Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Iowa Radio Host Slams Ron Paul's Surge

THE STATE COLUMN | Staff | December 20, 2011

Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX), a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, won two Iowa polls Monday. Despite this fact, there are some who question Mr. Paul’s recent surge in the Hawkeye State.

Simon Conway, a conservative talk radio host in Iowa, slammed Mr. Paul’s Iowa surge in an exclusive interview with Newsmax Tuesday.

“I just don’t buy it,” Mr. Conway said. “I simply do not believe Ron Paul is leading among people who are going to vote in the Iowa caucuses,” Mr. Conway added.

Public Policy Polling and Insider Advantage polls of likely Iowa GOP caucusgoers Monday found Mr. Paul leading the GOP pack in the Hawkeye State. Mr. Paul finished 3 percentage points ahead of former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney in the Iowa PPP poll and 6 percentage points ahead of the Bain Capital co-founder in the Insider Advantage poll.

Mr. Conway’s criticism of Mr. Paul went even further. The conservative radio host predicted that Mr. Paul will not win the Republican presidential nomination, because of a number of his foreign policy positions.

“There is no way he is going to win the nomination. He said in my studio three times that he would not, as president, have given the kill order against Osama bin Laden because Pakistan is a sovereign nation,” Mr. Conway told Newsmax.

Even though the latest polls suggest that Mr. Paul has a strong chance of winning the Iowa Caucuses, Mr. Conway posited that “Iowa is not done in terms of making its mind up. There are big numbers of people who are still undecided among candidates. It is too early to tell and that is why it is too early to predict.”

Last Thursday, Mr. Conway was featured in a New York Times article, in which the British-born talk show host was described as “cutting and often brash.”

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