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Poll: Ron Paul 3rd Party Bid Could Transform 2012 Election
Posted By paul On November 9, 2011 @ 9:29 am In Featured Stories,Tile | Comments Disabled
Paul/Ventura ticket would pose greater threat than Ross Perot’s 1992 campaign
Paul Joseph Watson
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
A new poll conducted by NBC and the Wall Street Journal suggests that should Congressman Ron Paul eventually decide to run as a third party candidate, he could completely transform the 2012 election and pose an even greater threat to the establishment than Ross Perot’s 1992 campaign.
“Paul would earn the support of 18 percent of voters in a three-way race with President Obama and Mitt Romney, according to the poll, with Romney earning 32 percent and Obama receiving 44,” reports The Hill.
Paul’s number beats that of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who would garner 13 percent of the vote if he ran as a third party candidate.
Such figures are already impressive given the fact that Paul has not even begun to harness the momentum that a third party bid could generate.
Imagine a Jesse Ventura/Ron Paul third party ticket going head to head with Mitt Romney and Barack Obama in live televised prime time national debates. Paul and Ventura would verbally crucify establishment candidates Romney and Obama, posing an even greater threat to Washington’s two-party political monopoly than Ross Perot’s 1992 campaign.
Running as an Independent against George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, Perot eventually received 18.9% of the vote, but at one stage he was the clear frontrunner with 39% of the vote.
Even former Republican presidential contender John McCain thinks that a new third party will emerge to play a pivotal role in future elections, noting that a third of newly registered voters in his home state of Arizona are Independents.
“Unless both parties change, then I think that it’s an inevitability. We aren’t doing anything for the people,” McCain told the the Reuters Washington Summit, adding that the new party could be called the “Fed-Up-Party,” referring to Americans’ disillusionment with both Republicans and Democrats.
The question of whether or not Ron Paul will seek the Libertarian nomination if he fails to win the Republican primaries has been a hot topic of recent political debate.
Libertarian Party leaders have responded enthusiastically to the idea of Paul running as a third party candidate under their banner. “Absolutely, that would be fabulous,” Jim Lesczynski, media relations director for the Manhattan Libertarian Party, recently told ABC News.
Paul himself has been more guarded about the idea, largely dismissing the prospect of switching parties, but that’s to be expected so long as he remains in a strong position in the Republican race.
Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura has indicated he will be willing to take on the challenge of running as a strong third party candidate, issuing a ‘come and get me’ plea to the Libertarian Party on two separate occasions during appearance on the Alex Jones Show.
Ventura has also said he would seriously consider being Congressman Ron Paul’s Vice President pick if Paul were to be victorious in the Republican primaries.
The prospect of Ron Paul, backed up by Jesse Ventura, fronting a third party challenge to the likes of Romney and Obama is exciting because it would give Paul an even greater chance of success of reaching millions more people with the message of liberty than his current Republican platform. Since the Libertarian Party has ballot access in all 50 states, Congressman Paul could not be excluded from presidential debates.
Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Prison Planet.com. He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a regular fill-in host for The Alex Jones Show.
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