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goldstandard
01-26-2008, 07:49 AM
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2008/01/with-fred-thomp.html


With Thompson out, Tom McClintock leans to Ron Paul

With Fred Thompson out of the presidential race, who's a self-respecting conservative to go for? Could it be, maybe, perhaps, a certain Republican-libertarian from Texas?

That's one question perplexing California state Sen. Tom McClintock, possibly the second-most-famous California Republican currently in office after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

McClintock created a stir two months when he endorsed Thompsonís presidential candidacy. Having run for governor, lieutenant governor and state controller, McClintock has shown that while he has not won a statewide contest, he can win GOP primaries, which conservatives tend to dominate. So heading into the Feb. 5 primary, McClintockís endorsement is seen as important in California.

Now McClintock is mulling his choices. And it comes down to the basics: "Who will respect our Constitution, defend our borders, and reduce the burdens of government on our people?" McClintock said Thursday in Sacramento as the Senate wrapped up its week. "If I were to vote today, I probably would be casting a vote for Ron Paul. Iím not voting today."

Why Paul?

"I do believe he will respect our Constitu-" McClintock said, then stopped midthought. "I donít want to go too far. I am still looking."

Why not former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney? "I want somebody with a consistent record," McClintock said. "I want someone who didnít have to go through a political epiphany the day before he announced his candidacy."

-- Dan Morain


So what is being done to get McClintock's endorsement?

nate895
01-27-2008, 08:59 PM
My thoughts exactly when I started liking Ron Paul. I like McClintock, He got 20% of the vote in the recall, which means he probably could've won if Schwarzenegger didn't run.

hueylong
01-27-2008, 09:00 PM
The BEST thing to do -- is to STAY AWAY from him!