Poll: Who Should Be Ron Paul’s Running Mate in 2012?

If Ron Paul wins the Republican primaries and becomes the GOP nominee, who should he choose as his running mate for Vice-President in the 2012 general election?

If Ron Paul wins the Republican primary, who should be his running mate? (choose up to 7 options)

  • Andrew Napolitano (30%, 2,559 Votes)
  • Rand Paul (29%, 2,463 Votes)
  • Jesse Ventura (28%, 2,356 Votes)
  • Gary Johnson (21%, 1,744 Votes)
  • Dennis Kucinich (16%, 1,342 Votes)
  • Jon Huntsman (13%, 1,122 Votes)
  • Peter Schiff (12%, 1,046 Votes)
  • Colin Powell (10%, 821 Votes)
  • Chris Christie (6%, 499 Votes)
  • Mike Huckabee (6%, 485 Votes)
  • Pat Buchanan (5%, 435 Votes)
  • Tom Woods (5%, 389 Votes)
  • Lew Rockwell (5%, 383 Votes)
  • Sarah Palin (4%, 376 Votes)
  • Mitt Romney (4%, 347 Votes)
  • Lou Dobbs (4%, 340 Votes)
  • Rick Santorum (4%, 337 Votes)
  • Jim DeMint (4%, 333 Votes)
  • Wesley Clark (4%, 328 Votes)
  • Chuck Baldwin (4%, 312 Votes)
  • Walter Williams (3%, 291 Votes)
  • Herman Cain (3%, 267 Votes)
  • Michele Bachmann (3%, 241 Votes)
  • Donald Trump (3%, 235 Votes)
  • Jim Rogers (3%, 231 Votes)
  • Justin Amash (2%, 156 Votes)
  • Rick Perry (2%, 154 Votes)
  • Newt Gingrich (2%, 147 Votes)
  • Tim Pawlenty (1%, 111 Votes)
  • Mike Lee (1%, 109 Votes)
  • Tom Coburn (1%, 102 Votes)
  • Luis Fortuño (1%, 42 Votes)

Total Voters: 8,391

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  • Dana V

    Condoleza Rice! Come on people, think about it. Obvious much needed foreign policy experience AND you get the Black and female votes!

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  • JenniferNie

    For some of you…. If you don’t like Ron Paul and want to contribute to his support, then get out of here. Have some respect for the people who do support Ron Paul so they can try and have productive converstaion. For those people here becuase they are on the fence and trying to get informed, welcome.

    To those who are here to bash Ron Paul, who ever it is you support, you should be out doing volunteer work for them instead of shooting your mouths off here, unless you are the type that just bitches and complains and does not even vote! Jen

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  • JenniferNie

    For some of you, If you don’t like Ron Paul and want to contribute to his support, then get out of here. have some respect for the people who do support Ron Paul so they can try and have productive converstaion. For those people here becuase they are on the fence, wlcome, to those who are here to bash Ron Paul, who ever it is you support, you should be out doing volunteer work for them instead of shooting your mouths off here unless you are the type that just bitches and compaions and does not even vote! Jen

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  • Vleirmuisen

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  • ExLonghorn

    In his 1987 book “Freedom Under Siege: The U.S. Constitution after 200-Plus Years,” Paul wrote that AIDS patients were victims of their own lifestyle. “The individual suffering from AIDS certainly a is victim — frequently a victim of his own lifestyle — but this same individual victimizes innocent citizens by forcing them to pay for his care.”

    He also questioned the rights of minorities

    Finally, he argued that people who are sexually harassed at work should quit their jobs. “Employee rights are said to be valid when employers pressure employees into sexual activity. Why don’t they quit once the so-called harassment starts? Obviously the morals of the harasser cannot be defended, but how can the harassee escape some responsibility for the problem? Seeking protection under civil rights legislation is hardly acceptable. If force was clearly used, that is another story, but pressure and submission is hardly an example of a violation of one’s employment rights.”

    You can download the free PDF under the books tab above and read it for yourself. I was a big Ron Paul supporter until I read this. I can readily say that I am no longer a supporter.

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    • blafflesb

      @ExLonghorn I guess the truth bothers you. AIDS is a lifestyle disease like diabetes, high blood pressure, and some cancers. This was pretty politically incorrect speech for 1987 but now that we have better information at our fingertips, it is undeniable. Please see the documentary “House of Numbers” regarding the so called AIDS epidemic.

      Also, I have personally quit jobs rather than subject myself to a predator that I could tell I was unable to handle. Lawsuits take time and money and for what? Get on with life, don’t let them use up your time and energy with their pathetic non-lives. I always gave the explicit reasons that I was quitting in writing if I had a new job already lined up, if you have to quit immediately, the problem will be finding a new job since you cannot accuse your old employer, it isn’t professional. It isn’t always easy but nothing in life is. According to my personal experience, this is the real life way that most women handle sexual harassment in the workplace. Remember, he is not talking about violence or threats of force which are criminal or dangerous.

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    • JadenMorgan

      RP is the best candidate by far. there are some changes coming to the US soon that you are going to dislike far more than what petty shit you ding RP with. you are right where they want you- ignorant @ExLonghorn

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  • ExLonghorn

    I know this is going to sound completely off-the-wall nutso, but somebody like Jon Stossel would be interesting to me. He’s possibly the most supremely rational member of the media that I’ve ever seen. Otherwise, Gary Johnson makes sense.

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    • BlackSunshine84

      @ExLonghorn

      Idk…I was watching his show one night and he made this comment that he liked Ron Paul, but Ron Paul can’t win, so I’m thinking Stossel is just another Dem shill.

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      • JadenMorgan

        yep, anyone that makes a claim like that has most certainly sold out to them @BlackSunshine84 @ExLonghorn

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      • MarciaBacon

        @BlackSunshine84@ExLonghorn I have to wonder if they know something we don’t know, maybe just suspect, it’s rigged. I’m writing in RPs name even if he is squeezed out of GOP. I don’t trust media at all, but I do like Stossel.

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  • OldschoolConservative

    I totally agree……….PAT BUCHANAN!!!!……………Yea …What a “DREAM TEAM” that would be…….”REAL CONSERVATIVES”!!!!…………..

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  • Liberty

    I would like to see Pat Buchanan as his running mate.

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  • joe4liberty

    For all of you who chose Andrew Napolitano, Dr. Paul needs to keep the good judge in his pocket for a Federal Court nomination… ne needs to pick a politician for running mate. Gary Johnson would be an obvious choice (since he’s the only other contender who has views similaar to his own (even more pro-liberty in fact), but with Frm. Gov. Johnson’s recent defection to the Libertarian party, I don’t think that very likely at this point.

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  • DavidMandel


    Ron Paul will need to select a running mate who supports liberty and the constitution and is true to Dr. Paul’s core beliefs; but who at the same time is not a clone of Ron Paul and can broaden the ticket’s appeal.  If I was Ron Paul I would look for a Democratic governor or former governor who could bring strong administrative experience to the ticket and could appeal to independents and even Democrats who are disenchanted with President Obama.  I don’t think anyone on the given list fits this description although people like Jon Huntsman, Colin Powell, and Dennis Kucinich have some of the right characteristics if they could sincerely promise to live within the constraints of a strict interpretation of the constitution.

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    • JadenMorgan

      nah, democrats and republicans are just 2 sides to the SAME coin. he just needs to pick someone that has the proper values. I too, would leave the judge out to reappoint. he needs to pick up Jesse Ventura. JV has is very smart, is based on principle and has a lot of fight in him @DavidMandel@page

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  • Dennis Johnson

    Al Lewis, from the Munsters, (Grand Pa) would be a great choice. He could make some more of the Kool Aid that you all have been drinking. LOL. What a bunch of Morons. Do you really think this Idiot Paul is going to get the nomination as the GOP choice for president ? And look at the choices you all are making for his VP. Bernie Sanders, Jessie Venture, Dennis Kucinch, Ralph Nader ? They all belong in the nut house with Paul and his supporters. I just love this site. Haven’t had this good a laugh since this turd Paul, ran in the last election. LOL

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    • MarciaBacon

      @Dennis Johnson Well if he doesn’t, you better start learning how to speak Chinese

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  • jtmanon

    Rand is a great guy, but we’re not going to elect a father-son team. And we need him in the Senate.

    Take a harder look at DeMint and Coburn — we need these guys in the Senate, too, but at least they’re not related! And they are experienced, clear-thinking leaders. Ultimately, though, let’s focus on getting to where this will be a dilemma for us. Let’s take over the Republican party with a Ron Paul nomination, and worry about a running mate later! Got some money-bombs, phone-from-homes and super-brochures to focus on for now!!!

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  • BlackSunshine84

    Why would anyone want Dr. Paul to run with Colin Powell? He supported 0bama in 2008 which pretty much means he has no political convictions.

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  • brooklynboyzz

    Nader would be knockout punch too

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  • brooklynboyzz

    What about bernie sanders eh?

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    • fearlessreader

      Agreed, Bernie Sanders would have a balancing influence during what will be a challenging transition back to Liberty. Paul-Sanders 2012 @brooklynboyzz

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  • BlackSunshine84

    I’d love to see Jesse Ventura up there with Dr. Paul, but I fear Their candidacy wouldn’t be taken seriously, so my vote goes to Gary Johnson. I also like Andrew Napolitano, but it bothers me that he is a FOX News contributor. Their bias against Dr. Paul is obvious.

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    • JadenMorgan

      umm, Jesse Ventura was a governor that you know as well as I. no shame in being in a TV show that has woken many people up to truths… @BlackSunshine84

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  • DeejayGabriel

    I would love to see Jesse Ventura as Dr Paul running mate but,I don’t think it will helped at all. The media would destroyed Ventura and call him anti-american Conspiracy theorist. We need a strong VP to help Dr Paul.

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    • JadenMorgan

      they are calling RP anti-american too just because they hate the Constitution and know that most people dont even know what a Consitutionalist is

      RP / JV 2012 @DeejayGabriel

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    • MarciaBacon

      @DeejayGabriel I like him too, but I think RP would lose votes if he picked him.

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  • Investormark

    It is imperative to select the right running mate in this campaign, Ron Paul’s only allegiance is to the US Constitution, his only means of support comes from Americans who believe that Dr. Paul can reinstate the values, integrity, and the promise contained within that precious document. Rand Paul is the logical choice as a running mate based on his constitutional voting record, remember should anything happen to Ron Paul, his successor must be prepared to take up the mantle of the presidency.

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    • JadenMorgan

      that is his son. it would be too weird as someone already pointed out and also stated that they should stay in their position in the Senate and I completely agree @Investormark

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    • MarciaBacon

      @Investormark That was my thinking too, he’s the only one I would think would carry the torch appropriately if something happened to RP and I’m afraid for him if he does get selected, I think they will try to kill him.

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  • phillipe horvath

    I feel Colin Powell is the right choice because he balances out Ron Paul. I think people know that Powell was set up by the Bush admin. to deliver their illegal “war”. Both Paul and Powell seem to be straight forward, honest, authentic men. Powell would ease fears of military withdrawl from our bases around the world.

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    • BlackSunshine84

      @phillipe horvath

      Collin Powell supported 0bama in 2008.

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    • JadenMorgan

      not to be disrespectful but you are out in the dark concerning some people. I am quite sure that he is bought out by the elite @phillipe horvath

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    • fearlessreader

      Colin Powell knowingly lied to the UN, and the World, for Bush Jr and his Ileagal War., I don’t trust him now. @phillipe horvath

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    • ExLonghorn

      @phillipe horvath Paul was the only “no” vote on H.R. 180, the Darfur Accountability and Divestment Act of 2007 (passed House 418-1-13, not reported out of committee in the Senate), which would “require the identification of companies that conduct business operations in Sudan [and] prohibit United States Government contracts with such companies”. Among the bill’s findings were Colin Powell’s Senate testimony that the Sudanese government and the Janjaweed militias it supported were responsible for genocide, and the observation that many Americans inadvertently invest in foreign companies which disproportionately benefit the Sudanese regime in Khartoum. Paul cited the past ineffectiveness of sanctions against Cuba and Iraq as evidence against divestment from businesses connected to the Sudanese government.

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    • MarciaBacon

      @phillipe horvath That might be a point of contention between them if he were vp

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  • JenniferNie

    Ron Paul is already an econimcs genius, So while I like Schiff, he needs to place in a differnt role where he can be most effective, Colin Powell is who please the voters accross the board and strngthen the ticket for Ron Paul. After giving it a little thought,, as I have been doing for few hours sice I took the poll, I feel Colin Powell is the one, If you agree, post it on Doug Weads Wall and Ron Pauls Wall so they get the message, I guess if you start to see lots of people say Colin first, then Tell Ron Paul. Jen

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    • JadenMorgan

      look up your affiliations… in order to fix the country you have to get rid of the corrupt and fill the positions with people that arent a part of the nwo agenda…

      @JenniferNie

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      • JenniferNie

        @JadenMorgan@JenniferNie

        Jaden, Some times some people may have been associated with an instance that ended up being controversial but if fact no wrong doing was tetermined. When you repond to people her, what is your purpose. I mean no disrespect, but I think you underestimate my knowledge and possibly others. What is your purpose? That is one one has to ake them selve. I left this forum long ago becuase it turned into a Bicker Fest of childish slams and back and forth. The converstaions seems to lose sight of the purpose.

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        • JenniferNie

          @JadenMorgan

          The Purpose should be none other than to have Ron Paul be elected unless you are not for Ron Paul. Coming up with soulutions and Ideas that appeal to the whole spectrum of voters, or as many as possible will get Ron Paul elected as President. I am not singling you out, I appreciate your contribution, but from what I have seen in the past, if some would spend as much time doing Phone Banking for Ron Paul instead of visiting and slamming others, that would be so much more productive. I hope you will encourage others Jaden. Thanks Jen 😉

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        • JenniferNie

          @JadenMorgan

          sorry for the typos, as I cut and paste, word are getting cut off. I think you are smart enought to fill in the blanks :)

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        • JadenMorgan

          you cant give someone a chance to dilute a system that we are trying to fix if their true colors have been shown. people have infiltrated our political system and they are what have put us in this mess in the first place @JenniferNie

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