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With Thompson out, Tom McClintock leans to Ron Paul

With Fred Thompson out of the presidential race, who's a self-respecting conservative to go for? Could it be, maybe, perhaps, a certain Republican-libertarian from Texas?

That's one question perplexing California state Sen. Tom McClintock, possibly the second-most-famous California Republican currently in office after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

McClintock created a stir two months when he endorsed Thompson’s presidential candidacy. Having run for governor, lieutenant governor and state controller, McClintock has shown that while he has not won a statewide contest, he can win GOP primaries, which conservatives tend to dominate. So heading into the Feb. 5 primary, McClintock’s endorsement is seen as important in California.

Now McClintock is mulling his choices. And it comes down to the basics: "Who will respect our Constitution, defend our borders, and reduce the burdens of government on our people?" McClintock said Thursday in Sacramento as the Senate wrapped up its week. "If I were to vote today, I probably would be casting a vote for Ron Paul. I’m not voting today."

Why Paul?

"I do believe he will respect our Constitu-" McClintock said, then stopped midthought. "I don’t want to go too far. I am still looking."

Why not former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney? "I want somebody with a consistent record," McClintock said. "I want someone who didn’t have to go through a political epiphany the day before he announced his candidacy."

-- Dan Morain

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The political calculus has simplified immensely:

McCain: Pro-amnesty, anti-first amendment, anger issues.
Romney: Flip-flopper, gun-grabber, pro national health care.
Huckabee: big-government conservative, tax hiker, pro smoking ban.
Giuliani: pro-public funding for abortions, gun grabber.

Wish he would. A few choice endorsments and the MSM might stop ignoring Dr. Paul.

I hope so, at this point all the real conservatives such as my self are about to abandon ship - from the Republican Party. Why? Because - they have become democrats with an (R) next to their name.

Look at the state of things -and ask yourself why has the FOX news executives (The so called conservative Elite) given almost $200,000 to Hillary?

Don’t believe me - look up Rupert Murdock and Clinton in any search engine.

He doesn't want to "go too far" in endorsing Ron Paul?

Probably McClintock just doesn't want to bite the hand that's fed him, the GOP party machine that so hates Paul that they'll defeat themselves first rather than see him win.

It certainly is true, though, that Paul is the most consistent and authentic candidate of either party. The pandering and swerving views of the others just nauseate independents.

Welcome aboard one and all! We have a very large umbrella! Please visit - dig deeply into this honest mans record, consider reading some of his books - he has the knowledge and conviction to turn our country around

Coincidentally, Thompson was my #2 choice and Paul is my #1.

Thank you for this article. The Republican primary race is a game of last man standing. Dr Ron Paul is the presidential candidate who will stop the economic collapse which is upon us, and keep the poor and middle income people afloat. You can see the synopsis of Ron Paul at the Florida debate and see for yourself why he won it at:
The $1 trillion dollars a year spent on empire building across the globe, which Dr Paul wants to stop, is an immoral tax that is bankrupting the country which is more and more being owned by Chinese bankers.

McClintock is huge to us Conservatives in California. I had already thrown in with the RP camp six months ago, but it is good to hear that like-minded Conservatives in office who I admire are starting to sound off.

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Makes me wonder who Tom McClintock is worried about. Almost seems like he's looking over his shoulder for a bully to suckerpunch him. If you supported Thompson for his fiscal conservatism, Ron Paul is really your only alternative in that regard. I don't know whats wrong about saying publicly that you support the constitution. Heck, shout it from the rooftops if you want, its a free country.

I'm not trying to persuade anyone but maybe he could check out 'Ron Paul economics' / constitution on You Tube. That's where I found out about Ron Paul and John Mc Cain too.

Great article. Bestselling author, syndicated columnist, and renowned conservative commentator Cal Thomas praised Ron Paul on his website. Here's some of what he had to say:

"Where are we after the Michigan primary and just before South Carolina this weekend?

"Mike Huckabee... sounds like a big government Republican. The only one behaving like a real Republican is Ron Paul, who actually wants to cut spending and get government out of our lives. He won't win the nomination because too many Republican are into handouts and redistribution, just like Democrats."

"It's a sad political season if you are a conservative... Maybe a miracle will happen and Republicans will start behaving like Republicans again."

Now is the time for truth and MSM defeat...

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This is great news for us Ron Paul supporters! I truly hope that he does follow through on his endorsement, as California is a very important state for Dr. Paul. Dr. Paul's record ( -- check it out!) shows that he has always voted in accordance with Constitutional principles, has never voted for a tax raise, voted against the Iraq War, and wishes to end birthright citizenship for illegal immigrants, secure our borders with troops that are brought back from around the world, and repeal the patriot act and restore habeas corpus to protect our individual liberties. Couple this with his incredible economic plan, and we have one heluva President on our hands to restore America back to its roots!

Tom, just SAY IT! There is no other "logical," Constitutional choice or voice in the current GOP line-up...and obviously you know it, so just SAY IT!

Thank you for the article, Dan. This will probably be the election we look back on as the one that truly made us consider, "What precisely is a 'wasted vote'?" Is it voting for someone who the pollsters say doesn't have a chance.. so we instead vote for the lesser evil of the two or three poll frontrunners? If this is the case, we have truly sealed our long-term fate. We certainly will eventually collapse into national ruin as did the Soviet Union. Why save and invest money in a system where your savings will be worth pennies on the dollar by the time you retire? Why try to teach your children right from wrong when they see our leaders acting like dishonest, spiteful, and greedy children themselves? Sad.

It is nice to see that others are realizing that the most consistent non-flip flopping Presiential candidate is Ron Paul. And I am including the Dems too!

We each seem to have our own major issue(s) that make their choice for President seem like the best one. My question is: Would someone tell me why we should NOT elect Ron Paul?

The rest, with Richardson and Kucinich out, seem to be talking crazy talk (or did last week!) about our military adventures in the Middle East. Additionally, no one else seems to understand the problems with the economy, inflation, and out of control deficit spending. Inflation is going to eat us alive, as it has already started to do so. Do you really believe that the REAL inflation rate last year, the rate that was used by the government for Social Security check increases this month, was 2.3%? Just look at the price of gold up 30% in 2007, now at an all time high and getting higher!

One can not talk about tax cuts without ALSO talking about cutting spending. We have a $9 trillion debt (nearly double since 2000) that must be paid so we can afford Social Security and Medicare. The interest payments will go sky high when we begin to fight inflation with higher Federal Reserve bank rates.

And we must stop inflation or everyone's life savings will go down the tubes, along with the middle class, like what has happened to the middle class in most countries south of our border. And do not forget Universal Health Care, which is coming down the tracks right at us, unless Republicans begin to understand the seriousness of runaway deficits and inflation. And start educating the country. A Democratic President will surely not fight inflation like Volcker and Reagan did!

Please vote Ron Paul and save the country from bankruptcy abroad and at home!

If McClintock wants someone with a consistent record, he obviously has not "googled" Ron Paul yet. Even McCain himself was caught saying that, "Congressman Paul is the most principled, consistent voice on the hill"

Senator McClintock has made a wise choice. Ron Paul is the only real Republican, and his voting record proves it.

Senator McClintock has made a wise choice. Ron Paul is the only real Republican, and his voting record proves it.

Go for it Tom! Endorse Ron Paul now, to influence the maximum number of voters -- early voting is already in progress. Ron Paul has THOUSANDS of volunteers and donors in California. We were very disappointed when you endorsed Thompson, but I'm sure most of us will forgive you if you come out publicly for Ron Paul before February 5th. Given your criteria as outlined in this article, Ron Paul is the obvious choice. But don't just go with selfless logic and pick Ron Paul because he's the best candidate for America, regardless of his odds of winning -- pick Ron Paul for YOU, because his supporters will help YOU when you run for the US Senate, and after that, the White House.

Today tomorrow or next week, nothing will change, The candidates are what they are and the only dignified and honest constitutionalist is none other than Ron Paul. The economy is collapsing and no interest reate cuts or rebates will make any difference at all.

Brilliant! No other candidate has a clue when it comes to restoring, defending, and upholding the Constitution. We don't need another personality President.
We need someone who understands Constitutional constraints when it comes to foreign and domestic policy.
We need someone who is willing to sacrifice their power as President to restore a healthy balance of power in our government.
We need Ron Paul!
He knows he can't save our nation by himself. He encourages true patriotism and self-sacrifice at a local, practical level. Look at how his run for Presidency has unified his followers. Look at how creative, innovative and passionate they are. Doesn't that tell you something. That's what our country is supposed to be.

Thanks for the report. Looks like even politicians are coming around. This is the time heroes are born by standing behind their values.

I sincerely hope for the health and wealth of America more heroes are born this year than any other.

Ron Paul, 2008. Any other vote and you might as well give your money to billion dollar corporations.

Why the trepidation over endorsing Ron Paul, Sen Tom McClintock? It's seems altogether clear based on the contents of the above article that you are just like everyone else who sees Ron Paul for the decent and honest true conservative presidential candidate that he is. The future of America is too precious and uncertain to be wishy-washy and politically correct about this issue. I say, stick to the guy with the unwaivering constitutional principles and impeccable congressional voting record and support him no matter what. Certainly that's what I'm going to do when I cast my vote for Ron Paul. :)

Just one more piece of evidence that shows Ron Paul is the only TRUE CONSERVATIVE in this race.

Old man McClintock is so funny, on one hand he knows what good but on the other hand " don’t want to go too far. I am still looking", he doesn't want to be ruined by his Neo Con constituency. Ron Paul for president.

"If I were to vote today, I probably would be casting a vote for Ron Paul. I’m not voting today."

Does he believe a better candidate will magically appear at this point? I've been hoping and waiting for a Ron Paul presidency since 1984.

"I do believe he will respect our Constitu-" McClintock said, then stopped midthought. "I don’t want to go too far. I am still looking."

He should have taken that thought and run with it. Too bad he lost his resolve. Seriously, where does he think he's going to find a better candidate?

Ron Paul is the only candidate that has a consistent record of respecting the Constitution.

'Why not former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney? "I want somebody with a consistent record," McClintock said.'

Holy cow, Tom, Ron Paul has been consistent for over two decades. What more do you want? Most of the other candidates can't maintain any consistency for more than two months.

For the record, I'm really glad and relieved that Fred Thompson dropped out. He made a lot of the right-sounding noises, but he's no Ron Paul, not by a long shot.

Nice article, guys.

I don't live in Cali, but McClintock sounds like a smart guy.

It makes perfect sense that McClintock would come around. He's a rare breed in an ultra-liberal practicallly socialist state.

Vote Ron Paul

As Sir William would say, keep it simple.

Almost all of the issues would not exist if we had only followed the Constitution.

It does come down to a simple choice.

I'm a Thompson supporter trying to figure out the same thing. WHY did Fred have to go!!!! I can't do Mitt- he's a flip flopping joke. And I hate Huck's fair tax (imagine trying to buy a new car or house w/taxes like that!) plus his changes lately...he used to want a national smoking ban! That's not small govt. And he's using Paul talking points these days, it sounds weird coming from Huck. And McCain? He's not conservative and I lost faith in him a long time ago. He needs to hang up his hat. Giuliani? Pro-illegal immigrant, pro-choice, anti-gun, pro-war...he's Hillary.

Go Dr. Ron Paul :)

Ron Paul is the only candidate who will abide by the Constitution and truely has the American individual's best interest at heart. He is the candidate that will get this country turned around and headed the right direction and he will do it quickly.

~RON PAUL 2008~

Ron Paul is not a war monger!! Vote for Ron Paul!

Well SenatorMcClintock,

Being as how the CA primary is less than two weeks away, I hope you don't sit on the fence too, long. Ron Paul's track record is all the proof one needs to see that he is the only candidate who has consistently supported the Constitution. I've noticed how the other candidates of BOTH parties deal out little sound-bites of Ron Paul's message. It seems that if the other Republican candidates aren't mocking him, they're trying to mimic him, in order to tell people what they want to hear. Your strong endorsement of Congressman, Dr. Ron Paul is what he AND the American people need in order to restore the constitutional foundation of this country, so that we may enjoy a free and prosperous life and a harmonious relationship with the rest of the world.

Ron Paul is not a war monger!! Vote for Ron Paul!

Tom McClintock is who I voted for in the recall election based on his principles and stance on the issues. It's great to know he's still the same (just to be able to 'mull over' Ron Paul in public takes guts for politicians now).

McClintock's endorsement of Ron Paul will help McClintock. Because with or without McClintock, the Revolution will go on. I believe Mr. McClintock can become even greater voice in California by aligning himself with this Revolution -- he ought to know that it is better to choose to be aligned with truth and what is right than to enjoy the temporary success and delusions of aligning with what must ultimately fail in the long run.

Go Ron Paul!!

I really don't understand Senator McClintock's reticence in endorsing Ron Paul. "Who will respect our Constitution, defend our borders, and reduce the burdens of government on our people?" McClintock asks. Dr. Paul is the champion of the Constitution, has real plans to address both the physical, economic and legal dimensions to the border problem, and has consistently called for smaller government and sound monetary policy for decades.

"I want somebody with a consistent record," McClintock said. "I want someone who didn’t have to go through a political epiphany the day before he announced his candidacy." How could this requirement fit anybody except for Dr. Paul?

Romney, Huckabee, Giuliani and McCain are deficit-spending Schwarzenegger Republicans - not the kind of leaders we need when we are facing a $9.3+ TRILLION dollar debt and $59 TRILLION in entitlement liabilities.

Ron is making conservatives come out of the closet.

He is Smart!
With Fred out-and guiliani almost out...
The choice is CLEAR...
Huckbee is one of the 10 most wanted politicians in Washington due to "fraud" -do your own research... he is also a christian socialist.
I am a strong christian and i wouldn't vote for him despite his "eloquence" and charm.
Ron Paul is also a STRONG Christian-who has a personal relationship with Jesus but he doesn't bring it up unless asked (he thinks politics should stay away from religion-is against constitution :)
I wish the media would take note of that...
Ron Paul is my candidate--he would shred OBAMA OR HILLARY in economy and foreign policy (shred them to pieces).
I wish he would debate them one on one.
Ron P never ducks the questions....
RECONISIDER if voting for someone else and vote for RON PAUL.
Don't believe he doesn't have a shot-VOTE your conscience.
Tanah -Cedar PArk, TX :)

Come on Tom, commit already. McCain can't win. He's crazy. Anybody locked in a dungeon for years has deep psychological scars that obstruct sound judgment. Americans aren't ready for a Mormon. Huckabee and Giuliani are sideshows.

Which issue does Rep. Paul's opinion differ from yours? Immigration? The economy? Guns, gay marriage, healthcare??? He seems to be the perfect choice if it weren't for all the media parrots squawking "but, he can't win... but, he can't win."

The media continually telling us Giuliani was a frontrunner didn't make it so, and neither will constantly telling us Paul can't win. It just diminishes the media credibility.

I've sent Mr. McClintock emails asking to endores Ron Paul. It's an easy choice as both public figures have more in common than differences. Paul and McClintock joining would be a powerful political force. Stop playing politics Mr. McClintock! Get with program and stop the wishy washy bull. You have a job to do, and that is to protect the republic bound by the Constitution from foreign and domestic enemies.

Dear Mr. McClintock, You once spoke with a few of my friends in front of the State Capitol about their supporting Ron Paul. They where very impressed with you and I am delighted to hear you have taken Ron Paul's message to a new level. I encourage you to officially support Ron Paul. He is what this country needs and the others are just more of the same. Thank You!
Kari Alfaro

Makes sense. Politicians in any party are being seen as fake, and pre-canned. Americans are losing trust in politics, and Ron Paul is the only candidate that could change that. His record and his ideas are rock solid since it's based strictly on the constitution. Our government needs many more people like him.

Wow, this is great news. I have great respect for Mr. McClintock. I've been waffling on Ron Paul mostly because of his newsletters and his seemly close association with racist groups, but I love most of his message. It would definitely help seal the deal of me voting for Mr. Paul if Tom endorsed him.

It's about time McClintock came around towards the Paul camp. Why the hesitation? McClintock interviewed Ron Paul several months ago and seemed to give hima glowing endorsement, although not officially. As a former McClintock supporter, I was very disappointed that he had endorsed Fred Thompson. Yet we must remember that Tom endorsed Schwarzenegger in 06 after opposing him so vehemently in 03.

Matter of fact I wrote this article last week before Fred Dropped out, entitled

Which Big-Government Socialist Will Tom McClintock Endorse Next?
By Martin Hill

It may be too late for McClintock, he's shown himself to be an unreliable poser.

Oh please, get off the fence already, Ron Paul is so clearly in a class of his own their can be no ambiguity as to where you stand. You either love freedom and sound policy, or you're comfortable with the government controlling your life. We are suppose to be "the land of free and the home of the brave", so let's stop being the being the pussilanimous sheep being led by a by a disrespecting shepherd.

McClintock is on the right track. Paul's record is steadfast. He is running on the exact same platform and saying the exact same things he said when he ran 20 years ago. And his voting record between the two is as consistent as can be.

For more info go to

Also, thank you to the LA Times, one of the few mainstream media outlets that seems to give Dr. Paul a fair shake.

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