Top Righty Group Disses Ron Paul as 'an Outlier'

Straw poll doesn't represent national mood: Tony Perkins
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 10, 2011 12:41 PM CDT
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins: Ron Paul Is an 'Outlier'
Tony Perkins speaks during the Values Voter Summit 2011.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Sure, Ron Paul may have won the Values Voter Summit straw poll—but that doesn't mean values voters like him, a social conservative activist says. The head of the Family Research Council told CNN's American Morning that, "when you look at everything," Paul, who got 37% support, "is an outlier in this poll." The Texas congressman bused in "over 600" supporters to push up his poll results, Tony Perkins said.

"You see Herman Cain finishing a strong second, followed by Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann, and Rick Perry. Those are more reflective I think of the other polls and what's happening in the social conservative community." In short, "I don’t think Ron Paul is truly reflective of where values voters stand," Perkins said, according to the Hill. As for Herman Cain, "I think there’s something to be said about his results," Perkins noted. (Read more Ron Paul stories.)

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