Rep. Ron Paul wins CPAC straw poll
Texas Rep. Ron Paul won 30 percent of the vote in a CPAC straw poll of presidential candidates.
February 12th, 2011
06:01 PM ET

Rep. Ron Paul wins CPAC straw poll

The results of the Washington Times CPAC straw poll of presidential candidates are in, and the winner is Texas Rep. Ron Paul, with 30 percent of the vote. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was the runner-up with 23 percent.

There were 3,742 ballots cast in the annual survey, which is a chance for devotees to name their pick for president in 2012. Fifty-six percent of those surveyed said they were generally satisfied with the field of potential candidates and 43 percent said they wished the GOP had a better field of potential candidates. For those surveyed, the size of the federal government was the most important issue to them.

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  1. Patty


    February 13, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sherri W.W.#1~ILLinois

    @Patty: Yes,Pres.Obama DOES ROCK! And we better ALL open our ears and Listen and pray we keep our good President until 2016,so he can finish straightening out the MESS the Repubs got us in! NOW,the Repubs got the Tea Party mixed in as well,and most of the ones who are in,or want to be in power:Good Lord ,most of them sound certifible when they speak! People will get back to work and the deficit will be fine,once most folks are working and paying taxes again.Right now we MUST start fixing our 100yr old crumbling infrastructure~the Gas Lines that run under ALL OUR HOMES,that are blowing up every week~the crumbling drinking water and sewer system all over the country.Between these and High Speed Rail~which we DO need,and new wind turbine factories[have several near here]~all those things we NEED,will put so MANY people to work at GOOD jobs,the problems will be solved! Repair and Inovation.It is needed and will work.Repubs dont WANT you to understand that because all they can think of ,is making our President Fail~and us along with him.DONT let them do that to us!

    February 14, 2011 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
  3. Preacherman

    @Bleh: "washingtonized" means the president is corrupt, spreads wars to weak countries for resources, greedy and lies a lot the the American public like those before him. They think by dictating and brain washing us through their news bureaucrates we've become automatically stupid! Get it now?

    February 14, 2011 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
  4. Sherri W.W.#1~ILLinois

    We also,most certinly DO need our New Healthcare Law,and Health Ins for all! Having a job with ins still does NOT keep them from dropping you or refusing care you need,or cutting off that care ,when you reach a Million $ of care! Know how long it takes to reach that magic Million$ mark on insurance these days? My perfectly healthly Brotherinlaw,58yrs old,got sick from a horrible infection and his Hosp.bill for one month,was $498,000!~$2 short of half Million! Another young realitive had a stroke and needed much the same care as Ms Giffords has to have,to get well.It took less than 4 months for my realitive to reach the $million mark on her ins! ONLY because her husband was very well off,could she finish her care,to get well.Most of us arent well off,and have that option,so you best hope you have insurance thru the new law,where they CANT cut off your care! Also,my BC/BS for 2011,has 2 pages of new great things + LOW MEDICINE COSTS~And at the top of page,they STATE that these new improvements are to comply with the New HC Law! Raised my ins a whole $3 DOLLARS A WEEK~I`LL TAKE IT,thanks Pres.Obama!

    February 14, 2011 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
  5. Sherri W.W.#1~ILLinois

    I hate to sound like I am on my soapbox these days,but darn,there is SO much stuff going on.and SO many "Nuts"that want to lead us all down the path of "no return",that we just have to get folks THINKING FOR THEMSELVES,instead of listening to FOX.GlenBeck,Palin,"Newt" G.,the Pauls,Rick Perry,Scott from FL~you name it~the nutwingers are OUT THERE,and they are DANGEROUS,to all of us,and our families! Two things: EDUCATION~Our Children MUST have the Best and closing schools?Comm.colleges?[Perry~TX],and cutting Education budgets by 47%? WHERE do YOU think this will leave our children? Already, FAR behind other Nations kids! Its terrible! Average HS grad reads at a 9TH GRADE LEVEL NOW! We CAN AFFORD TO EDUCATE OUR KIDS.Cant afford not to,as some want to do. #2,is these "nutjobs"that wanta WRECK our Soc.Security System,and all the safety nets in place for all. While Medicare costs have to be brought down~by the HC Law~SOCIAL SECURITY DOES NOT ADD TO THE DEFICIT AT ALL! It is self~funding! Raising the amt.that people pay into it past the $106,800 level,will fix the problem for 75yrs or more,and there is NO REASON people who make 4X WHAT MOST DO SHOULD NOT PAY FICA TAX FOR AT LEAST $150,000 of THEIR INCOME~the fact it stops AT ALL,is insane~make a million$ you SHOULD have to pay FICA ON ALL OF IT REALLY!The Repubs help all them get richer and want to cut OUR Social Security!Are that many people crazy enough to let them do it,while you live on $12,000 a yr!?

    February 14, 2011 at 2:36 am | Report abuse |
  6. kim

    jim davis u suck scrotums get off your lazy ass get a job do something quit suckin off the government teet and you wonder why this country is broke and flat on its ass cuzz leaches like you suck the life outta the econemy get a job get 2 damn

    February 14, 2011 at 3:32 am | Report abuse |
  7. marshall

    The only honest politician in the running for 2112. You can choose an honest man who might be able to save our broke and broken usa or you can choose a bought and paid for, lying shill, guaranteed to continue sending our young men to their deaths to serve corporate interests. Not much of a choice as far as I can see.

    February 14, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
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