A supporter of Republican candidate Rep. Ron Paul feels that the candidate is receiving unfair treament by the media while other more “mainstream” names such as Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann and Mitt Romney are getting more attention by the beltway press.
Rep. Walter Jones, a Republican from North Carolina who has endorsed Paul to seek the Republican nomination, recently told The Hill that “fair-minded people don’t know why Ron Paul is not given adequate press.”
He noted that the media in conservative circles don’t cover Paul because they don’t feel that he can clinch the Republican nomination. However, be brings up that Paul came in second at the Ames Straw Poll last week, second to Michele Bachmann, but Bachmann got a majority of the press despite the near upset in her own home state.
“There are show horses, and work horses,” Jones said. “Paul is a work horse.”
However, Jones notes that Paul will be able to do well in the Iowa Cacus early next year and will exceed expectations in New Hampshire. “[The media] is going to have to deal with Ron Paul eventually,” Jones said.
According to a Rassmussen Reports poll out this week following front runner Rick Perry officially throwing his hat into the ring and the Iowa Straw Poll and debate, Paul came in fourth place amongst likely primary voters — behind the Texas Governor’s 29%, Mitt Romney’s 18%, and Michele Bachmann’s 13%. Paul only garnered 9%.
Of those polled, 45% viewed Paul as unfavorable, with 43% saying that he is viewed favorably — the worst of the entire field, even doing worse than Newt Gingrich’s unfavorable rating of 43% and favorable rating of 48%.
By comparison, 69% said they had a favorable opinion of Perry, 71% said they viewed Bachmann favorable, and 77% said they viewed Romney favorably.