View Full Version : Primary Forces Paul to Defend Home Base

02-28-2008, 01:44 PM
One of the more interesting hostile articles.

Starting with the notion that he has no chance of winning, there surprising many positives to be found:

- his opponent is a certified public accountant, in a strongly Republican district, which Paul dominates
- he is unorthodox because: "He has called for reductions in the size and scope of government that go well beyond those advocated even by others in the conservative-leaning Republican presidential field. Perhaps most controversially within Republican ranks, he has described the Iraq War as the type of foreign entanglement that the United States needs to avoid and has called for a rapid disengagement of American troops from that conflict."
- Paul had the lowest presidential support score among House Republicans; and has been dubbed ďDr. NoĒ for his frequent lone votes against spending bills and other pieces of legislation that are overwhelmingly supported in Congress but which Paul says are not authorized by the Constitution.
- Paulís campaign has focused on touting the congressmanís support for cutting taxes, overhauling the federal tax code and scaling back on federal spending at home and abroad. The incumbentís organization also circulated a January 2007 story in the Galveston Daily News in which Peden was quoted as saying that he has ďan immense amount of respect for Ron Paul .Ē

The story closes with noting Paul's solid fundraising, and that "Peden reported raising a total of $241,000 through Feb. 13, of which $149,000 came in the form of personal loans from the candidate himself".

02-28-2008, 01:48 PM
Texas-14 Update: Paul Headed for a Landslide Over Peden


David Weigel (http://reason.com/staff/hitandrun/176.html) | February 28, 2008, 1:35pm
Until now polls in the Texas-14 congressional race have come from the Ron Paul (http://www.reason.com/blog/show/125162.html) and Chris Peden (http://www.reason.com/blog/show/125022.html) campaigns, which Paul claiming he's up big and Peden (http://www.reason.com/blog/show/125221.html) claiming he's up by low double digits. Today brings the first public poll on the race (http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/pdf/PPP_Texas_Release_022808.pdf) and it shows Paul cruising to a win. Key findings:

- Overall, Paul leads Peden 63-30 percent. Paul leads by 37 points with women and 29 points with men.

- Paul does best with voters under 30, winning them by 64 points. He does worst with voters between 30 and 45, winning by only 19 points.

- Paul easily wins voters whose top concerns are the economy (70-26 Paul over Peden), taxes (65-24), "moral and family values" (65-28), Iraq (64-27), immigration (59-33), and health care (52-36) The only group Peden wins is voters concerned with education: They go for him by 14 points.

02-28-2008, 02:10 PM
Now that's something more positive!