April 17, 2012
“If there is good news with this year’s election, it’s seeing the young support for Ron Paul. The young generation gets it. This is good.” –KTRN
Houston, Texas’ Daniel Williams is just as old as Super Mario Bros., but it’s only now that the programmer is giving the game a much needed make-over. Forget Nintendo’s official sequels, Williams, 27, is about to bring a new meaning to “GOP.”
Williams hopes his latest brainchild, “Ron Paul: the Road to REVOLution,” will have both dweebs and Democrats alike praising the GOP. In this case, though, that means “grand old play.”
“Ron Paul: the Road to REVOLution” borrows from iconic video games including Mario, Sonic the Hedgehog and Castlevania, but combines the classic side-scrolling gameplay that made those titles smash hits with America’s favorite 76-year-old political candidate. Instead of a perturbed plumper or a speedy blue anamorphic rodent performing as protagonist, Williams relies on Republican Party presidential hopeful and Texas Congressman Ron Paul to grab the attention of gamers.
April 11, 2012
By Christina Bellantoni and Katelyn Polantz
“This could help Ron Paul. It really makes you wonder though if Santorum had pressure to bail so Romney can get the nomination which would automatically make Obama the winner. Romney has no chance. If he’s the nominee, let’s all hope Ron Paul runs as an independent.” –KTRN
Rick Santorum is suspending his presidential campaign, the former Pennsylvania senator announced at a news conference in Gettysburg, Pa.
“Miracle after miracle this race was as improbable as any race you have seen for president,” he said. “Against all odds we won 11 states.”
“While this presidential race for us is over, for me, and we will suspend our campaign effective today, we are not done fighting,” Santorum said, as his family stood by his side at the podium.
The announcement clears Pennsylvania for Mitt Romney to win the state’s April 24 primary, according to polls from last week. And, Santorum’s suspension will likely allow Romney a mathematical path forward to grab the party’s nomination to challenge President Obama.
Romney has built a strong lead toward the 1,144 delegates needed to win the party nod, but the former senator kept Romney from the figure as evangelical and working-class voters dubbed Santorum the conservative alternative.
After Santorum’s announcement, Romney called Santorum an “able and worthy competitor” and “an important voice in our party and in the nation” in a news release.
April 10, 2012
By Michael Allen
“We post this article to show you how ridiculous it has all become. Who cares what Gene Simmons thinks about politics. He’s a rock star who has slept with over 5000 women and has pretty much ruined the legacy of KISS. Have you seen recent videos of the band? It’s embarrassing.” –KTRN
Twitter went to a statement on his official website where Simmons seemed surprised that the media was reporting what he said to millions of viewers.
“I suppose the nature of media is, comments are often taken out of context and used for incendiary headline purposes. I was quoted on Fox as saying I prefer Gov Romney only as far as fiscal economic areas are concerned. And I stand by that comment. But I have not endorsed either Gov Romney or Pres Obama,” Simmons wrote, adding that he thought President Obama was a “good man. Loves his family. And loves America. But that doesn’t mean I agree with his policies.”
April 9, 2012
“Isn’t it odd that the mainstream media is not covering Ron Paul’s record breaking rallies?” –KTRN
Ronald Reagan, the golden calf of the GOP, called it “a haven for communist sympathizers, protesters and sex deviants.” At the University of California, Berkley this week, though, students showed up in droves to support a Republican: Ron Paul.
Anti-war protests during the Vietnam era and mass gatherings during the Free Love movement made UC Berkley not just an unofficial hub of the hippie counterculture but also an opponent of the right-wing establishment during the 1960s and ‘70s. Only a few decades down the road, however, students enrolled at the same college that then-Governor Ronald Reagan dispatched the National Guard to are showing their support for a Republican Party presidential candidate.
Although the GOP has changed since the days of the Gipper — to a degree, at least — to say that the Republican Party would one day spawn a candidate so well condoned by Berkley students would have baffled the institution years earlier. Like his Republican Party rivals, Texas Congressman Ron Paul is indeed campaigning for the right. With college students at one of the most notoriously liberal schools of learning in the US, though, there’s a lot right about their candidate of choice.
Representative Paul was met by around 1,000 supported at UC Berkley this week, only a stone’s throw from where the US National Guard executed a student during a protest during Reagan’s reign over California. Paul may be campaigning as a Republican, but the ideas that drive his campaign are being hailed by young Americans disenfranchised by the broken promises and bad decisions delivered from the establishment through a two-party system where the sides have become indistinguishable at times.
Matt Longerbone, a senior in communications at Berkley, tells The Examiner that he identifies himself politically as an independent, but will without a doubt not being casting a ballot on the left this Election Day.
April 6, 2012
“Just look at this crowd for Ron Paul. No other candidate comes close to getting audiences like this. Where is the mainstream media?! Fox News posted an article with the headline ‘Where Is Ron Paul?’ on the very same day this rally was held. Talk about media bias – not to mention massive voter fraud.” –KTRN
April 5, 2012
“Ron Paul has already won by changing the political discourse. One can only hope he will run as a third party candidate.” –KTRN
April 4, 2012
“Talk about transparency. The Paul campaign are reporting snacks they bought for less than $2 at a gas station.” –KTRN
In the midst of the Mitt Romney tax filing fiasco, Ron Paul said he’d be embarrassed to publish personal finances on account of his comparably indigent income. Paul has come clean now, however, with just how he conducts costs on the campaign trail.
Federal Election Commission rules require presidential candidates to only disclose costs of more than $200 spent while running for office, but the Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign Committee is providing purchase information for practically every item, no matter how miniscule, used by the GOP hopeful. ProPublica has published a sampling of spending reports released by Texas Congressman Ron Paul’s office as he vies for the Republican Party nod, and the candidate clearly wants voters to know that, no matter the situation, every cent counts.
Just how meticulous are the items made available by the Ron Paul campaign? Some staffers have made sure that even their $1.39 snack at the Circle K gas station in El Dorado, Kansas are taken into consideration, and that’s not even the smallest item published by the could-be president’s team. On April 25, 2011, for example, the Ron Paul camp coughed up an alarming $1.07 by way of an iTunes purchase, and a month earlier Paul’s people emptied their pockets to the tune of $1.00 at a Concord, New Hampshire Salvation Army thrift store.
Jesse Benton, Paul’s often outspoken campaign manager, explains to ProPublica that there is indeed a reason behind the candidate’s inclusion of every cent along the campaign trail. “We take the trust our donors place in us very seriously and are deeply committed to transparency and accuracy in our reporting,” explains Benton.
Throughout his attempt at running for the White House, Paul has insisted time and time again that he is not only the most consistent of the conservative choices, but transparent as well. Even before begging for the GOP nomination, however, Paul was pushing for more openness in Washington. Two years ago the congressman introduced the SEC Transparency Act of 2010, which the representative hoped would force the US Securities and Exchange Commission to be more forthcoming with their finances. Back then Paul attacked the SEC and especially a section of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act that kept much of what the SEC received as confidential. In attempting to repeal those provisions with his own proposal, Paul condemned the Dodd-Frank Act as “unfortunate,” and said in introducing the bill that the legislation he hoped to overturn claimed to fix problems with the banking system, but instead “actually makes them worse and provides more cover and power for organizations that failed us like the SEC and the Fed.”
March 28, 2012
By Steve Watson
Appearing on CNN, GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul was once again forced to dismiss calls for him to drop out of the race for the Republican nomination. In a tense exchange, the Congressman told host Piers Morgan to stop the “silly questions” about quitting.
“If I was prescribing some medicine for you right now, congressman,” Morgan said during the interview, “I think I would say the situation is looking pretty terminal for your race to the GOP nominee. Why don’t you just do the decent thing and pull out?”
Paul fired back, “Why don’t you do the decent thing and not pester me with silly questions like that? That would be decent of you.”
Morgan them spoke over the top of the Congressman as he attempted to clarify his position.
“Why don’t you let me finish?” Paul stated.
When he was finally allowed to speak, the Congressman defended his campaign and said there was still a long way to go in the race.
“You know, whether it’s up in Maine — or right now we’re doing very well in the state of Washington and North Dakota and excellent now in Nevada. And even Missouri the other day, some really good news came out there for us,” Paul said. “Through the process, our people are in the right places. They’re doing the things to become a delegate. So it’s way too soon for you to write anybody off.”
March 28, 2012
“Does anyone else find it troublesome that America always needs an enemy? Why don’t we try to make friends instead?” –KTRN
US presidential candidate Mitt Romney has branded Russia as America’s number one geopolitical enemy. He slammed President Obama’s comments to Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev over flexibility concerning US missile defense as alarming and worrying.
“This is without question our number one geopolitical foe; they fight for every cause for the world’s worst actors. The idea that he has more flexibility in mind for Russia is very, very troubling indeed,” he said
The presidential hopeful cited this case, along with the new START treaty and the decision to reduce missile defense sites in Poland and Alaska, as “unfortunate developments.”
While saying that the greatest current threat to the world is a “nuclear Iran,” he lambasted Russia for consistently “standing up for the world’s worst actors,” referencing the Russian veto of the Security Council resolutions on Syria.
“The idea that our president is planning to do something with them [Russia] that he’s not willing to tell the American people is something I find very alarming,” Romney stressed.
Russia’s outgoing President Dmitry Medvedev responded to the Republican frontrunner, saying Romney’s remarks had a “Hollywood” flavor and pressed the American hopeful to check his watch: “It’s 2012 now, not the mid-1970s.”
Romney appeared on CNN to comment on President Obama’s off-the-record moment with Medvedev during the international nuclear summit in South Korea. Obama was caught on camera saying that he would have more “flexibility” on thorny issues such as missile defense following the November elections.
Medvedev said he would pass the message on to President elect Vladimir Putin.
March 27, 2012
By Steve Watson
Appearing on Bloomberg News today, GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul said he suspects that the Supreme Court will rule it is Constitutional for the government to uphold a mandate requiring most Americans to buy health insurance.
Oral arguments begin this week on the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as ‘Obamacare’. All the GOP candidates have pledged to repeal the law.
“I suspect they’re going to rule it constitutional, but that is a big guess out of thin air,” Paul said, adding, “this Supreme Court is slightly better than in the past, [but] they haven’t done a real good job in defending the free market and the original intent of the Interstate Commerce Clause.”
Government lawyers are using the commerce clause as an essential part of their argument for the constitutionality of the individual mandate, which would take effect in 2014.
Paul, who has called Obamacare an “unconstitutional monstrosity”, told Bloomberg that it would “be a real tragedy” if the Supreme Court were to support the law.
During the interview, the Congressman also addressed the ongoing GOP nomination race and defended his vow to stay in the race right up to the national convention.
“Why should we quit and say, ‘OK, it’s getting late, so we all have to get together and quit debating the issues’? No, I think the debate should go on,” he said. “It’s not like this is the first time they didn’t have a candidate by this time in the cycle. The Democrats didn’t have one by this go-around, didn’t happen until June. I don’t think it hurts to debate the issues.”
Paul added that he will not drop out because he is the only candidate “really discussing the alternative to our foreign policy, monetary policy or our financial crisis and spending” as well as “militarism overseas.”