Snoop Dogg endorses Ron Paul for President?

Ron Paul ran for President as a Libertarian in 1988, and as a Republican in 2008. He is running for President as a Republican again in 2012.

(excerpt from) Reuters
Snoop Dogg endorses Ron Paul, for Shizzle?

LOS ANGELES, Jan 30 (TheWrap.com) – Snoop Dogg, throwing his weight behind Ron Paul? Politics really does make strange bedfellows — or at least smoking buddies.

The rapper and marijuana enthusiast appeared to grant his endorsement to GOP candidate Paul on his Facebook page late Monday, posting a picture of Paul with the headline “Smoke Weed Everyday.” Snoop Dogg — born Calvin Broadus — included the message “Because I said so” with his post…

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34 thoughts on “Snoop Dogg endorses Ron Paul for President?

  1. Kimberly Wilder Post author

    @William Saturn: Thanks for your feedback. I clarified my headline to better match the summary and article.

  2. Jill Pyeatt

    I see this as a positive. Snoop Dogg lives in my general area (Diamond Bar, CA). He organized a youth team (I think football), and is thought of as a fine family man. Thanks for posting this, Kimberly.

  3. Kleptocracy And You

    Jan.30 ?! Great news we get to live 52 days over again gang !!!

    Jokes aside if Snoop likes Ron he’ll love Gary Johnson –

    Gary Johnson On Weed RE-Legalization (was legal for Hundreds of years until 1934) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOPQiGZURmA&feature=related

    Gary Johnson “The BIG Difference Between Marijuana & Alcohol Is Marijuana Is A LOT SAFER!” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFf4P20cWmU

    I grew hemp – George Washington – http://www.lpstuff.com/shop/index.php?_a=viewProd&productId=530

    RE-Legalize It > http://www.lpstuff.com/shop/index.php?_a=viewCat&catId=109

  4. Kimberly Wilder

    To Kleptocracy @7 – I realized I almost should have listed all the third party candidates – which probably include a lot of the current Libertarian prez contenders and the Green Party prez contenders – who are for reform of hemp and marijuana laws.

    I would like to state my position:

    I get a little nervous when politicians or candidates come out kind of “glorifying” marijuana or saying it is safe. Alcohol and drugs are not a good idea, and a lifetime of use changes a person.

    I like the angles of “decriminalization”, medical marijuana (ie: people who need it for pain, people who are dying of cancer, so addiction is not a problem), and the importance of hemp to a more sustainable economy.

    It is ironic how many people get in the same boat, though, when you insert an issue or a desire for freedom into a conversation. (How many non-duopoly people that is!)

  5. TheOTHERLibertarianGirl

    And if Ron Paul doesn’t get the GOP nomination, will he back Gary Johnson? Gary Johnson is for ending the drug war like Ron Paul and decriminalizing marijuana.

  6. Tom Blanton

    The LP should recruit Snoop Dogg to run as President and get Swamp Dogg to be VP.

    These guys know more about freedom than Gary Johnson will ever comprehend.

  7. NewFederalist

    @14… I think that is a bit harsh. I lived in New Mexico while Johnson was governor and he did a fine job. Is he a pure philosphical libertarian? Probably not but he is a lot closer than Bob Barr was. Support a real libertarian like Lee Wrights or Roger Gary for the nomination if you like but I would not think that trashing Johnson is well advised just because he is all wrong about the Fair Tax.

  8. Paul's Endorsement

    And if Ron Paul doesn’t get the GOP nomination, will he back Gary Johnson? Gary Johnson is for ending the drug war like Ron Paul and decriminalizing marijuana.

    Paul might, but it’s not like Paul owes anything to Johnson. So Johnson endorsed Paul — so what? Compared to Paul, Johnson’s a cipher, and I assume his endorsement was unrequested.

    Furthermore, legalizing pot is not the core of Paul’s campaign. Honest money and antiwar are his main talking points.

    And I don’t mean a wishy-washy, inoffensively vague “non-interventionism.” Paul’s is an in-your-face, antiwar rhetoric. He speaks of blowback — Paul dares to offend by pointing out that U.S. policy creates terrorism — that’s why youth and progressives love Paul.

    Does Johnson dare speak — loudly and often — such bold, antiwar rhetoric? If not, then Johnson has not earned Paul’s endorsement.

    Of course, it’s up to Paul. And who knows — Paul may yet be on the November ballot, on some ticket or other, perhaps even as Romney’s VP.

  9. Robert Capozzi

    16 PE: …that’s why youth and progressives love Paul.

    me: You do me SOME youth and progressives love Paul, yes?

    You sound like you might be a Paulista, which is grand. But I’m going to strongly suggest that the odds that Paul endorses GJ are MUCH higher than Paul being selected as Romney’s running mate.

  10. Paul's Endorsement

    You do me SOME youth and progressives love Paul, yes?

    Almost nobody says “some” even when they mean “some.” “Some” is a given.

    Only someone with Asperger’s Syndrome, or someone trying to score petty debating points, whines about the missing “some.”

  11. Robert Capozzi

    19 pe, thanks for clarifying. In my case, I’ve noted that some RP supporters of the zealous variety seem to have an inflated view of his support with young voters and progressives, especially progressives, in my estimation. Maintaining a sense of proportion in one’s assessments seem vital to me, in order to keep a sense of perspective and balance. Overstatement can be a useful rhetorical device, although overusing it can lead to diminished credibility.

  12. Edy Vote Green Alvarez

    Ron Paul will not get the nomination, nor will he run third party, so celebrities like Snoop looking to legalize weed will get behind the Green Party candidate.

  13. Matt Cholko

    Unfortunately, most celebrities, just like Americans at-large, buy into the wasted vote/spoiler BS, and won’t support third party candidates.

  14. Paul's Endorsements

    Maintaining a sense of proportion in one’s assessments seem vital to me, in order to keep a sense of perspective and balance. Overstatement can be a useful rhetorical device…

    In my estimation, the notion that Gary Johnson will get over 1% on November is a vast overstatement. An overstatement that, I believe, you have been guilty of.

  15. paulie

    Paul may yet be on the November ballot, on some ticket or other, perhaps even as Romney’s VP.

    Rand maybe but probably not. Ron, no way.

  16. Kleptocracy And You

    The LP needs to nominate Ron Paul as the VP candidate. Be smart for once. Utilize $60 million of past publisity to promote the LP Brand! Nominate him, second it and ELECT him Veep for 2012 !

    Stop settling for peanuts, go for it ! Ron Paul on the ticket will bring in thousands of grassroot activist to help the LP !! Just do it !!!

    On Friday, after NO primary victories anywhere this year Ron Paul’s campaign raised about 3/4 of a million dollars in a money bomb. He has a following the LP must tap into ! This is the last chance. Don’t pass up thi$ route to $ucce$$ for the LP Brand !

    Johnson/Paul 2012

  17. Paul's Endorsement

    The LP needs to nominate Ron Paul as the VP candidate…. Johnson/Paul 2012

    On what planet would Paul accept being second banana to Johnson?

    If the LP expects Paul to accept its nomination, it’d have to be Paul/whoever.

    Paul came in second in New Hampshire. Johnson couldn’t even poll enough to get into some of the GOP debates.

  18. Austin Battenberg

    Paul might endorse, but we have to see how the third parties shape and form. Not only the Libertarian Party but also the Constitution Party, and any other significant independent runs.

    Not to mention, there is always the possibility that Paul might try to do what he did in 2008, and try to get all the third party candidates to work together. I think it was and still is a good idea, as long as no candidates snubs Ron Paul after committing to joining the effort.

  19. Robert Capozzi

    23 pe: In my estimation, the notion that Gary Johnson will get over 1% on November is a vast overstatement. An overstatement that, I believe, you have been guilty of.

    me: Hmm, “guilty of” is an interesting word choice, as if that was a crime. But, no, I don’t think I’ve made that prediction. I generally don’t make predictions, but I do offer likelihoods, which are just guesses. I think I did say a few weeks ago that odds go up if Santorum gets the GOP nomination.

    I do think it’s possible that the 1% ceiling can be bested. I do believe that if RP were to bolt to the LP that 1% would be quite doable.

    Either one could perform in the John Anderson to Ross Perot zone, but both could use work on honing their message. I would say Paul has gotten MUCH more disciplined, certainly vs. his 08 run.

    GJ as prez nominee might break through with a deep-pocketed running mate.

    Either RP or GJ could get disproportionate media coverage. Barr was starting to get it in 08, but his hastily put together, underfunded, limo-driving 😉 campaign just sort of petered out. Barr also is too lawyerly for the role. The media is a business, so they need compelling figures to fill their air space.

    With Anderson especially, on paper, he was no more qualified to be prez than RP or GJ…I’d even say less qualified. The media at the time gave him a LOT of coverage because he was the moderate R running against the scary conservative R, Reagan. It was easier for the media to promote Anderson than a L the likes of RP or GJ, who are both extreme radicals by the media’s standards.

    Still, I think it’s worth a shot.

  20. Kleptocracy And You

    GJ is more qualified than Anderson and definitely Perot ! Some of these Paul people are like cultists. They think Rand Paul will just slide in for daddy! Well the truth is Ron Paul didn’t create libertarianism, far from it. Rand Paul doesn’t agree with his dad 100% on foreign policy and I imagine drugs either. The Paul people should welcome a chance to be on most if not all ballots in Nov. as a LP nom as they sure as heck won’t be there as a RP nom! Johnson/Paul ’12

    Here is the newest Ron Paul Ad ! A lot of truth in here !!!
    It’s NOT Working (for you and me) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=68yGJMUwd5k

  21. Paul's Endorsement

    If you are an LP member wouldn’t it be nice to have that enthusiasm in the LP thru Nov and beyond?

    You’re right that without Ron Paul on its ticket, the LP wouldn’t get any enthusiasm from the public. Gary Johnson certainly didn’t inspire any enthusiasm during his GOP run.

    Thus, Johnson/Paul would be an insult to Paul.

    The LP can have Johnson. But it should leave Paul free to choose his own path. If he wants to be on the LP ticket, I’m sure he’ll let you guys know.

  22. paulie

    GJ is more qualified than Anderson and definitely Perot !

    Depends on what you mean. Anderson and Perot had more establishment media coverage and financial resources.

    The Paul people should welcome a chance to be on most if not all ballots in Nov. as a LP nom as they sure as heck won’t be there as a RP nom! Johnson/Paul ’12

    Paul could be the LP presidential candidate with virtually no notice.

    I don’t think he is likely to be interested, and I oppose a draft.

  23. just saying

    @32, in the context of the conversation, which was a response to #28, he meant more qualified to serve as President, not “more qualified to run a high-profile campaign.”

    Barr had a more compelling cv than either McCain or Obama, but being the LP candidate disqualified him from the fawning establishment-media attention lavished on the other two.

  24. paulie

    @28 if I counted back correctly (the comment numbers don’t show up in dashboard) wrote “Either [Johnson or Paul as LP candidate] could perform in the John Anderson to Ross Perot zone…” and @29 responded that Johnson is more qualified than Anderson or Perot. However, the qualifications that matter when it comes to performance in campaigns are money, (wo)manpower and media. Usually, these follow each other up or down. Since neither Anderson nor Perot was ever president, and since it’s very unlikely that Johnson or Paul will be president next year, the relevant qualifications here are those for a high profile campaign, not those for holding office.

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