Republican Debate & Ron Paul: Disagreement on Winners & Losers
Here at Only Kent we’ve been following the GOP debates and the presidential candidates campaigns and we’ve noted that one person, Ron Paul, seems to elicit more comments from readers than any others and has very solid support. The final Iowa republican debate before the Iowa caucus took place last night and we’ve noted that mainstream media seems to be in disagreement about the winners and losers from the debate and split in opinion over Ron Paul.
We’ve recently told about how Ron Paul’s popularity in New Hampshire was on the rise and also how he was now second in a recent Iowa poll, pushing Mitt Romney into third. The 13th debate last night took place in Sioux City, Iowa and featured the seven GOP candidates. The articles about winners and losers of the latest debate seem to show mainstream media completely split down the middle with some including Ron Paul as a winner, while others list him under losers.
For example, taking a look at Examiner.com Ron Paul was declared a loser in the debate. The article points to his response on Iran as possibly a vote-loser and also claims that Paul looked “testy and agitated.” The Examiner feels that a third place position for Paul may now have slipped away and says he was “disjointed.”
Out next look though is at a ABCNews post that lists the debate winners, including Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, and Ron Paul. With regards to Ron Paul the opinions was that he was “energized, engaged and articulate” and acted as a frontfrunner. CBS felt that this was probably his best debate performance yet.
However this differs greatly to the Washington Post’s summing up of the debate. Winning candidates included Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry and Mitt Romney but this time Ron Paul went down as a loser again, along with Newt Gingrich. Criticism of Paul’s performance in the debate included him wasting too much time defending his foreign policy opinion, which the Washington Post felt was out of step with the average Republican voter.
Over on Chron.com there was only one winner though and that was Newt Gingrich. Rick Santorum was the only loser while Ron Paul and the remaining candidates were all runners up in the debate. Ron Paul was described as “marches to a different drummer” but we’d say that can just as much be a positive thing as a negative. Strange, how the pendulum of winners and losers swings back and forth. If you missed the debate and want to take a look at the performances of all the candidates to judge for yourself, then BostInno has videos from the debate that you can view.
We’d really like to hear your views on winners and losers from the republican debate last night. Do you think Ron Paul is still in the race? Do you think it ‘s odd that the media has so many contrasting views on Ron Paul, or maybe that’s par for the course for any political candidate? Let us know with your comments.
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