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Will Ron Paul do better or worse running for President this next time around?

Asked by RealEyesRealizeRealLies (30874points) May 13th, 2011

I heard him quoted on the radio this morning as stating the American people are finally coming around to seeing things the way he’s been promoting for thirty years.

Do you think this is true?

What is the likelihood he’ll do better or worse than last election?

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marinelife's avatar

I think he will do about the same.

jaytkay's avatar

Ron Paul is popular among white nationalists, neo-nazis and the neo-confederates at American Renaissance, and they’re pretty stirred up about the man in the White House. So he’s got that going for him.

Pandora's avatar

No. He’s a great actor but on the political front, he comes off too stiff and boring. He’s as exciting as white noise. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

JLeslie's avatar

The same. I actually like a lot of what Ron Paul has to say, although I would never vote for him. His ideas that I do agree with, I just can’t see him actually being able to affect enough change to make them really happen, I think it is unrealistic unfortunately.

My impression last time around was the Republicans were awful to him. When I saw him in debates during the primaries the others laughed out loud at some of his answers, so he doesn’t stand a chance with Republican voters who kind of just follow along with the party.

mazingerz88's avatar

Ron Paul has some great ideas but a lot of Americans “vote visually”. If he could come out in the next few months occupying George Clooney’s body, he will pull off a better campaign.

Jaxk's avatar

Libertarian principles have gained a lot of popularity since the onslaught of liberalism. However there’s a lot more to it than the elimination of the Fed and pulling out of Afghanistan. The isolationist policies of the 30s, aren’t likely to work today and the social programs of the liberals would all but be eliminated. Neither Republicans nor Democrats would be able to support his agenda in total and the downside for each is pretty severe.

It’s easy to pick out the issues where you agree with Ron Paul, but listen to everything and I think you will find as many or more issues that scare you to death. Regardless of party.

woodcutter's avatar

What @Jaxk said pretty much to a T

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

Ron Paul has what I like to call the Michael Moore Problem – in any group of statements, he goes one too far. For example, in rallying up a crowd, someone with the MMP might say “We’re gonna hold people accountable!” <crowd cheers> “We’re gonna spend wisely!” <crowd goes wild> “We’re gonna egg the President’s car on inauguration day!” <and all you can hear is crickets chirping and needles dropping>.

So, I think he’ll do the same as last time.

Dr_Dredd's avatar

I don’t think we’re really ready for his type of small-government libertarianism.

jrpowell's avatar

@Dr_Dredd :: Ready for it? We started there and it didn’t work.

filmfann's avatar

Ron Paul will do better than he has done in the past, due to his being the unofficial godfather of the Tea Party movement. He will still fall short, but has a chance to pick up the VP nomination.

Jaxk's avatar

@filmfann

That may not be a bad idea.

lazydaisy's avatar

I’m not sure. He would be such a radical departure from what we have now. I just don’t know if that is something that people are going to be ready for. There are a ton of people who love Obama and a ton of people who are sick of him.

Only time will tell, I guess.

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