ABC hosted the most recent debate between six of the GOP Presidential hopefuls. As was to be expected, the debate moderators Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos tried to position the debate as “between front runners Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich.” Conspicuously missing from the media’s biased attention, of course, was none other than Ron Paul – the candidate with the most thriving campaign in Iowa, whose poll numbers place him just behind Gingrich in a tie with Romney, and perpetually increasing numbers. When polling included independents and disenchanted Democrats who are switching to the Republican party – Ron Paul became the clear leader in Iowa. And yet the media continues so obviously to avoid even mentioning his name if at all possible.

As the debate unfolded, Michelle Bachmann forcefully piped up, admitting she wanted to follow Cain’s strategy of repeating one single talking point – she repeated through out the debate that she is the true conservative. Online polls throughout the debate showed viewers were still largely unclear about Romney and Gingrich’s positions on health care mandates, and the majority of Yahoo! pollsters were requesting to give Ron Paul more talking time. In the end, Romney and Gingrich were sloppy and often ambiguous, Bachmann’s case for her conservatism boded well against all candidates except Ron Paul – who has so undeniably been the most consistent true conservative for over 30 years, he was the one person Bachmann couldn’t afford to compare herself to, and Perry piped up briefly to coax Romney to offer him a $10,000 bet – an action the media hooked onto as a death blow to the Romney Campaign. Many are saying it was one of Ron Paul’s strongest performances – with strong, clear, and concise arguments. In closing, Rick Perry said he has most learned from Ron Paul’s effort to end the Federal Reserve, and why it matters. Romney said he was most impressed by Ron Paul’s leadership – claiming he is always amazed how the only signs he sees at debates are for Ron Paul.

The typical agenda and bias of ABC News (and the rest of the mainstream media) was perhaps most clear in the post-debate commentary, where the talking heads tried to focus the discussion about Romney vs. Gingrich, identifying the silly bet between Romney and Perry as a critical moment, and then they all unanimously agreed Gingrich is the clear winner. Ron Paul’s name was not mentioned ONCE in the post-debate commentary – yes, the man leading all online post-debate polls, and mentioned by 40% of the other candidates as the most influential opponent in their closing statements.

Ron Paul’s existence was finally mentioned the following morning on ABC’s This Week with Christiane Amanpour:

Update:

Here are some polls currently running:

Most important:
Yahoo! News: http://news.yahoo.com/elections/debate/vote/ [polling now closed]
Sodahead/ABC News: http://www.sodahead.com/fun/who-do-you-think-is-performing-the-best-at-tonights-gop-presidential-candidate-debate/question-2331881/

Facebook:
“Vote for Newt” Page: https://www.facebook.com/votefornewt [DELETED: due to overwhelming support for Ron Paul]
“The Tea Party” Page: http://www.facebook.com/questions/257506934304799/

Less important:
WePolls: http://www.wepolls.com/p/6251407/Who-won-the-12/10/2011-ABC-News-GOP-debate-in-Iowa
WorldMag: http://online.worldmag.com/2011/12/10/online-poll-who-won-saturdays-gop-debate-in-des-moines/


2 Responses to Ron Paul Wins Iowa ABC GOP Debate 12/10/11 According to Online Polling

  1. zadoc says:

    I am sorry, but Wepolls is way more important than Sodahead.

    • Michael says:

      Well, the Sodahead poll was created in partnership with ABC, so I treated it as more or less the “official” poll for the ABC debate.

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