May 16, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Ron Paul, the congressman from Texas and a favorite of tea partyers, effectively ended his presidential campaign Monday but urged his supporters to continue working at the state party level. In an e-mail to supporters, Paul urged his libertarian-leaning backers to remain involved in politics and champion his causes despite the apparent end of his presidential aspirations. "Moving forward, however, we will no longer spend resources campaigning in primaries in states that have not yet voted," Paul said in his statement.
October 5, 2011
Whether it was the best decision for him may be debated for some time, but Gov. Christie's announcement Tuesday that he won't run for president this time was good for New Jersey. As Christie said, "There's still a lot to do here. " Had he walked away from the governorship only 20 months into his term, the road would become uncertain for many of the economic and educational reforms he has been promoting. His quitting the job early also could have taken the steam out of a presidential campaign.
October 4, 2011
NEW YORK - From committed anarchists to zealots for the White House aspirations of libertarian Ron Paul, it takes every kind of person to make up a broad-based occupation of Lower Manhattan in 2011. Although the extreme political fringes were in short supply in Zuccotti Park yesterday, some unique causes were on display, including: * Myra Oppy, 32, a law student from Lincoln, Neb., stood on the corner of Broadway and Liberty with a sign boasting that she'd driven 21 hours in a carpool to get here.
February 28, 2012
THE nation-touring carnival called the Republican race for president today heads toward its largest venue, a 10-state date six days from now with so-called Super Tuesday. Expect shouts on the midway to be loud and long. In its wake, this show of shows leaves behind yet another "critical" day with no real resolution as to who carries the party banner against President Obama in November. Yes, the long-viewed-inevitable Mitt Romney managed a win in his home state of Michigan and won big in sunny Arizona.
January 16, 2012 |
There are two stories out of New Hampshire. The big story is Mitt Romney. The bigger one is Ron Paul. Romney won a major victory, with nearly 40 percent of the vote, 16 points ahead of No. 2. The split among his challengers made the outcome even more decisive. Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich were diminished by distant, lower-tier finishes. Rick Perry got less than 1 percent. And Jon Huntsman, who staked everything on New Hampshire, came in a weak third, with less than half of Romney's vote.
August 30, 2012
THE HOUSE BAND at the Republican National Convention did a fine job Tuesday of setting the mood amid deep tensions between Mitt Romney , now his party's nominee for president, and primary foe U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas. The band, just before controversial new RNC rules steamrolled Paul in the nominating process, belted out Cheap Trick's "I Want You to Want Me," followed by Delbert McClinton 's "Standing On Shaky Ground. " What followed was enough booing and chanting to make you think you were in a Philadelphia stadium during a losing season.
August 29, 2012
THE LAST TIME they held the political conventions in Florida was 1972. It was the summer that I turned 13 years old. I was falling in love for the first time. With politics, that is. Forty years ago, it was Miami Beach and not Tampa that was the humid and pulsating heart of U.S. politics. Terrified by the violence and unrest of the 1968 Democratic confab in Chicago, both parties saw that beachside city of imposing rococo resorts as the last safe place in America. The GOP convention was utterly forgettable except for the sight of Sammy Davis Jr. hugging the awkward President Richard Nixon.
May 27, 2010
Libertarians may challenge Paul FRANKFORT, Ky. - A week after a come-from-behind victory over the GOP's establishment candidate in a Kentucky Senate primary, Rand Paul faces a possible challenge by the Libertarian Party. Despite Paul's pedigree as the son of former Libertarian presidential candidate Ron Paul, Libertarian Party vice chairman Joshua Koch said that Rand Paul had betrayed the party's values with his stands and that the party was considering finding a candidate to run for the seat.
February 8, 2008 |
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Murray Sabrin jokes that the two questions he gets most frequently are: When are you going to retire? And are you going to run for office again? The retirement question, he says, comes from younger faculty members at Ramapo College who want to see the 61-year-old professor of finance step aside so they can move up. The second question comes from those interested in his Libertarian ideas about government who remember his two previous campaigns.