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Congressman Ron Paul a Tea Party favorite is also the favorite of Republicans at the annual conservative conference -- asked Deepak.
Paul emerged as the winner of the presidential straw poll for the second year in a row.
But -- -- really stand a chance in the Republican primary if he does run -- joining us now with his insights our own political expert Karl Rove former senior advisor to president George W.
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Cindy Sheehan Ari any surprises for you at all knowing how the C pac conference is made up and how these votes are held that Paul went for the -- -- around.
Not surprised by that Dave -- the outgoing chairman the American Conservative Union had an interesting point to make he said.
He wasn't surprised by Paul running first what he was surprised by.
Was -- Romney ran such a strong second there's also been some commented -- the Governor Palin and Governor Huckabee.
Both the conservative staunch conservatives both got 5% of the vote in the straw poll.
But -- let let's put this in context.
This is not you know we're a year ahead of the voting people are sort of make up their -- effect here's the most important point.
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People voted in the straw poll.
People attended the C -- so two thirds of the people who attended.
Did even bothered to vote no I think that's because conservatives and Republicans are try to figure out who should be the nominee and it's a wide open contest.
Without any favorite but -- it was good congressman Paul.
It would ran for in the 2008 primaries he got generally in the low single digits he only -- didn't win a single primary he only -- second.
When it was at the end and there are only two candidates so this is not likely he's not likely to be the Republican nominee but he is good get his people to attend the to -- -- You have very -- -- our right straw poll results aside Carl who would you.
At this point keep an eye on between twelve on the GOP side -- -- ticket.
Well look there it is going to be a wide open contest and did that the front runners are going to be those that are better known like governor Romney and Governor Palin or those that are -- governors -- recently served as governors governor Barbour governor Daniels governor Pawlenty.
But it's going to be a wide open contest and -- likely see lots of surprises along the way this is the first presidential.
Contest on the Republican side in modern history in which there's no presumptive front runner.
And as result we're likely see a wide open contest.
We love it because we'll be bothering you a lot for the next eighteen months and talking about it might have been here on fox.
A lot of talking about a couple of current senators who have now made their intentions now that they're not gonna run again.
We've got Republican Jon -- a very important Republican in the senate.
And also Jim Webb a first term Democrat I want to ask you -- you surprised by either of these and also.
Do you think going to be harder for Republicans to hold onto that Arizona seat or Democrats to hold on to Jim -- seat at Virginia.
I was surprised by Kyle bit but yeah -- understand why did he went out at the top of his game he's a respected senator on both sides the -- He's important not simply do Republicans but to the functions sanity while most thoughtful people -- respectable since they'll.
There's going to be a two white -- -- let's take a look at this on the Republican side there to retirement so far Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas and Jon Kyl of Arizona.
Those two seats are likely to stay in Republican and Democrats have no that candidate and Texas in -- Arizona they're reduced to suggesting.
That that congresswoman Gabriel Giffords would would run Ford and as you know she's got a long tough.
You know recovery ahead of her and it's a sign of the you know sort of the short bench for the Democrats have that -- suggesting her.
And the Democrats side there -- three retirements North Dakota which it most observers admit is now gone for the Democrats.
Virginia where -- was a slight favorite but now the Republicans are likely to take that.
With former senator George Allen and then Connecticut where Democrats are likely to keep Joseph Lieberman's seat.
But the Republicans too safe seats Democrats now have two out of three since they've got a either gone -- very much up for grabs not a good start for the Democrats.
On the retirements.
Right Karl Rove always great to visit with you only lot 82 white four day.
Thank you Q -- -- today Shannon just for you to -- more -- much appreciated have a great Sunday.
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