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Ron Paul only grown-up running for president in GOP?
August 16th, 2011
12:47 PM ET

Ron Paul only grown-up running for president in GOP?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

As the race for the Republican nomination heats up, there's one candidate who's been largely ignored by the mainstream media.

But Ron Paul is talking sense and more people ought to listen to him.

The Texas congressman has visionary ideas about where the country ought to be going and what sea changes are necessary in order to continue being a superpower.

When Paul ran for the Republican nomination in 2008 – he talked about the economy imploding, the untenable nature of the national debt, the eventual destruction of our currency and a limited role for government.

He showed tremendous fund-raising ability and had an absolutely rabid base of support. The problem was – it was too small.

In the four years since then, many of the things Paul warned us about have happened: We're deeper in debt. The dollar is worth less. The federal government is increasingly dysfunctional, and the country is more divided than at any time maybe since the Civil War.

Yes, Ron Paul is a conservative. But he's not one of those who hits you over the head with his bible. And looking at the current batch of republican wanna-bees, he stands out as maybe the only adult in the room.

In politics as in life, it's often the timing that makes the difference. In the case of Ron Paul, it seems events over the last four years have finally caught up with the candidate.

Paul's message hasn't changed – but the urgency of what he's saying has increased. And it seems like this time, more people may be listening.

He came within an eyelash of finishing first in the Iowa straw poll. Less than 200 votes behind Michele Bachmann out of nearly 17,000 cast.

Michele Bachmann has no chance of being the next president of the United States. Maybe Ron Paul should be.

Here’s my question to you: Is Ron Paul the only grown-up running for president on the Republican side?

Tune in to the Situation Room at 5pm to see if Jack reads your answer on air.

And, we love to know where you’re writing from, so please include your city and state with your comment.


Filed under: 2012 Election • Ron Paul
soundoff (244 Responses)
  1. Jeffrey Lamborn

    Ron Paul is the only one who is running of true change for America on either side of the field. Ron Paul has stayed steady and consistent on all his votes as Senator for the past 35 years, you can't say that about Romney, Bachmann, Perry or President Obama. In the words of Daily Show's Jon Stewart "When did libertarian Ron Paul become the 13th floor of a hotel?" Every news station has ignored Ron Paul's success and dismiss him as a fad that the country will grow out of it. Ignore him and he will go away is the media stance on Paul, but ignoring him is only making his supporters of liberty more and more boisterousness and the grass roots efforts for true liberty are growing.

    August 16, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
  2. Mark

    Rep. Paul is certainly and adult, along with MItt Romney. The rest are like spoiled kids having a brat's temper tantrum.

    Few agree with all of Paul's positions...but watch him continue to draw real attention for his passionate criticisms of Defense spending and intense demands that the US stop the wars in Afganistan, Iraq and elsewhere. His rhetoric reminds me of Sen. Gene McCarthy at the beginning of '68. No one took him seriously, either, until he started winning Dem Primaries & forced LBJ to retire.

    Americans are sick of the last 10 years of Defense spending to the benefit of the military industrial corporate "good". And really resistant to any more American youth dying or duplicitous foreign dictators.

    Mark

    August 16, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
  3. Stevenson

    Sacramento, CA

    I would have to say "Yes" Ron Paul is the only grown up candidate running in the GOP primaries. During the debates and speeches, he's the only one that can point to the historical facts for the basis of his reasoning. All the other candidates are about "out-shining" the next. The bickering of "I'm more conservative because...." isn't what grown ups do- it's what kids do on the playground.

    "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it" -George Santayana

    August 16, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
  4. Tom

    He's the only intellectual, that's for certain. The only candidate that has a long record of practicing what he preaches.

    August 16, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
  5. Gern Blansten

    Yes, Jack is right. He is ALWAYS right! Everyone else on the GOP ticket are ESTABLISHMENT SHILLS!
    Ignore them!
    RON PAUL is the ONLY candidate!!!

    August 16, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
  6. Ed Hoffman

    Yes, but he is probably too grown up for most Americans.However he is being ignored by the main stream press and this needs to stop.
    Is it because he does not have any skeletons in his cupboard? No juicy tit-bits they can get salacious about? We have freedom of speech and freedom of the press, but with that freedom comes a responsibility to report even-evenhandedly and truthfully, anything else should be banned or a punishable offense, like say 30 days in jail for publishing lies, the reporter and editor gets the same, is that fair?

    August 16, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
  7. Russ in PA

    Let's see: Paul is a man that wants people to enjoy the fruits of their labors and to decide how to spend their own money. A man that wants to end the wars, and end the militarism. A man that wants to end the subsidies and bail outs, and let competition determine the winners and losers. A man that wants sound money, and not the worthless script pawned on us by the FED. A man that wants us to follow the Constitution and the rule of law. Sounds like an adult to me.

    Ron Paul in 2012...

    August 16, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
  8. James Moore

    Ron Paul is the only guy talking about real issues. Everyone else is just doing the "Bash Obama" dance. We didn't just get here, sure Obama made it worse, but he's just doing the same things Bush did. We need to bring our troops home from around the world, they could be defending our border with Mexico!

    August 16, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
  9. david

    He's definitely the oldest...Sorry to say but the baby boomers sold out the younger generations .and the only thing they can come up with is more fossil fuel resupplies for the deregulated consumption malfunction auto industry..his financial philosophy has a lot of drinking and thinking ideas but still doesnt solve the problem only changes the blame of what is the problem.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
  10. phil

    Yes I think so, I have trouble with what is going on in this country and the lack of respecked the GOP has for any one that dosen't agree with them.
    It seem to me that all they do is try to out talk the truth, Even though I'm a Democrate I think he is a very smart man but you have to have good hair and talk loud and pray in front of every one to be in the GOP.
    Soft spocken men like ron Paul and Mr. Obma just get the boot, cowboy boot that is.
    Phil Reed

    August 16, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
  11. john thomas

    Well he's a couple of years older than I am. That makes him grown up I guess. If he wasn't such a fruitcake maybe I'd vote for him. No Just kidding about the vote.
    John Thomas Florida Keys

    August 16, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
  12. Dr. Steve Parent

    Yes Jack he is the only adult. After watching the last debate it appeared that the others were more of the same status quo that got us into this mess in the first place. It has been easy to see they are saying what they need to say only to get elected. Ron Paul has a voting record unlike any other member in congress, he will vote NO on every bill and usually the only vote of NO if the bill is not 100% constitutional, we need more leadership like this in a corrupt washington. Ron Paul was in a statistical tie with Michele Bachmann at the Iowa straw poll but the media has acted as if Ron Paul doesn't exist, and WHY? What has happened to our country? As a democrat I will be voting for Ron Paul this election, it is time we brought back common sense to our government and Ron Paul I believe is the real deal.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
  13. Bryan Kirkham

    Ron Paul is the only choice if you want true change to big government but the mainstream media seems to want status quo which consists of more wars more deaths more debt and less freedom ..... Ron Paul or bust!!

    August 16, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
  14. Alex Reagan

    Yes, Ron Paul is the only grown up running for President. He knows who he is and what he stands for, and that doesn't change based on who he is talking to or what state he is campaigning in. He tells the truth that America is bankrupt, the government is wasteful and too large, and that we must end our empirical activity around the world. He is the only one willing to tell the American people what tough things must be done to keep America a great nation. He avoids talking points and discusses things that matter: monetary policy, taxation through inflation,foreign policy, the Federal Reserve, and personal liberty. Anyone who is sick of the status quo and done with the establishment must vote for Ron Paul in 2012!

    August 16, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
  15. Andrew Brown

    Yes. Not only is Ron Paul a grown up he is a well experienced and very wise man. Just look to his record. Look to his offspring. As the ancients wrote; look at Ron Paul's "fruit".

    August 16, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
  16. Dale

    Jack,
    Not so sure if it's about being grown up...it's more about being intelligent, moral, compassionate and consistent. This is a man that actually lives the the Christian example of honesty and truth, rather than wearing it on his sleeve as campaign tool. Any thoughtful , intelligent person, after just a small amount of unbiased study, would have to conclude....It's Ron Paul vs the Obama, Bush, Perry, Bachmann and Romneys of the world.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
  17. Write N Vote

    ANSWER: Ron Paul is the only grown-up running for president in either the Democratic or Republican party.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
  18. Andy Batka

    True Ron Paul is not the status quo!!
    However he is the last independent and honerable politician in America. Ron Paul is bending and beating the political parties and thier media machines: CNN, FOX, and MSNBC to his last breath. You have to admire a guy like that, what a leader he would make, if people still had the audacity of hope!

    August 16, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
  19. Dr. Michael D. Knox, Tampa

    He is the only one who understands where our money is going and is willing to do something about it. Stop the Wars!

    August 16, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
  20. Kevin Wicks

    Yes he is.The guy is at least honest. All his views are on the table and he has been consistent. I respect this. I may disagree with some of his views, but I admire his honesty. Unlike Obama, who lied to us, once elected promises are off the table. At least with Paul what you see is what you get, Greek or traditional.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  21. William Waugh

    He is not the only grown-up, but he is the only grown up that uses his brain.
    Bellevue, WA

    August 16, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
  22. Road Runner

    Of all the candidates, Ron Paul is the most maturity, the most morality, the most integrity, the most conservative candidate running.

    Of course, he's the only adult running. And better, he'll actually treat us like adults when elected.

    It's time for We the People to grow up and elect grown-up candidates...substance over style, record over rhetoric, etc.

    Ironically, people think that they need some narcissistic person like Trump, Bush, and Obama to lead, when really we need ego-less people like Ron Paul.

    Read Good to Great. Ego-based leaders seem great and sometimes are good for a short while (as in months), but they become tyrants and end up ruining organizations. We MUST elect ego-less leaders...they are good long term. And that means we must elect people like Ron Paul.

    Further, we must elect people like Ron Paul every chance we get because they are few and far between.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
  23. Steve

    Jack,

    Ron Paul may not be the only grown up running for the republican nomination, but he seems to be the only one walking in an actual conservative spirit of christian fearlessness and common sense, willing to try something new – humans simply treating each other equally and seeing where the chips fall. At a time when so many are already distrustful of our government and "representatives", Ron Paul is a candid voice of reason simply asking "Why can't we just re-examine some things we take for granted?" Things, I might add, we appear to have been very wrong about for a very long time.

    Thanks – Steve, Enid Oklahoma

    August 16, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
  24. Crickett

    It is not so much that HE is the grown up, but that his supporters are. We are tired of our freedom being "put on restriction" by a "Nanny-state" that tells us what to eat, drink, smoke and now, even buy and think. We can take care of ourselves and each other just fine. Get off our BACKS. We can get jobs, just cut our "allowance".🙂

    August 16, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
  25. Paul

    Asking if someone who's clearly an adult if they're a grown-up seems like an odd question. However, if your definition of grown-up means a person is willing to discuss honestly, the real problems facing the country, from a perspective of knowledge, without partisan rhetoric, then... Yes, Ron Paul is the only grown-up running for president.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
  26. Paul Juchniewich "youh - nevh -vich"

    Ron Paul's vise is his virtue ... He is committed to telling us the truth ... He is ahead of his time in that ... HIS issues in 2007 are the issues the Republicans debate today. He scares the Status Quo and is beholden to no special interest ... brush him aside America at your own peril ... But fear not ... there is another ... His name is Rand.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
  27. Bryan From Fort Worth

    Jack;

    Adults should balance their budgets, and take responsibility for their actions. Adults should not interfere in other peoples business, nor should they spy on them.
    Adults shouldn't steal under the pretense of doing good, or trespass in order to do so, under the guise of humanitarianism.
    Ron Paul is by default the only Adult running period.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
  28. Joe R - Houston

    Yes. Ron Paul is the only adult in the race.

    He's also the only hope the Republicans have to win the presidency for two reasons:

    1. Ron Paul will take some of the adult votes from both Obama Democrats as well as independent voters.

    AND –

    2, If Ron Paul isn't the Republican nominee, I and millions more like me will vote for whoever the Libertarians nominate because it doesn't really matter which of the others wins.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
  29. Dave - Phx, Az

    Not only is he the only adult on the GOP side, he is the only candidate from the GOP I would consider voting for as an Independant. If republicans want to win more seats they need to start supporting regular Americans, not the whacko right wing ultra religous base. If not, too bad, four more years of Obama and then maybe Hillary after that.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
  30. Blaine Simpson

    NO. Yes, their intelligence is child-like, but it is the media and the public that are childish in their naive acceptance of the adult but transparent subterfuges and panderings of the traditional candidates. The media and public are childishly bull-headed in their refusal to consider any idea that challenges their pre-conceived need for special privileges and international supremacy, regardless of indisputable, imminent evidence that this system is unsustainable.

    Consider just the point of honoring the Constitution and Declaration of Independence. Nearly every candidate pledges to honor these documents (a pledge of allegiance to the Const. is a requirement of the office), but their own words (just this year) and their own actions show that nobody but Paul does in reality honor those documents. This is one issue of many that Romney vacillates on. Romney, Perry, Santorum, Cain haven't the least quibble about violating the 10th amendment in order to force states to comply with their vision of "good" with respect to marriage; or to obliterate constitutional proscriptions against federal endorsement of religion. They all wish to directly deprive suspected foreign criminals of the "unalienable Rights" which the Declaration of Independence pledges are endowed to "all men", not just US citizens.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
  31. Chris Carter

    Dr. Paul is the only candidate who has maintained a consistent message. Agree or disagree, at least the man sticks to his guns, which is more than I can say for any of the other candidates. Rick Perry has had to change most of his prior political positions in order to appeal to GOP/Tea Party voters. Bachmann can't seem to figure out who she wants to be loyal to, the Tea Party or her former employer, the IRS.... And Romney, can't seem to take ANY position without eventually flip flopping on it. The "top tier" candidates ALL seem quite juvenile to me, especially the fact that they think the American people are "okay" with their flip-floppery. It's clear to me that Ron Paul IS the only grown up in this race!

    August 16, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
  32. John

    Ron Paul is the only one who understands our inherently flawed monetary system and is consequently willing to shine a light on it and offer alternatives.

    The other candidates just blame Obama.

    Ron Paul is the only candidates who is willing to discuss the fact that maybe our foreign policy which includes having troops in over 130+ countries and over 700 bases may be counter-productive and thus bankrupting America.

    The other candidates just ignore this fact.

    Ron Paul is the only one suggesting that North Korea has nukes, Pakistan has nukes, India has Nukes, Israel has nukes, Russia has nukes, USA has nukes etc... and thus maybe the fact that Iran wanting and having a nuke is not the end of the world. Could it be that Iran is obtaining it as a deterrent?

    The other candidates say Ron Paul is dumb because if Iran created an A-bomb will they use it immediately in which case that would lead to their immediate demise as a country, and we must stop them at all costs.

    Ron Paul is suggesting like our founding fathers that maybe our constant interfering in other countries is a bad and counter-productive idea.

    The other candidate insists he is blaming America.

    I could go on, but I thank you Mr. Cafferty for your honest journalism.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
  33. Terry in Virginia

    Ron Paul is one of the few adults in Congress, too. I disagree with him on several issues, but love his passion. When Ron Paul speaks, I listen to what he says. When Rand Paul speaks, I turn off the television and start looking online for a great deal on 535 binkies (pacifiers) to send to our elected representatives.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
  34. Dr. Steve Parent

    Yes Jack he is the only adult. After watching the last debate it appeared that the others were more of the same status quo that got us into this mess in the first place. It has been easy to see they are saying what they need to say only to get elected. Ron Paul has a voting record unlike any other member in congress, he will vote NO on every bill and usually the only vote of NO if the bill is not 100% constitutional, we need more leadership like this in a corrupt washington. Ron Paul was in a statistical tie with Michele Bachmann at the Iowa straw poll but the media has acted as if Ron Paul doesn't exist, and WHY? What has happened to our country? As a democrat I will be voting for Ron Paul this election, it is time we brought back common sense to our government and Ron Paul I believe is the real deal.

    Key West Florida

    August 16, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
  35. Joe

    Ron Paul is the only legitimate GOP candidate. He firmly believes in his agenda, and has been saying the same thing for his entire (long) political career. End US policies on foreign intervention, end infinite deficit financing. Stop erroding the wealth of the middle class by synthesizing economic prosperity through the creation of cheap money (ending the Fed). Preserve the liberty guaranteed by the Constitution. He didn't make those agenda items up because they suddenly became popular. He is running an intellectually honest campaign and is running on the strength of his principles. The rest of the GOP candidates are walking around dressed like Samuel Adams. They are wolves in three pointed hats. More big government, more foreign wars. Just adding the three pointed hats for style points.

    Joe
    New Jersey

    August 16, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
  36. Steve

    Ron Paul is more grown up because he looks like 80 years old. Older than McCain. I don't know whose standards you're using, but my analysis is that the GOP candidates are more grown up than Obama. At least they are more honest and they don't lie or stretch the truth like Obama does. Jack, you should point those things out or have Wolf do it.
    You can't hide the truth, the voters are smarter today than they were 3 years ago.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
  37. Jonathan

    Ron Paul is above needing to infer his competitors are children. The real question should be: is Ron Paul the only honest and principled candidate running for President? The answer is yes. He's walked the walk for over 30 years and refuses to pander to either side; choosing instead to tell us the truth no matter how hard it is for us to hear.

    Jonathan – Olathe, KS

    August 16, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
  38. Andrew, Chicago IL

    Ron Paul? He must be that "unelectable" GOP candidate the political pundits keep ignoring; even on TV, children never listen to adults, do they?

    August 16, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
  39. Steve Pilotte

    He's not the only grown-up in the race but, he appears to be the only one who speaks to the rest of us as though we were adults. By not pandering and not spouting the same tired old political platitudes and cliches he stands apart from the field. I'm sick of hearing their claims about "growing" jobs and the economy as though they had magic gardens in their yards from which prosperity will sprout. Only RP has a concrete understanding of economics.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
  40. Peter

    Democrats want the government to be your mommy. Republicans want government to be your daddy. Ron Paul wants to treat you like an adult.

    Peter, Chicago

    August 16, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
  41. Maggie

    I do believe that Ron Paul is the only candidate running that will; make true measured change, not act as if the first term is all a lead up to the second term, behave with his principles in mind always. Do what is best for Americans and America – perhaps not the "world first" ut America first – which si what we need to keep our country ... Ron Paul is the libertarian that the news media is writing off – if they listened to their own polls they would know that he is who AMerica wants to hear. He does not make things up, or change his mind. Even CNN said proudly that Ron Paul was speaking – but they were too busy wondering what Sarah Palin had to say – and a potential sound bite of hers – to allow Ron Paul to speak to the nation... some news team – you should be very proud!

    August 16, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
  42. A Smith

    Right on, Jack. I voted for Obama last time around but have since realized Ron Paul is basically the only sincere, thoughtful candidate out there right now. He is the only candidate who predicted the housing bubble and financial crisis before the country even realized they were going on. Dr. Paul has the only correct prescription for this country in 2012!

    August 16, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
  43. Adam

    Yes! Where's the press coverage for this guy? He's legitimate, he's seasoned, he tells it like it is, regardless of party politics. He doesn't just regurgitate talking points. I hope a groundswell surges for this guy. And I'm a Democrat.

    Adam
    Burbank CA

    August 16, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
  44. Chris

    Atlanta, GA – Dr. Paul is indeed the only mature adult running and the only candidate with original and consistent views and ideals. He predicted the economic mess we are now in YEARS AGO, and the media seems to ignore him. Why is this? Lets ask ourselves that... Is it because he is a serious threat and danger to the powers that be? There is nothing fresh the rest of the GOP candidates are presenting, they are just pro-war, chicken hawk, corporate hacks that spout nothing but talking points, blind patriotism and an arrogant foreign policy. Enough is enough

    August 16, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
  45. Ibo 1978

    Ron Paul is the only one in the race that talks to the people like we are adults.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
  46. Davy from Texas

    I believe he is the only 'Grown-Up' running. He has support from all ends of the political spectrum and as a Democrat, and a Texan, I fully support him. Republicans hate him because he is an actual Republican.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
  47. Matthew Filicicchia

    I would say its not a matter of grown up. As much as it is a matter of having taken the idea of the Office of The President of the United States seriously. From well before he put his bid in. He seems more focused on America coming out of this insane downward spiral. Where the others are about winning against Democrats, placing the blame and choosing the right lipstick and pumps for the debates.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
  48. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    Ron Paul is by most measurement the most authentic person on the GOP side running for president, but I wouldn't say any of them are grown up.

    Ron Paul has a pedagogy of freedom, and that is great. However, freedom with innocence, freedom with revenge, freedom with greed and power lust, freedom with absolute ideology, produce nothing but chaos and contempt. It is freedom with wisdom that makes for a grown up, and wisdom is the realization of the lies that lay in knowledge and individual perceptions, when we recognize the lies we once believed as truth we become wise and free.

    And all of these candidates have a long way to go before they find wisdom, and those so narrow mindlessly entrenched in their ideology probably never will.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
  49. Irene Slovak from Texas

    He must be the only grown up because he's the leader that all the others are trying to imitate. Only difference is he really means what he says. God bless Ron Paul for his courage in defending the Constitution.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
  50. Rafael Sanguily

    Not Only is he the only "Grown Up", he is the only that has any intelligent approaches towards our Nation's Issues. Both the Democrats and Republicans have been acting like spoiled, bratty teenagers who have stolen "Dad's" credit card and wrecked the family car, and are throwing a temper tantrum now that the "Grown Up" wants to hold them accountable for their actions...

    August 16, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
  51. mike halter

    Yes Ron Paul is the best of the rep. can.
    I'm an independent and like his stance on the war.
    Bring our troops home . And stop sending billons to Pakistan.
    They hate us anyway.

    MIKE LARGO FL.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
  52. Steven Orrange

    Ron Paul is the only grown up running for president on EITHER SIDE!!

    August 16, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
  53. Wesley H

    Is Ron Paul the only grown-up? I guess if you define a grown-up as someone who speaks from his knowledge instead of an adviser's list of talking points, then yes. (I'm talking about YOU Bachmann, tell me again how "we" are going to make Obama a "ONE. TERM. PRESIDENT!!!!") If a grown-up is someone who evaluates the facts presented instead of the slanted/biased interpretation that panders to ad hominem attacks against a culture, religion or race, then yes. Ron Paul is the only candidate who has taken our Foreign Policy of "bomb first, ask later" to task. Santorum wants more sanctions on Iran? Does he also hope these sanctions kill half a million Iranian children as they did in Iraq in the 90s? There is no mystery why we're hated and attacked, it's because we incite it by murdering innocents, by invading countries and dictating our ways to them. It's ironic we're killing people to change their foreign policy while not examining our own. Ron Paul is the ONLY candidate, in either party, who understands it. I guess being an adult requires raising children, and as they say, "It takes a village", but what about when the village is 90% children? Well, then you need to change the mayor.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
  54. ken, atlantic city, nj

    yes I wish the media and the people would bet on board with ron paul so we can at least end the wars in iraq, afghan, pakistan, and libya, get rid of the fed and bernanke, cut defense spending, end all one way trade deals, and get rid of the 700 trillion dollar derivatives gambling market on wall street.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
  55. Tom

    Yes, the only adult.
    And the doctors prescription is a hard pill to swallow.
    He deals with facts, he simply is stating the truth; the media and Washington are not ready to deal with the truth.
    But as for my 60 year old self (a life long Dem from Pittsburgh) I feel the time has come for radical change.
    Like it or not, The internet is free press, is it gives voice to the concerns of the people.
    Individual opinions seem to matter more now than than the main stream media.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
  56. Grant

    Is Ron Paul running for president? Why didn't he participate in the Iowa Straw Poll?

    August 16, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
  57. pat in michigan

    He must be .The F-word network never heard of the guy and he was second in the straw pole.When I see this kind of clear manipulation I and many others realize we have lost our nation.We will either be starved to death or taxed to death.God help us all!!!

    August 16, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
  58. Aaron Storm

    You got that right! Ron Paul IS the only mature candidate running for president and I'm sure he's the most honest. I was at the Ames, Iowa Straw Poll and voted for Dr. Paul. I remember part of his speech... "back in the 50's when I was in medical school"...I was thinking, man he's been around a long time. We need to get this historical, economical, political expert in the White House.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  59. Russell (Ex-pat in Toronto)

    Not only is he the only adult in the race,
    he is also the only physician,
    the only candidate with military experience,
    but most importantly hew is the only politician who has consistently spoke the truth to the people, even when it is not politically expedient to do so.
    The establishment in Washington simply don't know how to deal with an anomaly like Dr.Paul

    August 16, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  60. Pete in Florida

    Hey, I LIKE the GOP field! Another arrogant loud-mouthed Texas buffoon, a better-looking but even crazier clone of Sarah Palin, a stiff from Massachusetts who made his fortune by killing jobs – what could be better??? Oh yeah, the only real conservative in the race, good ol' whats-his-name, Ron something or other.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  61. Raj, Toronto

    Ron Paul has never flip flopped over 35 years, he is the most fiscal conservative, libertarian, sound foreign policy to maintain Americans safety and credibility worldwide, has predicted the financial troubles of this nation because he understands to monetary system, he is a civil rights advocate, he is for limited government in which all politicians now agree that our nation has a monstrous bureaucracy, all he positions 4 years are what most republican candidates are now proclaiming, he is the LAST AMERICAN STATESMAN, AND I DO MEAN LAST IF AMERICA DOES NOT ELECT HIM.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
  62. Mike Smith

    The only grown up? Well if you're asking if he's the only GOP candidate with extensive knowledge when it comes to foreign policy, monetary policy, domestic policy etc, the answer is yes. Ron Paul has a record that backs up EVERYTHING he says. No other candidate can make that claim.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
  63. Luke k.

    To me, the answer is a resounding "Yes".

    Ron Paul is the only consistent defender of real american principles. Ron Paul has never compromised these pricniples for political expediency. Ron Paul a great statesman and worthy of everyone's support.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
  64. Shane

    Yes, he is the only one who is on the side of the American people and not totally bought and paid for. His views on ending the drug war, ending the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya and stopping the out-of-control government spending are sane and refreshing.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
  65. Robert Timsah

    In a recent poll among Texas Republicans, Ron Paul beat Rick Perry. Yet the media practically worships Perry. It reveals just how fraudulent and corrupt the mainstream media is.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
  66. Brad, Portland, OR

    Ron Paul is probably the best of a bad lot. He has a lot of crazy ideas, but he doesn't seem malicious, like so many of the Tea Party-oriented people do.

    They're willing to run the country over the cliff to protect the wealthy and corporations from paying their fair share of taxes.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
  67. Michael Kelly

    I have no idea who decided age became a deciding factor. If someone is older, it doesn't necessarily mean their health is bad. Ron Paul is a doctor and is probably the healthiest out of all the candidates running. With age comes experience, and experience is what we need. Mike – Wilmington, NC

    August 16, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
  68. Randy Wyrick

    I really like most of Ron Paul's ideas and really would like to support him and would like information on how I could help with his candidacy.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  69. Austin Battenberg

    I like how Ron Paul continues to tell the truth no matter the political consequences. He is the only grown-up running because he chooses to treat Americans like adults rather than children.

    El Dorado, California

    August 16, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  70. Raj, Toronto

    If we elect Ron Paul, this nation would be so proud of his service after his terms that we would honor him by engraving him on Mount Rushmore, or better yet, on the new American currency bills, END THE FED,

    August 16, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  71. Will from New York

    Ofcourse he is...40 years of unwavering principled integrity in the face of unimaginable opposition and ridicule..not to mention, the man is right!!! If we're not willing to make this man president, now that all his warnings and predictions have come to fruition, we deserve the coming collapse.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  72. Chris in California

    Ron Paul wants to discuss policy and solutions, when other candidates want to throw slogans out to the crowd like red meat. Ron Paul understands economics and would not be beholden nor dependent on any special interest funded think tank were he elected. He understands the issues of the day like none of the other GOP presidential contenders do. The media seems to find it boring, for whatever reason. If he polls best or second best against President Obama routinely, it is ignored. If he comes in in third or fourth place in poll, routinely, it is ignored. Because he doesn't insult our intelligence with sound bite sloganeering, he is deemed by media to be 'unelectable'. But I don't want 'American Idol' for my president. At this stage, I'm voting for Ron Paul.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  73. Chuck

    Yes, Congressman Paul is the only adult in the race and the only candidate who puts his principles above talking points. He tells the American people the truth and is the only candidate from either party who I will support for president. The rest of the candidates spend their time repeating talking points and the fact that President Obama has ruined the country. Only Dr. Paul offers real solutions and is not afraid to tell the truth, even if it means making the republican establishment attack him even more. He is the only adult in this presidential race.
    -Chuck
    Manchester, Vermont

    August 16, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  74. Evan

    Ron Paul is indeed the only grownup He's the only one who talks to the American people like they are adults. The empty suits and skirts the media is pushing on the populace are so vapid and duplicitous they are now having to try and sound like Ron Paul to even maintain basic relevancy even with surface level political participants.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  75. Richard

    No, Ron isn't the only adult. He is, however, the most honest, most intelligent, most knowledgable, most consistent and most prescient candidate running for president.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  76. peter bethke

    A View from Canada, Quite simply Jack, Yes, Ron Paul is the only candidate who has respect for the American voter and tells them the truth. It seems the people would prefer to be lied to and lead to into another financial crisis. Ron is honest when he says that fixing the economy will be painful, But his leadership would serve America better than the "kick the can down the road" policy of all the others. You can pay now or pay later, but yer gonna pay sometime!
    pete
    Cambridge Ont. Canada

    August 16, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  77. Rick McDaniel

    Is he really a grown up?

    I don't think anyone but Trump is the grown up, so far, as he is the only person who has actually frequently mentioned that the problem with jobs, is CHINA!

    August 16, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  78. Larry Miller

    Rocky Comfort, Mo
    Yes, Ron Paul is the daddy and as everyone knows – Father knows best.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  79. Maria Robins

    First of all. Thank You Jack, for having the courage to talk about Ron Paul.
    I believe, that the media knows he's a major threat to actually Win the presidency.
    And he'll do it on principle and integrity. Something that the plastic facade candidates will never be able to claim. Bachmann, Perry, Romney.. They don't hold a candle to Ron Paul's record, his character, intelligence, and courage.
    Ron Paul 2012, for Peace and Liberty.
    We will not back down.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  80. James Baker

    Ron Paul is the only gentleman running in the campaign. While the others sling around insults at the President, you will never see Ron Paul acting this way. While being a devote Christian and living his life the best he can in the eyes of his Creator every day, he does not like to brag about his religion to bring in voters. You would not find him at a Prayer meeting for publicity and he certainly would not use the deaths of the recent combat troops lost in Afghanistan as an obvious ploy to emotionally sucker the American people into liking him.

    With Ron, what you see is what you get and sad as it may be many people can't accept the truth put to them so bluntly.. But in a time when the President and Congress' approval ratings are so low, shouldn't we elect somebody who tells us the truth even if we don't want to hear it?

    August 16, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  81. Melissa

    Yes Ron Paul is the only grown up on both sides. He is the only one that does not want to be my daddy, my priest, my babysitter, my judge,and all the other things that Obama, Perry, Bachmann and government..offer. I am a grown adult and want an adult to lead this country who is willing to let me be free to fail or succeed not to try and run my life. Congressman Paul is the only one offering this so Yes when you want an adult conversation Ron Paul is your man

    August 16, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  82. Clif

    Ron Paul diagnoses the issues. As a doctor he asks questions about the issues to understand them and to make the best possible diagnosis of the problem to lead to the best possible solutions. Ron Paul is a candidate running on solutions, not the political spin. You can see this in the debates. Whereas the front runners only speak about repealing Obama, Ron Paul gives solutions and asks us questions to better see and understand the issues at hand. In this sense Ron Paul is the only adult in the race and perhaps all of DC today.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  83. Chris

    Yes. Considering the other candidates always seem to dance around their sacred cows and willfully ignore cause and effect when it comes to foreign policy, it is surprising that some of them in an attempt to garner support now parrot Ron Paul's positions.
    – from Europe, because yes, when the USA botches it, we all suffer for it.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  84. Jacob4Freedom

    The obvious answer is yes, but Ron Paul and his supporters prefere to avoid name calling. The bottom line is there is NO ONE, from any party, with his level of integrity and honesty. He has the most consistent and principled voting record in the history of the congress for a reason....he does not compromise to special interests or the gang-like mentality of the two party system.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  85. Ricardo R. Barron

    Dear Jack,

    That is a great question! I guess you noticed how Ron Paul, never resorts to childish finger pointing or personal attacks. How he is always humble and never dwells on his accomplishments, which are so numerous, we could fill a large book with them. How he always identifies the central issues, with real solutions and how we can trace all of our problems to the fact that our government has not obeyed the Constitution. All of this is in sharp contrast to his opposition, which does just the opposite.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  86. Tim

    It sure seems like it to me.
    This leads me to ask, "Is Jack Cafferty the only grown-up left in the media?"

    Tim
    Marlton, NJ

    August 16, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  87. Derek, Harvest AL

    Dr. Ron Paul is the only candidate for President on EITHER side that is not afraid to tell America the truth and exactly where he stands on the issues... and then he actually votes that way! The other candidates are all more of the same neo-conservatives that represent the status quo. That's why I will be voting for Ron Paul in 2012.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  88. Mike from Madison, WI

    Better still, Ron Paul is the only candidate that treats American voters like grown-ups. He always stays on topic talking about the real issues facing citizens, and won't play the circus games like the media and other candidates do that get us off track. Ron Paul marches to the beat of his own drum.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  89. Dave Grossnickle

    If by "grown-up" you mean past adolescence, then no. However, if by "grown-up" you mean capable of critical thinking, well-educated on all foreign and domestic issues, grounded by principles, and independent in thought... then, yes, he is the only grown-up running (not only on the Republican side, but on either side).

    Warsaw, IN

    August 16, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  90. Josh Z

    Grown ups provide real solutions to problems. Ron Paul is the only one with real solutions to the problems facing our country: the economy, the endless wars, the assault on our civil liberties, the devaluation of the dollar, and the increases in debt and spending. Unlike his rivals, he never has to "clarify" or "re-define" why he's flip-flopped on an issue: when you've been speaking and voting the same way for 30 years, you don't flip-flop!

    August 16, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  91. Andy

    Only grown up? I don't know... What I do know is he gets little to no media coverage even after he practically tied with Michelle Bachmann in the AMES straw poll. And that's her home turf.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  92. ryan

    Of course Ron Paul is the only grown up in the race

    August 16, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  93. Jaret Glenn

    Yes! The real question is: Are Americans ready to put on their big boy pants and accept some of the truths that Ron Paul has been telling for decades? We're broke, our wars are a racket, the Fed is destroying our currency, the Congress is ripping us off, the threat of terrorism has been exaggerated, and we'll never agree on everything so let's focus on agreeing on one thing–that we should all be FREE!

    August 16, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  94. George D Stewart

    Seriously Jack? Rep. Paul is fossil whose time has come and went, but compared to the others running for GOP nomination, perhaps he is the only one of them with any clue ( unlike his son Rand ) about the lives of the "American People".
    ~George
    Evarts, KY

    August 16, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  95. Benjamin Rogers

    I believe that he very well could be. He has been talking about the issues for almost thirty years. Even though they are stealing his issues and turning them into their talking points, no other candidate has the record he has. It is refreshing to see someone like Dr. Paul running for the White House.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  96. Zack Brown

    Quite simply, Ron Paul is the only candidate whose views have never changed. His consistency alone is something that all adults should aim for and admire. He has never said one thing and meant another.

    San Diego, CA.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  97. Marc C.

    Ron Paul is the clearly the only grown up in this race. The other candidates like to parade around words and phrases like "conservative", "less regulation", "fiscal retraint" and spend their entire time blaming Obama for the ills of the world. Dr. Paul is the only one talking about the actual problems facing this country – endless wars, spiralling debt, and a Federal Reserve printing money out of thin air. The other candidates name call, Dr. Paul address real problems. The choice is clear.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  98. Fred(Ontario)

    Yes, Ron Paul is the only grown-up running for president on the Republican side. The rest of the candidates are either nuts or work for special interest groups. Would not be surprised to see Ron Paul fail to make it to the elections again due to being off the media from Conservative sources.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  99. Jim Brown

    Ron Paul only grown-up running for president in GOP? Sometimes I think he's the only grown-up left on earth.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  100. Zeno Sonik

    If by being the "only grown-up" you mean the only one with actual ethics and one who actually cares about restoring America to what the original bill of rights intended, then YES! Yes he is the only grown-up! As if you didn't know...

    August 16, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  101. Chris

    Jack,

    You know some say that one should never ask a question unless you already know the answer to it. You tell us...

    P.S.

    I have a sneaking suspicion of what your answer will be by the fact that you would even pose such a question in the first place. Good man Jack.... ( Ron Paul 2012!)

    August 16, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  102. Anthony

    Ron Paul seems to be the only one that is in touch with reality! Every one of the other candidates has stolen little bits and pieces of his message and they are now trying to use it to gain his supporters. As an example Rick Perry just gave a speech where he criticized Fed chairman Ben Bernanke. But what they do not realize is that Ron Paul's supports do not trust them and they never will, Ron Paul's supports do their research on people and on issues, Ron Paul's supports think for themselves! Ron Paul is the only Candidate that is even human let alone an adult, all the others are just puppets and power seekers! Let us see how long their noses can grow!

    August 16, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  103. Lou Mullin, Fayetteville, NC

    He is the only one you can believe.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  104. Rich McKinney, Texas

    If you mean looking old then Ron paul has them all whipped unfortunately Ron Paul is no answer to anything Jack. He talks a good game but has no record of doing much of anything worth while. It is one thing to criticize others and what they might have done but it is quite another to have actually done something worthwhile to brag about yourself.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  105. Adjiiff

    Yes he is the only candidate but he is not being covered enough. Every other candidate is just spewing lies and will change nothing if they go to Washington. Ron Paul is the only candidate who has been consistent. Unlike Rick Perry the former al gore campaign manager who pretends to be republican

    August 16, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  106. Kenneth Zeitler

    Jack,

    Not only is Ron Paul the only grown up in this race, he's the only grown up in Congress. His record is impeccable, and speaks volumes about his integrity and commitment to the ideals of liberty and individualism, concepts which the american public have seemingly forgotten about. He's the ONLY one telling us the truth about the needless, no win unconstitutional wars, and the debt that both parties ignore. His record and ideological consistency is the reason why this 25 year old will vote for this man to preserve the future for posterity, and bring all his friends with him to the polls.

    Smith's Point, NY

    August 16, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  107. John

    Jack, the answer to your question is yes Doctor Ron Paul is the only grown-up running for President. Just like only you and Jon Stewart are the only grown-ups on the corporate owned media.

    John,
    Windsor Hts., Iowa

    August 16, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  108. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    Ron Paul is the only republican candidate that makes any sense. I did not realize how close he came to be beating Michele Bachmann in her home state of Iowa. I like Paul's style of not beating around the bush he speaks his mind and you know exactly where he stands on every question he is asked. Ron Paul made Santorum look bad in the debate. I cannot figure out why the news media does not report or follow Ron Paul's campaign more closely? He has earned it and should be shown more respect. Instead the news media chooses to fall all over and report on every move of Sarah Palin who so far is not even a candidate.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  109. Anthony

    Ron Paul seems to be the only one that is in touch with reality! Every one of the other candidates has stolen little bits and pieces of his message and they are now trying to use it to gain his supporters. As an example Rick Perry just gave a speech where he criticized Fed chairman Ben Bernanke. But what they do not realize is that Ron Paul's supports do not trust them and they never will, Ron Paul's supports do their research on people and on issues, Ron Paul's supports think for themselves! Ron Paul is the only Candidate that is even human let alone an adult, all the others are just puppets and power seekers! Let us see how long their noses can grow!

    Victoria, Texas

    August 16, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  110. Jim Frechette

    The GOP candidates sound like children crying out for a new toy at the store. In this case the toy is our invasive foreign policy and Ron is the parent who is preaching responsibility.

    Jim from Pawtucket, Rhode Island

    August 16, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  111. Craig Young

    Dr. Paul stands apart because he doesn't pander or flip flop. When you have on honest guy in a line up with crooks, the honest guy stands out.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  112. Wyche T Coleman M.D.

    Yes. Especially when it comes to economic understanding. Thanks for the question

    August 16, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  113. David in Tampa

    It depends on what you mean by grown up. Is it grown up to think that everyone out there is honest, moral and will do the right thing? Is it grown up to believe that conservatives will act in anything other than self interest first? Mr Paul may be honest, moral and can put self interest aside but most of his party can not and will not.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  114. stephie

    You betcha! He is the only Presidential candidate who I will be financially supporting.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  115. B. J., Quincy, Il

    Ron Paul is staying on the isssues and not trying to spread his wings and puff up his chest.The rest are like fighting cocks in the ring they aren't paying attention to what is important.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  116. Dave

    Ron Paul is the only grown-up in politics,period.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  117. Nate - Chicago, IL

    Yes, he's the only grown up. In fact, he's the only sensible person running for the presidency on either side of the isle.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  118. David Rairigh

    Jack,
    Unfortunately he is not only the only grown-up he's also the only one who has a clue about what liberty really means. I've spent the better part of 11 years not grinding my teeth as I watched Bush run roughshod over the Constitution and now Obama. I watched the other GOP candidates laugh at Dr. Paul during the debates in 2007/2008 and could never understand why the American public continued to ignore the common sense and strict Constitutionalism that Dr. Paul advocates.
    Now I know...we're truly getting the government we deserve.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  119. Kaj Hansen

    Ron Paul is the one candidate who doesn't change his positions for his audience. He's demonstrated incredible tenacity for 30 years and running, taking heat from all sides. Dr. Paul is more than a breath of fresh air. He speaks the truth.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  120. Aaron from Fall River MA

    He's certainly more grown up than some in the media, who completely ignore the man who is single-handedly shaping the political discussion in the GOP. He is the only candidate in either political party speaking about the real issues of our time. All the others merely parrot his talking points, with slogans fit for a 4th grader. Ron Paul is the only one sitting at the adult's table.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  121. Jerry D.

    Yes Jack, Ron Paul is the only mature Statesman and Honest candidate I have any faith in turning around this distressed country from the continue failed policies of all the other candidates/politicians, past or present.

    Every 4 years we experience the same false promises, flip-flop rhetoric, and pandering of politicians vying for the votes and presidency, but once in office, the important issues and promises are ignored . I can only trust a person who has truly has a track record of upholding our Constitutional Republic and fiscal spending of taxpayer money, their entire career

    That person is Ron Paul.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  122. Gianfranco Fino

    It seems like he's the only one with the intestinal fortitude to stand by his positions no matter how unpopular with the mainstream media. What other person in the bodies of congress, or running for POTUS, that doesn't back down from his principled stances on war, the fed, free-trade, abortion etc. There are many stances where I differ slightly with his positions; however, the man speaks to me like I am an adult; whereas, the rest try to placate to pundits, polls, and pretend journalists.

    Thanks Jack!
    Gianfranco
    Boulder, CO

    August 16, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
  123. charlie

    He is not the only grown up, but he is the only one that has served in the military. He was in the air force during vietnam. He understands the military and is the only one on either side that wants to end the wars in the middle east. He has more active military donations than all the other republicans combined and he has more active military donations than our commander in chief Barack Obama. If only active military could vote I feel confidant Ron Paul would be president.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
  124. J. Anderson

    If you define "grown-up" as talking honestly about the serious issues facing our economy and foreign policy, then "yes."
    Arden Hills, MN

    August 16, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
  125. Bill from Rochester

    Now that Pawlenty has dropped out, I would say Ron Paul is the sanest Republican in the race. OF course, if he wanders too close an asylum someplace, the party might be deprived of their candidate.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  126. Zach in Reading, PA

    Ron Paul is the only candidate treating the American people like grown-ups! He's telling us what we need to hear – the cold hard facts about the problems facing this country. Regurgitated talking points and GOP cheerleading won't cut it this time around. Ron Paul is the only person in the field with the same unwavering principles that have guided him throughout his entire life. Whether or not the media is taking notice of this is irrelevant – the American people are.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  127. Kevin McKenzie

    Ron Paul is clearly the only adult running for President, because he's the only candidate willing to tell the American people the truth and has a consistent 30 year record of doing so. Simply put we can't afford to be mired in all of these never-ending wars, we can't afford to prop up loser corporations, and we can't afford to continue to let the Federal Reserve destroy the currency and perpetuate the boom and bust cycle. Some people call Ron Paul's policy prescriptions "radical," but what's radical about peace and free markets? The real radicals are those who want to endlessly bomb and invade foreign countries, and allow the Federal Reserve to destroy the currency to pay for it.

    Canton, Ohio

    August 16, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  128. Kaj Hansen

    Ron Paul is the one candidate who doesn't change his positions for his audience. He's demonstrated incredible tenacity for 30 years and running, taking heat from all sides. Dr. Paul is more than a breath of fresh air. He speaks the truth.

    – Kaj Hansen from Atlanta, Georgia

    August 16, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  129. Mitch

    Ron Paul is the only real Republican running for President, and yes, he is the only grown-up running. He comes to the table with actual plans and ideas, unlike candidates like Bachmann and Romney. He is not the same President that we have had since the 1990s. If people like Perry, Romney, or Bachmann get the nomination, then the election would be an Obama vs. Obama, Bush vs. Bush type election... they all have the same ideas and beliefs anyway. You want real change? The doctor has it. He is the only candidate that has never flip-flopped and never voted for anything unconstitutional (Iraq War, "Patriot" Act, etc.). He is the only one up there speaking the truth, and we should all be listening. He is the only grown-up, he is the only Republican in the GOP presidential field, he is the only statesman, and he is, I swear, Thomas Jefferson reincarnated. How can you argue with that? Ron Paul 2012

    August 16, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  130. Clif from Sacramento, CA

    Ron Paul diagnoses the issues. He approaches government like a doctor or scientist. He asks questions to better understand the issues to gets the facts, to come up with the best diagnosis, and to lead to the best solutions. This is in stark contrast with the front runners who are more like smooth-talking sales persons only seeking the best soundbite to get popular approval even if it means baseless war propaganda that puts the whole world at unnecessary risk. Ron Paul gives details in how he will cut government spending and try to save the entitlement programs. Obama on the other hand says he is for saving the entitlement programs, but then extends and expands on our wars and cuts the funding for these programs by 2%. Ron Paul is the only adult in the GOP race and one of the few adult legislators in our capitol.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
  131. Rob

    Jack,

    Dr. Paul is Frodo Baggins, the ring symbolizes the power to loot the American people through the corrupt monetary system and the media, Michele Bachmann, and Rick Perry represent Sauron's henchmen who want to take what little money the American people have left away from them.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  132. Paul Niblock

    Dr. Ron Paul is the only candidate that challenges the status qou. The system of governance we've been using has been failing us these past twenty or so years and to continue it is the definition of insanity. Dr. Paul is the only candidate offering an alternative. I don't agree with all of his ideas but he has my support and vote. Victorville,Ca.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  133. Michael

    In short, yes. In Paul's own words, he is not just attempting to "win and get elected", but rather to "change the course of history". He has cleverly recognized how our country has slowly, but steadily, morphed from a Constitutional Republic to a Corporatist Empire over the past 100 years, thus exposing and threatening the powerful elite. In recognizing this truth, he also exposes the inherent dangers that come along with this transition. Whether you endorse his views or not, we ignore him at our own peril. And so, how can anyone honestly dismiss the one person, who with seemingly clairvoyant precision, predicted and warned of our current financial and foreign policy crises long before it was popular to do so? How can we ignore a candidate who speaks on principle rather than focus group tested talking points and tv friendly sound bites? How can we ignore someone who's mesage has now garnered the loyalty and support of millions of Americans? We demand honesty and integrity with our politicians, but we continue to vote for those who pander and pay lip service to our Constitution. Ron Paul will certainly shake this race up, because he is quite simply, the "only grown-up running for president".

    Jersey City, NJ

    August 16, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  134. Tony Reiss

    Not only is Dr. Paul the only grown up in the race, he's the only candidate who is mature enough to tell us the truth, even if it's unpleasant. After listening to him, I'm reminded that there are still good leaders out there, who actually want us to be free and live in peace. It's refreshing to hear an honest, unscripted, heartfelt candidate who speaks so passionately and truthfully about the issues that matter to us all as a Nation.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
  135. John

    If by "grown-up" you are asking if he is the only candidate in the field with a career long track record to support the positions in the platform he is running on, then yes, Ron Paul is the only "grown-up" in the field. If by "grown-up", you are asking if he is the only candidate in the field who highlighted the shortcomings of the Clinton/Bush/Obama era foreign policy, who predicted the Fed driven housing bubble, and predicted the economic crisis of the last 3 years, then yes again, Ron Paul is the only "grown-up" in the field. If by "grown-up" you are asking whether Ron Paul has the courage, character and integrity to actually answer ALL of the questions posed to him during Interviews and debates, even when he knows his particular answer isn't the politically expediant thing to say, then yes Ron Paul is the only "grown-up" in the field.

    Ron Paul is a Statesman rather than a Politician and I suspect that is why the media does not know what to do with him. I pray every day that enough of the American people will realize this in time to actually vote for the man as opposed to voting for more of the same kind of failed leadership we've seen in this country for the last two decades.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  136. Liberty Girl

    Ron Paul is the only candidate that doesn't substitute flashiness and smooth talking for actual substance. He doesn't want to coerce you to see things his way. He's literally informing and educating the public so that they can come to their own conclusion. This usually results in enlightenment, at which time, we the American people realize that we need REAL CHANGE and we're not afraid of change anymore. We're afraid of more status quo that's digging our country and American people into a hole. I welcome and value the opportunity to be accurately informed, be self-reliant, and suffer consequences for my own actions. I don't want to enter into wars carelessly because they don't end. We all know that from just dealing with our one crazy next door neighbor. Let's get back to common sense, tolerance, respectfulness, freedom, and ultimately prosperity! – Germantown, Maryland

    August 16, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  137. jeffrey barcenas

    I think by the media ignoring him proves it

    August 16, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  138. Scott

    We need a politician who is willing to answer and deal with the hard questions. Ron Paul has been right on the economy and foreign policy for over 30 years. It's about time we give him the chance to revive the republic.

    Waupun, WI

    August 16, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  139. Jeff Maxfield

    An adult would not advocate some of the insane policies that Ron Paul does, though he is deserving of respect for the consistency of his views.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
  140. Jk from Minnesota

    If you think he's the only grownup in the ring, it's a sad state of affairs for America. Not everything that comes of of Ron Paul's mouth is common sense. The media just needs to take a good look in the mirror for bringing us the cast of characters it has. The air time goes to the crazies on both ends of the scale. Anone credible in the middle will not want to appear lest they be branded with the crazies.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  141. Matthew Clapper

    Ron Paul is not the only grown-up, per se, but he is the only Republican candidate running on a platform that he has consistently advocated for over a three-decade political career. While most politicians change their tune with the political winds, Ron Paul developed his stance from a moral position founded on individual liberty, and from historical policies that help individual liberty and national productivity thrive. Because he personally believes in the policies he advocates, he has an air of credibility and professionalism that stands out among politicians generally.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
  142. Edward Lee

    I don't think Ronald Reagan would endorse children for president. He did personally endorse a grown-up that protected and continues to protect the country:

    "Ron Paul is one of the outstanding leaders fighting for a stronger national defense. As a former Air Force officer, he knows well the needs of our armed forces, and he always puts them first. We need to keep him fighting for our country."

    Edward from San Jose, CA

    August 16, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
  143. Gerald

    It appears so. While others rely on empty rhetoric and media thugs to push their campaigns the good Dr. just tells us the truth whether we like it or not.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  144. David

    Ron Paul is the only grown up from EITHER side. He truly respects personal liberty - he voted NO to The Patriot Act. He doesn't believe in killing innocent people in a country that has not threatened or attacked us - he voted NO to all of our current wars. Except of course, the ones the President didn't allow Congress to vote on. He truly understands economics, and the fallacy and danger in following Keynesian economics - he voted against the bailouts. Regardless of your political affiliation, America needs a grown up now, and like the question poses, Ron Paul is the only grown up running for president.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  145. Hopeful

    I really hope Ron Paul will be our next President. He makes sense. He knows his principles. And he doesn't go around smearing other candidates on nonsensical stuff. Out of all the Republicans, he is the one who actually knows what the American people want. Out of all the politicians, he is the only one with plans to get this country moving again. I beg America to please vote for Ron Paul to make America great again.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
  146. Jon

    Jack,

    Dr. Paul is the only one that sticks to the real issues. Ron has proven over his political career he votes for what is right and not just popular. He defends the rights and liberties of the American people. He does not have anything to hide or run from like the rest of the pack. Not only is Ron Paul the only grown up in the race, he is the only serious choice for President. The rest are just more George W Obama! Ron Paul 2012

    August 16, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
  147. David

    Ron Paul is the only grown up from EITHER side. He truly respects personal liberty – he voted NO to The Patriot Act. He doesn't believe in killing innocent people in a country that has not threatened or attacked us – he voted NO to all of our current wars. Except of course, the ones the President didn't allow Congress to vote on. He truly understands economics, and the fallacy and danger in following Keynesian economics – he voted against the bailouts. Regardless of your political affiliation, America needs a grown up now, and like the question poses, Ron Paul is the only grown up running for president.

    David P – Arlington, TX

    August 16, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
  148. Ken in Victoria BC

    I see you need an answer to an important question.Yes Mr. Ron Paul certainly is the only grown up. He expresses. his point of view based on his values and opinions. I think he is crystal clear in his message and that message can approved by voters or rejected.As a Canadian, I will state he is welcome in our country.To conclude, Canada is the best country because of our tolerance.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  149. Raymond K Daniels

    I think there all grown-ups. Rons just the only one that acts like it. Which is what sets him apart from all the rest. While all the other GOP's are metiphorically beating there chest and calling eachother names on the playground, Pauls studying the constitution and history, and keeping up to date on current events and scandal.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  150. Rob in Saratoga Springs, NY

    Yes Jack, Dr. Paul is and has been the only adult in American Politics for years.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  151. Kimberly Wood

    Is Ron Paul the only grown-up running for president on the Republican side?

    The obvious answer is, "No."

    However, when discussions lead to real issues (like un-sustainability of multiple wars, sound money, spending, etc), he does consistently buck the status-quo of confusing reality with make-believe.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  152. Frank (from Westchester County, NY)

    I voted for Obama in '08. But every time he says: "This is the United States of America - YOU deserve better!", or "I want you to contact your representatives/senators..." I keep thinking, YEAH...SO???

    Leadership is sorely lacking and, as a registered Independent, Ron Paul is beginning to look like a viable alternative. After all, I voted for CHANGE in '08. Perhaps it's time once again for CHANGE. Perhaps Ron Paul???

    August 16, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  153. Wendy Moore

    From Kansas City, MO

    Yes, he is the only grown-up and the only one speaking to the grown-up, rather than the frightened, insecure child, in each of us. May we all grow up while there's still a chance to preserve liberty.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  154. Dan

    Dr. Paul may the only adult politician in Washington and he's the only candidate with a mature perspective on the US foreign policy, domestic policies, and our failing economic policies. Dr. Paul is changing the conversation in the GOP and this country by discussing the real issues Americans are most concerned about and presenting mature solutions to these issues. This country is sick and needs a Doctor!

    August 16, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  155. John

    Well of all the candidates including our President , he is the only person who has truly been ringing the bell about our debt and the severity of our future commitments. The rest of the crowd with the exception of Bachmann, (I do not know enough about Perry yet) arte playing the populist card of we can have everything. I hope the warnings are heeded and are not to late.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  156. Steve Blair

    I believe Ron Paul is the only grown up running in the GOP. He understands as adults do, that people must make their own decisions and live their own lives without constant supervision.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  157. ruralnurse

    Jack, I think you mean, Is Ron Paul the only one treating the American electorate like intelligent grownups? A resounding yes.
    In Liberty

    August 16, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  158. Nancy Kaminski

    Ron Paul is not only the only grown-up running for the Republican nomination, he's the only one who isn't an embarassment. The others make me cringe.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  159. Lexy

    Yes! Ron Paul has always been graceful in the face of disrespect from both his party and the media. He takes opportunities to pander to the American people and instead educates thems on very important issues they would otherwise never hear about. I always tell people Ron Paul is like a good parent, standing for what is right, not compromising or caving to demands, even if it doesn't make him popular. And just as with parenting, when people finally "grow-up", in this case politcally, recognizing and understanding where Ron Paul is coming from, they respect him more for not caving to their wills. This is why Ron Paul supporters are so loyal. We respect him, because he has earned it. While Washington was feeding the people candy, Ron Paul was making sure they got their medicine. Just as people must eventually admit to their parents they were right, we owe that same admission to Ron Paul. We are no different as a nation looking to Washington, than children looking to their parents, both dependent upon someone to lead the way. So, America, do we want a good parent we can trust and respect or one who gives us everything we want, even it it's bad for us?

    August 16, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  160. Zeno Sonik

    If by "grown-up" you mean the only candidate with integrity, the only candidate who lives by and stands for the original bill of rights, & the only candidate that appears to be such a threat to the modus operandi of the likes of big media, political puppets, and it's globalist puppeteers, that they will go out of their way to suppress his voice in anyway they can, then YES, Ron Paul is the only grown-up running for president! Zeno of Denver Colorado

    August 16, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  161. Cheryl in Bluffton, SC

    He's the sanest, Jack, but that's not saying much. In a party where candidates are required to deny science, history and reality, you're expecting a grownup?

    August 16, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  162. Steve Plunkett

    He is a living Thomas Jefferson please wake up america. RON PAUL CAN WIN ! and is winning, barack obama won anyone can win its up to us not the media.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  163. James

    Yes Mr Cafferty. Ron Paul is the only grownup in the room. He is the ONLY candidate that discusses the REAL issues that are hurting this country. All of the other so called conservatives are taking parts of his message such as Gingrich stealing the end the fed rhetoric in the debate. When Newt was Speaker did he do anything about the Fed? NO! Now Perry is trying to steal Pauls message. WHAT A JOKE! Those hacks only care about getting elected. Its pretty shameful actually.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  164. Winterberg

    Ron Paul is indeed like the parent telling santa claus doesn't exist. However he also shares the tradition and origine of the christmas spirit. The child, like the so called tier candidates, hears the unsetteling news and decides to shock his or her friends to appear tough, although he/she forgot why santa is a made up character. Ron Paul tells the truth no matter the consequences because he loves his American children. The others try to echo to some extend but only to be popular. Winterberg, The Netherlands
    Winterberg, The Netherlands

    August 16, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  165. Colby Anderson

    Dr. Paul is a statesman stuck among the quibbling of politicians. He attempts to bring knowledge and moderated rhetoric to the stage as the media preoccupies themselves with the superficial controversies surrounding other candidates. He is a doctor who has been intimately involved in the healthcare system for decades. He is a veteran who served his country overseas in Iran and on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border and understands the complexities of geopolitics. He has personally known three major chairmen of the Federal Reserve: Paul Volker, Alan Greenspan and Ben Bernanke as well as having been friends with esteemed economists like Murray Rothbard. He is thankfully forcing politicians to address previously ignored topics, like central banking, but alas, the media would rather cover pointless political punching matches to garner the 'wow' factor.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  166. Terry- Greensburg, IN "Hoosier Hillbilly"

    Ron Paul the only grown-up running for president on the Republican side?
    Amen! Old school country had it tuff commonsense kind if guy!
    JacK, let him know your available to be his VP!
    Talk about a "WINNING!" ticket!!!!

    August 16, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  167. Shawn House

    For the past 4 years Congressman Paul has introduced legislation that would take industrial hemp out of the power of the DEA, no thanks to Dick Nixon and give that power back to the States & Citizens. Here in Lancaster County Pennsylvania similar to Iowa we could benefit farming hemp & converting that raw material into concrete, composites, plastics and more. Ron Paul is the only grown-up who can logically explain the insanity of banning hemp, but we import it – this Libertarian is supporting Ron Paul 2012.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
  168. Kimberly Wood

    s Ron Paul the only grown-up running for president on the Republican side?

    The obvious answer is, “No.”

    However, when discussions lead to real issues (like un-sustainability of multiple wars, sound money, spending, etc), he does consistently buck the status-quo of confusing reality with make-believe.

    Kim
    Charlotte, VT

    August 16, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
  169. Peggy Chambers

    Yes, he is the only grown-up and he is the only honest one as well...thank you for giving him airtime on CNN! I wish everyone could get the chance to hear him speak unlike his student Michelle Bachmann! She is only repeating what she has learned from him and if she were truly an honest person, she would drop out and make sure he got the credit for her knowledge of the Constitution!

    August 16, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  170. jeff

    Yes jack he is the only grown-up candidate running on the GOP side. He is also the most educated and the only one who makes any sense! Ron Paul doesn't take sides like the rest. He tells us what we need to do and it's going to hurt all of us. And Jack I love shared sacrifice! Why do you think the GOP ignores a man who came in second in the straw poll? It's because the GOP far right wants only one group to feel the pain. And that my friend is the middle class!

    August 16, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  171. Naji Filali

    Dr. Paul is as adult as they come. Never has he resorted to underhanded political maneuvers to gain political points or said something he never genuinely believed. The same cannot be said for others in the GOP who point fingers at Democrats without acknowledging their own flawed records. It's a shame the media summarily dismisses Ron as a fringe outsider, when there is so much more than meets the eye.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  172. Willis in Mississippi

    His is the oldest, yet most youthful candidate. It seems as if American media is drawn to the candidates who have been spoiled of their innocence. Ron Paul is just too "child-like" for those who wish to maintain "grown up" ideas like endless undeclared wars and immoral fiat currency.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  173. Timothy

    As a former neocon who saw the light, I am proud to say I support Ron Paul for president.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
  174. Amaranthe

    Yes, Ron Paul is the only adult. Ron Paul is not playing the 'blame game' that all of the other candidates are by finger-pointing at Obama, reminds you of children doesn't it? He answers questions honestly, sticks to the issues, and has the record to prove it. The other candidates? Flip flop on issues, beat around the bush, attack each other, and are bought out by corporations. When compared to children.. They beat around the bush when they are lying, try to blame others to either get the limelight off of them or get out of trouble, and do anything you want when you give them money. Makes you wonder, doesn't it?

    August 16, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
  175. Chris

    Jack,
    Ron Paul is the only grown-up running for president with any common sense.
    He is also the only qualified candidate in regards to the economy, and understands all the boom/bust cycles artificially created by the Federal Reserve.
    If nothing else, Americans should vote for Ron Paul because he wants to bring all the troops home.
    If this is the only thing he accomplishes as President, it would enough for me, and also a great natural stimulus to our own economy. Bring the troops home so they can spend their hard earned money in the US. What a novel idea!
    Chris from Florida

    August 16, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  176. John in Alabama

    Jack: Ron Paul is very intelligent and is right about the economy imploding, but move back to the gold standard, and bring all our military home even NATO nations in Europe, and no money for foreign aid. I think Ron Paul is not ready for prime time or the mainstream of America life. It is true I like him more than Gov. Perry, Mit Romney, Rep. Bachmann, and Sarah Palin, but I do not think the Republican Party wants Ron Paul. Maybe the Republican Party is not ready for prime time or the mainstream.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
  177. Chris

    Jack,
    Ron Paul is the only grown-up running for president with any common sense.
    He is also the only qualified candidate in regards to the economy, and understands all the boom/bust cycles artificially created by the Federal Reserve.
    If nothing else, Americans should vote for Ron Paul because he wants to bring all the troops home.
    If this is the only thing he accomplishes as President, it would enough for me, and also a great natural stimulus to our own economy. Bring the troops home so they can spend their hard earned money in the US and defend OUR OWN BORDERS! What a novel idea!
    Chris from Tampa, Florida

    August 16, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
  178. Steve Teters

    Considering that he is the only one that correctly predicted the current financial situation we are in, the unending wars WE keep starting, and the undeclared, but very real, war our government has perpetrated on our individual liberties I would have to conclude that he is the only adult in either party that is willing to put "We the People" first.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
  179. Nurse Lisa in Shelton CT

    He is definitely behaving more like a grown-up than the others, but it may be an exercise in futility because he's not under the GOP base's thumb and he's not yet a media darling.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
  180. Larry

    All of the other Republican candidates are partisan demagogues. Ron Paul is the only grown-up because he's the only one willing to lay the rhetoric aside in order to attack the underlying issues. As a liberal, I may not agree with all of his conclusions but I do agree with his reasons; this is why I will be voting Republican in the 2012 Primary.

    Rutland, Vermont

    August 16, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  181. Max S. in utah

    It seems that the media is too busy following the rest of the clowns on the republican ticket right now. Ron Paul is just about the only adult in Washington, period. Sensability is not insanity, it is a reasonable and rational approach to our problems.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  182. Deb Benedict

    He is the only one who tells the truth, what a refreshing concept! I can't believe his policies are taken as so" radical" when they follow the constitution, the very basis for our country. He puts the rest of the GOP wannabes to shame.....the ironic part is now they are starting to copy his ideas as if they were their own, what a joke. Yes he is the only adult in the room!

    August 16, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  183. Bob D Iowa

    Yes but I don't totally agree with him, he is still trying to attract the Christian Right and government control for women and gays. If he wants to attract the independents or any democratic crossover he has to leave them behind now.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  184. Dan Scanlon

    Yes, Ron Paul is the only candidate addressing the real political issues: the ruinous imperial wars, civil liberties, and the economy/monetary policy. All the rest are opportunists and demagogues playing trivial cultural political issues to distract peoples' attention from the real issues.
    Peace, Freedom, Sound money! Ron Paul 2012

    August 16, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
  185. gravy86

    This is such a strange and diluted question. The question should be is Ron Paul the only viable candidate running for either party. And the answer is unequivocally yes – there are literally thousands of profound reasons for this. Here are just a few off the top of my head: 1) He is the only candidate to tell the absolute truth – how we are baited into these wars with the same fear tactics over and over and over; how the Federal Reserve has printed TRILLIONS of dollars and handed them out to foreign banks since 2008 (and continue to do so), rapidly devaluing our currency. 2) His understanding of politics and economics is profound and unrivaled – he predicted the collapse of the housing bubble and the economy and railed against the policies that have gotten us here 3) he wins most polls he participates in, many by a large margin 4) His voting record defending freedom and the constitution is pristine after 12 terms in congress. 5) Mainstream media hates him because the corporatist establishment is genuinly afraid that he alone will end their party of looting the middle/lower classes. 6) He exposes the left-right paradigm for what it is – a front for dividing and misdirecting the people while pushing through atrocious legislation to strip Americans of their rights and further funnel cash to the Federal Reserve and the owners of this Private bank. 7) A Ron Paul supporter will never support another candidate because they are a group that has been awakened – awakened to the fact that they have been hoodwinked by a president winning on "hope" and "change" continuing and expanding the same reckless agenda of the former administration. If my post somehow some way ends up on your show Jack, I will be very impressed. It takes a true champion to stand firm against their orders and do the right thing. If a little bit of Ron Paul rubbed off on each of us, we would be out of our current mess very quickly. We would stop repeating the same mistakes over and over.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
  186. Bob from Maine

    There are no grown ups running for President on the GOP side. Grown ups know how work together to solve problems. None of these candidates has dared to break away from the Tea Party and simply demonstated in any manner that they would be willing to work with Democrats to solve the many problems that we are facing as a nation. They have all chosen to be obstructionist. The first to break with the Tea Party will become the GOP candidate because they will be the only one to have a chance to beat President Obama.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
  187. jeff

    Yes jack he is the only grown-up running on the GOP side. But if you have taken notice Ron came in second in the straw poll and Perry gets all the coverage? That's understandable because the GOP doesn't want a grown-up running they just want a far right wing nut like Perry and Bachmann.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  188. sleuth51

    Ron Paul is the only grown up in the race and Jack Cafferty is the smartest guy in media today, by a long shot.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  189. Alex in Bremerton, WA

    ALL of the candidates are grown-ups, Jack! You should be asking which ones are rational. The media needs to pay more attention to him and the other establishment candidates. I'm sorry if the "boring" candidates don't generate ratings, but they consistently have better policy proposals than the looney fringe that hog all of the air time.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  190. Michael "C", Lorton, Virginia

    Jack-you said, "grown-up?"--Ron Paul is a sophistical rhetorician, inebriated with the exuberance of his own verbosity, and gifted with an egotistical imagination that can at all times command an interminable and inconsistent series of arguments to malign an opponent and to glorify himself.-–in other words he is a practical joke-however–the trouble with a practical joke is that sometimes they get elected.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
  191. Jim Rogers Iowa

    Pretty much, Jack. I could say the same about the press. It amazing how the media, all of it, refused to say anything about Ron Paul after nearly winning the Ames Straw Poll. I don't want to be a "Conspiracy Theorist" but it sure seemed like the word came down from above to ignore this man. What are they afraid of?

    August 16, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  192. fayes

    Jack, Ron Paul could never get his ideas past the Congress. No President has absolute authority. That is why the founding fathers designed the Constitution to place the responsiblity for enacting laws, controlling the spending and to present the budgets, bills and plans squarely on the Congress. Mr. Paul would have us return to the last century, we can't. He could not handle the negotiations that confront the here and now.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  193. Jeff in Bishop, Georgia

    Mr. Cafferty, I like Ron Paul, however, he is not living in reality if he believes that Iran is not attempting to be a nuclear threat.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  194. fayes

    Jack, Ron Paul could never get his ideas past the Congress. No President has absolute authority. That is why the founding fathers designed the Constitution to place the responsiblity for enacting laws, controlling the spending and to present the budgets, bills and plans squarely on the Congress. Mr. Paul would have us return to the last century, we can't. He could not handle the negotiations that confront the here and now. Texas

    August 16, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  195. Gary H. Boyd

    I'd say "no" to that Jack, but I would categorize Paul as an idealist - one who is unrealistic and impractical - a visionary. His approach to America's current problems is so intellectually outside the thinking of the vast majority of citizens he couldn't be elected dog catcher. However, being an idealist, he chugs merrily along spending time and money on a campaign that has no hope of success whatsoever.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    August 16, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  196. keith rapp

    Ron Paul is the only candidate not influenced by either big government or big corporate interests, and offers a significantly different vision than the other republican and democratic candidates. He is the only candidate with the intellectual and moral capacity to combat corruption in Washington, and with the wisdom to recognize that policies of entrenched interest groups are destroying this country. Nashua NH

    August 16, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  197. Wilhelm von Nord Bach

    I think that one reason even some liberals support Ron Paul is because he wants to end the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and even get our troops out of Germany, Japan and Korea. it's no coincidence that one of the best American economies EVER was in the 1990's when America wasn't running all over the world fighting half baked fights on our own.

    there is a LOT socially and fiscally, like ending Social Security and Medicare, to disagrre with Dr Paul one BUT on the "stay out of foreign entanglements" issue, he's bang on.

    that in itself puts him head and shoulders above any of the other Repubkican candidates.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
  198. Bill, Harlingen, TX

    Jack,
    Among the republican candidates Ron Paul is a clear choice. He is sane. He is not a televangelist wanting to create a self lead "Jonestown". He might stop borrowing money to fight in 2 to 5 wars, depending on how you count Pakistan, Yemen, and Libya. He might even think 800+ military bases around the world is too many in times of economic crisis.
    We need to have family living wage jobs for Americans in America to save our average citizens.
    Just a thought from the Rio Grande Valley, TX

    August 16, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
  199. virginia - Atlanta, GA

    I agree that Ron Paul is the only grown up in the GOP race. I am a liberal, yet much of what he stands for makes sense and I think he should be a Democrat rather than a Republican. His views however are idealistic. we can't trust businesses to behave fairly unless they are regulated. Perhaps he hasn't been burned as some of us have, but it is naive to believe that we don't need the protections that Government provides (should provide.) Life in the 21st century is different than it was in the 18th century, we as a nation have become dependent on each other. There is more to understand about things and few can master it all. Perhaps only farmers could survive unaided, still they might have to give up some things that help them be productive.

    I'd love to see our military used for purposes other than war. If we hadn't gone into Iraq, the rivalry between Iraq & Iran would have held Iran in check.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
  200. Billy McElroy

    I dont look at it as who is the only grown up, but I do look around and see only ONE person that has the right to say "I told you so." And that is Ron Paul.

    Billy McElroy,
    Brooklyn, NY

    August 16, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
  201. Greg in Arkansas

    Ron Paul Is the only grown-up running for president on the Republican side, too bad his Grandpa Walton personality and his simplistic Jed Clampett approach to fixing the country's problems are un-workable. Although his record of being a visionary forecaster is admirable, his meager accomplishments as a legislator make him some-what un-electable.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
  202. Bob in Kansas City

    Yes, Ron Paul is the one who makes the most sense on most things related to the average American, while I disagree with him on several things he believes you should get to keep what you've earned, and that seals the deal with me. I hope he gets the nomination.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  203. Michael Ward

    Republicans are starting to realize how much of a gem Ron Paul really is. He can appeal to disenfranchised Democrats and the frustrated middle of the American political spectrum. His ideas make sense and he's been proven right too many times to be written off any longer. The Republican primary will be Dr. Paul's biggest challenge, but if he manages to become the nominee, President Obama's chances of securing a second term, would be slim to none.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  204. Kenny

    Ron Paul is the only candidate that explains the root of America's problems and gives us real solutions. Other candidates just remind American's what the problems are.

    Kenny from California

    August 16, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  205. acptulsa

    When I was a boy, I got my money by throwing a fit, making threats and holding my breath until I turned blue. I didn't know Dad either had to work for the money or borrow it, and so long as I got my Hot Wheels I didn't much care. And when I had a dispute with a fellow from around the schoolyard, I balled up my little fists first and asked myself if he had a good point later.

    When I became a man, I learned to appreciate people like Ron Paul.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  206. Sylvia from San Diego

    That is what the democrats would love to believe... Shame on you for belittling the other candicates. I should not be surprised by your question after all, this is a left wing news organization. Silly me!!

    August 16, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  207. Cynthia Stark

    Jack, I think you are absolutely correct! Just about 4 years ago, my 17 year old son kept bugging me about this politician Ron Paul. Knowing I was completely apathetic towards politicians, he would only toss a few facts at me at a time. After 2 or 3 months of EVERY night at dinner, it all started to click and I started researching him on my own. Here he was....the politician I had been waiting for my ENTIRE LIFE! He is humble yet strong. He absolutely stands on principles. He is intelligent but never arrogant about it. There is not one doubt in my mind that this is the man we need to fix this country. "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." Gandhi If that doesn't sum it up nicely, I don't know what will. Thanks for listening!

    August 16, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
  208. Mom with seven sons

    Ron Paul is the only man with a viable, citizen-centered plan to save the US economy.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
  209. Ed from California

    The only "grown-up"? That's very funny since Iowa ranks 2nd in Farm Subsidies (22bill), thanks to our Koch/Teaplican friends in congress. And for Ron Paul's state falls in high school diplomas is dead last and ranks near the bottom in public education.....as far as jobs is concerned...all low paying, non-living wage jobs. Way to outsource, Congressman Paul. I'm sure though, that you and Rand accept your full pay checks. since, it's very obvious that neither of you two can cut it in the private world.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
  210. Dustin

    Yes he is. I met Dr. Paul in 1998 and even though I was an 18 year old college freshman I could tell then he had forgotten more about economics than my economics professor ever knew. I truly wish our country would have listened to this “grown up” for the past 10 years...

    Sherman, TX

    August 16, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
  211. Scott in Jersey City

    Jack,

    I don't think of it as Ron Paul being the only grown up, but rather as Ron Paul being the only GOP candidate that treats the American people as grown ups.

    Think about it.

    Who else among this current crop of GOP candidates is asking his audience to think about how a decade of war and failed foreign policy has bankrupted our treasury and killed our credibility among nations?

    Who else among this batch of GOP hopefuls is making the American people wonder if the Federal Reserve is the cause of, as opposed to the solution to, our current economic malaise?

    Finally, who among those GOP candidates isn't interested in shoving a particular brand of morality down the American peoples' throats?

    I don't know about you, Jack. But anyone with half a brain now knows that this country is in bad shape, and it's going to require a grown up effort to get it back on track. Perry, Bachmann and Romey all sound like a broken record to me–just saying the same darn things that their failed predecessor said.

    I'm not saying that Ron Paul has all the answers or ideas, but he represents a different way of examining and solving the problems we face.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  212. Brody Vincent

    Of course Dr. Paul is the only grown up running. Why? He is the only one talking about responsibility. Responsibility in actually dealing with our debt problem instead of passing it to the next guy in office or blaming the other party. Responsibility in taking on and talking about the repercussions of running a constant foreign war front. Responsibility in fixing a monetary policy that is slowly destroying our currency. And finally, responsibility in looking at history, its lessons, and learning from them, not repeating them.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
  213. Kyle Thom

    He's the only one providing clear-cut reasoning as to why we are in the mess we are in and how we can get out. So by definition yes he is the only adult in the room, only children pander and pontificate.

    Pittsburgh PA.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
  214. Dan

    He is the only candidate who can bring Americans from all backgrounds and parties – even those who had given up on making their voices known – together to make real changes and Restore America Now.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
  215. Michael Kellenger

    Yes. Romney, Perry, and Bachmann concentrate on "Obama this, Obama that" and the blame game while running from their record. Ron Paul runs with his record, promoting his principles and policies, not engaging in personal attacks

    August 16, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  216. Dan

    Voters are fed up with status quo, big government politicians, and Ron Paul is surging because he speaks directly to their hopes for the future: getting government out of the way and off their backs so the American people can once more be free to make this nation prosperous, strong, and respected around the world.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  217. Ron

    I think he just might be. I would like to see his name on the ballot.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  218. dave in nashville

    About time you took notice of RP, he's been telling the establishment to shove it for decades, and he is not a tea bag guy.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  219. Taisa

    Ron Paul is the only guy who does not try to win by populistic slogans. Whenever he speaks he is up to the point, concise and it all makes sense. So I would say he is the ONLY grown-up not only among GOPs but DEMs too.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  220. Tammy

    If grown-up means principled, unwavering, and honest, then he's the only grown-up running on either side! I trust him to stay true to the Constitution and follow through with what he says – not just say the right things to get elected.
    Austin, TX

    August 16, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  221. Dawn Marie Clark

    Yes Jack – he is. Period.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  222. Cody Phelps

    That depends on your definition of a grown up. If by grown up you mean he doesn't stray away from his message or beliefs due to the mainstream media's non-stop bias, blackouts and attacks on his character for being "unelectable" then yes he is and I and millions of other Americans love him for it.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  223. Kyle H

    Ron Paul is the only presidential candidate who speaks the truth and can think for himself. He successfully predicted the housing market collapse, the uncontrollable federal spending, and lies told by Obama. Corrupt Republicans fear him because he challenges the status quo and stands for common Americans. He has a tremendous amount of support among all political affiliations, including Democrats. Open up your eyes, Americans. Listen to what Ron Paul has to say and decide for yourself if you agree. Dr. Paul does so well in debates because you don't have to memorize speaking lines when you just tell the truth. Ron Paul for President 2012.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  224. Mark Punta Gorda, FL

    Of course he is the only grown up running. All the others are just politicians that say what they think people want to hear. Ron Paul just tells us what we NEED to hear even if it isn't the politically right thing to say to get elected. Hopefully more people will listen and vote for him this time.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  225. charles thomas

    dear jack,

    The answer is Yes and it extends to the democratic candidate as well. The others claim to be acting like adults with continued borrowing and spending... but are acting like addicts. Its not about fancy economics anymore... its simple math. We're broke and they keep borrowing and spending more and more. That's not the behavior of an adult... its the behavior of an addict. Ron Paul is the only one talking sense about the economy and what needs to be done.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  226. Dan

    Jack, YES. There are only two candidates: Ron Paul and Not Ron Paul. If you like the TSA enhanced pat-downs, don't vote for Ron Paul. If you think endless, unproductive wars are a good and sane foreign policy, don't vote for Ron Paul. If you want the economic crisis to linger until the dollar collapses, don't vote for Ron Paul.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  227. Dan

    The other GOP candidates love repeating Ron Paul's economic talking points from four years ago, but half the time I don't think they know what they even mean. Sometimes they'll even pickup a couple lines from his anti-war dialogue, and that is when I know they don't even mean what they say.

    Ron Paul is definitely the only grown-up in the room.

    Dan
    Goleta, CA

    August 16, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  228. Tim Schnars II

    No, he's not the only "grown-up", but he is the only leader running in the GOP. The question you should be asking is, "Are any of the mainstream media outlets grown-up?" As they are consistently censoring Dr. Paul's message and popularity with constituents on both sides of the aisle.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
  229. Tanner from Iowa

    Yes. Ron Paul speaks from his heart and doesn't play the political game. I grew up thinking all politicians were the same and that none of them really cared about anything but reelection. Dr. Paul is a breath of fresh air and I wish the media would take him more seriously.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
  230. Mike

    Thank you, Jack for mentioning his name. If you still have a job, ask Dr. Paul over for an interview.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
  231. Alex Nguyen

    Being grown-up would be one of many things that separates Ron Paul from the other candidates, including Obama. They all supported the bailouts, the patriot act, the war on drugs, foreign occupation, aid to dictators, the federal reserve, torture, corporatism, and the list goes on and on. There really are only two candidates running for president in 2012, and it is Ron Paul vs. The Establishment.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
  232. Dave, Orlando, FL

    I’d say he has been the only adult running for president on any side for the last few years. The problem is that idiots and lunatics can’t recognize that we desperately need intelligence and sanity, now more than ever. Unfortunately the idiots and lunatics seem to outnumber the rest of us.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
  233. Greg, Ontario

    I'm a little left of center in my own thinking Jack but I really like Ron Paul. I have never heard him make stupid promises that we all know can't be filled. He tells you straight up what is wrong and what he would do about it. What else can you want from a President? If anyone in the GOP has a chance against Mr. Obama it's Ron Paul.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
  234. Lars

    The answer to your question is yes! The people want liberty, peace and freedom and only one candidate on either side is going to deliver. Ron Paul has consistently voted for peace and liberty for2½ decades. And the best thing, he is winning. Once a Ron Paul supporter always a Ron Paul supporter. His numbers will continue to grow and grow and grow and he has already passed the tipping point.

    Thank you Mr Cafferty for the blog and thank you Dr. Paul for rescuing America.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
  235. Chris

    Well Jack, if by being grown up you mean someone who is no longer struggling to find his identity, then yes Ron Paul is the only grown up running right now. Ron never has a need or a desire to run away from any vote or position he has taken. He has a principled stance that has held true for decades that any voter should respect. His ideas on war and the economy have always been right. All of this makes Ron very refreshing in a field full of flip-floppers, panderers and big government republicans suddenly trying to sound like they care about the debt and small government

    August 16, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  236. Brian

    If you mean adult as in not pandering for votes, not relying on tired partisan talking points, and not misrepresenting the other candidates' viewpoints, then yes. If you mean adult as in calling Obama out as the crony corporatist he is instead of using fear mongering to call him a socialist, then yes. If you mean only adult as in stating our government is taking away more of our liberties and freedoms than the terrorists could ever dream of, then yes, Ron Paul is the only adult running for president.

    Brian from Des Moines, Iowa

    August 16, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  237. Walter

    Absolutely the only adult and the only one willing to always tell the truth.......problem is with the audience who doesn't w2ant to hear the truth because it's not very exciting to most. These are the same individuals who can't understand freedom and lack of a nanny state.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
  238. Paul From Austin Texas

    No Jack. He is just one. The only difference is he is a True Consitutionalist.. Most people do not understand the Consitution of the U.S. there are very and I mean very many rules to be followed and frankly most people do not want to follow rules. We would not be bad off with him but the ones that control elections will not let him get in.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
  239. Jeremy King

    Jack, Ron Paul is not the only adult on the stage, but he's the only person who had predicted this economic mess, has an impeccable voting record, unlike all other candidates, including President Obama, to show that he can get us out. Thousands of people are waking up to the message of sensible economics and a humble foreign policy – the very policies that had made this country great. President Bush ran on a very similar platform in '99: no nation building, stop out of control spending, stop the devaluation of our currency. It frightens me to think how the country had changed in the last decade when these great values are considered outside of the mainstream.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
  240. Mustapha Saleh

    Congressman Ron Paul is the only candidate who actually has an IQ (talks sense in plain terms) that is made of American fabric; he is the "made in America" we have been longing for. others, no offense, all they talk is hot air. All his views are purely American and constitutional, and America are in dire need of ALL OF THEM. He is right on the economy, on the Fed, on the devaluation of our currency, on the urgency to end all foreign innervations. He the only GOP candidate who actually promises to restore America back: America is a republic of the people and by the people. He will limit the role of the Fed Gov't, eliminate the income tax, get rid o the TSA (privatize it), abolish the Fed and bring ALL OUR troops home. He will Restore America. He is not an isolationist as some might insinuate. He is the "let's trade and be friends, not let's fight." He's a non interventionist. In shot he is all WHAT AMERICA NEEDS, and his voting record speaks for itself.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  241. B. Dunnigan

    Absolutely. Thanx for asking and by the way I appreciated your mention of his strong straw poll finish when so many of your colleagues are committed to keeping his success (and his message) from the public.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  242. Douglas (Oakland, CA)

    Ron Paul is the only candidate that puts honesty and principle first, and will not coddle, baby, and spoil the corporate special interests. Finally, a real way forward. Sounds very adult-like to me.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  243. Marc Robinson

    Ron Paul talks truth to power. That is why they ignore him, that is why they fight him and that is why we will win.
    Ron Paul is the only Republican that can beat Obama. He is the ONE.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  244. Peg from NY

    I have already seen bumper stickers and lawn signs for him. His supporters are committed to his cause. Indeed, he is the only adult the GOP has running.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:46 pm |