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nodope0695
02-01-2008, 02:51 AM
http://www.startribune.com/nation/15079491.html

Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul has a shot at winning Maine caucuses
By GLENN ADAMS , Associated Press

Last update: January 31, 2008 - 4:04 PM

AUGUSTA, Maine - Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul has a couple of things going for him at this weekend's Republican caucuses: a band of highly motivated supporters and a natural appeal to Maine's like-minded independents.

His stop in the state earlier this week also made him the only presidential contender from either party to visit before the caucuses.

"I think that (because) he's paid attention to Maine, he'll be rewarded," R. Kenneth Lindell, Paul's campaign coordinator in Maine, said Thursday.

Maine's GOP polling Friday, Saturday and Sunday may be the Texas congressman's best shot at winning a state, and such a feat would be big coming just days before next week's Super Tuesday presidential preference contests in more than 20 states.

Lindell wouldn't get into specifics about the number of volunteers Paul has in the state, except to say they number in the hundreds not a small figure considering Maine's relatively small population and meager share of the national delegate pool.

Paul has drawn a mix of young voters who are getting involved in politics for the first time, longtime Republicans with libertarian leanings or who are unhappy with the direction the party's been going and independents who've left the party, Lindell said.

Maine Republicans are holding the only presidential preference event this weekend. Maine Democrats will gather the following weekend.

The nonbinding Republican caucuses are the first step toward electing Maine's 18 delegates to the party's national convention. Three ranking party leaders also go. Maine awards all of its delegates to the caucus winners.

As for Paul's prospects, he can take heart that Mainers tend to march to their own drummer.

In 1992, H. Ross Perot delivered a shocker in Maine, beating out Kennebunkport's George H.W. Bush to come in second behind Bill Clinton. And that came after former California Gov. Jerry Brown donned a plaid shirt while campaigning in Maine to beat Clinton in the Democratic caucuses.

Unenrolled or independent voters can play an important role in Maine politics, since they make up the largest bloc of voters. The law allows independents to come in the day of the caucus and register with a party.

"If we have a good showing here in Maine, that could carry forward into Super Tuesday when we could pick up delegates," Lindell said. That would be significant in the case of a brokered convention, he said.

Julie O'Brien, executive director of the state Republican Party, said Paul supporters have been resourceful in finding opportunities for support, for example, organizing caucuses in towns where none had been scheduled.

"I have felt strongly for three weeks that he stood a better chance (in Maine) than any other candidate," O'Brien said. But her view has eased slightly now that Arizona Sen. John McCain won in Florida and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani is no longer in the running.

Also, Maine GOP efforts to encourage general caucus participation could send more supporters for McCain and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney to the polls, she noted.

Mark Brewer, who teaches political sciene at the University of Maine, doesn't see Paul as a favorite but added that the congressman's best chances are in caucus states like Maine. Paul finished second in the Nevada caucuses on Jan. 19.

"I wouldn't be completely stunned if Ron Paul won the caucuses" in Maine, Brewer said.

Perry
02-01-2008, 03:01 AM
Good news. Sounds like a killer piece of strategy by the campaign. Doesn't matter how small the state is. A win in Maine would be huge news prior to Super Tuesday.

gold standard
02-01-2008, 06:06 AM
It is time to win one.

Mordan
02-01-2008, 06:20 AM
I hope the GOP there isn't as corrupted as in LA

luvthedoc08
02-01-2008, 07:30 AM
I hope the GOP there isn't as corrupted as in LA

shades of grey, but let's hope

freedom-maniac
02-01-2008, 07:49 AM
I hope the GOP there isn't as corrupted as in LA

"Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me."

Exarel
02-01-2008, 08:07 AM
Don't post stuff like this here, it doesn't help and only warns the people that seek to hurt our efforts.

mahopaul
02-01-2008, 08:09 AM
There's an old saying in Tennessee — I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again.

SteveMartin
02-01-2008, 09:41 AM
OK...heading out to strike my blow for FREEEEEEEEDOOOOOOOOM!

freedom-maniac
02-01-2008, 09:58 AM
There's an old saying in Tennessee I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee that says, fool me once, shame on shame on you. Fool me you can't get fooled again.

:D I thought about posting that too.

coyote_sprit
02-01-2008, 09:59 AM
"Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me."

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me... fool me twice... We can't get fooled again!

Sarge
02-01-2008, 10:02 AM
We might use LA as a learning experience and this time get Huck fans on our side.

They might be ready to help us take down Mitt and McCain as the Maine folks have been on the ground, working hard, for a long time.

Don't give up on trying to convert them, as they are mad about the debate. They don't like Mitt or McCain and might see it as an opportunity to shake things up.

As they say, what goes around comes around.

seeker1
02-01-2008, 10:05 AM
"Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me."

"Fool me once, shame on, shame on you. Fool me , you can't get fooled again." George W Bush (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOHtOoB9b6M):D

seeker1
02-01-2008, 10:10 AM
There's an old saying in Tennessee I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee that says, fool me once, shame on shame on you. Fool me you can't get fooled again.

Too funny.:D

123tim
02-01-2008, 10:18 AM
We might use LA as a learning experience and this time get Huck fans on our side.

They might be ready to help us take down Mitt and McCain as the Maine folks have been on the ground, working hard, for a long time.

Don't give up on trying to convert them, as they are mad about the debate. They don't like Mitt or McCain and might see it as an opportunity to shake things up.

As they say, what goes around comes around.


Even though I think that this thread should die, I feel that I should comment on this.

It seems that what I've learned about LA was that we were winning until it was broadcast around. Then Mike Huckabee and all the others joined in a pact to beat us. Remember the Pro-Life, Pro-Family ticket?

I would respectfully like to say that Mike Huckabee is our enemy. His supporters are supporting him. We are supporting Ron Paul. Mike Huckabee stands against almost everything that we stand for. We need to vote for Ron Paul in Maine. We don't need strategic voting. This is how our country got in the mess that it's in now.


Maybe I've misunderstood your comment. It seems that it can be taken two ways. Please accept my apologies if I have.

Sandra
02-01-2008, 10:23 AM
Don't post stuff like this here, it doesn't help and only warns the people that seek to hurt our efforts.

If the GOP insiders in La knew that we knew, it probably wouldn't have happened. Knowing beforehand would have smashed their efforts.

kickzman
02-01-2008, 10:29 AM
Yea baby this is our break out weekend, WIN MAINE and go in to the Feb 5 w/ the free media push!!!!!!!!!

MiconRender
02-01-2008, 11:38 AM
"Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me."

I think Bush said it best,

"Fool me once......... shame on.....
shame on you.......... you fool me can't get fooled again."
- George W. Bush:confused:

Sorry could not resist. It still makes me laugh.
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Write in RON! Write in RON!

Frankie Lee
02-01-2008, 12:31 PM
"Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me."I thought it was "fool m once, shame on you...fool me twice...you don't get fooled again."

freedom-maniac
02-01-2008, 12:45 PM
Yea baby this is our break out weekend, WIN MAINE and go in to the Feb 5 w/ the free media push!!!!!!!!!

Like the media's even going to spend 30 seconds on Maine...

crazyfacedjenkins
02-01-2008, 01:07 PM
win? By win, you mean 3rd place, sounds ok.

tarabyte
02-01-2008, 01:11 PM
I remember it being:

fool me once? shame on you.
fool me twice? shame on me.

Tschaka
02-01-2008, 02:38 PM
There's an old saying in Tennessee I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee that says, fool me once, shame on shame on you. Fool me you can't get fooled again.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=oOHtOoB9b6M

newmedia4ron
02-01-2008, 03:57 PM
The Ap Doesn't Vote/gotv

2young2vote
02-01-2008, 04:18 PM
This is getting people hopes up, which i do not like. The MSM did the same thing right before Iowa saying "i think ron may have something up his sleeve" or "I think ron could suprise us."

you are all forgetting about the HUGE numbers of sheeple out there just waiting to spend 30 seconds researching their candidate. They will watch the MSM for 30 seconds and see "MCCAIN, ROMNEY, AND HUCKABEE ARE GOOD" so they will vote for one of those people.

Although i really hope we do well because we really need some wins.

nodope0695
02-01-2008, 04:54 PM
Don't post stuff like this here, it doesn't help and only warns the people that seek to hurt our efforts.

Uhhhh....it came from AP. I got off of GOOGLE. If somebody wanted to find it, they would have without having to come to this site. :cool:

Richie
02-01-2008, 05:09 PM
I saw this article over at MSNBC.com and I must say this - two giant thumbs up to the grassroots in Maine!