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2012 Presidential Election
8:25 pm
Sat December 31, 2011

Romney & Paul Neck and Neck

Texas Congressman Ron Paul's continues to run in a virtual tie with Mitt Romney, according to a Des Moines Register poll released Saturday night.
Photo by Gage Skidmore/Texas Tribune

With the Iowa Republican presidential caucuses four days away, a new Des Moines Register poll show a razor-thin margin between former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and Texas Congressman Ron Paul.

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2012 Presidential Election
3:27 pm
Wed December 28, 2011

Paul Running Second in New Poll

A new CNN/Time/ORC poll puts Rick Perry in fifth place in Iowa, while Congressman Ron Paul runs virtually neck-and-neck for the lead.
Photo by Daniel Reese/KUT News

A new opinion poll of Iowa Republican voters shows an interesting shift, but no real gains for either Texas Congressman Ron Paul or Governor Rick Perry.

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2012 Presidential Election
12:36 pm
Wed December 28, 2011

New Paul Ad Hits "Washington Machine"

In a tough new ad, Iowa caucus frontrunner-of-the-moment Ron Paul takes out after the "Washington machine," "serial hypocrite" Newt Gingrich and "flip-flopper" Mitt Romney.

2012 Presidential Election
9:53 am
Fri December 23, 2011

Ron Paul Has Support In Iowa, But Old Issues Linger

Originally published on Thu December 22, 2011 11:01 pm

Texas Congressman Ron Paul is anything but an establishment GOP candidate. Yet, he is at the top of the polls in Iowa, largely because his message appeals to more than just the typical Republican caucus-goer. That was made clear when he met John McCarthy and Michelle Godez-Schilling, both of whom attended a campaign stop in Dubuque, Iowa.

"I would like to say I'm an independent, and for the first time in my life I'm affiliated with one of the two major parties because of you," McCarthy told Paul.

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2:28 pm
Thu December 22, 2011

The Nation: Why Do GOP Bosses Fear Ron Paul?

In Paul We Trust? A supporter shows a coin with Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul's face on it during a town hall meeting in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, on Dec. 21, 2011.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu December 22, 2011 7:48 am

John Nichols is the author of several books that examine the legacy of old-right conservatives such as Taft and Buffett, including: Against the Beast: A Documentary History of American Opposition to Empire (Nation Books).

Ron Paul represents the ideology that Republican insiders most fear: conservatism.

Not the corrupt, inside-the-beltway construct that goes by that name, but actual conservatism.

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2012 Presidential Election
10:32 am
Tue December 20, 2011

Ron Paul's Iowa Surge Brings Mixed Reaction

Texas Congressman Ron Paul taking the stage at a Florida debate in September. Two new polls have Paul leading the Republican presidential pack two weeks before the Iowa GOP caucuses.
Photo by Ben Philpott/KUT News

The two most recent polls on the Iowa Caucuses have Texas Congressman Ron Paul winning the 1st GOP nominating contest.

Not doing well, but still behind. Not getting set to play a spoiler role. Winning.

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2012 Presidential Election
10:37 am
Fri December 9, 2011

Ron Paul's Young Fans Flock To Him In Iowa

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul spoke at a town hall meeting at the Erickson Public Library in Boone, Iowa on Thursday before a university rally.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Originally published on Fri December 9, 2011 3:00 am

At first glance, it's not easy to figure why Ron Paul is so popular with young people. At 76, he's old enough to be their grandfathers, something he alluded to at a packed rally at Iowa State University in Ames Thursday night.

"I understand this is a busy week, some of you are involved with studyin' so this was a chance not to have to study for a couple hours right? But I have a lot of children, a lot of grandchildren but I'm always advising them study hard get your courses down," Paul told the crowd.

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2012 Presidential Election
10:41 am
Tue December 6, 2011

Newt Gingrich, GOP Frontrunner, Plays Campaign Cash Catch Up

Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks with a supporter in New York City, Monday, Dec. 5, 2011.
Seth Wenig AP

Originally published on Tue December 6, 2011 10:54 am

When it comes to polls, Newt Gingrich is a strong frontrunner. New surveys in Iowa and South Carolina show him lapping the rest of the Republican presidential field and holding strong double digit leads.

But when it comes to money, the essential for running an effective modern campaign, Gingrich is still not a top-tier candidate.

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2012 Presidential Election
4:38 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

Ron Paul Campaign Continues Newt Gingrich Smackdown

Originally published on Mon December 5, 2011 4:11 pm

There was more evidence Monday that Newt Gingrich really rubs Rep. Ron Paul and his campaign aides the wrong way.

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2012 Presidential Election
10:08 am
Mon November 28, 2011

New Hampshire Takes Another Look At Ron Paul

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul of Texas is surrounded by supporters after speaking at a town hall meeting in Keene, N.H., on Monday.
Cheryl Senter AP

Originally published on Sun November 27, 2011 7:58 pm

In this presidential cycle, as in the last, there is no question which Republican candidate has the most ardent supporters: Ron Paul, the 76-year-old Texas congressman whose brand of libertarianism often puts him at odds with all of his rivals. But with less than seven weeks to go for the nation's first primary, there are signs that Paul could surprise people.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is sitting pretty in New Hampshire, where he has been the front-runner all year, so whoever comes in second in the Granite State isn't doing too shabbily.

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2012 Presidential Election
10:55 am
Wed November 23, 2011

Why Do Evangelicals Not Support Romney?

Perry's support among evangelicals is lower than Mitt Romney's.
Photo by Ben Philpott, KUT News

This morning on KUT, we reported on the role evangelicals would play in the 2012 election, specifically the GOP primary. Part of the story focused on the tenuous relationship between the religions right and on-again-off-again Republican front-runner Mitt Romney.

Meanwhile, a new poll out today from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life puts a number on why some evangelicals aren't supporting the Romney campaign.

Pew's research shows more than half of white evangelicals polled do not believe the Mormon religion is Christian. 

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10:06 am
Mon November 14, 2011

New Republic: Are The GOP Debates Informative?

Republican presidential candidates businessman Herman Cain, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-GA), and Texas Governor Rick Perry acknowledge audience prior to a presidential debate at Wofford College Nov. 12, 2011 in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Mon November 14, 2011 8:20 am

Isaac Chotiner is the executive editor of The Book at

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2:03 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Video: Ron Paul Says Wealthy "Ripped Us Off"

Photo by ABC/Yahoo News

U.S. Rep. Ron Paul appeared in an online-only interview with ABC News and Yahoo on Tuesday morning, part of a day-long series that involves one-on-one discussions with all eight Republican presidential candidates.

Early in the 15-minute interview, Paul resumed his lambast of Federal Reserve policies. He reiterated his belief that government involvement in public education and welfare programs is "socialist" and his preference for privatization of most functions, including schools and transportation.

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2012 Presidential Election
10:29 am
Wed October 26, 2011

Before He Delivered For Voters, Paul Delivered Babies

Ron Paul, shown in this screen shot taken from his website, says he delivered more than 4,000 babies in the Texas district where he used to practice.

Originally published on Fri January 13, 2012 11:49 am

Sixth in a series

Republican presidential candidate and Texas Congressman Ron Paul is known for his fervent opposition to armed intervention overseas and the Federal Reserve — and for his equally fervent supporters.

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2012 Presidential Election
4:39 pm
Tue October 18, 2011

GOP Las Vegas Debate Finds Focus On Cain As Romney Cruises

Mitt Romney and Nevada Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki (r) take photos with supporters as Romney opens his state headquarters in Las Vegas, October 17, 2011.

Ethan Miller Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 18, 2011 7:09 pm

As Republican presidential candidates gird for their eighth debate, this one in Las Vegas, Nev., Tuesday evening, a central question is: how will the Herman Cain phenomenon shape the event?

With the one-time pizza company CEO near or at the top of the GOP field depending on which poll you consult, he's likely to draw more attention from the other candidates at the debate than was true in any of their previous meetings. The two-hour debate will be carried by CNN at 8 pm ET.

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2012 Presidential Election
2:06 pm
Mon October 17, 2011

Who's Winning 'The Media Primary'?

Herman Cain (right) speaks as Texas Gov. Rick Perry looks on during a GOP presidential debate at Dartmouth College on Oct. 11.

Andrew Harrer AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon October 17, 2011 5:00 am

Think of the past few months — since the beginning of May — as the prologue to the 2012 presidential election story, or as the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism puts it, "that weeding out period before citizens ever vote or caucus."

The Project is releasing a study today titled: "The Media Primary: How News Media and Blogs Have Eyed the Presidential Contenders During the First Phase of the 2012 Race."

Weed it and reap.

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2012 Presidential Election
3:02 pm
Wed October 12, 2011

Paul and Perry Debate Performance

Reviews of Governor Perry's performance in last night's debate were mixed.
Photo by KUT News

Last night Republican presidential hopefuls converged in New Hampshire for yet another debate. As we’ve reported on KUT in the past, Governor Perry’s recent slip in the polls meant that Tuesday’s job-focused debate was an important chance for him to show he’s still a major contender in this race.

So how did he do?

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9:22 am
Sun October 9, 2011

Sunday Morning Roundup for October 9

Good news: It's raining. Bad news: It may be too much rain for extremely dry ground. A Flash Flood Watch remain in effect over Central Texas until 6:00 tonight.
Image courtesy National Weather Service

The broken heat records, the endless months of dry weather are least for today.

Flash Flood Watch for Central Texas

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2012 Presidential Election
6:46 pm
Sat October 8, 2011

Ron Paul Wins Straw Poll At Values Voter Summit

Originally published on Sat October 8, 2011 12:25 pm

Rep. Ron Paul of Texas pushed aside GOP presidential front-runners Mitt Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry in a straw poll at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., on Saturday.

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2012 Presidential Election
3:25 pm
Wed October 5, 2011

Ron Paul Asks: Will The Government Assassinate Journalists Next?

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul of Texas at the National Press Club in Washington today.

Patrick Smith Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 5, 2011 2:45 pm

Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) was quick last Friday to condemn the killing of American-born al-Qaida cleric Anwar al-Awlaki by a U.S. drone strike in Yemen.

"If the American people accept this blindly and casually that we now have an accepted practice of the president assassinating people who he thinks are bad guys, I think it's sad," Paul said.

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