Ron Paul: Leave Mitt Romney Aloooooonne

Weigel
Reporting on Politics and Policy.
Jan. 10 2012 4:14 PM

Ron Paul: Leave Mitt Romney Aloooooonne

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MANCHESTER, NH - JANUARY 10: Republican presidential candidate, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) greets supporters outside Webster Elementary School, where New Hampshire primary voting is taking place, on January 10, 2012 in Manchester, New Hampshire. According to recent state-wide polls, Paul is in second place in a field of six hopefuls but still lags behind former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney by more than 20 percentage points in this New England state. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images

EXETER, N.H. -- In my inbox: An e-mail from the Ron Paul campaign, quoting campaign chairman Jesse Benton, accusing anyone who piles on Mitt Romney's "I like firing people" moment as an abuser of "leftist tactics."

Rick Santorum, Jon Huntsman, and Newt Gingrich are once again proving why they are unfit to be President and why this has become a two man national race between Mitt Romney, the candidate of the status quo, and Ron Paul, the candidate of real change.
 
Two important issues that should unite Republicans are a belief in free markets and an understanding that the media often use ‘gotcha’ tactics to discredit us.  Rather than run against Governor Romney on the issues of the day Santorum, Huntsman, and Gingrich have chosen to play along with the media elites and exploit a quote taken horribly out of context.  They are also using the language of the liberal left to attack private equity and condemn capitalism in a desperate and, frankly, unsavory attempt to tear down another Republican with tactics akin to those of MoveOn.org.
Santorum, Huntsman, and Gingrich are employing leftist tactics because they can't run on their questionable records and can't distinguish themselves from Romney.  Like Romney, they all supported bailouts, big spending, deficits, and individual healthcare mandates.  And, all three have disqualified themselves from the race for President of the United States, first with their records, then with their inability access major state ballots, and finally with these desperate and deplorable tactics.
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And there you are. A new Ron Paul role: the Gingrich-esque attacker of media and candidate infighting!

David Weigel is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics

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