The Campaign Spot

Ron Paul Is Speaking To Different Voters Than Everyone Else

Over in the Corner, Rich wants Hunter and Tancredo to depart. I kinda wonder about Ron Paul, because while he’s got the money and the hard-core supporters, the game he’s playing is so different from everybody else’s on stage.

I say this with some begrudging admiration – Ron Paul is, like Howard Dean in 2004, the only candidate who could spawn a movement that will last beyond his candidacy.

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Politics & Policy

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The Pope Francis Challenge

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