Ron Paul’s Path to the Nomination


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Megyn Kelly: Big news from America’s election headquarters, as New Hampshire sets the date for America’s first primary. It all goes down on January 10th, and here’s why that matters; since 1952, only 3 candidates have lost that primary and then gone on to win the presidency. For 40 years, not one person won the election who had not won New Hampshire. Interestingly, those three candidates that lost the granite state primary but wound up winning the White House, are the last 3 U.S. presidents. We’ve also got some new polls just out from the campaign trail, where we are now about 60 days from the first in the nation caucuses; that happens in Iowan. Herman Cain and Mitt Romney may be number 1 and 2 respectively, but don’t forget Ron Paul, the Texas Congressman pulling third place in the latest Des Moines Register poll of likely caucus goers. Those are always the polls you want to pay attention to, of likely caucus goers or likely voters. Following a first place finish this weekend in the Hawkeye State straw poll, the Republican presidential contender joins us now.

Sir, thank you so much for being back on the being, all the best.

Ron Paul: Thank you, it’s good to be with you.

Megyn Kelly: So you must be feeling pretty good. In Iowa you won first place in the straw poll and then you come in third in the Des Moines Register poll at 12% of the vote, not to mention the latest Rasmussen Reports Poll put you in third in New Hampshire as well at 11%. What is the path the victory for you, sir?

Ron Paul: To continue to do what we’re doing, and make sure that our people get to the polls. And I think that’s where we excel, the organization in getting our people out, so I think we’re in a good position, but we still have ways to go and we have a couple months. So we will continue to do exactly what we’ve been doing and spend some of the money that my supporters have sent.

Megyn Kelly: So you have the right trajectory at least in those two states, but you also have a significant lag behind the front runners. I mean, you know, Cain and Romney are in the 20%, 30%. How do you close that gap?

Ron Paul: Well, maybe they’ll help do that because a lot of people who have been in the lead have, all of a sudden, fallen. And that’s one thing that hasn’t happened with our campaign. The trajectory has always been up and steady and it’s always been solid. But we do need to accelerate it. And that’s why we’re going full force with our advertising campaign and our phone banks and to get out the vote efforts.

Megyn Kelly: If you became the nominee, Congressman Paul, what would you do to convince voters that you would prevail over Barack Obama, because the latest poll matching the two of you up, shows him at 44% and you at 32%; it is a significant disadvantage to you in the head-to-head matchup with the current president.

Ron Paul: Well, I’ve seen similar polls to that that put me almost at even with him, so no, I think I have a better chance than some of the other Republicans because my appeal is quite a bit different, it appeals to Democrats and independents much more so than those other candidates in the Republican primary because they’re all in a stereotype of supporting Republican issues alone. But I happen to have a different viewpoint on protecting civil liberties. I certainly have a different viewpoint on foreign policy, which is closer to the Democratic base. So for that reason, the appeal is across the board, it’s different, and our polls show that in a general election I would do quite well.

Megyn Kelly: You mentioned how may be one of the frontrunners – at this point it’s Cain and Romney – will hurt themselves so that you’re candidacy will then propel to the first spot. Obviously Herman Cain is in the news this week, he’s been the subject of a political report suggesting that a decade or so ago, there were some sexual harassment allegations against him. Your son, Rand Paul, is a U.S. Senator and he came out and was critical of that report and said that it’s unfair because of the anonymity that was granted to the two accusers in that report and said, “It’s truly inappropriate and shouldn’t be printed”. Do you agree?

Ron Paul: Well, I won’t go that far about what should be printed and what shouldn’t be, but taking it seriously is another matter. And I think I’ve been asked about it, but it just gives me the opportunity to talk about the issue, and that is 999 and his foreign policy and his few other things. But to talk about this and to assume this is the key issue of the week, I don’t think it’s fair.

Megyn Kelly: Do you think that it is a legitimate subject for more questions of Mr. Cain?

Ron Paul: Yea, if it’s done properly. I hate seeing this come about when you don’t know who’s making the charges and what the motivations are. Who knows, conceivably it could be another campaign that has done this for all we know right now. So I just don’t think it should be the issue of the week; that’s for sure.

Megyn Kelly: Ron Paul, thank you so much for being here, we appreciate it. All the best, sir.

Ron Paul: Thank you.

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