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article imageRon Paul claims 'flavor of the decade' against other GOP hopefuls

By Michael Krebs     Dec 4, 2011 in Politics
Speaking on CNN's 'State of the Union' on Sunday, Republican presidential candidate Congressman Ron Paul differentiated his candidacy from that of his running mates and declared himself to be the 'flavor of the decade.'
Republican presidential candidate Congressman Ron Paul asserted on Sunday that his candidacy represented the "flavor of the decade." Paul made the comments in an appearance on CNN's "State of the Union," comparing himself to the volatile flavors of the month coming out of the Republican presidential contest, as CNN reported.
Texas Governor Rick Perry and restaurant executive Herman Cain have both seen their campaigns top national polls only to plummet just weeks later. Perry's lackluster debate performances appear to have marked the end of his candidacy, and Cain endured a litany of sexual harassment charges and the accusation of a 13-year extra-marital affair before suspending his campaign on Saturday.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is now topping numerous strategically important polls, leading most recently in a key Iowa poll conducted by the Des Moines Register, according to Businessweek.
Against the backdrop of what has been a finicky and lurching Republican presidential primary to date, GOP presidential contender Congressman Ron Paul has maintained a considerably consistent Libertarian-infused message of limited government and of personal responsibility throughout his campaign and throughout the many years he has served in congress. And with the ongoing economic malaise weighing on the nation and the skyrocketing federal debt that continues its squeeze on future growth prospects, Paul's message has resonated more firmly with Republican and Independent voters who are in search of lasting change.
However, Paul's poll figures have also remained consistent, hovering just below 10 percent, as is highlighted here in multiple figures provided by the Paul campaign web site.
Paul believes that with the departure of Herman Cain from the race, he is poised to pick up many of Cain's Independent-minded voters. Paul also contends that his positions offer a broader appeal for GOP voters, and this elevates his platform beyond the flavor of the month variety.
“You don’t win with just with a hard-core Republican base. You have to have a candidate that’s going to appeal across the political spectrum,” Paul told CNN. “I think with my views, they’re quite different than the hard-edge views (that) so many on the Republican side are frequently showing.”
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