Ron Paul Remains Longshot for GOP Nomination

The AP reports that Ron Paul, who stands at 2 percent in polls of likely Republican primary voters and who has recently tripled his campaign staff to 27 , is “one of the longest of long shots for the GOP nomination.” The reason for this mystery has yet to be uncovered but speculation in the piece centers on the party’s desire to find a candidate who “might have a prayer of winning in a Democratic year” and that his views on a wide variety of issues put him well outside the mainstream.

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  1. z says:

    Seriously, The republicans don’t have a prayer in the general election with any of the Pro-war Front-runners.

    That’s a fact.

    I’m really surprised there isn’t more reporting about this. Does anyone seriously believe for a second that Rudy or Freddy won’t be painted as “George Bush on Steroids” for the 9 months after the primaries should they get the nod?

    I can just hear the campaign ads now with the voice over “That sounds a lot like GwB”.

    Game. Set. Match.

    So Called news editors call Ron Paul a longshot, but anyone who studies politics should know that Ron Paul has a greater chance of being in the whitehouse in 2009 than any of the current frontrunners in the GOP.

  2. PK says:

    I love these stories that selectively highlight the most negative parts in another article. “No, we’re not biased, we’re just reporting what someone else said.”