Jon Stewart thinks Ron Paul should be America's 'idea guy'
'Daily Show' host Jon Stewart has a bit of a soft spot for Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, which led him to suggest a new government post for Congressman Paul.
Jon Stewart loves Ron Paul. OK, maybe “loves” is too strong a word here. The "Daily Show" host appreciates GOP presidential hopeful Congressman Paul of Texas quite a bit. That doesn’t mean he wants him to win, though.Skip to next paragraph
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“I don’t know if he should be president or have any kind of power but I like him as our idea guy,” said Mr. Stewart during his roundup on Wednesday’s Republican debate from the Reagan library.
You know how the whole recent Stewart-Paul dynamic developed, right? Last month the Comedy Central comedian pointed out that Paul’s second-place finish in the Ames, Iowa, straw poll had gone virtually unmentioned by the media. Reporters instead puffed up Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who hadn’t participated, or candidates who finished below Paul. [Editor's note: The original version misstated Paul's performance in the straw poll.]
“How did libertarian Ron Paul become the 13th floor in a hotel?” asked Stewart on his show.
Paul got lots of attention from this. Maybe Paul’s Stewartian quasi-boost was what led to his running only 2 percentage points behind President Obama in a head-to-head matchup in a late August Gallup poll.
Or maybe it was that Obama is so weak at the moment he’s not doing too well against any Republican.
Anyway, during his Thursday show Stewart griped that Wednesday’s GOP presidential debate was set up as a two-person faceoff between Governor Perry and ex-Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. They were placed in the center of the stage, and lots of the questions were directed at them.