For the Republican presidential candidates, actions can definitely speak louder than words.
Tonight at 7:30pm, Seattleites will welcome their first and only Republican presidential candidate to town: Ron Paul.
Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, and Mitt Romney have all skirted around the Emerald City.
The closest Santorum got to Seattle was a rally in Tacoma on Feb. 13th at the Washington State History Museum. Perhaps he was hoping to escape the more liberal citizens of Western Washington on the same day that Gov. Gregoire signed the same-sex marriage bill. Though try as he might, Santorum still couldn’t avoid being glitter bombed at the event for his stance against same-sex marriage.
Gingrich edged a bit closer to the largest city in Washington with a campaign stop at the Best Western in Federal Way on Feb. 23. At the rally, Gingrich told supporters he was their man for $2.50/gallon gas. The irony of course is that to get to a speech about lowering gas prices, any curious Seattleite needed to spend on average $4/gallon to make the long trip down to the event.
Romney made it all the way to Medina for a fundraiser last night, and stuck around for a meet and greet in Bellevue this morning. Considering that Romney could see Seattle from across the water, similar to how Sarah Palin can see Russia from her house, he wins the “close but no cigar” award.
Ron Paul, with his rally tonight at Bell Harbor International Conference Center, is the only candidate brave enough to enter the belly of the beast — Seattle.
Western Washington in general tends to lean liberal, but once you get into the greater Seattle area it’s overwhelmingly Democrat. In 2008, King County, in large part because of the Seattle area, was one of the 15 counties where Barack Obama ran up his highest margins against John McCain. Obama received two and a half times more votes than McCain in King County.
Ron Paul is not known as the most conventional candidate in the running. And making a campaign stop in the Democratic epicenter of Washington not only adds to his unconventional approach as compared to his Republican rivals, but it may also earn him a few more votes.