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6.09 pm Aaron Jones:

Food for thought. It will be interesting to see if any recent discoveries like a spider that builds a decoy of a spider in it’s own web–or incredible mimicry like this will be discussed and debated tonight. Check out this praying mantis, yes “praying” mantis that looks shockingly like an orchid!

6.43 pm Aaron Jones:

My recap of events at CPAC

7.43 pm Aaron Jones:

Photos from Gage at MORE!

11.10 pm Aaron Jones:

This is worthy of a separate post. Many on the freedom/liberty side, think that Sen. Paul hasn’t gone far enough to criticize our overseas drone policy and the resulting blowback. If you look carefully, Paul has been mentioning the issue—one step at a time…

10.59 pm Aaron Jones:

Post CPAC 2013 aftermath…
Pat Caddell and Doug Schoen: Rand Paul is a 2016 frontrunner

10.34 pm Aaron Jones:

National Rifle Association President David Keene told the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference that the Republican Party must embrace libertarian trailblazers like Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and other factions of conservatism, or it will die.

3.33 am Aaron Jones:

Great image from contributor, Benjamin Rogers of

3.11 am Aaron Jones:

Keynote speech from Senator Ted Cruz. Strongly supports Rand Paul’s filibuster and opposes NDAA!

3.05 am Aaron Jones:

Media Blitz…

Boston Herald:…ins_straw_poll


Fox News:…-takes-second/

NBC News…se-second?lite

Washington Post…ac-straw-poll/

Huffington Post…p_ref=politics


6.00 pm

Seriously guys, go watch Ted Cruz right now. He’s opposing NDAA and supporting Paul’s filibuster in his speech. Amazing change for tone at CPAC! Amazing! Watch:

5.42 pm

Senator Ted Cruz strongly praising Sen. Rand Paul in his key note speech. Numerous mentions. See live stream top of post.

5.39 pm

BREAKING: #CPAC2013 Straw Poll Results: Paul 25%, Rubio 23%, Santorum 8%, Christie 7%, Ryan 6%, Walker 5%, Carson 4%, Cruz 4%

5.08 pm

4.57 pm

Ann Coulter on now…straw poll results soon….

3.41 pm

It’s hard to know for sure, but the buzz is strong for either Senator Rubio or Paul winning at the straw poll. The questions that accompanied the poll were very interesting. They focused on, besides the social conservative vs. fiscal conservative debate, how and when drones should be used. The very fact that the poll tackled those issues shows you the influence of Sen. Paul on framing the debate here with this key conservative group.

1.28 pm

Rest of day…

2:45 “CPAC 2013 All Star Panel” Potomac Ballroom
Robert Costa, Washington Editor, National Review
Ralph Hallow, Chief Political Writer, Washington Times
Larry O’Connor, Editor-at-Large, Breitbart News Network/Co-Host, “Mornings on the Mall,”
WMAL 105.9 FM
Rusty Humphries, Host, “The Rusty Humphries Show”
Others TBA
Moderator: Genevieve Wood, Vice President, Marketing, The Heritage Foundation
3:00 Moving Screening: “Hating Breitbart,” You can judge a man by his enemies, Chesapeake 4-6
Panel discussion to follow, 93 minutes
* Sponsored by Citizens United. Open to all registered CPAC 2013 attendees.
3:15 Book Signing: Mugged: Racial Demagoguery from the Seventies to Obama Exhibit Hall D-E
by Ann Coulter
3:45 Reince Priebus, Chairman, Republican National Committee Potomac Ballroom
3:55 David Keene, President, National Rifle Association Potomac Ballroom
4:00 Exhibit Hall Closes Exhibit Hall D-E
4:10 The Honorable Cathy McMorris Rogers, Chairwoman, Republican Conference,
U.S. House of Representatives Potomac Ballroom
4:25 YouTube and Essay Contest Winners Announced Potomac Ballroom
4:35 Presentation of Blogger of the Year Award Potomac Ballroom
4:40 Ann Coulter, Political Commentator & Best Selling Author Potomac Ballroom
4:50 One America News Network Announcement Potomac Ballroom
5:00 Washington Times/CPAC 2013 Straw Poll Results Potomac Ballroom
5:10 The Honorable Ted Cruz, U.S. Senator (R-TX) Potomac Ballroom
5:45 Adjournment Potomac Ballroom
Al Cardenas, Chairman, American Conservative Union

11.33 am

11:30 Richard Fisher, President & Chief Executive Officer, Federal Reserve
Bank of Dallas National Harbor 2-3
11:30 Book Signing: America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great Exhibit Hall D-E
by Dr. Ben Carson
11:30 Book Signing: Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas Exhibit Hall D-E
11:45 The Honorable Artur Davis, former U.S. Representative Potomac Ballroom
12:00 The Honorable Sarah Palin, former Governor of Alaska Potomac Ballroom
Introduction: Chris Cox, Executive Director, Institute for Legislative Action, National
Rifle Association

12:00 “Conscience and its Enemies” Chesapeake G-H
Robert George, Professor of Jurisprudence, Princeton University (INVITED)
* Sponsored by The Intercollegiate Studies Institute. Open to all registered CPAC
2013 attendees.
12:00 Book Signing: The Financial Crisis and the Free Market Cure by John Allison Exhibit Hall D-E
12:20 Phyllis Schlafly, Founder, Eagle Forum Potomac Ballroom

5pm is the straw poll results…

4.20 am Aaron Jones:

Every rose has its thorn…and doesn’t every conference have one of these guys? #CPACNightlife

12.12 am Aaron Jones:

Amongst all of the creepy CRs and people looking to get involved w/ the next hot button issue or politician there are moments of beauty…even at CPAC…

10.46 pm

Great vid from Reason:

8.04 pm

Court deals blow to CIA drone secrecy
(interesting development)
For now, the Central Intelligence Agency can still maintain its official silence on whether it uses armed drones. But a new court decision Friday could force the agency to provide some information about what kind of records they have on the subject and spell out why it’s not required to say more about them.
In the first judicial blow to secrecy surrounding the Obama Administration’s armed drone program, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit unanimously rejected the CIA’s claim that it could refuse to confirm or deny whether it possesses any records related to drone strikes.

Read more:

7.57 pm Aaron Jones:

Ha ha! File this under #RandPaulProblems

7.38 pm Aaron Jones:

Amazing the effects of the Liberty Movement. McConnell embraces legalizing hemp and he #StandsWithRand on drone policy.

Mitch McConnell, the leader of the GOP minority in the Senate, struck an upbeat tone in his Friday morning address to the conservative activists gathered at CPAC. “Friends, this is a moment of renewal. I truly believe it,” he said. In this era of new beginning, McConnell is seeking his sixth Senate term next year, and the 71-year-old conservative Republican is embracing his much younger Kentuckian, Rand Paul.

 “More than ever, we need the kind of constitutional conservatives we’ve got in the Senate who’ve been really bringing the fight to the left,” McConnell said to loud cheers. “And I’m going to mention my Kentucky colleague Rand Paul as an example of that. He’s a perfect example of what I’m talking about. He’s a warrior, and we need more warriors.”

7.28 pm Aaron Jones:

Flashback to earlier today. Rick Santorum speaks at CPAC 2013. Seemingly a support of monarchy vs. the French Revolution, curious.

7.25 pm Aaron Jones:

Congrats to Julie Borowski for winning blogger of the year!

7.08 pm Aaron Jones:

Archived video of talk on the Future of the Liberty Movement. Sorry my ugly face is in the video while I share the link and try to get my power cord to start working! This is recorded/live streamed off my laptop so don’t complain about quality! lol

Video streaming by Ustream

7.01 pm Aaron Jones:

In the Chesapeake room for free food (pizza, not bad) and an open bar. Lots of Rick Santorum people–Catholics aren’t afraid to drink. #cpac2013 #StandWithRand #RickSantorum

5.14 pm Aaron Jones:

LIVE NOW. The Future of the Liberty Movement. Sen Paul’s staff speaking and Peter Schiff and more!

Free live streaming by Ustream SHARE NOW!

2.51 pm

via Rand Paul:
Please join my Chief of Staff Doug Stafford at CPAC today at 5pm in the National Harbor room, 4-5 for a panel on “The Liberty Movement and its role in the Conservative Movement.” Radio host Peter Schiff will also be part of the panel.

2.44 pm

We just invested for a much needed external hard drive to assist with video work. I want to give our viewers a chance to help us out to cover this. Please help us out if you can. Just 4 people chipping in will cover it! Are you glad Aaron was at CPAC to hand out those Stand With Rand stickers?

Well, show us by standing just a wee bit with Aaron!


12.21 pm Aaron Jones:

Some raw video from CPAC I took just as I arrived. This is my little camera for stuff on the fly…not intended to be fancy. Hope you enjoy! (check back the video is new and may be processing)

11.59 am Aaron Jones:

Rick Santorum is coming up at 12 noon…interesting that directly following him is this:

“Budgets & Readiness: Can We Cut Defense Spending & Still
Protect America?”
Mackenzie Eaglen, Resident Fellow, Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies, American Enterprise Institute
The Honorable Van Hipp, Jr., Chairman, American Defense International
The Honorable James Inhofe, U.S. Senator (R-OK)
Christopher Preble, Vice President, Defense & Policy Studies, Cato Institute Moderator: The Honorable Donald Devine, Vice Chairman, American Conservative Union/Editor, Conservative Battleline

Mitt Romney is up at 1pm *Watch all of this live in the live stream, above.

9.24 am Aaron Jones:

Lindsey Graham Speaks around 12 noon…

What questions would you like to see asked, if there is a chance?

11.36 pm Aaron Jones:

Judge Napolitano’s analyses…

7.56 pm Aaron Jones:

“The GOP of old has grown stale and moss-covered,” Paul said. “I don’t think we need to name any names here, do we?”
Paul also offered an extensive defense of his 13-hour filibuster last week — the same effort that drew the ire of McCain and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). Over the course of those 13 hours, Paul pushed the Obama administration to clarify that it wouldn’t use drones against non-combatant U.S. citizens on American soil.

“To those who would dismiss this debate as frivolous, I say tell that to the heroic young men and women who have sacrificed their limbs and lives,” Paul said. “Tell it to Sergeant J.D. Williams … who sacrificed himself to save his fellow soldiers. Tell J.D., who lost both legs and an arm; tell him his sacrifice was great but that we had to suspend the Bill of Rights he fought for.
“Yes, the filibuster was about drones, but also about much more. Do we have a Bill of Rights or not? Do we have a Constitution or not, and will we defend it?”

7.44 pm Aaron Jones:

Some random responses from people…this video is from Current or the Guardian?

7.26 pm Aaron Jones:

Meanwhile, WAR DRUMS:
JERUSALEM (AP) — Iran is about a year away from developing a nuclear weapon and the United States remains committed to doing everything in its power to prevent that from happening, President Barack Obama said in an exclusive interview aired Thursday on Israeli TV.

6.17 pm Aaron Jones:

Not that it matters, but Rick Santorum now not standing with Rand.
“I disagree with Sen. Paul’s isolationist policies and believe that the most important role of our president is to keep us safe,” Santorum told Politico.

5.48 pm Aaron Jones:

Interesting…several tables supporting drafting Judge Napolitano to run for president in 2016 – at CPAC. RevPAC is now under new ownership pushing this. Seems like a good idea to get more liberty people on the stage to me.

5.42 pm Aaron Jones:

CPAC is always creepy…so you get stories like this…
Rand Paul Is So Hot Right Now (Daily Beast)

I'm Too Sexy by Right Said Fred on Grooveshark
Where I was filming from, I had no idea he had jeans on!…

5.37 pm Aaron Jones:

Some guy named Scott Valentine…lol

5.35 pm Aaron Jones:

Full video of Senator Marco Rubio at CPAC…he was, my bias aside, more energetic and dynamic aesthetically, during his speech…

5.32 pm Aaron Jones:

Whatever, drudge…

3.21 pm Aaron Jones:

Photos of Sen. Paul at CPAC…

3.20 pm Aaron Jones:

Fair to say Senator Paul is winning this poll

Fox Poll: Who will win CPAC 2013

3.17 pm Aaron Jones:

Rand Paul: “The GOP Of Old Has Grown Stale And Moss-Covered” – Real Clear Politics

The GOP of old has grown stale and moss-covered. I don’t think we need to name any names, do we? Our party is encumbered by an inconsistent approach to freedom. The new GOP will need to embrace liberty in both the economic and the personal sphere. If we’re going to have a Republican party that can win, liberty needs to be the backbone of the GOP. We must have a message that is broad, our vision must be broad, and that vision must be based on freedom.

There are millions of Americans, young and old, native and immigrant, black, white and brown, who simply seek to live free, to practice a religion, free to choose where their kids go to school, free to choose their own health care, free to keep the fruits of their labor, free to live without government constantly being on their back. I will stand for them. I will stand for you. I will stand for our prosperity and our freedom, and I ask everyone who values liberty to stand with me. Thank you. God bless America.

1.16 pm Aaron Jones:

CPAC 2013 is running on schedule…a little birdie told me that there will be a good drone joke at the start of the speech…Don’t Drone Me Bro?

1.59 am Aaron Jones:

(Campus Reform) A conservative student activist is asking attendees of this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) to stand throughout Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) speech, as sign of solidarity for his historic 13-hour filibuster on the floor of the U.S. Senate on Wednesday…(1:30 pm Thursday)

1.46 am Aaron Jones:

Supporters of Senator Rand Paul planning to meet in the main ballroom directly after Paul speaks to create a group video… (Paul is slated to speak at 1:30pm) Chanting #StandWithRand I presume? and perhaps “…2016?”

3.34 pm Aaron Jones:


9.13 am Aaron Jones:

All right, Steve, we’re gonna go, er, we’re gonna go forward with the plan, with, er, with the burn. We want it, er, like we talked about.

He then adds shortly afterwards: Seven burners deployed and we have a fire.

A female voice responds: Copy. Seven burners deployed and we have a fire.

2.18 am Aaron Jones:

Allegedly: You can hear in the background thes cops yelling “burn him out” “we’re going to burn him out” and “burn that motherf******” right before the fire started at the house.

10.45 pm Aaron Jones:

Reports from multiple sources that Dorner’s body has been removed from burnt cabin. Not confirmed.

9.11 pm Aaron Jones:

Is this trending yet?

#WeDidntStartTheFire #ChrisDorner #liveBlog

9.09 pm Aaron Jones:


9.08 pm Aaron Jones:


7.18 pm Aaron Jones:

CHILLING: Audio of police scanner during gunfight:
Watch tweets and fb statuses on the subject:

7.04 pm Aaron Jones:


6.59 pm Aaron Jones:

Prank caller takes advantage of live TV during gun battle…

6.51 pm Aaron Jones:

More live video from local ABC7:

Chris Dorner manhunt: 2 officers hurt in shootout

1.58 am Aaron Jones:

You can’t make this stuff up! Actual tweet from the president. “FOR WAR”


1.46 am Aaron Jones:

Like when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object, we now know what happens when a candidate so weak anybody can beat him meets a candidate so weak he cannot beat anybody. Americans vote for the status quo. billion later, Americans voted for the status quo. Karl Rove, call your donors.

Republicans will keep the House. Democrats will keep the Senate. Obama will keep the White House.

It is what it is. The next two years are going to be some of the most fun and exciting years within the modern American conservative movement…

From Erick Erickson at RedState:


1.39 am Aaron Jones:

1.37 am Aaron Jones:

Mass. legalized medical marijuana.
Washington and Colorado voted to regulate–all marijuana.

12.41 am Aaron Jones:

10.30 pm Aaron Jones:

10.22 pm Aaron Jones:

10.05 pm Aaron Jones:

10.04 pm Aaron Jones:
– via Drudge

9.59 pm Aaron Jones:

Thomas Massie is blowing away the competition in Kentucky with 60% of the vote and more than 1/3 reporting.
*sorry the time stamp is an hour ahead!

9.08 pm Aaron Jones:

intrade O 70% R 30% No break away yet…

8.13 pm Aaron Jones:

Saturday 9/15/12

Libyan president: ‘Foreigners’ involved in ambassador attack…

Al Qaeda urges Muslims to kill U.S. diplomats…

White House Preparing for Long Siege of Arab Unrest…

Orders embassy staff to leave Tunis, Khartoum…

8.02 pm yonoid818:

Richard Dawkins’ reaction to the Benghazi killing and embassies being under threat because of the film on Mohammed:



11.33 pm Aaron Jones:

We’ve started an End Foreign Aid Facebook page. Please “like” it.

9.57 pm yonoid818:

According to Fox News, this is a map of (either Western or US ) embassies recently or currently under some threat of siege in the Middle East and Africa:


9.52 pm Aaron Jones:


5.51 pm Aaron Jones:

Today, Senator Rand Paul offered legislation to strip Pakistan, Egypt, and Libya of all billion in foreign aid sent to them each year, redirecting half of that to the veterans’ job bill, with the other half going toward deficit reduction. This would essentially triple the funding for veterans programs…

12.04 pm

Looking back at recent violence:

11.42 am Aaron Jones:

“The truth is that the United States is subsidizing all over the world the worst failure of history: socialism. But for these lavish subsidies the continuation of the socialist schemes would have become long since unfeasible.”  Ludwig von Mises –

11.33 am


Protesters storm American embassy in Yemen... 

US Flags Burned at Tunisia embassy...

New Clashes in Cairo...

Consulate in Berlin evacuated...

Iraqi militia threatens U.S. interests...

'The Most Serious Challenge to Obama'... 

11.29 am Aaron Jones:

Senator Rand Paul and his father, Rep. Ron Paul, appeared on Fox yesterday calling for an end to foreign aid. See video.

10.14 am Aaron Jones:

Background on the RNC power grab:

(must read)

1.20 am Aaron Jones:

Sitting in a pub right now…guy comes up to me…there’s a Ron Paul bumper sticker on my computer (of course).
He says, “man, that guy got screwed, didn’t’ he?”

Later he says, “I saw Ron Paul on the TV with his wife, just smiling…I think I’m going to write him in…”

I wonder how many people are thinking that right now?

12.43 am Aaron Jones:

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We may look fancy to you…but we are completely the work of 4 volunteers. If you’ve appreciated our live blog this week, videos and coverage, will you chipin what you can?

11.48 pm Aaron Jones:

Video and Text of Mitt Romney’s speech:

11.42 pm Aaron Jones:

Clint Eastwood at the GOP Convention:

part 2:

11.28 pm Aaron Jones:

Internet is buzzing with…#Romneycare

10.17 pm Aaron Jones:

Senator Marco Rubio (FL) speaking now…

10.16 pm Aaron Jones:

Lengthy discussion from Doug Weed on the Ron Paul campaign:

Some clear-headed discussion on the truth about Jesse Benton (if you watch it, watch the whole thing–don’t just watch the beginning.)

10.05 pm yonoid818:

User submitted photo of Newt and Calista Gingrich’s appearance at GOP convention. Possible public debut of space-grade cloaking device?

9.23 pm

Schedule update…

10:00 p.m. Remarks by U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (FL)
Remarks by presidential nominee Mitt Romney
Benediction by Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan
Speaker Boehner declares convention adjourned

7.20 pm Aaron Jones:

ABC reporter just pointed out, “I don’t see many Romney buttons, no big hats with Romneys name…do you think theres an enthusiasm gap?” lol #RonPaul LIVE NOW

7.10 pm Aaron Jones:

We switched out the live stream to ABC—yuck, I know! But it’s already working. The official GOP stream on Youtube hasn’t started yet. By the time you read this, it will probably be back up. HERE:

Always fascinating to see the MSM out establishmentize each other…

6.21 pm Aaron Jones:

Delegate press conference has concluded. They are still taking questions.

Live stream of convention (top of this post) starts at 7pm.

6.07 pm Aaron Jones:

Delegate states, “I’m not leaving this party. This is my party!” (Big Applause) Group of delegates are demanding their grievances to be addressed… (see below for live stream in process)

RT and NPR are present along with other media…in progress…

Another delegate: “Mainers should be electing Mainers. Not Washington D.C. not Washington insiders!”

Delegate from Minnesota: “Repeal rule 16 and rule 12, only then will grassroots get excited about Mitt Romney…if not, this could cause Romney to lose the election…”

5.43 pm Aaron Jones:

A group of Ron Paul delegates holding a press conference at 6pm (live stream running now)

Streaming by Ustream

4.20 pm Aaron Jones:

BREAKING: Ron Paul announced as upcoming Leno Guest…


3.16 pm Aaron Jones:

You may have missed Rand’s appearance on CNBC’s Kudlow Report before his speech…

1.30 pm Matt:

Rand Paul’s home-run!

Until tonight, I had a really hard time warming to Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky. No longer. Tonight, his speech was absolutely superb. A major, major home run. On a night that so far has been completely underwhelming (I write as Pawlenty speaks), with a series of really boring speaches and bad music, Paul hit the theme of individual liberty with terrific language and excellent delivery. My wife agreed. Wow!

– By 

1.12 pm Matt Wolf:

12.16 pm Aaron Jones:

Sources reporting Clint Eastwood is the “mystery speaker” at the GOP convention.
Curious if he agrees with Giuliani that Ron Paul is just a “crazy old man?”

Or does he agree with Chuck Norris?

For context and the video clip that launched Ron Paul on the national stage (standing down Giuliani on terrorism/blowback) see here.

11.51 am Aaron Jones:

Fox reporter, Ben Swann On Jerry Doyle’s radio show (from yesterday)

Discusses the controversy regarding GOP rule changes to suppress the grassroots.

3.35 am

Lots of links and updates can be found on this post from the Daily Paul.

3.10 am

Schedule for today, August 30th, 2012:

7:00 p.m. Convention convenes
Call to order
Introduction of Colors US Central Command Joint Forces Color Guard Team
Pledge of Allegiance by Dylan Nonaka
National Anthem sung by SEVEN
Invocation by Ken and Priscilla Hutchins
Remarks by U.S. Rep. Connie Mack (FL)
Reagan Legacy Video
Remarks by Newt and Callista Gingrich
Remarks by Craig Romney
8:00 p.m. Remarks by Governor former Jeb Bush (FL)
Remarks by Bob White, chairman of Romney for President campaign
Remarks by Grant Bennett
Remarks by Tom Stemberg
9:00 p.m. Remarks by former Massachusetts Lt. Governor Kerry Healey
Remarks by Jane Edmonds, former Massachusetts Secretary of Workforce
Remarks by Olympians Michael Eruzione, Derek Parra and Kim Rhode
10:00 p.m. Remarks by U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (FL)
Remarks by presidential nominee Mitt Romney
Benediction by Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan
Speaker Boehner declares convention adjourned

3.08 am Aaron Jones:

Tribute to Ron Paul aired Wednesday night (recap)

3.07 am Aaron Jones:

Recap from last night 8/29/12

Senator Rand Paul’s speech:

Biggest applause of the night…

Republicans and Democrats alike must slay their sacred cowsRepublicans must acknowledge that not every dollar spent on the military is necessary or well-spent, and Democrats must admit that domestic welfare and entitlements must be reformed.

Republicans and Democrats must replace fear with confidence, confidence that no terrorist, and no country, will ever conquer us if we remain steadfast to the principles of our Founding documents.

We have nothing to fear except our own unwillingness to defend what is naturally ours, our God-given rights. We have nothing to fear that should cause us to forget or relinquish our rights as free men and women.

To thrive we must believe in ourselves again, and we must never – never – trade our liberty for any fleeting promise of security.


Paul Ryan’s speech:

2.30 am Aaron Jones:

Biggest applause of the night–and happy to see that others are reporting it too..

Republicans and Democrats alike must slay their sacred cowsRepublicans must acknowledge that not every dollar spent on the military is necessary or well-spent, and Democrats must admit that domestic welfare and entitlements must be reformed.

Republicans and Democrats must replace fear with confidence, confidence that no terrorist, and no country, will ever conquer us if we remain steadfast to the principles of our Founding documents.

We have nothing to fear except our own unwillingness to defend what is naturally ours, our God-given rights. We have nothing to fear that should cause us to forget or relinquish our rights as free men and women.

To thrive we must believe in ourselves again, and we must never — never — trade our liberty for any fleeting promise of security.

1.37 am Lori Bolduc:

A comment sent to us from Lori Bolduc. (Tip, if you register with our site and want to make a comment for the live blog, you must click “add new” under “Live Blog Entries” on the far left of the dashboard you see when you log in. To register with the site, see the instructions on the top of this page.)

Over all I think the country is sidetracked and blinded by everything we are made to not only watch and read but what we are asked to understand about said material. Many people do not want to face all of the hurdles not only America is facing but the Earth as a whole so the population has been self medicating instead by absorbing in fiction, drugs, alcohol and, money. Ron Paul stands for those of Us who arent afraid to look at these issues and NEED to make difference in our communities. He is a good man He is strong He doesnt change what He says or thinks based on what others are saying He is the only thing that stands between America and the beginning of the end of everything We stand for as AMERICANS.


11.32 pm Matt:

Slate article on Ron Paul Delegates walking out of convention. 

10.29 pm Matt:

Paul Ryan taking the stage now.

10.26 pm Matt:

Ron Paul Won – Huffington Post

10.20 pm Matt:

On the rule change:

“Witnesses say that Teleprompter scrolled “the ayes have it” even before the voice vote was taken. Also, video of the rule change vote at the Republican National Convention shows that the vote seemed to be a toss up with no clear winner and yet the ayes were immediately declared winners. This declaration was drowned out by loud booing. Also, before John Boehner called for the vote he asked if there were any objections and there were clearly people who objects and yet John Boehner said there were none.”

10.16 pm Matt:

What John McCain used to be saying about Mitt Romney.

10.15 pm Matt:

Was anyone else disturbed by McCain following Rand Paul at the convention? Talk about contrast.

10.11 pm Matt:

Ron Paul Delegates & Friends Stage Protest, March Off Floor!

10.09 pm Matt:

Rand Paul’s full speech at the GOP convention.

8.52 pm Aaron Jones:

Video and full text of Senator Rand’s speech. LINK.

8.13 pm Aaron Jones:

From Rand Paul’s speech. (Subtle nod to blind militarism)

“Republicans and Democrats alike must slay their sacred cows…Republicans must acknowledge that not every dollar spent on the military is necessary or well-spent, and Democrats must admit that domestic welfare and entitlements must be reformed…
Republicans and Democrats must replace fear with confidence, confidence that no terrorist, and no country, will ever conquer us if we remain steadfast to the principles of our Founding documents…”

8.05 pm Aaron Jones:

The video played in tribute to Ron Paul at the RNC tonight…

7.51 pm Aaron Jones:

TAMPA, Fla. — While Ron Paul is not speaking at the Republican convention, the RNC agreed to air a tribute video praising his role in the party.

“Ron Paul: 22 years in Congress, he’s never voted for a tax increase. Never voted or a debt ceiling increase, never waivered, never backed down,” the video’s narrator intoned at the beginning.

Paul has not endorsed Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan voted for the most recent debt-ceiling increase.

The video then went on to air clips of Republican politicians in the House and Senate, including Sens. Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Mitch McConnell and Jim DeMint, praising Paul’s small-government activism.

“The longer we go and the deeper in debt we get the more apparent it was that Ron Paul was right all those years,” DeMint said.

6.03 pm

Rand Paul is set to speak at 7:30pm…

Video tribute to his father at 7pm…

3.17 pm Aaron Jones:

campaign ad flashback:

3.09 pm Aaron Jones:

Rumors floating around that Ron Paul delegates will stage a walk-out after Rand speaks or when Romney speaks…

3.08 pm Aaron Jones:

Lew Rockwell claims Ron Paul, Carol and a granddaughter left Tampa yesterday and were (semi?) detained by TSA:

I like Lew Rockwell, but this sounds a bit over the top–hopefully we will have confirmation from Paul.

3.03 pm

Tonight around 7pm the Ron Paul tribute video will be aired at the Republican National Convention, followed by a short speech by Rand Paul around 7:30pm ET. (See live stream videos above)

2.35 pm

via Senator Rand Paul:
My speech for tonight at the RNC Convention has been moved to 7:30 Eastern Time.

12.13 pm Aaron Jones:

Heartfelt interview from Bryan Daughtry, delegate from Maine:

I interviewed Bryan when I was covering the caucuses in Maine.

11.13 am Aaron Jones:

Hot mic catches unknown Republican official praising censorship of Ron Paul’s votes

10.40 am Aaron Jones:

Wednesday: MSNBC abandons GOP convention during every speech by a minority

Read more:

11.19 pm Aaron Jones:

Chris Christie was the final speaker tonight. May not agree with his record, but you can’t deny his public speaking ability. Aspiring liberty candidates, take note.

9.19 pm

via Nonna at the Daily Paul:

After the desperate measures the GOP elites took to destroy any chance of a Ron Paul presidency, they will forever be known as cowards (and much worse). The cowards orchestrated this disaster of their own the making very well.

Dr. Paul’s speech today at the Sun Dome laid it all out there. WE WILL become the GOP in the near future. The Movement towards Liberty continues on and on, even after the elites close down their little convention that shut out the greatest American Patriot of our time.

There is so much we still have to talk about. Never has any political figure been so loved as Ron Paul. Dr. Paul said the Movement will continue and there is no stopping it now. So, let’s remember that, have fun and celebrate, and keep moving together!

This clip, taken totally out of context, sums it all up very nicely. Older people will remember this scene and young people should enjoy it now, too.

8.44 pm Aaron Jones:

Video of protest erupting from the floor earlier in the day when the RNC forced thru rules…
and refusing to seat elected Ron Paul delegates.

8.32 pm Aaron Jones:

Video compilation of delegate votes for Ron Paul.

8.28 pm Aaron Jones:

James O’Keefe not allowed to fly to Tampa

Read more:

7.31 pm Aaron Jones:

Rand will speak in primetime tomorrow.  Some time between 7-8pm EST.

7:00 p.m. Convention convenes
Call to order
Introduction of Colors by Amputee Veterans of America Support Team (AVAST)
Pledge of Allegiance by Brigadier General Patrick E. Rea, US Army (Ret.)
National Anthem sung by Ayla Brown
Invocation by Ishwar Singh
Ron Paul Video
Remarks by Senate Republican Leader and Convention Temporary Chairman Mitch McConnell (KY)
Remarks by Senator Rand Paul (KY)
Remarks by Christopher Devlin-Young and Jeanine McDonnell
8:00 p.m. Remarks by Senator John McCain (AZ)
Remarks by Attorney General Pam Bondi (FL) and Attorney General Sam Olens (GA)
Remarks by Governor Bobby Jindal (LA)
Remarks by Senator John Thune (SD)
Remarks by Senator Rob Portman (OH)
9:00 p.m. Remarks by Governor Luis Fortuno (PR)
Remarks by Governor Tim Pawlenty (MN)
Bush 41, 43 Film
Remarks by Mike Huckabee
10:00 p.m. Remarks by Condoleezza Rice

7.08 pm Aaron Jones:

Final Delegate Floor Count

via Daily Paul (

Mitt Romney – 2061
Ron Paul – 190
Abstain – 18
Rick Santorum – 9
Buddy Roehmer – 1
Jon Huntsman – 1
Michelle Bachmann – 1


The following states cast at least 1 vote for Ron Paul:

Alaska (9)
Arizona (3)
Georgia (3)
Hawaii (3)
Iowa (22)
Louisiana (12)
Maine (10)
Michigan (4)
Minnesota (33)
Missouri (4)
Nevada (17)
New Hampshire (3)
North Carolina (7)
North Dakota (5)
Oklahoma (6)
New Jersey (4)
Pennsylvania (5)
Rhode Island (4)
South Carolina (1)
Texas (20)
Vermont (4)
Virginia (3)
Virgin Islands (1)
Washington (5)
Wisconsin (1)
Wyoming (1)

6.30 pm Aaron Jones:

Big shout-out to the Daily Paul for linking to our Live Blog!

Grassroots site for all things Ron Paul and more!

Another great source for breaking news…

RNC Live Streams:

Talk Streams:

Live Blogs:

Click Here for Convention Schedule

4.56 pm Aaron Jones:

Appearing on Fox News’ Your World on Tuesday afternoon, Congressman Ron Paul reiterated to host Neil Cavuto the reasons why he has not officially endorsed the Mitt Romney / Paul Ryan presidential ticket and why he does not view vice presidential candidate Ryan as a serious budget cutter.

4.50 pm Aaron Jones:

Morton Blackwell: FAKE GOP Convention Compromise. Conservatives Must Not Back Down! Demand Roll Call Vote! | Texas GOP Vote
via – Judge Napolitano

4.11 pm Aaron Jones:

Live video from Rob Pepe on the floor of RNC
rumors of a walk out brewing…

Stream videos at Ustream

4.07 pm Matt Wolf:

This is older news but proof that this isn’t just Ron Paul supporters reporting…
Congressman Glen Bradley’s page:

Glen is tweeting that Morton Blackwell, author of the Rules Committee Minority Report, is being detained with rest of the Virginia delegation. Also that buses weren’t sent to pick up the Iowa delegation. Chris Stearns of Virginia tweets that Virginia and Rhode Island buses are being blocked outside the security perimeter.

3.54 pm Aaron Jones:

Are you enjoying/following our Live Blog? Our ChipIn is looking kinda lonely…

We raised 200 over the last 2 weeks and we thank you very much! Be assured, your donation will help us build resources that will result in HQ and effective activism.

3.47 pm Aaron Jones:

via Kristi Dunn: In plan English this means that we beat the lastest set of rules changes, trying to make it is the presumed nominee can PICK the seated delegates. At least that is some good news.

Per @Jeremy Blosser:

“A deal has reportedly been cut on the rules report. They’ll pull back 16b in exchange for no other minority reports being offered, ie no minority report in 12. This is not good enough and we need to double down on asking people to vote NO on the entire report.”

Mr. Morton C. Blackwell of Virginia authored the minority report on the Rules, which we will seek to adopt to preserve the rules as formerly written.

3.43 pm Aaron Jones:

Ron Paul on the convention floor via Jason Mcclanahan. Video


3.09 pm Aaron Jones:

Video of Ron Paul entering the RNC convention floor.

2.31 pm Aaron Jones:

pic from CSPAN

Watching live now:
also Youtube:

2.12 pm Aaron Jones:

via Arizona Liberty Van walking into the convention to the sound of RON PAUL! chanting…

2.03 pm Aaron Jones:

Trust me, you’ll want to watch the stream of Ron Paul tweets right now. He is trending, as they say…
Look here:

Also this:

Ron Paul entered the room of the Republican National Convention with a lei given by the Hawaii delegation. The crowd erupted in chants for “President Paul.” Fox News’ Megyn Kelly cut her segment short because she could not be heard over the chants for the presidential contender. They are now chanting “Let Him Speak!” We were marginalized and overlooked and underestimated for too long. We responded by taking over conventions at the state level, organizing the greatest grassroots network since the American Revolution and spreading a message that would change the tone of the GOP. It’s been 15 minutes and the chants have not stopped. I have never been so proud to be a part of something in my life. RNC Delegate, Andrew Dellinger.

1.43 pm Aaron Jones:

Ron Paul walks out on the RNC convention floor….

1.24 pm Matt:

CSPAN is LIVE now on the convention floor.

8.45 am Aaron Jones:

Check out the schedule from CSPAN. CSPAN Radio is taking calls:

3.04 am Aaron Jones:

Ron Paul Supporters Make the NYT morning of delayed start of convention!

Posted by Benoît, Ron Paul supporter in France.

2.04 am

Oh, Isaac. How good you’ve been to the Ron Paul Revolution! You’ve got to read this one from NPR.

1.13 am Aaron Jones:


What do Sarah Palin, Ron Paul Supporters, Michelle Malkin, Ben Swann and FreedomWorks have in common?



12.59 am Matt:

Paul Ryan says “Ron Paul is a friend of mine”

12.33 am Matt:

Chris Matthews is in Tampa, race baiting as usual. Thought it was interesting how Newt turned the tables on Chris in this interview.

6.12 pm Aaron Jones:

This photo submitted by Anna Flatt pretty much sums up the mood of Ron Paul supporters on the floor of the convention for a few short hours today.


Hurricane Paul |

11.39 am Aaron Jones:

Mega Updates:

Watch video by delegate Matt McDonald of today’s Ron Paul (private) breakfast:


Sarah Palin lukewarm on Romney: (FOX)

When asked if she would consider creating a third party if neither Gov. Romney nor President Obama would budge from their current positions on a variety of issues, Palin left open the door.
“Look what happened in the mid 1800’s. The Whig party went away and the Republican Party surfaced. Because the electorate got sick and tired of the party fighting for power and not doing the will of the people.”
Palin went on to say history could repeat itself.


Morton Blackwell = HERO
The revolt’s leaders include key figures in the conservative movement and on the committee. Virginia delegate and longtime RNC member Morton Blackwell, a former Reagan aide who founded a conservative training academy called the Leadership Institute, called them the “worst-ever changes” to the party rules. In an email to delegates to the convention, Blackwell urging them to vote for the amendment to the Rules Committee report referred to as the committee’s minority report.
“If the Rules Committee Report were to pass without adoption of the Minority Reports, it would amount to a power grab by Washington, D.C. party insiders and consultants designed to silence the voice of state party activists and Republican grassroots,” he said.
To force a roll call vote on the minority report, the opponents must secure the backing of a majority of six delegations, setting the stage for a rare floor flight on Tuesday afternoon.

8.55 am Aaron Jones:

Great list of Paul supporters and delegates on the ground in Tampa to watch:

8.49 am Aaron Jones:

Photos from last night’s beach party at Whiskey Joe’s.

Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.

3.56 am

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., will stay in his schedule Wednesday evening speaking spot, to be followed by Kentucky’s junior senator, Rand Paul. The pair is slated to speak sometime between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Paul had been on the now-jettisoned Monday night schedule.

Convention officials remained cautious about the new schedule as well, saying theye could be other changes, depending upon the weather and the aftermath of the storm.

Party officials even left open the possibility that the convention could extend to Friday, a day beyond its scheduled closing.

2.17 am Aaron Jones:

Jeremy Richter (bravely) weighs in on the Jesse Benton bashing…

2.10 am

Posted by Joη over at DailyPaul.

1.10 am Aaron Jones:

New York Times article on the rally.

12.52 am Matt Wolf:

Maine Ron Paul supporters say they’ll appeal delegates decision, call for convention boycott

10.01 pm Aaron Jones:

I think you’ll find this amusing. This comes from a Romney supporting twitter account.


O, remember?…

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9.54 pm Aaron Jones:

A Texas Ron Paul delegate was interviewed about their delegation’s matching t-shirts…

9.43 pm Aaron Jones:

See above (refresh your browser) for video of Ron Paul’s speech and CSPAN has the full archive of video up.

4.51 pm Aaron Jones:

Ron Paul is in the building…Rand Paul is introducing him now.

3.30 pm Aaron Jones:

U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) Speaking Now.
Session VI: ‘Musical Performances’
John Popper of Blues Traveler with Ron Noyes
Guitar Legend Jimmy Vaughan

Session VII: ‘An Idea Whose Time Has Come: We Are The Future’
Aimee Allen – Ron Paul Anthem
Carol Paul – Honored with ‘First Lady of Liberty’ Award
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) – Introduction
U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) – Keynote

3.21 pm Aaron Jones:

From Arizona Liberty Van

2.30 pm Aaron Jones:

Ron Paul Rally (now in progress)

Session III: ‘Calling the GOP Back to Its Roots: Constitutional Conservatism’
Jordan Page – Revelushun Records Singer/Songwriter
Barry Goldwater, Jr.
Jack Hunter – Ron Paul 2012 Official Campaign Blogger

Session IV: ‘Liberty Torch Bearers: State & Local’
(2:30pm ET) Ashley Ryan – Age 21, Republican National Committeewoman (Maine)
Carl Bunce – Ron Paul 2012 Nevada Campaign Chairman
Donna Holt – Campaign for Liberty
Marianne Stebbins – Ron Paul 2012 Minnesota Campaign Chair
A.J. Spiker, (former) Ron Paul 2012 Iowa Campaign Vice-Chair

Session V: ‘The Republican Party’s Liberty Wing’
South Carolina State Sen. Tom Davis (R)
U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.)

Session VI: ‘Musical Performances’
John Popper of Blues Traveler with Ron Noyes
Guitar Legend Jimmy Vaughan

Session VII: ‘An Idea Whose Time Has Come: We Are The Future’
Aimee Allen – Ron Paul Anthem
Carol Paul – Honored with ‘First Lady of Liberty’ Award
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) – Introduction
U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) – Keynote

Alternate links:

2.36 am Aaron Jones:

Jordan Page and ? at P.A.U.L. Festival

2.35 am

Setting up the Ron Paul Rally stage for the pre-show.

The infamous, Matt Collins and co.

At the top of this Live Blog is a soon-to-be live streaming video of the event. (also on CSPAN 3pmish)

1.52 am Matt Wolf:

If you are a delegate, MAKE SURE YOU STILL REPORT IN ON MONDAY! The RNC is trying to trick the Paul delegates by telling them that Monday is entirely cancelled, but THAT IS NOT THE CASE!

via Reince Priebus.

11.00 pm Aaron Jones:

Take it or leave it, this is my eclectic driving music for tonight.

Good night, don’t forget that Paul speaks via c-span at 3pm tomorrow.

*Prize Alert! The first person to post a live blog submission (and I can’t know you) will get some amount of bitcoin…
(you have to register w/ the site. See top of link.)

9.04 pm

Tom Woods speaks at P.A.U.L. Festival.

8.37 pm Aaron Jones:

Lew Rockwells speech at P.A.U.L. Festival:

8.36 pm Aaron Jones:

Gary Johnson’s speech at P.A.U.L. Festival.

6.32 pm

Adam Kokesh clearly not welcomed at Ron Paul’s Sun Dome rally. Private property’s a B*%#.

6.11 pm Aaron Jones:


The announcement said that while the convention would officially be gaveled into session on Monday as scheduled, the day’s events would be cancelled until Tuesday.

That meant Romney’s formal nomination would be postponed by a day, from Monday to Tuesday… (AP)

5.13 pm

C-SPAN vista the R3VO_|UTION via Michael Maresco

4.47 pm Aaron Jones:

Why Ron Paul Will Not Speak at the RNC

Mr. Paul, in an interview, said convention planners had offered him an opportunity to speak under two conditions: that he deliver remarks vetted by the Romney campaign, and that he give a full-fledged endorsement of Mr. Romney. He declined.

It wouldn’t be my speech,” Mr. Paul said. “That would undo everything I’ve done in the last 30 years. I don’t fully endorse him for president.

In the same article, Jesse Benton again signaled that he hopes Paul delegates take regular doses of Ritalin, while attending the convention:

 Mr. Paul’s campaign chairman, Jesse Benton, acknowledged the frustrations that the Paul high command had been forced to manage.

Some true believers want to “dress in black, stand on a hill and say, ‘Smash the state,’ ” said Mr. Benton, who is married to one of Mr. Paul’s granddaughters. But “it’s not our desire to have floor demonstrations. That would cost us a lot more than it would get us.”

3.20 pm Matt Wolf:

Major Drama At The GOP Convention Friday, And It Ended With John Sununu Fleeing The Building

 TAMPA, FLA. — The GOP convention doesn’t officially start until Monday, but trouble is already brewing between presumptive nominee Mitt Romney and Republicans who are concerned by his campaign’ making an aggressive power play to control the party. 

The drama Friday centered around a contentious meeting of the powerful Rules Committee, where Romney’s campaign lieutenants, led by his legal counsel Ben Ginsberg, pushed through several changes that would give Romney broad authority over the Republican nominating process. 

“The rules say that you have an hour after the meeting, but within 15 minutes, we couldn’t find him anywhere,” Ryan, a Ron Paul supporter and member of Maine’s delegation, said. “Finally, we asked an RNC offical if they had seen former New Hampshire Governor John Sununu? He said, ‘John Sununu! Everyone’s looking for him! But he left the building.'”

The details around Sununu’s Friday dip are still foggy, and it’s unclear if he ended up receiving the minority reports after all. Convention officials have not yet responded to our email asking for comment.

2.57 pm Aaron Jones:

BREAKING: Sarah Palin (pretty much) endorses Mitt Romney

This year is a good opportunity for other voices to speak at the convention and I’m excited to hear them. As I’ve repeatedly said, I support Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in their efforts to replace President Obama at the ballot box, and I intend to focus on grassroots efforts to rally Independents and the GOP base to elect Senate and House members so a wise Congress is ready to work with our new President to get our country back on the right path.

Neil Armstrong dies at age 82.


2.52 pm Aaron Jones:

ISAAC SET TO POUND... Advisory... UPDATE: Computer Models... UPDATE: TRACK MAP... SATELLITE...
via Drudge


2.17 pm

Walter Block speaking now on live stream, above. 3:16pm EST.

If you are a college student, get involved with YAL or another organization (Young Republicans?) and bring him to speak on your campus. It will drive your professors crazy!

1.54 pm Aaron Jones:


Live video by Ustream

8.45 am Matt Wolf:

TheReturnofLurker15 lays it down:

7.02 am

Rand Paul Delivers Weekly Republican Address On Solutions To America’s Problems

Is this an indicator of the style of Rand’s speech at the RNC convention on Monday night?

I’m holding out hope that Rand will address the power grab by the establishment to remove the delegate/caucus system from states like Iowa. This change will effect Rand’s potential run in 2016. If you get a chance to speak to Rand at the Ron Paul rally on Sunday, ask him to address the rule changes away from republican traditions.

Take a poll on Rand Paul’s Senate performance here (scroll down).

4.33 am Aaron Jones:


Ron Paul will speak to a live national audience via coverage from C-SPAN on Sunday, Aug 26th at 3pm ET from the University of South Florida’s 17,000 seat Sun Dome. The event is themed as a constitutional conservative and libertarian friendly alternative to the official GOP convention. Ron Paul, himself, is calling it “the speech the RNC doesn’t want the rest of America to hear.”

The event is titled, “We are the Future,” and will feature numerous speakers including Doug Wead, Congressman Justin Amash, Barry Goldwater, Jr., Jack Hunter, SC State Senator Tom Davis and Senator Rand Paul with musical performances by Jimmie Vaughan, Aimee Allen, Jordan Page, and John Popper of Blues Traveler (with Ron Noyes).



3.06 am

Romney Fears Ron Paul Forces at GOP Convention; Wants to be Nominated Early

2.34 am Aaron Jones:

Power Grab: RNC Passes Rule Giving Itself Power To Change Any Rule Without Delegate Vote.

Republican officials have voted to change the way the party will nominate its presidential candidates in future elections in an effort to ensure that delegates to the national convention are bound by the outcome of states’ primaries and caucuses.

It’s more than a technicality. The change — which was passed by the Republican National Convention Committee but still needs to be approved at the convention — would make it nearly impossible in the future for rebellious Republican presidential candidates like Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.) to rack up substantial delegate support in states, when they do not win the states’ nominating contests.

Stay strong, folks, we can fight this. Contact your local Republican officials on this. This is destructive to our Republic.

1.44 am Aaron Jones:

(from yesterday) Reality Report Update from Ben Swann
GOP Establishment Fears Ron Paul Upset at the Convention

1.44 am

You can find various live streams here. When they get interesting, we will embed them here.

1.41 am Aaron Jones:

Great list of Paul supporters and delegates on the ground in Tampa to watch:

10.35 pm Aaron Jones:

Part 1:

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Part 2:

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10.27 pm Aaron Jones:

Ron Paul after the Debate HD:

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10.15 pm Aaron Jones:

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A smart commentary from Youtube on Ron Paul’s warning about economic collapse.

10.13 pm Aaron Jones:

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Good Bailouts vs. Bad Bailouts.

Ron Paul: Nope, they’re all bad.

9.53 pm shimon:

Ron Paul debunking the media-created myth that he can’t win. Last poll in Iowa shows that I actually do much better than the other three.


9.45 pm Aaron Jones:

Poll up on Drudge.


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9.41 pm Aaron Jones:

I love Ron Paul’s confidence there in the face of almost unstoppable war with Iran. “You’d better wake up!”

9.40 pm shimon:

Ron Paul making the economic argument why we shouldn’t go to war again. Sounds like the crowd finallly got it.

9.37 pm Aaron Jones:

Ron Paul: Foreign Aid Should Annoy All Americans!

9.33 pm shimon:

“If you want to go to war at least do it properly!” Great quote from Paul.

9.28 pm shimon:

It’s scaring-the-American-people-time!

9.27 pm Aaron Jones:

Score for Christian Just War Theory!

1. the damage inflicted by the aggressor on the nation or community of nations must be lasting, grave, and certain;

2. all other means of putting an end to it must have been shown to be impractical or ineffective;

3. there must be serious prospects of success;

4. The use of arms must not produce evils and disorders graver than the evil to be eliminated.

9.22 pm Aaron Jones:

Ron Paul’s one word = consistent

9.20 pm shimon:


Good answer.

9.18 pm shimon:

“Please define yourself in one word, and one word only.” Any guesses how Ron Paul will answer this question

9.15 pm Aaron Jones:

Interesting from Fox:

9.08 pm Aaron Jones:

9.07 pm Aaron Jones:

Did you see Ron Paul smile and laugh at comments from the crowd while Santorum was trying to explain why he endorsed Arlen Specter?

Rick Santorum says Arlen Specter is an important member of the Bush team.

8.54 pm Aaron Jones:

The first CNN debate in a month is well underway, and who would have thought that Rep. Ron Paul would have come out swinging hardest, as the only man on stage without a state under his belt? Rep. Paul’s first words in the debate were “he is a fake,” in response to a question from John King as to why an attack ad on Rick Santorum called the former Senator a fake. And he didn’t let up much from there.

7.35 pm Aaron Jones:

I wonder if this Big Foot will come up?

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What do you think? – I hear Paul was on Fox with Cavuto with a good interview – anyone have the clip?

25 minutes….

11.09 pm Aaron Jones:

10.50 pm Aaron Jones:

New Hampshire voters reflect on the Primary – from Revolution PAC
Video by Kevin Winkler (of Bloomington, IN)

10.16 pm Aaron Jones:

A victory for the cause of Liberty.

9.16 pm Matt:

43% Reporting: Romney 37, Paul 24, Huntsman 17, Gingrich 10, Santorum 10

9.14 pm jmiers:

New Hampshire primary results (40% reporting)

Romney 37.3

Paul 23.6

Huntsman 16.9

Gingrich 10

Santorum 9.8

9.12 pm jmiers:

“The role of the government should be to PROTECT OUR LIBERTY” -Ron Paul

Supporters begin chanting “Ron Paul Revolution, Resurrect the Constitution”

9.10 pm jmiers:

Remark about cutting trillion from the budget in the first year off the charts*


*CNN showing a focus group of Republicans in South Carolina

9.08 pm jmiers:

“Bring them home.” -Ron Paul

9.07 pm Aaron Jones:

“hither and yon”

New hipster term…

9.03 pm jmiers:

“He had a clear cut victory but we’re nibbling at his heels” -Ron Paul on Romney

8.55 pm Aaron Jones:

Jim Forsythe giving intro NOW!

8.54 pm Matt:

On CNN: “Looks what’s important here, Romney’s Face!”

8.51 pm Matt:

28% Reporting: Romney 36, Paul 24, Huntsman 17, Gingrich 10

8.50 pm Aaron Jones:


8.47 pm Aaron Jones:

Ron Paul to speak in mere moments:
Click “live video”

8.42 pm Matt:

More junk questions from Dana Bash?

8.27 pm jmiers:

Romney now speaking on CNN. Ron Paul expected to speak at 9pm est.

8.18 pm Aaron Jones:

From Live Streams:

  • Town by town result from the NH Union Leader
  • Election Central at PoliticoCNNFox NewsMSNBC
  • Live Streams: CNNMSNBCFox News

  • 8.09 pm Aaron Jones:

    8.07 pm Matt:

    A good showing for Paul.

    8.06 pm Aaron Jones:

    c-span reporting from Paul HQ now:

    8.05 pm Matt:

    A Romney win with an 11 point margin would be a disappointment for the campaign I imagine.

    8.03 pm Matt:

    CNN is reporting that Roney will finish first and Paul second.

    7.57 pm jmiers:

    Chillin’ with chili at Matt’s house, running the live blog and watching the primary results come in.

    A group of 9 of us watching the NH primary results come in and blogging about Ron Paul's success.

    7.51 pm Matt:

    8% Reporting: Romney 36, Paul 25, Huntsman 16, Gingrich 11

    7.42 pm Matt:

    5% reporting: Romney 37, Paul 25, Huntsman 15, Gingrich 12

    7.39 pm jmiers:

    On Twitter:
     NYTimes The Caucus

    At the polling place at Ward 3 in Manchester, N.H., Ron Paul was the only candidate w/supporters: #fitn

    7.38 pm Matt:

    Most polls in New Hampshire closed at 7pm. The rest close at 8pm.

    7.37 pm Aaron Jones:

    from Manchester for Ron Paul facebook:

    Manch ward 6 results. I did get video of needed.

    Romney 756
    Paul. 333
    Huntsman. 244
    Newt. 203
    Santorum. 150
    Perry. 8

    7.30 pm Adam Prasch:

    With 30% of people describing themselves as liberal on social issues.. it looks like a very different picture than in Iowa.

    7.13 pm jmiers:

    Right now, with only 1% in: Romney 37%, Ron Paul 26%

    7.12 pm jmiers:

    Last poll closes in 49 minutes! Counting and verifying has already begun.

    7.10 pm Matt:

    Dana Bash is live at the Ron Paul campaign HQ in NH….

    7.09 pm jmiers:

    CNN now showing  Ron Paul HQ

    7.07 pm Aaron Jones:

    CNN Reporting from Ron Paul HQ Now

    7.04 pm Aaron Jones:

    Find out what questions could be answered by tonight’s exit polls: Tune in for CNN’s special coverage of the New Hampshire primary at 7pm ET! Who do you think will be voted 1,2,3,4?

    From Anderson Cooper


    7.01 pm Matt:

    Gloria Borger with CNN says “Santorum is the most populist candidate”

    6.47 pm Aaron Jones:

    Official Primary Party

    The Ron Paul Campaign’s official primary party will be held at the Executive Court Banquet Facility at 1199 South Mammoth, Manchester, NH 03109 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.

    3.51 pm Aaron Jones:

    Paul dominating in more ways than one over at

    I wonder if Rush will credit Paul for coming to Romney’s defense?

    I doubt it.

    3.45 pm Aaron Jones:

    from the

    Today: Ron Paul Interview W / Wolf Blitzer CNN 4pm ET

    Congressman Ron Paul will interview with Wolf Blitzer on CNN 1-10-12 4pm eastern time.

    CNN Live Streaming:

    5:30pm Watch the video here:

    1.19 pm Aaron Jones: has posted a photo of J. ROY, a young man I met at the RevPAC debate party.

    I recorded him doing his Ron Paul rap at Jillian’s Billiards Club last Saturday.

    11.24 am Aaron Jones:



    Per twitter, Dave Weigel:

    Said hi to Ron and Carol this morning, who had multiple people coming up to them in solidarity against pushy camera men.

    The official campaign put out a statement about the incident yesterday.

    8.38 am Aaron Jones:

    A favorite song as I drive to work:
    MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) – Ron Paul is counting on the “Live Free or Die” state of New Hampshire to propel his unorthodox campaign into the next round of presidential contests.

    3.35 am Aaron Jones:

    A little something to muster the patriots!

    1.45 am Aaron Jones:

    Paul supporters would do well to avoid the MSM today and stay on the phone!

    Update as posted by Michael at the Daily Paul:

    Get your rest and meet back here in 10 hours.

    Sunday Morning:

    January 8, 2012

    The NBC News / Facebook / Union Leader New Hampshire Debate will be held at Chubb Theatre at the Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 South Main Street, Concord, NH on Sunday, January 8th at 9:00 a.m. Eastern.

    This debate will air on the NBC network as a special edition of “Meet the Press” and will stream live on Facebook. It will also air on MSNBC and NECN.

    NBC Live Stream:

    10.42 pm Matt:

    Well that’s it, good night. Interested to see post debate analysis. Well maybe. Look for Aaron to post on New Hampshire activities soon.

    10.41 pm Matt:

    Disappointing debate so far. The questions and moderaters leave a lot to be desired.

    10.38 pm Matt:

    Ron receives the least time on his strongest issue, economy. A little frustrating.

    10.34 pm Matt:

    Good Huntsman statement on Romney wanting to create a trade war.

    10.30 pm Matt:

    Romney wants to open new markets….by bombing them?

    10.30 pm Matt:

    Was that Santorums closing statement.

    10.29 pm Matt:

    Ron Paul talk about the economy in real terms. The rest all platitudes.

    10.23 pm Matt:

    Ron Paul is the only candidate calling for real spending cuts. Rick Perry, not getting time, so he jumps in strangely to rebutt something.

    10.16 pm Matt:

    Newt seems like he want to micromanage the crap out of this country.

    10.15 pm Matt:

    Romneyn gets questions that allow him to talk in sound bytes. Or is it his style. ABC is letting him skate here.

    10.08 pm Matt:

    At this rate someone needs to go after Romeny or else we will see Romney win out in the primaries without getting more than 35% support.

    10.07 pm Matt:

    Santorum attacks Paul, cut to commercial. ABC breaks own rules?

    10.05 pm Matt:

    “Sanctions always lead to war, and that’s what we are doing” Ron Paul

    10.04 pm Matt:

    Love how ABCnews prefaces every question to Ron Paul with negativity.

    10.01 pm Matt:

    Newt loves to name drop.

    10.01 pm Matt:

    Perry wants to reengage in Iraq even though they don’t want us there. Wouldn’t that be an act of war?

    10.00 pm Matt:

    Santorum wants to stay in the middle east until the US runs out of money.

    9.55 pm Matt:

    On to foreign policy.

    9.52 pm Matt:

    Ron gets question on 3rd party run. This is weird, just like his tv interviews, all the same questions. Let’s get to the issues.

    9.50 pm Matt:

    Rick Perry isn’t getting much time tonight. Seems like ABC may be confused having two Ricks in the debate.

    9.48 pm Matt:

    Santorum on same sex couple adoption. Seems uncomfortable on the topic and dodges a bit. Seems to be reeling a bit on his past statements.

    9.43 pm Matt:

    Why aren’t they asking Santorum about him wanting the government in our bedrooms?

    9.42 pm Matt:

    Ron Paul “4th amendment is clear and patriot act is wrong”

    9.41 pm Matt:

    Where are the attacks on Romney? He is skating here.

    9.40 pm Matt:

    Santorum wants to ban contraception. Ask him the question.

    9.39 pm Matt:

    What. Why are they giving this question to Romney? Ask Santorum the question.

    9.33 pm Matt:

    Wonder if they will ask Santorum if he still supports a government ban of contraception, or him standing with Hillary to ban computer games with violence.

    9.32 pm Matt:

    Ron Paul gets a lot of time in first portion of the debate, mostly attacks though.

    9.32 pm Matt:

    Great response on the newsletter issue. Bridges it to policy stances.

    9.30 pm Matt:

    The newsletter comes up in a debate. This is the attack Ron Paul debate.

    9.29 pm Matt:

    Gingrich on the defensive. Looks really angry.

    9.28 pm Matt:

    Ron Paul defends calling Gingrich a chicken hawk.

    9.24 pm Matt:

    Romney gets a weird nonquestion from Diane. Takes the opportunity to beat the war drums on Iran.

    9.22 pm Matt:

    Perry and Huntsman try to label Ron Paul as a Washington insider. This debate need a laugh track.

    9.21 pm Matt:

    Santorum claims every time he voted the debt ceiling it was tied to spending reductions. Pretty sure that is a lie.

    9.18 pm Matt:

    Santorum is a big government conservative.

    9.15 pm Matt:

    Santorum looks like he got an extreme makeover, presidential candidate edition.

    9.14 pm Matt:

    Ron Paul gets his first question. It is on his attack ads of Santorum. Weird ringing in his microphone.

    Santorum needs 20 minutes to answer. Must be a lot of stuff on him.

    9.12 pm Matt:

    The stage set up is interesting. Seems to be focused on making Romney the center of attention.

    9.09 pm Matt:

    Gincrich in favor of free enterprise… Except when companies buy other companies to make them more efficient?

    8.50 pm Matt:

    Our live blog coverage begins in 10 minutes. Check out for the latest updates.

    12.08 am Matt:

    This post is getting a little long.  Will trim and recap.

    11.14 pm Matt:

    Breaking News: Looks like Perry may be dropping out of race.  Returning to Texas to reassess his campaign.

    10.51 pm Matt:

    Taking a break.  Will try to recap in a bit.  Long night, not all bad news.

    10.46 pm Matt:

    96% Reporting. Santorum 25, Romney 25, Paul 22.

    10.25 pm Matt:

    When people attack Newt, they are going negative.  When newt attacks, he is just telling the truth… Nice one.  Newt is a walking talking ethics violation.

    10.23 pm Matt:

    92% Reporting. Santorum 25, Romney 25, Paul 22.  Santorum leads by 45 votes.

    10.18 pm Matt:

    91% Reporting. Romney 25, Santorum 25, Paul 22.  Romney leads by 13 votes.

    10.14 pm Matt:

    WOW.  Fox just cut off the soldier that CNN cut off earlier.

    10.08 pm Matt:

    89% Reporting. Romney 25, Santorum 25, Paul 21.

    10.04 pm Matt:

    Ron Paul Speaking now at Marriot in Ankeny, Iowa…

    10.02 pm Matt:

    CNN now projects Ron Paul will finish 3rd in Iowa.  Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum fight for top spot.

    9.51 pm Matt:

    Weird, CNN and FoxNews reporting the same numbers, but CNN is always reporting 1% more of the total vote in.

    9.48 pm Matt:

    88% Reporting. Santorum 25, Romney 25, Paul 21

    9.48 pm Matt:

    79% Reporting. Romney 25, Santorum 25, Paul 22.

    9.47 pm Matt:

    Iowa State numbers still not in totals. Updated numbers coming soon.

    9.42 pm Matt:

    59% Reporting.  Santorum 25, Romney 24, Paul 22

    9.39 pm Matt:

    The word out there is that college towns are yet to report.  Those locations could be heavy with Paul supporters.

    9.38 pm Matt:

    53% Reporting: Santorum 24, Romney 22, Paul 22

    9.28 pm Matt:

    Fox News is projecting Perry will finish 5th and Newt 4th.

    9.20 pm Matt:

    49% Reporting: Santorum 25, Romney 24, Paul 22

    9.19 pm Aaron Jones:

    Video from Iowa: Voting Results in Iowa

    9.19 pm Aaron Jones:

    VIDEO from Iowa: Ron Paul 25 winning precinct 14

    9.10 pm Matt:

    47% reporting, no major changes in results.

    9.07 pm Matt:

    46% Reporting: Santorum 25, Romney 24, Paul 22

    9.05 pm Matt:

    Sarah Palin on FoxNews, very careful not to alienate the Ron Paul base.

    8.57 pm Matt:

    Looks like we are stuck at 31% reporting.  To recap the numbers we have.

    Mitt Romney, 7844, 24%
    Rick Santorum, 7723, 24%
    Ron Paul, 7655, 23%

    8.55 pm Matt:

    Some guy on foxnews online thinks Romney should chose Rand Paul as his running mate.  Would this get you to vote for Romney? He thinks so.

    8.54 pm Matt:

    Last number is 31% reporting according to CNN. Long way to go.

    8.50 pm Matt:

    Still 30% reporting, but numbers have changed a little. Romney 24, Santorum 24, Paul 23.

    8.45 pm Matt:

    This could be a long night.  Need some light reading? Try Romney’s 59 point plan….

    160 pages, may as well be the Obama Care bill.

    8.39 pm Matt:

    30% Reporting: Romney 24, Paul 23, Santorum 23
    Only 50 votes between Romney and Paul

    8.39 pm Matt:

    Fox News clearly upset by the results so far.  Switch to speaking about someone else entering the race.

    8.33 pm Matt:

    Really close.  Less than 50 votes separate Romney, Paul, and Santorum.

    8.31 pm Matt:

    25% Reporting:  Romney 24, Paul 23, Santorum 23

    8.21 pm Matt:

    21% Reporting: Paul 24, Santorum 23, Romney 23

    Paul leads by less than 100 votes.

    8.16 pm Matt:

    CNN trying to proclaim Santorum the winner since he didn’t spend much money….maybe that is becase he didn’t raise much money?

    8.12 pm Matt:

    Listening to the background chatter here: am picking up a lot of Anderson Cooper in the background, and some off the record statements from some journalists.



    8.07 pm Matt:

    With 10% reporting, Paul leads by a narrow margin. Paul 25, Santorum 24, Romney 23

    8.03 pm Aaron Jones:

    BREAKING NEWS, first vote counted: Perhaps the earliest Iowa Caucus voter. He needed to leave to attend his local basketball game. He was able to turn in his vote for…Ron Paul.

    7.59 pm Matt:

    Google election results look good, but no idea of the percentage reporting.  Not too useful.

    7.55 pm Matt:

    Fox News: Santorum 25, Paul 25 with 6% reporting.

    7.53 pm Matt:

    Google has Iowa Caucus results:

    7.50 pm Matt:

    National Journal showing Paul 24, Santorum 24, Romney 22

    7.48 pm Matt:

    Fox projects Bachmann will finish last in six-person Iowa race.

    7.46 pm Matt:

    Early results on desmoinesregiser show Santorum 25, Paul 23

    7.41 pm Matt:

    Fox News site does not seem to be calcualting correctly, but it looks like all the underlying data is there.

    7.38 pm Matt:

    Des Moines  Register site seems to be hit or miss at this point (a lot of traffic), but they do have the latest results.

    7.37 pm Matt:

    Fox News announces Iowa is a two way race between Romney and Paul.

    7.28 pm Matt:

    Did Some Math on the CNN Entrance Polls: Paul 24, Romney 24, Santorum 18

    7.24 pm Matt:

    CNN entrance Poll data:

    Doing some math on these, will share soon.

    7.22 pm Matt:

    Fox’s entrance polls do not include overall results, but some quick math on the income demographic shows Paul at 27% and Romney at 22%

    Are they trying to hide something?

    7.16 pm Aaron Jones:

    At a caucus somewhere in Des Moines. 

    7.11 pm Matt:

    Fox News just made some entrance poll data available. Here:

    7.09 pm Matt:

    Some humor while we wait.  It appears that my computer does not trust Rick Santorum.  Smart computer.

    6.52 pm Matt:

    Top places for Caucus results other than

    Check and

    6.38 pm Matt:

    Iowa Caucus start in 20 minutes.  Any predictions?

    6.36 pm Matt:

    From Mashable: “Iowa Caucus as told by Twitter”


    Mitt putting on the fudge glove is priceless.

    6.06 pm Matt:

    Some news from today “Former CIA Agent in Charge of Bin Laden Unit Endorses Ron Paul”

    6.00 pm Matt:

    From Daily Paul, Iowa Caucus open thread:

    4.38 pm Aaron Jones:

    You’ll want to arrive early to plan with other Ron Paul supporters at the caucus. Arrive by 6:15pm CST if you can–especially if you need to register. (Yes, you can!) Details:

    2.20 pm Aaron Jones:

    Des Moines (CNN) – Hours before Iowa caucuses, the Ron Paul campaign has launched its sharpest anti-Romney attack ad yet, a one-minute radio spot calling the former Massachusetts governor a “liberal” who has supported government bailouts, healthcare mandates and big government.

    The ad was running in Iowa Tuesday morning and afternoon.

    2.00 pm Aaron Jones:

    Santorum’s Nephew Endorses Ron Paul, Writes Excellent Op-Ed
    (posted on Daily Paul)

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

    Read more:

    11.00 am Aaron Jones:

    We covered Ron Paul’s visit to West Des Moines Valley High this morning.

    Here’s a video from Ron Paul’s speech.

    Our video is coming shortly…

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