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A father and son running for president at the same time? It seems highly unlikely, but Rep. Ron Paul says the odds are 50-50 that he will again seek the Republican presidential nomination, and his son, Sen. Rand Paul, has trips planned soon to South Carolina and Iowa -- two of the states where the 2012 race will begin.
Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is headed to Charleston, S.C., Monday for an off-the-record meeting of influential conservatives, CNN reported. He is slated for a return trip to the state to promote his new book, "The Tea Party Goes to Washington," and he has a speaking engagement at a GOP...
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Everyone is used to the familiar "horse race" poll that tells us who is out front when it comes to a campaign, but Quinnipiac University has a different measure for some of today's leading political personalities: namely, who ranks the "warmest" and "coldest" on a "feelings thermometer"?...
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Rep. Ron Paul of Texas won the Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, 2011 straw poll with 30 percent of the vote, besting runner-up Mitt Romney by 7 percentage points.
The annual straw poll is considered a bellwether of conservative support in advance of the presidential primary season, though many political analysts say it's a popularity contest, not a meaningful statistic. Paul was also the winner in 2010.
Now attention has shifted to Fox News' coverage of the event. Some are accusing the network of inserting footage from CPAC 2010 -- when disappointed Romney supporters booed...
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Arizona -- with its battles over immigration and its liberal gun laws -- has become something of a poster child for the anti-government movement.
Which is why the Tea Party Patriots, the largest tea party group in the country, will hold their American Policy Summit at the Phoenix Convention Center Feb. 25-27.
The Tea Party Patriots, which claim more than 3,000 locally organized chapters and more than 15 million supporters nationwide, state on their summit website that they picked Phoenix because the state's tea party invited them and also to support Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's immigration...
Matt Lewis - Politics Daily
It's still early, but Arizona Rep. Jeff Flake appears poised to win the GOP nomination to replace retiring Sen. John Kyl.
He has already been endorsed by The Club for Growth and RedState's Erick Erickson, and the most likely conservative competitor -- former Rep. John Shadegg -- has declined to run.
But while many conservatives are excited about Flake, some social conservatives are less enthusiastic.
For example, Mike Mears, who runs the Concerned Women for America PAC, posted this on his blog:
So what's my problem with Flake?
1. He's bad on Don't Ask, Don't Tell. He obviously...
Carla Baranauckas - Politics Daily
For the second successive year, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas won the presidential straw poll conducted at the Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, capturing 30 percent of the vote.
Former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts was second in the straw poll with 23 percent of the vote, Republican pollster Tony Fabrizio announced at the conference in Washington held by the American Conservative Union. The others on the ballot finished far behind.
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You can't fire a guy if he doesn't have the job yet.
The same week that Donald Trump caused a stir at CPAC by declaring that Ron Paul couldn't ever be elected president in America, the Texas representative "relaunched his political operation," according to CNN. Despite Trump's assurances, Paul's PAC continues to raise money,
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and the congressman has remained coy about his ultimate plans.
Courtesy of Talking Points Memo, here was the Donald taunting Paul's...
Matt Lewis - Politics Daily
Opening day of CPAC featured a surprise speech from Donald Trump (where he took some shots at President Obama), a fiery one from Rep. Michele Bachmann, and a surprise visit by former Vice President Dick Cheney (who introduced former Secretary of Defense Don Rumsfeld).
And while the controversy surrounding GOProud -- the gay conservative group whose involvement has proven contentious and led some groups to boycott the conference -- remained a mostly behind-the-scenes affair, there was still enough controversy to go around.
Some libertarians did heckle Cheney and Rumsfeld (as the latter...
Christopher Weber - Politics Daily
Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), the outspoken libertarian who touted limited government long before the tea party started brewing, is thinking about another campaign for president.
The 75-year-old congressman "is strongly considering a run in 2012 and is currently assessing his prospects," Jesse Benton, senior adviser to Paul's Campaign for Liberty organization, told Fox News Tuesday.
And in case there was any doubt that he might throw his hat in, Paul has accepted an invitation to speak next month in the presidential proving ground of Iowa. On March 7, he will address the social conservative group...