Rand Paul: Ron Paul Surging at the Right Time




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Bob Schieffer: Senator Paul, your dad obviously has a shot at winning Iowa now, but the pollsters out there seem to think that Rick Santorum has really caught the momentum and he’s been closing fast here in the last two days. They say if you measure just the last two days, he’s actually in second place. What do you think happened? I thought your dad was the darling of the evangelical Christian vote, which is such a big vote out there, and a lot of conservatives. What’s happening?

Rand Paul: Well, I think if you look at it, we’ve had several frontrunners, we’ve had several people surge to the top, and I think this is the best time to be surging to the top. And Ron Paul has surged probably as much as anyone in the last two or three weeks. And has been the frontrunner, or near being the frontrunner in Iowa, he’s closing the gap in New Hampshire. So I think he’s surging at precisely the right time.

Bob Schieffer: Well, if Rick Santorum does wind up either winning out there or running ahead of your dad, will he be the sort of “anybody-but-Romney” candidate going into New Hampshire?

Rand Paul: I think he has a lot of things to overcome, in his last election he was defeated by over 20 points, he was a big supporter of Arlen Specter, against pat Toomey, he’s really been a big government type of moderate, and a lot of people don’t know that, because he hasn’t surged to the top yet, so he hasn’t had much scrutiny. When he has the scrutiny, I think he’s going to have some of the same problems that some of the other fair-weather conservatives have had.

Bob Schieffer: Let me ask you this, I mean, your father is a very polite and decent man, he’s very nice to deal with, everybody seems to like him. But I don’t know a single impartial observer who thinks that he could wind up getting the nomination, let alone winning in a general election. Does he think he could win?

Rand Paul: You know, the interesting thing is when people say that, when you actually look at the numbers and the polls, who’s scoring the best with independents and Democrats among Republicans? Ron Paul is the only one getting significant independent votes and Democrat votes. And every year I watch the elections and people say, “You need independent votes to win the election, you can’t win with just Republicans”. So I actually see Ron Paul as the one Republican who could reach across the boundaries of party, collect a lot of people who don’t vote normally, and really energize the party. Look at the crowds, he says he’s crowds are growing by the hundreds, and then you interview someone like Santorum who’s got 5 people and they’re telling him to be quite because they’re watching the football game. So, I mean, Ron Paul is having these big huge crowds in Iowa and is really exciting a lot of young people and new people, so I think there is a lot of momentum and I think he could win by bringing in independents.

Bob Schieffer: But you would have to concede he is far beyond the mainstream in the Republican Party, is he even Republican or is he a libertarian?

Rand Paul: I would say he’s different in the sense that he believes with foreign policy we should only go to war if Congress declares war. And because he believes that way, he has a reluctance to go to war. But I think for a lot of Americans who are tired after 10 years, we lost 5000 soldiers, or nearly 5000 soldiers in Iraq. The rest of the Republican field is beating the drums and jumping up and down and saying, “Oh no, I’ll bomb Iran first”. Beginning a new war should be something that is done very reluctantly and in consultation with Congress. And I think we don’t want people who are eager to go to war, and I think many Republicans also understand that, and that’s why his crowds are growing. But also you’re seeing Democrats and independents want someone who is wise, who is not reckless, someone who will control our nuclear weapons should not be someone who is trigger happy and wants to start a war every moment.

Bob Schieffer: Alright.

This is a rush transcript. If you notice any errors please report them using the “Help improve this post” link at the bottom of this post.

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  1. 7. Whatever you do in terms of style: BE CONSISTENT [like your candidate]. This transcript is not! Sometime there's a comma after "So, I mean,..." other times there isn't. Sometimes you write "we're/they're/he's" sometimes you use "we are/they are/he is" etc... it's full of inconsistent style, this looks like it's been written by 4 different people.

    Summa summarum: as you can see I'm what they call a grammar AND punctuation-nazi... and English isn't even my first language. Point is, I'm a professional screenwriter and if I don't follow these guidelines (I wouldn't call them rules, because that implies they're absolutely true, which isn't the case) my script doesn't get produced/sold or even read... my job is to keep the reader glued, to make what I write a "page-turner" and this is similar to what your candidate has to do... he has to be intelligible to everyone, he has to sound right and say the right things but the transcript also needs to READ well for the very same reasons. These are obviously (!) all minor details (except the two errors I pointed out at the beginning) but they DO make a difference and they're easy to correct. People don't generally IGNORE these things (which is fine with me), they don't notice them (when they write) and never thought about it. They say: rules are made to be broken... but to break them you need to know them.

    Truly yours,

    The Punctuation Nazi [Ministry of Disinformation]

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  2. 5. In the same sentence there are various punctuation issues as noted above, combining to make it quite hard on my eyes, this is my version, note the COLON... I also took the liberty of cutting one "and" in favor of a period... people often say "and" when in writing you'd have a new sentence. It's also considered "proper" to put the period INSIDE the quotes and NOT outside.

    "...this." instead of "...this". - the former is correct, the second is not!

    "Ron Paul is the only one getting significant independent vote and Democrat vote. Every year I watch the elections and people say: “You need independent vote to win the election, you can’t win with just Republicans.”

    More in the same style [spelling errors corrected too]

    "...So, I actually see Ron Paul as the one Republican who could reach across the boundaries of party, collect a lot of people who don’t vote normally and really energize the party. Look at the crowds, he says his crowds are growing by the hundreds and then you interview someone like Santorum, who’s got 5 people and they’re telling him to be quiet because they’re watching the football game! So, I mean, Ron Paul is having these big, huge crowds in Iowa and is really exciting a lot of young people - and new people - so I think there is a lot of momentum and I think he could win by bringing in independents." etc.

    6. Next up is the big question: how far do you want to go in correcting people's grammar? One extreme is to transcribe everything "ad litteram" including errors (which should be marked with [sic] ), the other extreme - which I favor - is to add things that are implied, correct things that aren't grammatically correct in order to make them more readable. If you want to get the message across, if you want to be credible, if you want to make a good impression I strongly believe this is the better approach. The last paragraph is a good example: you made a 1:1 transcript but many parts are barely intelligible if you read them without listening to the audio! This whole paragraph could be made so much better by "tweaking" it just ever so slightly: a comma here, a period there, a conjunction or two - hell - maybe even shifting around the verb/adjective to make it more legible. This is a question you have to decide, I can only give you my (professional) advice.

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  3. 3. Use hyphens... for some reason people forget they even exist... this is what "you" wrote:

    "... I thought your dad was the darling of the evangelical Christian vote, which is such a big vote out there, and a lot of conservatives. ..."

    "... I thought your dad was the darling of the evangelical Christian vote - which is such a big vote out there - and a lot of conservatives. ..."

    In with the hyphens - out with the comma 😉 [yes, actually it's a dash and not a hyphen but it does the job nonetheless]

    4. In the sentence: "Ron Paul is the only one getting significant independent votes and Democrat votes." - I hear "vote" singular not plural... IF that's what he says you might want to transcribe as vote[s]

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  4. About the transcript, found two big mistakes in ONE sentence.

    "Look at the crowds, he says his [NOT he’s] crowds are growing by the hundreds, and then you interview someone like Santorum who’s got 5 people and they’re telling him to be quiet [NOT quite] because they’re watching the football game!"

    Minor comments:

    "...Rick Santorum really caught the momentum and he’s been closing [in] fast here in the last two days..."I would add "[in]" because it's more readable and that way, although technically it's correct the way it is.

    Minor details:

    1. Try not to start sentences with AND/OR... there are plenty of those in there and they're really an eye-sore. I generally prefer long sentences with punctuation (or even hyphens) to make the more readable rather than starting a sentence with "And..." / "Or..."

    2. This is highly debatable but I question the "wisdom" of placing commas in front of a conjunction (and/or)... speaking as a writer the conjunction substitutes for the punctuation, it sets the pace and it divides sentences. Although it feels natural to put a comma in those places it doesn't make much sense.... if you have to, place the comma AFTER the conjunction, example:

    "we’ve had several people surge to the top and, I think this is the best time to be surging"

    Again: ONLY IF YOU REALLY HAVE TO PUT THAT COMMA THERE, the sentence is fine without!

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  5. my name is Ben Smith, I am from California, where last election I voted for Obama as a Dem, U have since registered as an independent, due to the fact that Obama did not live up to his words. Right now, I am seriously debating switching to Republican, just so this man can have my vote. He is the ONLY hope for this country, and I think we all need to be proactive in our efforts to get him in a position to effect change. Mr. Paul, you have my vote.

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    • @tymewarrp Don't feel bad your not the only one. I was also fraudulently fooled by Obama too. Even the people who rewarded him the noble peace prize got fooled too. So don't feel bad. Welcome to Ron Paul strict way of constitution. We are not crazy about republican or democrats we are just die hard constitutionalist and libertarians and Ron Paul happened to lead the way in the most profound way.

      Ron Paul 2012.

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      • @ProudTEX@tymewarrp I do not feel bad, I feel great. When I see all the things and hear when the man speaks, I am eager and hopeful in a way that is reminiscent of the Obama fad, but knowing that Mr. Paul has the experience and wherewithal to actually do what he says, I think the whole two party system construct is meaningless. With NDAA, and the collapse of the American way of life, We The People, must make choices that give our citizens the best chance to pursue happiness, Mr. Paul is that choice. I don;t feel bad, I am excited for the possibilities.

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