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Did Ron Paul Win Last Night's Debate?

Patch panelists say Paul subdued, but supporters say he separated himself from a crowded GOP pack.

Last night, Patch covered the Fox News/Google GOP debate in Orlando, Fla., with a that featured several local political experts and enthusiasts.

Following the show, we asked those same people ?

While many of the Patch panelists said Ron Paul wasn't his normal outspoken self, supporters chimed in saying the Texas Congressman still stood out, despite being provided limited opportunities by Fox News moderators.

"Romney won, but Santorum did well," said Bedford's Steve Poschmann, a new addition to Patch's debate panel. "Perry didn't help himself. Bachmann did not do great. Huntsman did fine, but not great. Paul has done better in other debates."

University of New Hampshire political science professor Dante Scala agreed.

"Another good night for Santorum, becoming Perry's chief antagonist on right," said Scala. "Ron Paul seemed a little subdued tonight. Never seemed to have a signature moment."

"I disagree," said one Paul supporter. "Ron Paul won this debate. The only reason he seems 'subdued' is because the moderators gave him the 2nd least amount of time."

"4 questions asked to Ron Paul? Was that the right number? Felt like 2," said another supporter.

Others, still, were more to the point.

"Ron Paul won hands down ... Professional, short concise answers that spoke volumes about his experience and maturity as a national leader," said one commenter. "Perry is a blowhard and Romney is stiff and appears aloof."

"None of 'em comes close to Ron Paul in terms of knowledge, experience, wisdom, statesmanship and patriotism," added another.

Do you think Paul won? If not, who? Maybe debate newcomer Gary Johnson?

Let us know in the attached poll , and feel free to elaborate in our comment section below.

Royce Torres September 23, 2011 at 01:47 PM
Ron Paul was the only candidate who kept his composure and was able to articulate a clear message to how he would address the problem/questions (...although only 4 questions) that were asked of him. While the "other" hopefuls did a magnificent job dancing around and avoiding the issues - it made for a great game show (just what Americans are looking for) Ron Paul won the debate in my eyes and would make a great president!
Kevin Kenney September 23, 2011 at 01:47 PM
Let him sit back and give facts while our "top tier" beats eachother to death. Then when people finaly see they are liars paul will media blitz with all the videos of him predicting our currect economic and social climate and people will finaly see.
James Tiscione September 23, 2011 at 02:12 PM
Ron Paul won because he speaks volumes in concise language. He does not come to put on a variety show like the other American idol want to be contestants. Ron Paul 2012
Benson Stein September 23, 2011 at 03:04 PM
Ron Paul can win any debate just by showing up and not saying one word. By just standing there, and being the only honest, genuine, politician, out of that bunch of corrupt puppets and goons. And the only one not owned by corporate interests, the military-industrial complex, and PAC money. So, yes, I would safely say that he will win any debate that he decides to show up for.
Travis September 23, 2011 at 03:04 PM
Ron Paul won hands down!!!!!! Is it me or does anyone else notice how, the mainstream media or the moderators show him no love. It is getting to be ridiculous and just down right unfair. This happens time and time again, where the mainstream big time media players IE: fox, cnn msnbc, etc, etc (which are controlled by the select few wealthy people who run this world!!!!) only give coverage to the candidates that they want you to vote for, who are already a part of the the conspiracy machine!!!!!! Ron is against the federal reserve, and all for less government control.............you think they are going to give exposure to someone who could potentially put a huge road block to their plans of making america a communist nations, and creating a New World Order where they whole world is basically ran by communists. I'm not saying that their is a conspiracy in the mist, but if there isn't then why time after time, president after president, comes into office and nothing really changes? Vote Ron Paul or don't vote at all!!!!!!!!
Patty September 23, 2011 at 03:16 PM
Ron Paul gets my vote. I will have to change my party to Republican to do so, but I just can't vote for Obama again. He hasn't done anything. The other Repubs have nothing new to offer. I voted for change last time, I don't want more of the same. Let's have REAL change!
Bill Milligan September 23, 2011 at 03:26 PM
There was a moment in the debate where Ron was asked a question on returning federal policy to constitutional principles. Ron replied, very simply, that he would veto any bill that did not pass that test. The camera was angled so that you could see the discomfort, almost squirming, on Perry's and Romney's faces. They know that from his remarkably consistent record, that Ron actually means it, and that the audience knows it -- and that anything *they* say is automatically in doubt. Ron Paul won this debate in that moment. All they offer is more BS and rhetoric. Ron isn't playing games.
sovereignhominin September 23, 2011 at 03:29 PM
Ron Paul is the only one up there with a clear, concise, plan, and honest answers. His message resonates across a wide demographic. The momentum is building and can no longer be stopped. The cat is out of the bag and freedom is popular. Veterans for Ron Paul 2012!
Thomas September 23, 2011 at 03:31 PM
Gary Johnson validates Ron Paul's principles with gubernatorial experience and a sense of humor. Ron Paul and Gary Johnson are the only candidates worth voting for. Although I think Gary Johnson won the debate in terms of being noticed, I believe that it is Ron Paul's ideas that have flourished and taken hold of all the debates. The two of them should be No. 1 and No. 2 in the polls. Ron Paul's message of personal and economic liberty for all individuals is spreading like wildfire. If Americans could hear his positions on the economy and the Federal Reserve he would be the ONLY candidate. And it's great that Johnson is a part of that. Here’s why: http://ccapitalist.blogspot.com/2011/08/no-one-listens-to-outcast-until-he-is.html
Greg September 23, 2011 at 03:32 PM
I would say Dr Paul won but he has had a rigorous schedule and seemed very tired. He did get many moments that were not necessarily stand out like Johnson's dog poo joke or Cain's cancer survival story, but were big for him nonetheless and as far as applause he seemed to have the most support on his stances. The immigration issue/fence he got to explain further and with the economic problems we are seeing, I think people that may have written his comment off as crazy before are no longer so sure. The other moment was with when he showed the main problem in the US. That we have a problem identifying the root of issues. While the other candidates were parroting Dr Paul, I didn't see any that really understood the underlying issue of the federal reserve. That is what wins it for Paul every time, that he has the wisdom to identify the cause of many problems (fed reserve and our policies) rather than the effects of the fed and our policies such as the debt and programs. For all the talk of the Constitution you really see it trampled by the other candidates. What makes it hard to justify anyone but Ron Paul is the Oath of Office itself at the very beginning. If we don't have a president that can honestly swear in then how can we trust them to restore freedom to Americans.
Anonoped Oped September 23, 2011 at 03:39 PM
Ron Paul won the debate. Fox news orchestrated a semi blackout of Ron Paul. You could see it. four questions in almost two hours? Come on, even the sheep are starting to take notice. If you watched online, they showed google stats from the last few months. Ron Paul pretty much owned them all. The Internet has become an equalizer. Ron Paul is the only candidate running for office that would do what he says. Actually has principles and does not mealy mouth everything. Vote Ron Paul or wind up like the USSR. Your choice.
Jason H. Smith September 23, 2011 at 03:44 PM
Ron Paul has got no chance! Michele Bachmann is clearly on a roll! Says mainstream media pundit.
George Hung September 23, 2011 at 03:44 PM
* Ron Paul polls consistently in a dead heat with President Obama (Rasmussen, Gallup, CNN) * Ron Paul consistently places in the top three in major Republican Primary polls; * Ron Paul is number two in fundraising and number one for individual donations; * Ron Paul has more military donations than all other GOP candidates and Obama * Ron Paul is a 12-term Congressman and has spent his entire career defending the Constitution; * Ron Paul is the only candidate to accurately predict the housing bubble, economic crises and the devaluation of the dollar.
Roger Tilleux September 23, 2011 at 03:51 PM
First of all, it wasn't a debate. It was a Q & A session. In a debate, each candidate would have a chance to answer every question, on every issue posed. Second, nobody won, because it was not a debate (see point one above). Who had the best answers? Ron Paul. He always has the best answers, because they are genuine views / positions arrived at from logical, rational reasoning. He is a critical thinker. Dr. Paul's opinions are the result of many long years of research, analysis and contemplation of fact and evidence. And, if given the proper amount of time to explain his reasoning, he will. Without hesitation. His ideas cannot be captured in 30 or 60 second soundbites. In spite of this limitation of the "debate" formats, he STILL manages to deliver concise (and precise), powerful responses. As when he answered the question of how, as president, he would strengthen State's rights...his answer: veto every bill which violates the tenth ammendment. Period. The moderator was even caught off guard by such a short, straight to the point answer. He was expecting some kind of addition rhetoric and hot air, such as the other candidates take every opportunity to spout. You'll get none of that from Ron Paul.
windwardtack September 23, 2011 at 03:55 PM
Ron Paul is polling in third place nationally, yet got the second least debate time of anyone up there. Of course he seemed subdued in the context of the full debate -- since his opportunities were so rare. However, his candor and intelligence stand out from the soundbites.
Carolo September 23, 2011 at 04:04 PM
Ron Paul is too old to run for anything at 76 years old. Cripes, he could be dead by the end of the day! I like Paul as a person but too old is too old.
Jeff September 23, 2011 at 04:17 PM
Ron Paul won. He actually answered the questions he was asked.
Eduard Tieseler September 23, 2011 at 04:27 PM
I agree with this poster that this was the moment he won the debate. Every other person up there gave their political spiel at every question, Ron Paul gave the only answer to that question that could be given, he went straight to the point, and did not go on adding fluff and other worthless filler words. It shows the honesty of the man and how he would be as president, something this country desperately needs. In the last debate there was a similar moment, before he was cut off. When asking about social security. All the candidates say the same thing, that everyone on it will continue to get it, and young people will have their own retirement accounts and do their own savings. That's fine, and a half answer, Ron Paul was the only one that bothered to mention, or started to before he was cut off, that you have to consider funding. If the young people are no longer paying into it, but the people on it, or about to receive it still get it, then how is it funded? He was just starting to make this point when the moderators cut him off. Right there was the reason he must be president.
Justin September 23, 2011 at 06:18 PM
RP 2012
ausscyn September 23, 2011 at 07:35 PM
Has anyone been watching the Romney Perry Shows? You know, those tv programs masquerading as republican presidential debates that are actually just about those two? Once again, the media (tv, print, electronic) is choosing our president for us. They did it last time for their corporate and military industrial masters, and they're doing it again. We'll be given one of these two v. Obama, none of which will stop the wars, get rid of the Federal Reserve (which is printing money by the bushel & making our savings and retirement worthless), and save our economy. The candidate the people want, who has won all the debates (in spite of being given little time to speak), and most of the polls, is Ron Paul. The republican party sure doesn't get it, that they need more than just republicans to defeat Obama. Paul's message of peace, liberty and sound money appeals to ALL voters, and that's why the media and the RINO's are determined to defeat him. Do all you can to elect Ron Paul!
Afd213 September 23, 2011 at 08:03 PM
Ron Paul: direct, honest, well-spoken. I mean did you all see Rick Perry falling apart up there with his stuttering, run around responses? The joke of a charade between him and Romney was very depressing. This is the next president we're talking about here and the situation of this country is no joke. The debate was made to seem like a comedy game show between those two puppets. Honestly, Ron Paul was much more assertive last night and put his foot down finally and announced " I am top tier." I think the next step has been reached for Paul, and only hope that his message reaches more and more everyday.
Afd213 September 23, 2011 at 08:05 PM
I'm also tired of people saying he's too old. Do you really have nothing else to be concerned with? His principles are timeless and youthful. His age is absolutely irrelevant.
shawn hinkle September 23, 2011 at 08:35 PM
Ron Paul has set the tone of these debates and has brought it to the attention of the people what the underlying causes are to our problems. His correct and unwavering stance on forgien policy is the only reason the die hard republican base has not fully recieved him. It is simply a race against time. The people are waking up! We need to do all we can to help wake them up in time. I pray to God that it can be so.
Jim Miller September 23, 2011 at 08:40 PM
To see just how unfairly Ron Paul is being treated by the mainstream media, check out Newsmax.com's articles about him on this very subject. It is extremely enlightening.
CRjr September 23, 2011 at 10:52 PM
In an age of sound-bites, thankfully the people are waking up to the notion that Ron Paul and Gary Johnson stood head and shoulders above the rest of the pack. Kudos to Gary Johnson for recognizing the RON PAUL is the greatest friend our constitution has ever had. Ron Paul 2012. A total grassroots movement. The media can't stop it and they can't stand it. With the Internet, we'll just bypass the neoconservative or "so-called" war mongering, unconstitutional conservatives. Small government, protect our borders, respect for individual liberties and common sense. Way to go Dr. Paul. America is starting to get it.
Rose Marie Olszewski September 24, 2011 at 01:25 AM
When the media is treating Dr. Ron Paul unfairly, they are treating the public as puppets. Dr. Paul won the Fox News online poll, so why talk about Romney and Perry over and over?
Lazarus Long September 24, 2011 at 07:16 PM
Ron Paul is the only candidate who truly addresses the issues and actually provides solutions to the problems we face. He is also a STRICT Constitutionalist. Both are what we need now. The other candidates are there simply to argue with one another. The difference between Ron Paul and the other candidates is the difference between someone who's concerned with WHAT's right versus those who are more concerned with WHO's right.
Julian Alien September 25, 2011 at 06:05 PM
It is obvious that some powerful people are afraid of losing their hold on Americas wallet.Ron Paul has been gaining a lot of momentum and he is clearly winning the debates.I refuse to be hypnotized by the Media.
-Paul- September 28, 2011 at 04:46 PM
I think Ron Paul won. He and Gary Johnson are the only candidates I think actually understand liberty at all. I don't trust the rest of them. If you look at their records, they don't match the rhetoric at all.
Keva Monroe December 17, 2011 at 06:23 AM
Wake Up America......This Guy Is For Real....He Has The Knowledge To Direct Our Country To A New Beginning.....Now Is The Time For Us All To Come Together and Do Our Very Best......

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