GOP Insiders say Romney was the biggest winner
June 13th, 2011
11:15 PM ET

GOP Insiders say Romney was the biggest winner

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) – A survey of GOP insiders indicates that Mitt Romney was the biggest winner of Monday night's CNN/WMUR/New Hampshire Union Leader Republican presidential debate.

According to a National Journal Political Insiders poll, 51 percent of those questioned say that the former Massachusetts governor was the biggest winner of the debate, with 21 percent saying that Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota was the winner. In third place in the survey was former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty at nine percent, followed by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at seven percent, former Godfather's Pizza CEO and radio talk show host Herman Cain and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania at four percent.

None of the 54 Republican political operatives, strategists, campaign consultants and lobbyists who are part of the National Journal's regular panel of Washington insiders said that Rep. Ron Paul of Texas was the biggest winner of the debate.

So who was the biggest loser?

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  1. Will

    Gee, GOP Insiders vote Romney and hate Ron Paul... Go figure! Meanwhile, the rest of people with common sense and respect for the Constitution are going with Ron Paul.. Also, how can they say that Ron Paul wasn't the winner of the debate when he had more applause than any other candidate involved in the debate?! GOP Insiders are idiots. Pure and simple.

    June 16, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  2. JD

    Ron Paul doesn't exist, your poll proves it.

    June 14, 2011 at 11:21 pm |
  3. Dustin

    I find the lack of true journalism and bias against Ron Paul laughable. How can you print these lies when the AC360 online poll and CNN polls show Dr. Paul as the clear winner. Yet you go an find the poll online with him at 0% by 54 lobbyist voters instead of the 4k+ votes and 70% that was on your own poll? Stop lying to the American people! Tell the truth not what your corporate interests tell you to say! The light of truth has been shined on you!

    June 14, 2011 at 9:25 pm |
  4. Caleb

    How come Ron Paul won the CNN poll with 75+ percent, yet these "insiders" say different. And what kind of poll ask 54 people? Are you kidding me? That has got to be the sorriest attempt at journalism I have ever seen. You can fit more than that on a bus. CNN you have convinced me that your job is not to inform people but to deliver your propaganda to the masses. What a joke.

    June 14, 2011 at 9:19 pm |
  5. JeffnDallas

    I also found it "interesting" that Romney and Pawlenty fawned over the one Navy veteran who posed a question, thanking him for his service, etc (well-deserved), but NO such thanks was offered to Ron Paul standing in between BOTH of them who was ALSO a veteran and a DOCTOR as well in the military!

    Why no love for the ONE AND ONLY VETERAN on the stage?!

    June 14, 2011 at 8:24 pm |
  6. JeffnDallas

    I think you've summed it up already when you use a word like "insider." It automatically tells us where you think "We the People" stand. Clearly you think we are the "outsiders." Sure alienate us, there are many, many more of us "outsiders" going into the voting booths come election day than the "insiders."

    Ron Paul 2012.

    June 14, 2011 at 8:13 pm |
  7. Dave

    CNN's online poll had Ron Paul winning huge at 79%. I guess I'm not surprised that those 54 "Washington insiders" didn't name him as winner though.

    June 14, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  8. Janine from PA

    Yes that is what we need to be president, a multimillionaire businessman. Just who would benefit from that? Certainly not the working people who are under attack from the GOP. We will lose much more under any GOP president. Everything will be even more pro business, anti worker and unions. Employers and employees need to be treated equal, with the employee being out in front a bit, They are the ones who work like dogs to help get these employers rich. Then the corporations and businessmen find ways not to pay their fair share of taxes while the worker pays the brunt and gets no where. Even losing ground with less pensions being offered, less health benefits less of everything. Employers didn't even have any American pride to keep jobs in our country.
    I don't see congress or the executive branch giving up their salaries or benefits to help cut the budget.

    June 14, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
  9. Tab Cocovillea

    This is the biggest crock I've ever seen. Both the criminals in the GOP and the empty-headed talking heads at this network are promoting lies. It's like America has become Saddam's Iraq with the Ministry of Propaganda spreading disinformation to discredit Ron Paul. A blind person could see that Mitt Romney is all fluff. Cain looks and sounds good, but he really is the same old neo-con wrapped in a new package. My vote's going to Ron and the others can bug off.

    June 14, 2011 at 11:20 am |
  10. Chris Bieber

    typical MSM offal.....and typical painting Ron Paul out of the picture.........how Soviet.

    the other Partisan Mouthpieces were good GOP tools....good scriptreaders....and good shills for the GOP.

    The arrogant elitism of the MSM and the GOP and its lackeys here(Johnson and Bachman are not total puppets) is quite repulsive and repugnant.

    As is thier "Us Too" Corporate Socialism and Trickle Down fascism.

    Ron Paul is the only one who does not bow down before the Elephant God and its Priests of the Temple....

    They can have their statist idolatry.

    June 14, 2011 at 1:24 am |
  11. Patrick

    To everyone who keeps saying that Ron Paul's ideas are out there.. Can you please explain how following the constitution is "out there"? Can you explain how looking out for our country first is "out there"? Can you explain how keeping the federal government out of our bedrooms and personal lives is "out there"? And can you explain how doing away with government bureaucracy and unconstitutional corrupt organizations like the Federal Reserve is "out there"? Please explain your reasoning? Otherwise, please keep your uneducated opinions to yourself..

    June 13, 2011 at 11:55 pm |