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article imageUsing applause metric, Congressman Ron Paul won the GOP debate

By Michael Krebs     Jun 15, 2011 in Politics
Among the seven Republican candidates vying for the Party's presidential nomination at Monday's GOP debate, Congressman Ron Paul won the hearts of the audience, receiving more than double the applause of any other contender.
Among the polls, Congressman Ron Paul trails former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. However, if the 2012 Republican presidential nomination was determined by the applause generated at key GOP debates, Mr. Paul may just sail to the Republican nomination.
A series of polls conducted before the June 13 GOP debate place Congressman Paul far behind front-runner Mitt Romney, according to The State Column.
Mr. Paul adheres to a Conservative Libertarian perspective, one that calls for smaller government and individual liberty.
At the GOP debate in New Hampshire on Monday, Mr. Paul's message clearly resonated. According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, Paul "handily" won the debate, based on applause.
Citing an analysis by the Baltimore Sun, Congressman Paul was found to have been applauded more than twice as often as any other candidate.
"Throughout the two-hour debate, Paul was applauded 11 times," Luke Broadwater reported for the Baltimore Sun. "Romney, Bachmann, and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty were each applauded five times. Former House speaker Newt Gingrich and businessman Herman Cain were each applauded four times. Former Pa. Senator Rick Santorum was applauded the least amount of times: Three."
Congressman Paul's message is one that may have a populist resonance, and CNN may have given him the national platform he needed to further his candidacy.
Writing for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Steve Sebelius notes: "If the Republican presidential debate in New Hampshire proved anything, it proved this: Texas Rep. Ron Paul is the only person on the stage worth the party's embrace."
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