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by Mondoreb & Little Baby Ginn
The latest Rasmussen Poll results state that 27% of Republicans would vote for a Pro-Life Third Party instead of Giuliani. Since these results came out this afternoon, speculation has been rife about a possible third-party run by Republican candidate Ron Paul, should he fall short of the Republican nomination.
It's been pointed out that Paul made a run once before as a Libertarian and only garnered less than one-half percent of the vote in the general election. But those were different times. The Rasmussen results actually looked at likely voters who expressed a preference for an anti-war pro-life candidate in various scenarios.
As stated in our earlier post, it was pointed out over at the Corner at NRO
One of the most interesting possibilities floating around out there is that, after the primaries are over, Paul could offer an antiwar, pro-life, third-party alternative to either Rudy Giuliani or Hillary Clinton
It would be ironic if Hillary Clinton were to benefit from a third-party candidate to gain the White House, like her husband, Bill did in both 1992 and 1996.
Reaction on the internet was varied and swift.
"Wouldn't it be amazing if Hillary got into the White House the same way Bill got his foot in the door back in 92 with Ross Perot? Is this the curse of the RP'S? Ross Perot back then and Ron Paul now?"--Little Baby GinnBill Clinton, the only two-term U.S. president never to have gained at least 50% of the popular vote was the beneficiary of runs by Ross Perot. Two Clintons helped by third-party candidates with the initials of RP? It's not a conspiracy theory, but there are those who will have a field day with such a set-up.
"While it is possible, it is unlikely. That is because anti-fusion laws block him (or anyone) who ran in the two party primary of those respective states (about half of them) with anti-fusion laws of appearing on the general ballot as a candidate for the same office."--FascistNation
"It's deja vu all over again."--Yogi Berra
"From small acorns.. mighty oaks grow."--Blissfully Aware
"Last time Ron ran as third party he received 0.47% of the vote. Not gonna happen."--Reed311
In the 2008 presidential election, history may just have the chance of repeating itself in our lifetime.
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