FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
"Ron Paul becomes the $6 million man."
That's the headline on The Politico about the Republican presidential candidate's astounding fund-raising accomplishment yesterday.
Paul did it again - raising more than $6 million online in a single day. That follows a fund-raiser last month that brought in about $4.2 million in a single day. The campaign says it’s raised more than $18 million this quarter. This could very well mean Paul will outraise his Republican rivals for the 4th quarter and be able to fund a presence in a lot of the states voting on February 5th.
Ron Paul has the kind of grass roots organization politicians dream about. In addition to his phenomenal fund-raising abilities, mostly among small individual campaign contributors, he has a devoted following that in any given moment can almost overpower the Internet.
Any time we mention Ron Paul's name on the Situation Room, his supporters immediately begin writing into us in droves. They're fanatic in their devotion to him and very appreciative of any mentions we have ever given him. It's a phenomenon unique to Dr. Paul. We talk about all the candidates all the time but we never get a response to any of the rest of them like we get to Ron Paul.
Nevertheless, most consider him a distant long-shot and he's stuck in the single digits in most national polls.
Here’s my question to you: If Ron Paul can raise more than $6 million in one day, how come he’s not higher in the polls?
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Interested to know which ones made it on air:
Doug from Sierra Madre, California writes:
Not higher in the polls? It’s because Ron Paul doesn't appeal to most "right wingers". Mr. Paul makes sense and tells the truth, and that just annoys most Republicans.
Because he's not getting exposure in the mainstream media. The rise of Huckabee is a testament to this. As soon as his name started being mentioned every five seconds, his poll numbers rose. Just because Ron Paul is low in the polls doesn't mean he shouldn't get news coverage. Those who get to hear his message absolutely fall in love with him.
John from Keystone Heights, Florida writes:
Ron Paul isn't near the top of the polls for one good reason: his message sucks.
Doug from Sacramento, California writes:
As a liberal Democrat, I have watched Ron Paul over the last year. I don't understand why the media doesn't get that he represents a very disaffected segment of the Republican Party that hasn't had a real voice since Pat Buchanan in 1992… The Republicans operate like a massive corporation. And Ron Paul represents a shareholders’ revolt.
I think the reason Ron Paul is no higher in the polls is because few Americans understand what Libertarianism is. It is much more in line with what our forefathers believed was important, but as a nation we have deviated so far from that original structure that today's Americans don't understand what it means.
He is not higher in polls because he is not supported by the Republican Party management - the wealthy, corporate types, the defense, oil and gas industries, etc. He seems to represent the common man who feels without a voice in the usual DC political circus.
Walter from Toledo, Ohio writes:
The reason we love Ron Paul is because he loves this country more than he loves himself.
Maybe Jack will read yours tomorrow.
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