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Jon Huntsman may have gotten out just in time.

In front of by FAR the most raucous crowd of any Republican debate held thus far, the five remaining GOP hopefuls squared off in South Carolina last night.

Ostensibly, everybody not named Mitt Romney angled to knock the frontrunner off his pedestal. In reality, it became a game of rhetorical one-upmanship.

The crowd cheered their support of U.S. soldiers urinating on dead Afghan bodies and their condemnation of the Obama administration’s condemnation of it.

Newt Gingrich earned a standing ovation for this quote: “Andrew Jackson knew what to do with his enemies - he killed them.” How professorial he can be.

Even Romney, the most vanilla of all candidates, got into the act, saying “The right thing for Osama bin Laden was the bullet in the head that he received.”

No one here's missing Osama, but really Mitt?

The audience then jeered Ron Paul for suggesting that “we should practice the Golden Rule in foreign policy.” Nice to see we boo NOT bombing people.

The yelled their approval of Rick Perry saying America should “go to zero on foreign aid.” They booed Juan Williams for questioning Newt's big janitor idea.

The South Carolina primary has a reputation for being a bloodbath, and last night's rancor showed why. Just imagine if this race were in any way close.

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Despite two strong finishes in as many races, Ron Paul has been derided as unelectable, even dangerous in his bid for the GOP presidential nomination by many critics.

Such criticism of Paul stems not from Democrats, but from Republican pundits and political figures - something U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina is upset by.

DeMint, whose state holds a critical primary Saturday, says it's time to start taking Paul, his views and the contingent of supporters he has assembled seriously.

This isn't just lip service, either. In a series of interviews, including this one on the Laura Ingraham Show (below), DeMint mentioned Paul foreseeing certain crises.

DeMint has said he's not formally endorsing a candidate in the race, but from the sound of it, he's endorseing some major component's of Paul's platform ...

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Looks like Kelly Clarkson has company.

Two weeks after the inaugural winner came out in support of Texas Congressman Ron Paul in the 2012 presidential race, the candidate nabbed another star endorsement:

The X Factor's Nicole Scherzinger!

@NicoleScherzy wrote on Twitter: “For the first time ever a politician isn’t lying to us. WAKE UP AMERICA! Ron Paul 2012 I Love this Guy #RonPaulRevolution!”

A Nicole Scherzinger Image

Hopefully Nicole won't experience anything like the backlash against Kelly Clarkson for weighing in on a heated political campaign, but it's always a possibility.

Kelly was criticized by some of her fans, but also lauded for the move by many Paul supporters - a particularly vocal lot - so there was also an upside for her.

Ron Paul finished second in this week's New Hampshire Republican primary and a strong third in the previous week's Iowa caucus, both won by Mitt Romney.


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Ron Paul may have finished second in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday, but to hear him tell it, he - and more importantly liberty - was a big winner.

“I think the intellectual revolution that’s going on now to restore liberty in this country is on its way, and there’s no way they’re going to stop the momentum that we have started,” said Paul after his second strong outing in as many states.

In an energetic speech to supporters, he laughed off criticism that he's "dangerous" (except to the status quo, in which case he accepts the label) and thanked the Manchester Union-Leader for not endorsing him (the paper backed Newt Gingrich).

Even on a night that saw Mitt Romney win, Paul showed why his campaign has caught fire, and showed no signs of slowing down heading into S.C.:

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Mitt Romney rolled to victory in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday, becoming the first GOP candidate since 1976 to win the Iowa caucuses and N.H. back-to-back.

“Tonight we celebrate. Tomorrow we go back to work,” said Romney, who turned back a ferocious assault from his GOP rivals in recent days to win fairly handily.

In accepting victory, he delivered a pointed message to his opponents, urging them not to play into President Obama’s hands by trying to destroy his candidacy.

Mitt Romney Pic

“In the last few days, we have seen some desperate Republicans join forces with him,” Romney said. “This is such a mistake for our party and for our nation."

"This country already has a leader who divides us with the bitter politics of envy.”

Congressman Ron Paul of Texas came in second place, with approximately 24 percent of the Granite State vote to Romney's 36 percent as of this posting.

Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman is third, around 17 percent, with Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich tied for fourth, struggling to crack double digits.

Romney leads Ron Paul in nine of the state's 10 counties, with Paul second in each of those and ahead in the 10th. A little over half the votes have been tallied.

The contest now moves to South Carolina January 21. The Palmetto State is considered less welcoming terrain for Romney, though he still leads in polls.

Final N.H. primary results to come after all precincts report.

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The common knock against Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul is that he is out of touch with too much of the electorate to possibly win the presidency.

If that's true, perhaps it's the electorate's problem, not Paul's.

In a chilling speech on April 24, 2002, the Texas Congressman outlined numerous issues he predicted would transpire over the next decade and why. Watch Paul's address to Congress, juxtaposed with the reports of the news he saw coming, here:

Basically, Ron Paul accurately predicted:

  • The invasion of Iraq
  • The failure of the government of Afghanistan
  • Both political parties endorsement of military interventionalism
  • The erosion of U.S. civil liberties and the Constitution
  • Americans becoming poorer over the ensuing decade
  • An international financial crisis that would decimate U.S. government finances, trigger a recession and resulting in exploding deficits for years

Paul concluded his speech saying he hoped he would be wrong on all accounts. Can anyone really argue that he was - or that he's out of touch now?

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Some viewers of Sunday's Republican debate remarked that the coverage of said debate sorely lacked for Ron Paul, who is running second in New Hampshire polls.

With that in mind, we present a video montage that should more than make up for that - highlights from Sunday morning's NBC/Facebook debate, Ron Paul style!

Despite being more or less dismissed by many pundits as having no chance at the White House, Paul finished a strong third in Iowa and may top that in New Hampshire.

His message strikes a chord with a motivated section of the electorate. The only question is whether he can grow it. Check out some of the candidate's answers Sunday:

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It's hard not to see how Dr. Paul got the better of this one.

At last night's GOP presidential debate in New Hampshire, Newt Gingrich was asked to respond to Ron Paul referring to has a Chicken Hawk in the past.

After a long-winded, largely irrelevant response by Gingrich, Paul said that description of Newt was correct, launching into his own opinions on veterans affairs.

When it comes to the power to wage war, and foreign affairs in general, Paul is unflinching in his views, even if they're diametrically opposed to his counterparts'.

Moreover, Paul reiterated that he, despite being married with children, served in the Vietnam War when drafted. Watch the heated exchange below:

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Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum catapulted himself to the top tier of the Republican presidential race this week, losing the Iowa caucus by just eight votes.

With newly-minted contender status comes increased scrutiny, however. Santorum was booed off stage in New Hampshire yesterday for comments about gay marriage.

Not everyone in his own family is convinced he's up to the task, either. This week his nephew penned an editorial for the Daily Caller in support of ... Ron Paul.

Paul and Santorum

"If you want another big-government politician who supports the status quo to run our country, you should vote for my uncle, Rick Santorum," John Garver writes.

Garver, a 19-year-old student at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, continues:

"America is based on a strong belief in individual liberty. My uncle’s interventionist policies, both domestic and foreign, stem from his irrational fear of freedom not working.

It is not the government’s job to dictate to individuals how they must live. The Constitution was designed to protect individual liberty. My Uncle Rick cannot fathom a society in which people cooperate and work with each other freely.

When Republicans were spending so much money under President Bush, my uncle was right there along with them as a senator. The reason we have so much debt is not only because of Democrats, but also because of big-spending Republicans like my Uncle Rick.

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Ron Paul's son and campaign surrogate Rand Paul is making the media rounds, laying into his competition and challenging the notion that Paul is unelectable.

The U.S. Senator from Kentucky says his dad, who claimed one of three tickets out of Iowa, has a lot of money to continue pursuing the Republican presidential nomination.

He fears, however, the oft-repeated media theorem that Ron Paul can't win will become a self-fulfilling prophecy. The "unelectable" argument is one he adamantly refutes.

Specifically, Rand Paul took issue with Rick Santorum's foreign policy in an interview with CNN, suggesting that he, not Paul, is the one out of the mainstream.

Listen to Rand's comments below and see if you agree:

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Ron Paul Photo Dr. Ron Paul is an obstetrician, author, United States Congressman, and a candidate for the 2012 Republican Party presidential... More »
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