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Originally Posted by Xayd View Post
he's still in an unescapable hole.

barak and hillary are raising ~30 mil per quarter, giuliana (lulz) is raising 17 mil a quarter.

lol, bet you regret ever saying that now.
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Its time for a *real* change and a new positive direction for our futures.
Nov. 8, 2007, 9:44PM

Paul's surge no longer a surprise

He's originally from Pennsylvania, but there is a lot that is ruggedly Texan about Republican Ron Paul and his insurgent, nonconformist presidential campaign.

The quirky Lake Jackson congressman shifted from national political asterisk to respectably funded, potential New Hampshire wild card where his anti-war stance is resonating with some early-state Republicans.

"This guy has never been a conventional politician," said Dennis Simon, a political scientist at Southern Methodist University. "He stands up there at these debates, and everyone is defending the war but him. He stands out, and he seems different."

It's not just the war that is driving Paul's populist campaign. His exasperation with big government and tart denunciation of federal spending strikes a nerve with fiscal conservatives, particularly Republicans who have grown ill at ease with social conservatives' influence in the party.

People want change
On a broader scale, a recent USA Today poll found 72 percent of Americans are dissatisfied with the way things are going in this country. That kind of discontent presents an opening for Paul, a plain-speaking outsider, an anti-politician challenging the status quo.

"Certainly people want change," said Guy McLendon, chairman of the Harris County Libertarian Party and a prominent local Paul supporter. "People want their elected officials to live by the rule of law."

Within local Libertarian circles, McLendon said, there is strong support for Paul but also some soul-searching, because voting for him in Texas if he is still in the race by the March 4 primary would mean switching party affiliation.

A possible spoiler
In the last campaign finance reporting period, Paul took many by surprise with a $5.3 million haul. At the time, he had about $2 million more in the bank than Sen. John McCain of Arizona.

This week, Paul broke his party's one-day fundraising record, clearing over $4 million toward a $12 million goal for the quarter he looked on target to meet.

Political journalists are touting Paul as a potential spoiler in New Hampshire, where he is fourth in the polls behind former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani and McCain.

Mark Elam, Texas state coordinator for Paul's presidential campaign, said the demand from supporters for signs, stickers and other campaign materials is "overwhelming."

"People are really disillusioned and discontented with both parties, and here they face the prospect of voting for two New Yorkers (Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton and Republican Giuliani) who are probably less conservative than they are," Elam said. "It's not much of a choice."

Like Reagan, Dean
Elam compared surging interest in Paul's campaign to Ronald Reagan's 1976 campaign, where he also worked. Paul's appeal also has a whiff of Democrat Howard Dean's insurgent 2004 campaign, which similarly drew the disaffected and gained momentum via the Internet.

All that said, Paul remains an extreme long-shot politically. But betting on the underdog is something many of his supporters clearly relish.

"It really is an insurrection," said Harvey Kronberg, editor of the Quorum Report in Austin. "These are people who, generally speaking, have given up on politics and government."

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