New Hampshire Paper Trashes Paul

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Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas speaks during a campaign stop in Fort Madison, Iowa, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011.

With Ron Paul threatening an upset victory in Iowa, his New Hampshire critics are already on the attack. An editorial in the Manchester Union Leader, the influential daily whose endorsement of Newt Gingrich shook up the race in November, trashes Paul as a “dangerous man” who appeals only to the “lunatic fringe (see white supremacists, anti-Semites, truthers, etc.).” Paul has been polling toward the top tier in New Hampshire, but his momentum seems to be surging in Iowa—polls put him neck and neck with Mitt Romney, and his campaign just nabbed a high-profile defector from the Michele Bachmann camp.