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article imageRepublican candidate Ron Paul now considered a front-runner

By Mike Lapointe     Nov 16, 2011 in Politics
According to a recent poll, Texas congressman Ron Paul has emerged as a front-runner in the Republican nomination process.
A recent poll of Iowan voters conducted for Bloomberg showed that “Herman Cain, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, and Newt Gingrich are in a dead heat as the top choices for Iowans likely to attend the Jan. 3 Republican presidential caucuses.” The poll found that Cain continues to lead the pack with twenty percent support, followed closely by Paul at nineteen percent. Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich are close behind with eighteen and seventeen percent support respectively.
Iowa’s caucuses are particularly important in the nomination process as they are the first presidential caucuses of the year.
The Bloomberg poll also found that seventy-one percent of voters said economic concerns were the biggest issue for Iowan republicans. This is why Paul resonates with voters, as he has consistently championed economic freedoms throughout his campaign. According to a report from CBS, “the focus on economic issues has likely advantaged Paul, who is known for his strong libertarian views.”
Paul has been considered a libertarian for his entire political career. A former physician, Paul has run for President once before as a candidate for the Libertarian Party in 1988. He also sought the Republican nomination in 2008, which eventually went to John McCain.
Paul is a strong advocate for abolishing the United States Federal Reserve, as he believes the Fed’s control over the American money supply is illegitimate. Paul questioned Herman Cain over his involvement in the Federal Reserve system in a debate earlier this year. According to his website,
“Ron Paul has been an advocate of the gold standard and open competition in currencies for many years. He is the Federal Reserve’s most outspoken opponent in Congress and has frequently questioned [former and current Federal Reserve Chairmen] Alan Greenspan and Ben Bernanke about the Fed’s actions.”
Paul will “deliver a keynote speech to the Cato Institute’s annual monetary conference called ‘Monetary Reform in the Wake of Crisis’ in Washington” on Wednesday morning according to the Washington Post.
With the Iowa caucuses only seven weeks away, voters are running out of time to decide which candidate they would like to see run against President Barack Obama in the November 2012 Presidential election. If Congressman Paul can continue to take advantage of his momentum and capitalize on the mistakes made by other Republican candidates, he will be in good position to take on Obama around this time next year.
The Iowa poll was conducted by West Des-Moines-based firm Selzer and Co. between November 10-12.
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