Edited by Tony Rutherford from Multiple Reports
Ron Paul (file photo)
Ron Paul (file photo)

Based on the most recent Iowa caucuses  Bloomberg News poll,  the  four Republican candidates are running a too close to call race. The poll taken Nov. 10-12 has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4%.  Herman Cain leads with 20%, followed by Ron Paul 19%, Mitt Romney 18% and Newt Gingrich 17%. According to the poll, 71% of the caucus goers have “fiscal” issues on their minds not social or constitutional ones.

J. Ann Selzer, president of Selzer and Co. which Bloomberg hired to conduct the tally said, “It is now a four-person race between Romney and three someone elses.”

The same company conducted the Des Moines Register poll.

One Paul supporter wrote, “This is the highest I’ve seen him poll.”

Bloomberg quoted poll participant Sarah Stang, 78, a retired teacher from Osage, Oowa, explaining that she switched parties four years ago to vote for Ron Paul.

“He doesn’t want to raise taxes on us middle and low income people,” adding that she “loves” his challenges to the federal reserve. “They have way too much power. They should let the marketplace do what it’s supposed to,” Stang said.

Bloomberg’s poll indicated that Dr. Paul leads among those caucus goers who “have their minds made up.” Paul scored 32%, followed by Romney 25%, and Gingrich at 17%.

Paul backers have not pulled in their daggers regarding Fox News and CBS News. One writes that Fox did a “five second” on the Iowa poll’s man in second place. The commentator stated, “they spent the next 20 minutes talking about Gingrich, Cain, Romney and … Perry. Nothing about the guy in second place.”

Although the mainstream press have hammered Cain on the alleged sexual harassment allegations, they fail to mention the circumstances surrounding his 1988 $30 million dollar Citibank loan to purchase the Godfather’s Pizza chain. “We took a big chance when we signed that mile high stack of documents,” Cain said in a 1992 interview. He described them as signing away “our lives, all of our cars, my hour, they even wanted my golf clubs listed as assets.”

Three month later he would be appointed as a director of the Omaha branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, which sets monetary policy.  


Among Paul's grassroots base, they analyze his poll results to place him significantly ahead of the other contenders. Most of the response has come through personal contact (60% according to Bloomberg's Iowa statistics). which could explain a bit of mainstreamers ignoring him --- he's not a flip flopper and hasn't been bought in his 30 years serving as a Texas congressman. That's kept him outside the inner power circles. The party leaders likely see him as someone of whom they either cannot control or find unpredictable in his potential reactions to political deal making.


Could the MSM simply rely on a big advertising spender? If Paul's support comes grassroots and internet, his expenditures for the national election advertising likely would be targeted in manners of which the top rated media are not familiar.