Monday, March 26, 2012

Ron Paul Wins Key Victories in Missouri Caucus

Sweeps St. Louis City Caucus and doubles nearest delegate-winner Mitt Romney in Jackson County

ST. LOUIS, Missouri – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul won today key parts of the Missouri caucuses that concluded Saturday afternoon, demonstrating the effectiveness of his delegate-attainment strategy and the viability of his candidacy.

In the St. Louis City Caucus, the 12-term Congressman from Texas won 36 delegates and 36 alternate delegates to both the 1st Congressional District and to the Republican State Convention, meaning Dr. Paul cleanly swept this consequential part of the statewide nominating contest.  In total, Missouri’s 1st Congressional District has 103 delegates and Ron Paul won 36 of them as a result of winning the entire St. Louis City Caucus.  For comparison sake, in the St. Louis City Caucus, Ron Paul received 158 votes and the next-closest vote recipient Rick Santorum garnered just 74 votes, or less than half.

The larger Jackson County caucus also occurred.  In the 5th Congressional District, Ron Paul won 63 delegates, won all 144 alternate delegates, won 105 delegates to the Republican state convention, and won 144 alternates to the state convention.  In the 6th Congressional District, Dr. Paul swept all 39 delegates, won all 39 delegates to the state convention, and won 144 alternates to the state convention.

The countywide totals for Dr. Paul include 246 Congressional delegates, more than double Mitt Romney’s 120, and 360 alternate delegates for Ron Paul, a clean sweep in that regard.

Santorum and Newt Gingrich won zero Congressional delegates and alternate delegates in Jackson County.

Kansas City is the county seat of Jackson County, which has a population of more than 674,000 according to 2009 U.S. Census Bureau estimates.  Caucusing to determine the Republican nominee for the presidency began in The Show-Me State on Saturday, March 17th and concluded today, Saturday the 24th.

“Congratulations to Ron Paul’s Missouri supporters who carried out such a meaningful victory.  Today’s Show-Me State results illustrate that Ron Paul’s campaign organization alongside the grassroots is strong, agile, and able to win contests that are vital ahead of Tampa,” said Ron Paul 2012 National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton, referring to the September Republican National Convention to be held in Florida.

Ending Fossil Fuel Subsidies

Invest in a Clean Energy Future by Ending Fossil Fuels Subsidies

Earlier this month, President Obama called on Congress to repeal the $4 billion annual subsidies we give to oil companies, and they are scheduled to vote on doing so today.

Congress "can either stand up for oil companies, or they can stand up for the American people," the President said in a recent Weekly Address. "They can either place their bets on a fossil fuel from the last century, or they can place their bets on America’s future."

Investing in an all-of-the-above energy strategy—one that relies on domestically produced oil and gas, clean renewable resources like wind and solar power, and new technologies that help us use less energy altogether—requires the putting the right incentives in place.

Instead of subsidizing the fossil fuels of the last century by giving away $4 billion of taxpayer money each year to oil companies that are more profitable than ever, we should be investing in a clean energy future—especially when gas prices are high and drivers, whose budgets are already stretched thin, are feeling the pain at the pump.

President Obama explained earlier this month in New Hampshire:

“We want to have successful oil companies that are able to get the oil that we have in our country, but we also understand that our future requires us to make investments in clean, renewable energies.  And that has to start now.  We can’t wait.  We can’t wait until gas has skyrocketed more and people are desperate.  We need to start making those investments now.”

Survey: 2016 Libertarian Nominating Convention Venue Choices

Dear Fellow Libertarian,

The Libertarian National Committee is currently deciding on the site of our 2016 Nominating Convention.  Ohio has already been selected for the location of the 2014 convention.

Please take the survey now to give us your opinions!

Thank you,

Mark Hinkle
LNC Chair

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Ron Paul More Electable Than Mitt Romney in Latest Poll

“Paul is the strongest candidate with independents, tying Obama with them while the rest of the GOP field trails by 6-15 points.”

LAKE JACKSON, Texas – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul polls better against President Barack Obama in a head-to-head matchup than establishment-choice moderate Mitt Romney, according to a recent survey conducted by Public Policy Polling.

The poll found that Obama defeats Romney by 4 percentage points (48-44) and Newt Gingrich by 8 percent (50-42).  While Santorum also joins Paul being within striking distance of the President by 3 points (48-45 and 46-43 respectively), Paul brings Obama a noticeable 2 percentage points further away from the 50 percent a candidate seeks to win on election day.  Considering the +/- 3.3-percentage point margin of error, Paul in this poll is statistically tied for the presidency.

Reinforcing the electability case for Paul is that he ties Obama among independent voters, while Romney loses the largest voting segment by 6 percent, Santorum by 8 percent, and Gingrich by 15 percent – a cause for concern whether Paul’s three rivals would even be competitive come November.

While many polls have shown Paul to be the most competitive Romney alternative, it also shows Paul to be making substantial progress and momentum for a general election bid.  The new poll reveals that Paul is narrowing the gap between himself and Obama by 5 percentage points since last month’s PPP poll.

Other notables are that among one of the fastest growing voter segments, the Hispanic vote, Paul takes a full third of the Hispanic vote against the sitting President, with no other candidate able to come within 5 points of Paul’s Hispanic support.

Among the largest voter segment, self-identified independents, Paul is viewed favorably by 41 percent, whereas Romney and Santorum are relegated to a melancholy 29 percent and Gingrich further behind with a mere 24 percent favorability.  These favorability numbers among independents translate into a clear Election Day advantage unique to Paul, where he would tie President Obama 42 to 42 for their votes.

Young voters, those 18 to 29 years in this poll, have long been considered to be in the President’s court.  Yet, in a Paul-Obama matchup, these voters leave Obama and comparatively flock to Paul, backing him with a hefty 40 percent of their support.  The range of youth support for Paul’s three competitors in a head-to-head with Obama ranges 22 to 29 percent, meaning about half of Paul’s margin to weak at best.

“The media may find an inevitability about Romney becoming nominee, but it is clear that with anyone other than Ron Paul as nominee a second term for Obama is the inevitability,” said Ron Paul 2012 National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton.

“When polls say ‘Romney is actually not the most electable Republican candidate,’ voters should flock to the candidate who can defeat Obama by winning on true conservative principle.  That man is Ron Paul,” added Mr. Benton.

The PPP poll is based on telephone surveys of 900 voters and has a +/- 3.3-percentage point error margin.

RNC Releases New Web Video: “Obama on Empty”

WASHINGTON - The Republican National Committee (RNC) released a new web video "Obama on Empty" showcasing the Obama administration's incompetent energy policy. Amid rising gas prices and numerous policy flubs, Energy Secretary Chu believes that he deserves an 'A' for job performance-but the American people have a different opinion.

The web video can be viewed here and downloaded here.

"Barack Obama's energy strategy has been a complete disaster," said RNC Chairman Reince Priebus. "So, this week, he's jetting around the country to try and explain his so-called 'all of the above' policy, which is nothing more than paying lip-service to Americans while saying no to the Keystone pipeline and giving taxpayer handouts to corporate cronies like Solyndra.

"As families and small businesses struggle because of rising gas prices, Barack Obama and his administration are nowhere to be found. This week, Energy Secretary Chu doubled down on the ridiculous assertion that he somehow deserves an 'A' for controlling gas prices. For too long, Barack Obama has left the American people on empty. It's time to change direction this November."