With a day to go before the Iowa caucuses, the only thing that anyone can say for sure that will happen is that anything can happen.
Paul, under constant attack for his foreign policy views and unanswered questions about his role in the racist-tinged newsletters that bore his name in the 1980s and 1990s, appears to be fading in the stretch.
“The increased media scrutiny of Ron Paul is hurting him, there’s no doubt about that,” Iowa GOP political activist Don Haskell tells Capitol Hill Blue. “That’s helping Rick Santorum but Romney is benefiting as well.”
But this is Iowa, where anything can — and often does — happen. The latest Des Moines Register poll shows at least 41 percent of likely caucus goers still undecided on their choice for the GOP Presidential nomination.
With one day to go, Romney leads at 24 percent, Paul is second at 22 percent and Santorum at 17 percent. Former front-runner Newt Gingrich continues his collapse — down to 14 percent — and everybody else is an also-ran.
Going into the final day of campaigning, Romney appeared the most relaxed. He drew the largest crowds of any candidate at weekend campaign stops while Ron Paul made the weekend talk show circuit but came across as agitated and uneasy when questioned about his newsletters and extreme positions.
Questioned by ABC’s Jake Tapper about reports that he supported 9/11 conspiracy theories, Paul lost his cool, calling the reports “nonsense.” Paul has grown increasingly short-tempered as questions increase over his newsletters, his support for conspiracy theories and his isolationist foreign policy.
Santorum raised eyebrows over the weekend when he suggested President Barack Obama, “as black man,” should be pro-life. Some critics found the remark racially-tinged.
- Ron Paul Rages After Being Accused of 9/11 Conspiracy Theories (huffingtonpost.com)
- Ron Paul Angrily Rebuts Jake Tapper Over Question About 9/11 Conspiracies (mediaite.com)
- Romney Looks to Fend off Santorum, Paul (abcnews.go.com)
- Des Moines Register Poll Shows Mitt Romney In Lead Ahead Of Iowa Caucus (huffingtonpost.com)
- Late-surging Santorum looks to rally voters ahead of Iowa caucuses (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
- Iowa Already In Rear View Mirror For Some (huffingtonpost.com)
- POLL: Rick Santorum Is Closing In On Ron Paul AND Mitt Romney (businessinsider.com)