Prioritizing Social Issues a “Losing Position,” Says Losing Candidate Ron Paul
5:30 pm, February 20th | by Laura Donovan
Concentrating on social issues won’t help win elections, says GOP presidential contender Ron Paul, who alluded to the political baggage that comes with focusing on things like birth control during a Sunday interview on “State of the Union.” Speaking to Candy Crowley, Paul said an emphasis on social issues is “a losing position.”
“I mean, I talk about it because I have a precise understanding of how difficult problems should be solved,” Paul said. “And they’re not to be at the national level. We’re not supposed to nationalize these problems.”
While the right has been unpopular as of late for its apparent war on contraception and the like, anti-abortion GOP nominees are faring better in the polls than Paul, who, with the exception of last year’s CPAC straw poll, consistently finishes last. Paul, who conservative commentator Matt Lewis refers to as a “Paleoconservative (a nearly-extinct species most known for losing national elections),” is like the kid who says being picked last in P.E. says nothing about his athletic abilities or future in sports. In the world of voting and popularity contests, I’m afraid it does. Rick Santorum has made some pretty wild claims about social issues, but looking at the numbers, the joke may actually be on Dr. Paul.
Maybe the next time he tries to nab GOP support, he should show support for PersonhoodUSA again, a pledge for pro-life rights among other things, that he reportedly signed late last year.