Lets explain why:
Thompson's campaign is collapsing and his fundraising is dead in the water. Not to mention he favored the 1994 AW ban if you remember that far back. He has since changed that position, but iMO once a 'banner' always a banner.
Paul is #3 in the money and the only candidate to post increases in not just fundraising but polling numbers every signle quarter. Momentum. Keep that in mind, Clinton was polling about where Paul was back in his first run and had no where near as much money, bush was a similar story.
No need to discuss rudy, he filed the first lawsuit against gun manufacturers, fought FOR the 94 AW ban and wants to license ALL handgun owners and register ALL handguns.
Romney? The ultra lib from mass? He signed off on the MA AW ban. He HATES guns. Period.
Ron Paul has NEVER voted for a federal restriction on firearms. EVER. He has introduced sveral peices of legislation that would restore our Rights.
Setting aside the gun issue, The ONLY way to beat hitlery in 2008 is by running a candidate who can beat her. Rudy and Romney? No way. Conservatives and many gun owners will just stay home or vote third party rather than cast a vote for eitehr of them.
IMO Ron Paul is the inly republican who can beat the dems in 08. He'll hold the republican base AND get the crucial liberterian vote. That typical 2-3% (which I think will be higher this year if rudy or romney gets the nod) will be the edge it takes to win.
Keep in mind that 77% of Americans now want out of Iraq. I don't care if you agree or not. Thats the facts. A pro-war neo con cannot win in 2008. Period.
That means we get a dolt who is very weak on national security (like hitlery or obamma) or we gtet Ron Paul who will end the war in Iraq, but who WILL continue the hunt for bin laden (rememebr him?) and is very strong on national defense and the crucial BORDER security.
Thompson is just like rudy in supporting mccains 'guest worker program' aka AMNESTY. I want someone who is 100% pro gun and who wants to compeltely seal the borders. THAT is why I want Paul. He and I don't see 100% eye to eye on Iraq, but I'd rather be out of Iraq and have all my guns and sealed border that in iraq and no guns, open borders and half out of iraq.