Paul’s ‘Fanatical Believers’ And ‘Decent, Patriotic’ Barack Obama (mediaite.com)
- Huckabee slams Ron Paul, says he has no chance to win Republican nomination (thehill.com)
9 thoughts on “Republican mainstreamers turn up the heat on Ron Paul”
Apparatchiks… Love that word, it makes want to smack my lips.
Cap’n, Mitt is a cardboard cutout. Roasting him could start a fire, or something.
Yep, ol’ Huckabee, Gingrich, Lugar and other entrenched ‘rethug’ party apparatchiks really need to get us ‘Muricans’ straight about what’s a good candidate as opposed to what’s not…no? / : |
I thought I’d write their sins in the dirt via this link so folks can get the drift of their motives. Concerning Ron Paul winning Iowa, I smell the sweat of fear issuing from these entrenched mattoids. Let’em sweat, it’s good training for what’s to come.
Skeletons in the Closet…anyone?
There’s no serious skeletons concerning Dick Lugar per se, but if one trys to obtain a distillate of his voting record, along with his flipflops you end up with another running dog for the New World Order. His “Skeleton” profile is under 1996 candidates.
I’ve noticed this site seemingly has an axe to grind concerning Ron Paul. Hey, you’ve done a week or better on roasting Newt, now Ron, methinks it’s time to dedicate a week to roasting Mitt. You need to run an equal oppportunity op when it comes to dredging up dirt on candidates…no?
Carl Nemo **==
Ron Paul has the support of young Republicans. The pro-war Republicans that don’t support Ron Paul will be replaced. Hopefully sooner than later.
I don’t want my liberties taken.
I don’t care what Huckabee says.
I don’t care how much the GOP desperately tries to marginalize Ron Paul.
Those other GOP warmonger candidates are scary.
Ron Paul 2012!
Newt loves illegals (amnesty) more than Americans (Newt wants to bring back child labor for US kids). Mitt thinks corporations are people (killing his general election chances). Ron Paul is the only candidate with a plan to end the TSA and end the endless wars for Israel, it all started a decade ago after a false flag attack.
9/11, US and Israel:
You are right Joe. Ron Paul is a Republican and just about as close to the agenda of white supremacy as one can get. I’m talking about the true core of the GOP.
I thought I understood the GOP all these years but it was the western liberal Republicans that I was following. But there is much of what Paul wants that is attractive to me. He has made a great impression on all voters on how bad a massive government can be and like Perot, Paul’s name will not be forgotten.
He will not run again but he will continue to be a warning sign regarding an over-powering government. I am older than Paul and I remember the racism, anti-Semite and homophobic attitudes of many of my years of observing the American culture. I’m certain that many of us attended meetings or even parties where our names got on some Communist list.
It is time for some new blood to be introduced into Washington D.C.
“Leading Republicans are starting to tell American voters what they think of Paul and a lot of it isn’t good.” American voters are starting to tell “leading republicans” what they think about them and most of it isn’t good.
Awesome comment, well done!
The “mainstream Republican Congress” is polling in the low teens on job approval, but they have the gall to believe they are aligned with the electorate?
Is that why Junior Bush got elected on a “non-nation building” platform in 2000?
There is a HUGE difference between ISOLATIONIST, and NON-INTERVENTIONIST that the media needs to research because media talking heads are coming off as uneducated buffoons. It’s dumb and dumber on TV.
The advocates of torture and war with Iran like Gingrich and Huckabee are now the “mainstream”? If that is the case, the GOP mainstream is at the “fringe” of the electorate; and Ron Paul is vastly closer to the voters’ idea of mainstream.
Glad to see that Dick Luger is alive. Luger may just be jealous because he never scored as high in the polls as Ron Paul.
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