Figures vindicate Paul campaign’s angry response to CBS News debate shame
Paul Joseph Watson
November 15, 2011
Despite being given just 89 seconds of speaking time during Saturday’s Republican debate, Congressman Ron Paul is in a dead heat with fellow top tier candidates Cain, Romney and Gingrich for the highly influential Iowa caucuses, placing second just one percentage point behind Cain amongst likely voters.
“A Bloomberg News poll shows Cain at 20 percent, Paul at 19 percent, Romney at 18 percent and Gingrich at 17 percent among the likely attendees with the caucuses that start the nominating contests seven weeks away.”
Paul is undoubtedly in the strongest position going into the race, because his support is “more solidified than his rivals,” a key factor given that 60 per cent of respondents in the poll said they could still be persuaded to change their vote.
32 per cent of Paul’s backers say they are sticking with the Congressman, whereas only 25 per cent of Romney supporters and 17 per cent of Gingrich voters say the same.
Being the first event of the electoral nomination process, taking place this year on January 3, the Iowa caucuses are traditionally seen as a highly influential in determining the final GOP nominee. If Ron Paul takes Iowa he can no longer be ignored by the establishment media and will have a genuine shot at building momentum for a victorious campaign.
The results of the poll vindicate the Paul campaign’s angry response to CBS News’ treatment of the Congressman when he was afforded just 89 seconds out of a 90 minute debate on Saturday night in South Carolina.
It subsequently transpired that Paul and other candidates had been the victims of a deliberate CBS policy to restrict questions to so-called lesser candidates, despite the fact that Paul’s figures have consistently proven he is a top tier performer.
As Reason’s Seth McKelvey highlights, even candidates with significantly lower polling figures than Paul were given more time.
Despite his embarrassing faux-pas in the previous debate when he failed to remember the name of the federal agency he wanted to abolish, Rick Perry, whose support has been sinking for weeks, was given the most time out of all the candidates during the CBS News debate.
by Larry Simons
November 15, 2011
What I find additionally absurd in the aftermath of CBS only giving Ron Paul 89 seconds to speak in last Saturday's debate is an article by Stephanie Condon posted, ironically, on CBS' website titled, "New poll shows 4-way tie in Iowa as Ron Paul moves to top tier".
Absurd, because included in the artice are the exact same polling numbers mentioned in Paul Watson's above article: Cain in 1st [20%], Paul in 2nd [19%], Romney in 3rd [18%] and Gingrich in 4th [17%], yet Condon claims it is a 4-way tie. Notice how the article does not say "Ron Paul in 2nd place in Iowa"? One could be shocked that the article even includes Ron Paul's name, but I think it was done to indicate to ill-informed readers that Paul is "catching up" with the others.
Condon writes, "A new Bloomberg poll of likely caucus participants shows a four-way tie in Iowa, with Rep. Ron Paul joining Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain in the top tier of candidates." Notice she says, "with Rep. Ron Paul joining Mitt Romney...", when Paul has always ben a top tier candidate?
Maybe this article was published so that CBS can win back some brownie points with Ron Paul supporters and appear more fair-and-balanced, but it fails by undermining his campaign even more by outright lying by claiming that Ron Paul is just now joining the top tier and by claiming the Iowa poll is a 4-way tie when Condon's own words in the article indicate it is not a tie.
It is amazing the lengths that the mainstream media will go to eliminate anti-establishment and pro-Constitutional values and rhetoric from the Presidential debates. It is crystal clear proof that the Constitution remains under attack by not just our leaders in Washington but also by the very ones who claim they are bringing news to the people.