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Given the early date, polling can be all over the place but it’s worth taking a look at the trends now to see where things allegedly stand.

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Report from USA Today:

Six months out, it’s a tie.

The first USA TODAY/Gallup Swing States Poll since the GOP settled on a presumptive nominee shows big challenges for each side: Mitt Romney in generating enthusiasm and a personal connection with his supporters, and Barack Obama in convincing Americans he should be trusted to manage a fragile economy.

The president and the former Massachusetts governor start their head-to-head contest essentially even among registered voters — Obama 47%, Romney 45% — in the dozen battleground states likely to determine the election’s outcome. That’s closer than the lead of 9 percentage points for Obama in the Swing States survey in late March.

But the poll also finds a reversal in what has been a key GOP asset in the five previous battleground surveys taken since last fall: an edge in enthusiasm among voters. For the first time, Democrats are more likely than Republicans to say they are extremely or very enthusiastic about voting — a shift from a 14-percentage-point GOP advantage at the end of last year to an 11-point deficit now.

I am not sure I buy the claim over the enthusiasm gap. For Republicans weary of President Obama’s policies, November of 2012 couldn’t some soon enough. The enthusiasm may be growing more on the Democratic side as the election dominates the news cycle. Furthermore, some of the perceived lack of enthusiasm on the GOP side could be due to a reluctance of conservative voters to immediately coalesce around Romney as the nominee. This will change in due time. Whatever the case may be, don’t expect there to be a serious lack of enthusiasm among either side come November.

104 COMMENTS

  1. Yeah, right, Nat.

    OR–maybe the GOP “lack of enthusiasm” has to do with the fact that they’re apparently saddled with a wooden, lackluster, no-integrity candidate like Slick Willard.

    By the way, why no comment at all about the Libertarian Party convention??

    • GOP VIOLATING Rules in TEAMING UP with Mitt (while the GOP’s nomination process is still going)!

      An unbelievable affront to all Americans by the GOP Controllers — A Felonious Action on their part!

      IN DESPERATION to CIRCUMVENT THE PROCESS by FALSELY “presuming Mitt is the CHOSEN ONE” the GOP HAS ALREADY started ILLEGALLY pumping Money TO HIS CAUSE (in order to IGNORE Ron Paul IS WINNING almost ALL DELEGATES at The States’ Conventions)!

      Americans — wake up to these Criminals that want to turn us from Free Citizens into Servile Subjects!

      Watch the below by Fox New’s REALITY CHECK (before this exposing video disappears like many others have):

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDPK4GCprYA&feature=player_embedded

      • Great video, Surf.

        But cripes, grab a beer or something.

        You’re hyperventilating again.

  2. The Libertarian Party Convention should be mentioned. However, Ron Paul can’t win so, what’s your point? Now since you’re into name calling how about “Can’t Win Paul” or “Gut the Military Paul” so another country can take over our country or “Too Old Paul” or maybe “Issolationist Paul” or maybe “Do Anything to Win Paul Supporters” so Obama WILL BE reelected.

    • Joyce, money talks: Ron Paul gets his money from

      US Army $99,733
      US Air Force $75,652
      US Navy $73,057
      Google Inc $40,827
      US Dept of Defense $32,479
      Microsoft Corp $27,754
      IBM Corp $25,205
      Boeing Co $24,713
      Intel Corp $22,242
      Lockheed Martin $21,951

  3. Although it has been very frustrating to see the black out of Dr. Paul by the media and the complete failure of showing the American public the true amount of support for him, a poll like this is just further proof in my humble opinion that without independents and unaffiliated voters, Romney doesnt stand a chance of defeating Obama. If you look at the very few polls in which the voters have been asked about a direct match up between Obama and Paul, the “unelectable, crazy and dangerous” Ron Paul is the winner every time!!! The Revolution will not be televised but will happen none the less….and the time has come for Ron Paul’s ideas to flurish and grow. Like a wildfire…..an idea whose time has come!!!

    • (and the time has come for Ron Paul’s ideas to flourish and grow.)

      I don’t know if the time is now but soon for sure.

  4. Four easy steps to assure Ron Paul wins in 2012:

    Ron Paul wins 22 out of 25 delegates in Nevada!

    Lessons learned HOW TO ASSURE a GOP Convention is properly run (so Ron Paul is not cheated of TRUE delegates by the desperate frauds committed by Rmoney’s PLANTS!):

    1) Have two or more patrolling the venue to CATCH Mitt’s goons trying to pass FAKE PAPER COPIES (as they did in Maine and Nevada) and have them removed from the premisses (making sure each one is photographed/ video taped/ live stream shown…so they can be identified later).

    2) Make sure all Badges are legitimate (not ink-jet printed FAKES) before ANY are allowed to be heard at the Convention.

    3) Tape ALL proceedings (from many angles!) — even better to have them live-streamed to thousands outside. See how to easily set up live-streaming by watching the last video — “my setup”.

    4) Stay till the VERY END — make sure you (the Ron Paul supporters) are the LAST ones to leave the building (because, in the last few minutes, Mitt’s Goons will try to ANNUL the Actual Delegates Elected, and by subterfuge replace them with their own fake delegates)!

    After spending about six hours watching eight videos from USTREAM (Nevada Convention) — the above are my conclusions!

    See them for yourself below to form your own:

    http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nevadaconvention/videos

  5. I would also like to add that it is against GOP rules to declare or side with ANY candidate prior to the primary unless there is only one man standing!!! Why is the media going along with this?

    • Nurse: The media are simply reporting what they are told. The GOP leaders say it’s over, and that’s what they are reporting.

      I taught journalism. What people don’t realize is that the media are not plotting against you. They are just scared to death to do investigative reporting, because they’ll lose advertisers. So they just report what they’re told. They’re lazy, yes. But they’re too stupid to plot against you.

      • They’re not “plotting.”

        “Plodding,” maybe.

        The media don’t have an agenda–they just do as little as possible to get paid. Most of the time, they just reprint news releases–sometimes word-for-word. Otherwise, they just follow the Golden Rule: “Them that gots the gold makes the rules.”

  6. No matter how bad you may think a person is, good can be found if you want to dig deep enough. Take Mitt for example:

    Now if printing money from thin air is bad for the country, like the fed does, then making money vanish into thin air has to be good for the country. Okay, now it doesn’t all vanish as Mitt takes a few million out for himself but nothing in comparison to the 10’s of millions he makes vanish. (pensions, stocks, bonds, accounts receivable etc., etc)

    • That’s certainly true, Billy.

      We have been far too negative toward Mittens.

      Let’s look for positives.

      Maybe he can “bring us together again” with his wishy-washy flip-flopping mentality, in which NOBODY gets what they want, so we won’t feel that we got a raw deal.

      The man has “creative” solutions. He could even quell the raucus pro-life/pro-choice debate. Willard offers his own solution, known as “Multiple Choice.”

      • The man has a record and said record sucks. He was 47 out of 50 for job growth and hiked taxes (fees) while governor. His business was much more destructive than constructive in the private sector. Like I have posted before, he should not have even been on the same stage as Huntsman or Johnson but again, the worse you treat them the better they like you in politics and often in marriage.

        • Billy, we’re trying to be positive about Mittens, remember?

          When he was governor, Willard DID improve the economies of 46 other states, relatively speaking, right??

          And I don’t think you can say Willard shouldn’t have been on the same state as Huntsman and Johnson. Willard probably OWNS that stage.

          PLUS, Willard is a proponent of “trickle down” economics, in which the 1% are over-fed and they “trickle down” on the rest us, just like Seamus, the dog, on Willard’s station wagon roof.

          • Nothing wrong with trickle down if it’s done the way say Henry Ford did it. More modern would be Huntsman or Johnson. Guys that make it by expanding their companies. But then there is a lot less risk in making it the way The Mitt did it. Just toss the golden rule out the window, become a barracuda and go for it. Hell it might even get you to the White House.

            • Billy:

              Ford was a unique case. He was an ardent capitalist, but at the same time, he decided to give his employees what were at the time, outrageous wages. Ford’s “Better Idea” was that his employees might actually OWN a car that they worked on, expanding the market and increasing the cash flow.

              That’s MY kind of capitalism–share the fruit of the enterprise with the people who helped create it.

              Trouble is, “trickle down” these days means suck up all the wealth into the fewest possible hands, with the insane idea that when they have more wealth than they can hold, some if it will escape through their fingers.

              Of course, if they have that kind of money, they can afford leak-proof ways to hold it, including well, Slick Willard’s off-shore accounts.

            • Yeah but people like Mark Cuban started with nothing and now employes a lot of people with good and really good wages. What we really need though is a person like Mikhail Prokhorov.
              Just think what will happen to the U S auto industry if the e-mobile works anything like its claimed to. 67mpg at $15,000. I think the car is ugly but it won’t be sold in the US for quite some time. Its engine could make all others obsolete and I understand it was a US design stolen by the Russians. Like that’s some kind of news. Anyhow it is being produced and employing a lot of people around the world but not here.

            • The big story here is the part no one is reading. The engine is about 40 times the power to weight ratio of what Detroit makes. It’s called the MYT (mighty yet tiney)I see big sealing problems but if they have that licked all others are obsolete.

            • Goethe Behr

              Are you saying that the Government should RAISE TAXES on the Rich, Wealthy and Famous? OMG! :O If that’s what you’re saying, you’re gonna ANGER the “Lemmings” who support Mitt Romney. They think that he should be allowed to keep his wealth “hidden” off-shore and have his house equipped so his car can have it’s own private elevator. Don’t you know that? These “Lemmings” are “okay” with supporting this guy “Romney”, because they truly think that this “wealth phenomenon” will happen to them someday. LOL! So, they go-full-steam-ahead and pay their “outrageous” Tax Bills when the Government cries “Poverty”. They’ll even go-off to War to DIE for these “Rich Folks”, while NONE of the “Rich Folk’s” children even bother to Serve in the Military. They can’t, because who will carry on the Lineage of the “Rich”?

              Support Mitt Romney? Talk about “supporting” someone who has NOTHING IN COMMON with the Average American, like you or I. Oh….the Irony, LOL.

              But after all, according to FOX News and Rush Limbaugh – it’s the “Rich” who PAY most of the Tax Burden. It’s the “Rich” who CREATE all the jobs and “make” America work. And it’s “okay” for the “Rich” to BENEFIT from all the Corporate Welfare and the High Frequency Trading in the Stock Market. That’s just fine! Because if the “Rich” get “caught” breaking the Law, it’s the “Rich” who can AFFORD to “Buy Justice” by hiring High-Priced Attorneys to keep them out of Jail. That’s Fair! Oops. Sorry. “Fair” is now a dirty word.

              For crying-out-loud, Goethe Behr, don’t you know it’s the “Rich” who are doing “God’s Work”? We need to Thank God for the “Rich”! We should all “Bow-the-Knee” when the “Rich” walk by. We should “make the sign of the Cross” when the “Rich” appear on TV or speak on the Radio. WE ALL BENEFIT FROM THE “RICH”! What’s wrong with you!?

              PS) I’m just being facetious. LOL

            • You sure give us a lot of reasons to become rich but you don’t tell us how to do it, LOL

              Guess we do need rich folks a lot more than we need poor folks though.

            • The question never was can the business be saved, it was always how they could extract the most money out of it. Now don’t get me wrong, they would save the business if they thought they could get more out of it but then there is a lot of unknowns. Bankruptcy is a much surer way to go and you get the big domino effect as one bankruptcy can take down many, many businesses. Sooooo you get many shots at many new apples. Hell on the community but like any war, many must die so a few can become rich.

            • Billy:

              Yeah. And to Chicken Hawk Willard, we are all “collateral damage” in his battle for what he wants.

            • Billy Malone

              What we can learn from Newt Gingrich’s Super PAC “Movie” concerning Mitt Romney and the “Rich” – is that the “Rich” can NEVER GET ENOUGH – NO matter WHO “Suffers” or WHO they “Step On” to get it.

              We just gotta know to get a hold of some of that “Latin Seed Money” which Romney got.

              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLWnB9FGmWE

              Romney is going to get “slaughtered” by Obama if he wins the GOP Nomination

            • Darryl: Yeah, exactly.

              We are told things over and over, and eventually, we forget to question them.

              One of the biggest lies right now is that corporations “create jobs.” What a barrel of crap!

              I am a business owner, and I can tell you, it’s just the opposite. The goal and purpose of every manager is to get as much production out of every employee, and to fire as many as possible, if the job can still get done. I’m not saying that’s “wrong,” I’m just saying that’s the way it is. Willard and every other manager ENJOYS firing people.

              Jobs are created by consumers. Consumers buy stuff of the shelf, and ONLY because they can make more money, corporations hire an extra employee or two (after they’ve pushed overtime as far as they can).

              CONSUMERS are the “job creators.” Corporations only “fill” those jobs that ave already been created.

              A hundred years ago, Henry Ford figured it out that the way to make an economy work right is to pay your employees as much as you can, to get the best workers, to produce the best product, to sell the most, and prosperity feeds on itself.

              Today’s managers and owners pay as little as possible, fire as many as possible, and they squirrel away almost all of the profits JUST for themselves. Thus, workers can’t buy as much, there’s minimal demand, and that means fewer jobs–and, ironically, reduced profits. A vicious cycle.

              “Job creators”–gimme a break!

            • And why can’t we compete against big corporations? Regulations, corporations control competition via government regulation. It takes big money to start up almost anything today because of regulations. When Henry Ford sold his first car the Ford Motor Company had less than $300 in the bank. Ford Motor Company was started with all borrowed money from Dodge. Every part of the early Ford was built by Dodge (on credit) except the seat. I may add not one part had to have any type of government approval either.

            • Goethe Behr

              I agree. When will the “average people” of modest means understand that the “Rich” aren’t their Friends, unless they “Serve the Purpose” to make them more money? The “Rich” just can’t get enough Money, thus they’re “Money Junkies”. And just like the Junkie, they could care-less on who they “destroy”, just as long as they get their “fix” with more and more Money!

              It’s time people stop “playing” this game, especially with the likes of Mitt Romney. He has ZERO in common with the average American.

            • I don’t see a problem with the rich being greedy as they usually have to expand their operation to get more. That means more employees and the employees learn the business and can compete against their boss. Well that is if the playing field is level and the government stays out of it. Take the case of Henry Ford and the Dodge boys. Yeah the government did step in when Ford refused to pay out dividends on his stock. (the government should be there in the case of force or fraud as was this case)

              Okay the point I wanted to make was the Dodge boys went on to make a better car than Ford because the were making Fords and knew well the weakness in said car.

  7. Nate — you asked for a source that can give more believable Delegate Counts (in comparison to the ones given by the main media).

    Here it is — please, start posting it (and remove the silly ones that have stayed here for a long time).

    http://thereal2012delegatecount.com/

  8. The “Strategy” continues to play out. The Democrats, Obama and the Main Stream Media have “selected” the WEAKEST GOP Nominee to run for President in 2012 – Mitt Romney. This was all done under the watchful eyes of the Neocons at FOX News and the “supposed” Conservative Talk Show Host, Rush Limbaugh.

    Look for these people to continue to IGNORE Ron Paul – even though he draws Massive Crowds at his Rallies and as he continues to “rack up” Delegates. And as the GOP Convention draws nearer, look for these people to begin to ATTACK Ron Paul in an attempt to insure a Second Term for Obama. They know Romney is WEAK and is the SAME as Obama.

    Republicans who continue to “believe” FOX News and Rush Limbaugh, and offer support for Mitt Romney – will have NO ONE to Blame, but themselves for an Obama Victory.

    • Are you saying Newt or Rick would have been any better? Or out of the nine that started:

      U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann; Herman Cain, former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum.

      If RP was not running my pick might have been Johnson but no prior military ? ? ? Right he wasn’t even the original nine.

  9. You people are idiots! If you would rather see this socialist idiot Obama get re-elected than you aren’t very smart. I guess you don’t have children or grandchildren that you care about and their future. Obama is turning this country into third world! All he cares about is getting his Muslim friends into office. Or maybe you are part of the occupy group who wants to just sit back and do nothing and have everything given to you. Let the ones that do work take care of you. Sickening! Says alot of the mentality of our country since Obama was elected. November can’t come soon enough. No telling what Executive power Obama will use next!!

    • Pamjd219

      Oh! Get off your Sanctimonious High-Horse. When are YOU going to realize that that the Democrats and the Republicans are the SAME! They BOTH Govern AGAINST the “Will of the People”, “Shred” the Constitution and “Spend” us into Oblivion!

      It’s about time you Grow Up and start “Thinking For Yourself”, instead of letting the Neocons at FOX News and Rush Limbaugh do your thinking for you.

      If you want REAL Change – Start Supporting Ron Paul!

      • Got to remember we didn’t get into this mess because voters were smart. Some of them even lie, just try to find one that voted for Nixon.

        • Billy: Yep. People LOVE to be on the winning side. That’s the only reason the lemmings voted for Slick Willard this time. The paid and party propaganda said he was inevitable. It’s all perception.

          As for the media, if you don’t want to make the effort to tell about issues and ideas, “reporting” is easy. They just followed “the horse race,” from the back–looking at the leading horse’s behind, reporting that he was in front of the rest. . .

            • Billy: Bill.

              Bill Clinton was and is still very popular in the Dem Party, but I think people felt “icky” about the ideal of being ruled by Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton, like some kind of banana republic.

              I figured if Hillary had won, Jeb could have run after her, and by that time, Chelsea would be of legal age to run. . . .

            • Yeah but she was something like 28 points ahead. Don’t remember her shooting herself in the foot Like many of our GOP boys have done.

            • Billy: Well, Bill stuck his foot in his mouth a few times.

              I think Dems were excited about coming up with a “historic” president in 2008. It didn’t look like Obama would win, so they began with Hillary–but I think they were uncomfortable about the Bill connection. Once Obama upset her, he became a viable alternative.

              The difference this year is that Willard has had such an obscene war-chest that if anyone won a primary, he had the money to gut them before the next contest. When you can outspend the competition–literally–by a 15 to one ratio, you can convince the electorate of almost anything. There’s simply not enough time for people to think, “wait a minute, that’s doesn’t make any sense.”

              Interesting primary here. Chief flip-flopper Fred Upton is being challenged by a TeaParty darling. So Upton is following the Karl Rove playbook, spending big money to convince people that Hoogendyk is–get this–a LIBERAL!! That’s not only a lie, but so ridiculous that it’s a joke. Still–it’s gonna work.

              If there’s no other lesson this year, it’s that votes can be purchased, like tube socks.

            • I really don’t agree but you sure have a lot of the so called experts on your side and how can I argue with the results. She lost.

            • Yeah. Hillary did a lot of work, and as she has shown as Sec of State, she has the gravitas.

              2008 reminded me of 1972.

              In 2008, Hillary convinced the Dems that they should go for a non-traditional candidate. Then Obama walked off with it.

              In 1972, Eugene McCarthy worked long and hard to create an anti-war campaign against LBJ. Once it looked as if he could actually win, Bobby Kennedy jumped into the race and took all the attention.

    • (Or maybe you are part of the occupy group who wants to just sit back and do nothing and have everything given to you. Let the ones that do work take care of you. Sickening!)

      Hey I’m all for the above if it can be pulled off on a pay as you go basis. I think the Romans were able to do it better than anyone thus far.

  10. Republicans and libertarians should back Ron Paul and nominate him. He is the only chance for USA, for US nation and for both these parties.

    • Oh the parties will do just fine no matter who gets elected and the nation will survive just not in a way it was. Not going to be easy putting the financial genie back in the bottle. One way of the other though he is going back.

    • Blow dealt to Rmoney over the weekend!

      Ron Paul gains 44 more Delegates — Rmoney gets only 6 !!!

      Rmoney’s camp Attempt TO DEFRAUD the Elections — by sending plants using FAKE delegate badges and circulating FAKE delegate slates, and even impersonating real delegates — BACKFIRES! It only helped to galvanize The People in further rejecting Perfidy Mitt!

      Before:
      Paul —148
      Romney—697

      As of May 7th:
      Paul —192
      Romney—703

      More good news for Ron Paul — according to RNC rule #38, the Mitt has probably lost about 50 bound delegates to him; while Ron Paul has probably gained that number.

      Therefore, it could be that the more accurate numbers are:

      Paul —242
      Romney—653

      Fox New’s REALITY CHECK Show is the source for the above numbers. Watch this video and pay attention the explanation of Rule #38 (from minute 3:15 till end of video –4:23).

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDPK4GCprYA&feature=player_embedded

      • A push needs to be made to get most of Rick’s and Newt’s delegates. Then, Ron Paul’s count could become as of now:

        Ron Paul — 575
        Rmoney — 683

        Wishful thinking — or a distinct possibility?

        (I crunched these numbers using a “Optimism Factor”…just for fun).

        • Surf:

          “Democrats fall in love, Republicans fall in line.”

          I think Newtie and Santorum will tell their supporters to agree to anything the party establishment wants.

          The trick will be to get the anti-Romney people to stick with their ideals. They don’t have to support Paul, they just have to stick with their principles to have a crack of keeping Willard from winning on the first ballot. If it goes to a second ballot, the game starts over.

          • I’d like to say wishful thinking but when Obama beat out Hillary ………nothing is beyond the realm of possibility.

        • Rick & Newt certainly did their part in pushing for RP by endorsing Mitt. I mean when you got two guys who were both big spenders, running up massive debt via their campaigns ………………..something like being judged by the company you keep. With help like that who needs hurdles?

    • Surf, I’m from Chicago where fraud and elections have been homogenized ever since elections began.

  11. Wahooo! GO MITT! Let’s get this campaign rolling!

    (I’m just going to say this to cause trouble)

    Ron Paul really needs to pull out and endorse Romney

    • Yup! You better go and “start” to get Romney’s Campaign “rolling”. LOL! Ron Paul is speaking to Thousands, while Mitt Romney is still speaking to Hundreds. LOL! You better hurry!

      If Mitt Romney is the GOP Nominee, he’ll go down in History as being in the same League as Walter Mondale, who was “Crushed” in a Landslide against Ronald Reagan. Obama will definitely win, if Mitt is the GOP Nominee.

      Right now, Mitt Romney is the “presumptive” GOP Nominee. If he becomes the “actual” GOP Nominee, his status will quickly change to the “unequivocal” Loser of the 2012 Presidential Election even before the Election is held. Romney has ZERO Grassroots support and that will inevitably do-him-in.

  12. PRESS RELEASE

    Republican Executive Committee Member Calls for Resignation of RNC Chairman Reince Priebus

    Due to an alleged violation of the national GOP’s Rule # 11 (bans favoritism of one candidate while more than one candidate exists), an Executive Committee member within the GOP calls for the resignation of RNC Chairman Reince Priebus.

    Washington, DC, May 07, 2012 –(PR.com)– Jeffrey Bales, a Member-at-Large of the Pima County GOP Executive Committee (Tucson, Arizona), says:

    “Due to violation of the RNC’s Rule #11, I call for Chairman Reince Priebus to resign immediately. It is un-American and beneath the standards established by the Republican Party to violate this rule. It is unethical to support a single Republican Presidential candidate (Mitt Romney) while other Republican candidates remain in the race.

    “Further, I call upon Mitt Romney to denounce this behavior and ask that the RNC repair the breach of trust by including the other remaining Republican Presidential candidate, Dr. Ron Paul, in any dispensation of funds, effort and labor. It would benefit all Americans if Mitt Romney would further clarify the fact that 2 candidates remain if he challenged Dr. Ron Paul to a debate.”

    Rule #11 states:

    “Rule No. 11 Candidate Support”

    (a) The Republican National Committee shall not, without the prior written and filed approval of all members of the Republican National Committee from the state involved, contribute money or in-kind aid to any candidate for any public or party office except the nominee of the Republican Party or a candidate who is unopposed in the Republican primary after the filing deadline for that office. In those states where state law establishes a nonpartisan primary in which Republican candidates could participate, but in which the general election may not include a Republican candidate, the candidate endorsed by a convention held under the authority of the state Republican Party shall be recognized by the Republican National Committee as the Republican nominee.

    (b) No state Republican Party rule or state law shall be observed that allows persons who have participated or are participating in the selection of any nominee of a party other than the Republican Party, including, but not limited to, through the use of a multiparty primary or similar type ballot, to participate in the selection of a nominee of the Republican Party for that general election. No person nominated in violation of this rule shall be recognized by the Republican National Committee as the nominee of the Republican Party from that state.

    Official RNC rules are available online at:

    http://www.gop.com/images/legal/2008_RULES_Adopted.pdf

    This call for resignation is based upon statements released by the RNC on 4/25/12 that said,

    “Governor Romney’s strong performance and delegate count at this stage of the primary process has made him our party’s presumptive nominee,” Mr. Priebus said. “In order to maximize our efforts I have directed my staff at the R.N.C. to open lines of communication with the Romney campaign.”

    and

    “It’s my intention to have a seamless and complete merger between the presumptive nominee and the Republican National Committee,” Mr. Priebus said. “That means political, communications, fund-raising, research and the chairman’s office, along with the governor’s main operational team, are completely merged.”

    Jeffrey Bales is available for commentary.

    Contact information:
    Jeffrey Bales

    Pima County GOP Executive Committee page: http://www.pimagop.org/index.cfm/executive_committee.htm

    Jeffrey Bales’ Official GOP email: [email protected]
    Personal email: [email protected]

    Contact Information
    Jeff Bales
    (520) 465-3645
    Contact
    http://www.pimagop.org/index.cfm/executive_committee.htm

    • Darryl — about time!

      Surfisher
      May 7, 2012 at 10:24 am

      GOP VIOLATING Rules in TEAMING UP with Mitt (while the GOP’s nomination process is still going)!

      An unbelievable affront to all Americans by the GOP Controllers — A Felonious Action on their part!

      IN DESPERATION to CIRCUMVENT THE PROCESS by FALSELY “presuming Mitt is the CHOSEN ONE” the GOP HAS ALREADY started ILLEGALLY pumping Money TO HIS CAUSE (in order to IGNORE Ron Paul IS WINNING almost ALL DELEGATES at The States’ Conventions)!

      Americans — wake up to these Criminals that want to turn us from Free Citizens into Servile Subjects!

      Watch the below by Fox New’s REALITY CHECK (before this exposing video disappears like many others have):

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDPK4GCprYA&feature=player_embedded

    • Sign petition!

      http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/call-for-resignation-of-rnc-chairman-reince/

      Just spoke extensively with Jeff Bales (520) 465-3645 — super nice guy (erudite and logical)! Here is the run down:

      1) He initiated the Call for Resignation of RNC Chairman Reince Priebus (Due to violation of the RNC’s Rule #11).

      2) Other members in agreement started the Petition (given above) ASKING for consensus to have Reince Priebus RESIGN.

      3) If Reince Priebus does not resign QUICKLY — by the mounting pressure of this Petition (that’s why ALL need to sign it) — he has also contacted Ron Paul’s Camp with this info.

      Ron Paul being the INJURED Party — is the most likely ONE to quickly succeed in winning a legal action! (Others, CONFIRMED Delegates ONLY, could also start legal proceedings on their behalf — but, it is advisable they coordinate with Ron Paul’s legal staff).

  13. Ron Paul:

    11% NC
    11% WV
    16% Indiana

    Those are approximately the numbers he got in Nevada and Louisiana —- where Ron Paul won most of the delegates!

      • Surf: This is not a new story. It was back in 2008 to 2010. And they weren’t taking his house, they just wanted to bring it up to code. Gotta watch out for these old stories that people dig up to complain about.

        From the Austin Statesman:

        Linda Kaplan, Del Rio’s attorney, said a PORTION of the hole was a pre-existing fallout shelter. . .and had expanded over the years by digging with hand tools and removing the dirt bit by bit with buckets.

        “He used car struts and welded them into the basement walls as supports, and empty car batteries as cinder blocks,” Kaplan said.

        Code compliance inspectors visited Del Rio’s house in 2008 and 2009 in response to neighbors’ complaints about various holes, according to city records.

        In a mid-May [2010] report, city engineers, citing deep excavation under load-bearing walls and scant reinforcement of walls in the pit, declared that Del Rio’s home was “in imminent danger of collapse.”

        Demolishing the home, they said in the report, would almost certainly cause a cave-in, so filling in the pit was the only option.

        • Goeth — it was HIS property…not the neighbors!

          Defending The Goons that sized it… are you now …?

          • Surf:

            Dude, it’s a simple city zoning issue. An old one, at that. I’m not defending anyone, but don’t we have more important things to concentrate on right now?

            This kind of petty distraction has diverted energy and direction from the RP campaign all along the way. Focus, man.

          • Goeth — though you were in advertizing… (which is nothing but Catchy Propaganda).

            Also, …Dude…?

        • Sorry I don’t buy it. There isn’t a building in the USA that meets all building codes because no one knows all the codes. This is just one more story of the government “protecting” you from you and coming out way ahead at your loss.

  14. Donate to Ron Paul as much as you can NOW (after-all, if he is not elected as President, your paper money will most likely become WORTHLESS in the VERY near future)!

    Donate at:

    https://secure.ronpaul2012.com/

    The below has to be THE BEST Ron Paul QUOTE!!!

    “I am convinced that there are more threats to American liberty within the 10 mile radius of my office on Capitol Hill, than there are on the rest of the globe.” — Ron Paul

    • Shocker In Tampa — Ron Paul Wins!
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      These WILL be the headlines next day — here is why:

      According to RNC Rule #38 — at the Tampa Convention NONE of the Delegates are ACTUALLY Bound! Delegates can vote according to their own judgment and conscience — and are NOT bound to vote according to how most delegates from their state vote.

      Precedent was set in 2008 Utah by Legal Council for the RNC (stating: The RNC does not recognize a state’s binding of national delegates, but considers each delegate a free agent who can vote for whoever they choose).

      Also, the Republican (and Democratic) Parties are Private Organizations — so voting within a party is NOT bound by Election Law!
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      What does this mean? It clearly shows that ANY or ALL delegates can abstain from voting in the 1st round. Or in other words — Bye-bye Mitt !!!

      What do we need to do? Push for as many more delegate wins for Ron Paul as humanly possible — so a Ron Paul victory in Tampa is assured!

      But most importantly NOW — SHARE this information (spread it like wildfire)!

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8kQly7ZR34&feature=player_embedded

  15. Billy: We’ve talked about Hillary Clinton. This morning, I was thinking about the fact that she says she’s done with Secretary of State with this term. I wondered what she might want to do next.

    THEN, I thought about who would fill her spot. Wouldn’t it be interesting if Obama announced that he was going to name Ron Paul as Secretary of State next year? Aside from the political capital Obama would gain, imagine the United States with a non-interventionist Secretary of State.

    I thought about what Paul would do as Secretary of Defense, but that job is really just about spending money and following the president’s orders. But Secretary of State could have a lot of autonomy, and could run the country’s foreign policy up to the point of totally disagreeing with the president.

  16. Dear World,

    We, the Real Americans, in supporting Ron Paul to win in 2012, are not just risking our livelihood — but our liberty and life — in order to Save our Nation from the brink of total disaster, and thereby the World!

    Failure to elect Ron Paul as President, will quickly result in us — the ones that dared to speak from heart-and-mind — to be deprived of life and liberty (since all internet posters, and pictured Ron Paul supporters, have already had their identity made by OUR GOVERNMENT…probably in a file for disposing such “undesirables” in the near future)! This will be just a small loss for the few.

    But a Catastrophe for the World. Hope you’d enjoy living in a “Brave New World”…where all your actions will determined afore!
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    It is not that we, Real Americans, want to give up — we won’t!

    But the most powerful government in the world — our own — can, and will, use UNTOUCHABLE Governmental Agencies to quash any-and-all individuals that dare oppose its might, UNLESS Ron Paul is Elected President!

    • 29,000,000 Welfare recipients and dependents!
      28,000,000 Unemployed and dependents!
      11,000,000 Federal Government Employees and dependents!
      2,800,000 Military and dependent (conservatively)!
      54,000,000 Social Security recipients!

      Obama and/or Romney votes

  17. The media are saying Ron Paul has ended his run for the White House, but it was hard to find his actual words. The fact that he will not ACTIVELY campaign doesn’t mean giving up, since his campaign’s strategy is now to get DELEGATES, not popular votes. HOWEVER, his wording below does sound like he’s throwing in the towel:

    “As I reflect on our 2012 Presidential campaign, I am humbled by the supporters who have worked so hard and sacrificed so much. And I am so proud of what we have accomplished. We will not stop until we have restored what once made America the greatest country in human history.

    “This campaign fought hard and won electoral success that the talking heads and pundits never thought possible. But, this campaign is also about more than just the 2012 election. It has been part of a quest I began 40 years ago and that so many have joined. It is about the campaign for Liberty, which has taken a tremendous leap forward in this election and will continue to grow stronger in the future until we finally win.

    “Our campaign will continue to work in the state convention process. We will continue to take leadership positions, win delegates, and carry a strong message to the Republican National Convention that Liberty is the way of the future.

    “Moving forward, however, we will no longer spend resources campaigning in primaries in states that have not yet voted. Doing so with any hope of success would take many tens of millions of dollars we simply do not have. I encourage all supporters of Liberty to make sure you get to the polls and make your voices heard, particularly in the local, state, and Congressional elections, where so many defenders of Freedom are fighting and need your support.

    “I hope all supporters of Liberty will remain deeply involved – become delegates, win office, and take leadership positions. I will be right there with you. In the coming days, my campaign leadership will lay out to you our delegate strategy and what you can do to help, so please stay tuned.

    For Liberty,

    Ron Paul.”

    • My thoughts:

      1) Ron Paul HAS to become our next President! The mantle of delivering us from this evil government is being thrust upon him — and he, being the brave Patriot, WILL accept it…we just need to do our part to assure his win in Tampa (make sure all National Delegates are aware of RNC rule #38)!

      2) Seems his team though, is pulling back the reins:

      a) Benton SEEMS to be conceding to Mitt (perhaps a ploy to have his hawks relax)?
      b) What is worrisome is the transparent attempt to conciliate with Rmoney (the bartering of principles is the downfall of liberty).
      c) The plea to have Ron Paul supporters respect the BLATANT Frauds perpetrated in front of their own eyes (that one is a shocker — rather than expose the GOP’s PERFIDY, the people are asked to close their eyes, be mute and accept their disenfranchisement for the sake of DECORUM)!?

      3) Benton further astounds us with the comment that Ron Paul may, or may NOT, speak at the Tampa Convention (ploy, subterfuge or just plain betrayal)? Ron Paul HAS to make his speech in Tampa (which will finally give his message a national exposure)!

      4) Benton seems to indicate that the goal is no longer to win the presidency, but rather to eventually change the Republican Party by the election of a few Ron Paul supporters in key positions (long term wishing, rather than a spot on solution — the nomination of Ron Paul)?
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      My apodictic statements — and you can bet the farm they’ll transpire (unless Ron Paul wins)!

      A) Mitt Rmoney will NEVER become President (his “followers” are apathetic, and Ron Paul’s true supporters will NEVER vote for him, but will write him in instead — meaning Mitt will lose about 10% of the Republican vote and possibly 5% from the Libertarian one).

      B) Therefore, the BO will be reelected by a landslide.

      C) All of the myopic visions of Jesse Benton’s goal to have some Ron Paul supporters get elected in order to give the Republican Party “new vision”, will come to naught — since the BO will have 4 more years to finish the destruction of our nation he started (and by the time he’s done, the BO will also be successful in destroying ALL opposition…such as a “NEW” Republican Party ).

      D) Under the BO’s second term: Expect the disappearance of ALL individual Freedom, a total collapse of our economy, loss of right to private property, a police state that tells us what to do…or else…! And that’s just the tip of the iceberg!
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      The ONLY Logical Conclusion that follows to prevent the above is:

      Mitt Romney HAS to withdraw from the race now IN FAVOR of Ron Paul, and pledge his total support of Ron Paul! (Failure to do so, will result in Mitt becoming an UGLY footnote in US History — as the one that ASSURED the BO’s DESTRUCTION of the USA, because he, Mitt, was too selfish to assume he may win — when faced with the FACTS he NEVER could)!
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      Send this to the Mitt — Resign NOW in Favor of Ron Paul, or be cursed LATER as the one that Destroyed The USA!
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      Below is Jesse Benton’s message:

      (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJdKINAzN4M&feature=player_embedded)

  18. Ron Paul to WIN in Tampa — see HOW below!

    Superb article — must read!

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robin-koerner/its-romneys-to-lose-heres_b_1519827.html?ref=fb&src=sp&comm_ref=false

    Some key points:

    “Romney’s Achilles’ heel is a moral one. It is the sum of all of the cheating that has been done in his favor by the party. For example…
    In Oklahoma, party officials pulled out a ballroom divider to cordon off Ron Paul supporters and shut them out of participation. Later they turned out the lights. Voice votes that were clearly lost were declared won….In Virginia, at a district convention, officials coaxed the Ron Paul delegation outside and then locked the door. The pastor of the church that was hosting the event was, himself, locked outside.”

    (And the parade of GOP frauds in favor of Mitt goes on: nearly in every State!)

    Add to this breaking rule #11 —“…the GOP wasn’t bound by its own rules when it chose to provide material support to Romney while the race was still ongoing.”

    It is the American Way to support an underdog — Ron Paul in this case — “People get very excited about an underdog who can win — especially if he is an underdog that was kept down by nefarious means.”

    Read this superb article — and pass it on!
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    Ron Paul to WIN — Or America to END 2012!

    (there are no other options!)

  19. Billy:

    I earlier suggested that Obama would be very smart to pick Ron Paul as SECRETARY OF STATE after Hillary leaves (she has said she’s done after this year). That would be brilliant, because it would attract a LOT of young people, and Ron Paul’s foreign policy is EXACTLY the same as Obama’s “stated” foreign policy. A real “win-win.”

    Rmoeny is a purebread NeoCon, always coming up with new countries he’d like to invade. So I tried to think of ANY policy position where Slick Willard could use Ron Paul, without completely destroying the credibility of both of them.

    I got one.

    Willard could pick Ron Paul to be SURGEON GENERAL. That’s the only position where he could put RP without upsetting his fat cat friends. AND, I think RP might consider the job.

    RP’s only problem is the old saying, “When you lie with dogs, you’re going to get fleas.”

    • Goethe Behr

      My HOPE is that IF Ron Paul loses the nomination, he will “diss” Mitt Romney and the GOP Establishment – Go Rogue, like Sarah Palin did – and push the REVOLUTION to the point where it will create such a ground-swell of support for his Policies that will “break” the “strangle-hold” of BOTH Corrupt Political Parties.

      • DT:

        I agree. We had an unprecedented opportunity to break open the two-party monopoly this year. Ron Paul developed such a great ground game that he could have made a solid third-party run. But he let the Libertarian nomination get away. Then, apparently, Americans Elect has fallen apart. If he had had BOTH of those nominations, he might have created an enduring third party.

        If Paul had accepted a draft as the Libertarian candidate, he could have scared hell out of the GOP. Now, if he doesn’t get the nomination, he’ll become irrelevant, and at his age, can only be an “elder statesman,” especially since he is not running to retain his seat in the House.

        I would still love to see Slick Willard fail on the first ballot and then just fade away (like a bad dream). And if he doesn’t get it on the first ballot, it would be a wild ride, to be sure. But I don’t see that happening. People in power don’t just walk away. They change the rules, or simply ignore the rules. The GOP has a history of stifling and silencing dissent of any kind. I don’t know why they would change at this point.

      • Ron Paul to WIN — Or America to END 2012!

        Here is the difference btwn Perfidy Mitt and Honest Ron Paul:

        On one hand (more apt: underhanded) — the Mitt (who’s only real support is NOT for him, but AGAINST the BO — the usual voting for “the lesser of two evils” mentality) knows he needs to resort to all frauds and crookedness, to have a chance to win the nomination (in order to lose to the BO). These are the forces of the Dark Side.

        On the other hand — there is Light! Ron Paul’s message of what is TRUE is irrefutable. It has ignited the hopes of all good people in our nation (and around the world) that Truth will win out over Lies, Good will trample Evil, Liberty will prevail against Tyranny, Government will bow to the Will of The People (not the other way around as the BO and the Mitt desire), all senseless Wars will be put to an end (we’ll speak softly again, but also carry a big stick), The Law of the Land will be the Original US Constitution (and all the hundreds-of-thousands of OPPRESSIVE Laws, Rules and Regulations passed unconstitutionally will be NEGATED), that the Citizen will be Sovereign AGAIN (and Government will become the Subject), that US Money will have Intrinsic Value AGAIN (not Promissory Notes printed ad hoc by a Private and Corrupted to the CORE Organization: The Feds) thus guaranteeing Prosperity once again…and the list goes on!

        Despite the organized effort by the controlled media (here and abroad) and the nefarious means of our crooked politicians and their hired thugs, The People have embraced the Last American Patriot — Dr. Ron Paul — and the liberty flame that burns within us WILL NEVER be extinguished!

        Our time is NOW (since we’ll reach the Point of No Return if the BO or the Mitt steal our Nation away from US) — We, the REAL AMERICAN PEOPLE, will fight for this cause that is Just and Honorable! You, the Despots in Power NOW, may spill our blood, but unless you kill us all, We, The Real American People, WILL END your reign of tyranny and corruption!

        Ron Paul to WIN — Or America to END 2012!
        (there are no other options!)

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