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Really are the first the real message we can take from this week's primary in South Carolina.
Is that congressman Ron Paul is playing a bigger gain than the his rivals suspect or at least care to acknowledge.
The race is in chaos at this point Santorum won Iowa Romney won New Hampshire Gingrich won South Carolina and is poised to finish well in Florida.
But he's not even on the ballot in his home state of Virginia and that carries nearly as many delegates as Florida does this year.
What is all this mean for voters who support the only game changer in the race.
It means this primary campaign will be a protracted 11 that may not be decided until the spring.
It means that states like Minnesota and Nevada and other states.
That have deep caucuses.
Suddenly matters states -- congressman Ron Paul.
Is already very popular for -- it means that without a clear front runner this early in the race there is still room for a big surprise.
And it seems that congressman Paul no stranger to -- an ad campaigns.
Has been banking on this not just for this year.
But for his entire career a campaign where the electorate.
-- so fed up with the establishment.
With the establishment's candidate.
That it in effect refuses to back any candidate for long leaving the one game changer with a consistent longstanding dedication to sound money.
And constitutional principles.
As the last candidates standing.
We'll congressman Paul strategy work.
Who better to ask -- veteran political strategist and chair of south Carolina's Democratic Party -- -- -- -- Dick it's a pleasure welcome back to freedom watch what a nine week what a week you just act did -- and the way you thought it would.
Well you know I sensed after that -- last Monday's debate a week ago.
Just couldn't handle the pressure.
Again rich -- great answers and then there was this momentum that sort of built during the week.
And with Romney's.
Flooding the tax question and other questions on Thursday night.
And not -- coming on so strong -- first question from John King.
I felt like knew it was gonna win and but who would have ever anticipated.
A double digit when this was a landslide here the voters -- their 46 counties in South Carolina right all but three.
All but three voted four and -- which is a huge projection now what you just said the establishment candidate.
A Mitt Romney who.
Who has been running from him his his past -- this is his career he's at a Wall Street -- made a lot of money and new just Lam demonic.
Our -- -- -- -- arguably you're arguably part of the establish yourself and I don't mean that in a negative way the establishment south Carolina at her prominent trial are I know that from my prior life.
And you're the chair of the Democratic Party.
At which is one of the reasons why I think.
We like having you want and you're a good person analyze Republican issues.
What do you think the Republican establishment will do.
If new rises and Mitt fools will they tolerate a maverick.
Like Newt Gingrich at the head of their ticket or will they tried to do something.
Before Republicans go to their convention in Florida.
-- I've -- several I talked a couple Republican operative today one of the suggests is a scenario where there'd be favorite son candidates that is.
Did for the sake of argument Mitch Daniels or Chris Christie in their states put their name on the ballot and no stakes at -- they can still do that.
They get the delegates and they take them to the convention and there'd be a brokered convention for some.
A third person now the problem with that is.
No one would have anywhere close to 50% and you talked about.
But Ron Paul moment ago he -- have fifteen to 20% of the delegates going in to that convention.
Was a majority -- so I think Ron Paul's in the driver's seat I think he can call.
We and direct to the party.
At the at the September convention my.
Paul continues to get about 125%.
Of the delegates in each of these races and caucuses.
In the next three or four months -- actually be able to dictate or at least influence the ticket.
Oh no question about it I mean.
That one scenario I heard this morning was that his -- the price for his delegates would be his son as vice president what better way to monitor.
And and and to make -- That their presidential.
Candidate if he becomes president doesn't stray.
From the principles of Ron Paul's.
A -- Promoting if his vice president is is somebody that he trusts a 150%.
Son got it.
The corporately and always a pleasure -- back again thanks for joining us.
Thank you that Gingrich certainly.
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