Rep. Ron Paul's (R-Texas) presidential campaign is getting a "fair shake," Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus said Wednesday.
Preibus suggested that Paul, the libertarian-minded GOP candidate for president, is being treated fairly enough by the media, despite his campaign's protests that Paul isn't receiving the same attention that other top-tier candidates have garnered.
Paul himself had been vocal in questioning coverage of his campaign since he finished a close second place behind Rep. Michele BachmannMichele Bachmann'Real Housewives' producer 'begging' Conway to join cast Ex-rep admires furs amid PETA inaugural gala Why Republicans took aim at an ethics watchdog MORE (R-Minn.) at the Ames straw poll in Iowa earlier this month. An ally of Paul's, Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) accused the media of "arrogance" this week for its coverage of Paul.
Paul's campaign said that his finish at that event, a preliminary measure of Iowa voters' preference in a GOP nominee, and this week's Gallup poll showing Paul within striking distance of President Obama in a head-to-head match-up, prove he's a legitimate candidate for president.
Mainstream Republicans have often wondered whether Paul's opposition to most U.S. military engagements and his vocal support for a monetary system more closely reliant on the price of gold would make him palatable across the Republican Party, let alone with independent voters.
But Priebus, who's been careful about ruling in or out any Republican candidate for president, gave Paul some semblance of establishment support, offering words of praise for the Texas congressman.
"These issues — and Ron Paul's been championing these issues in regard to our spending and our debt and the Fed — the fact that these issues are mainstream conversations now that we're having at dinner tables across America, I think that's a good thing," Priebus said. "And I think that Ron Paul should be credited for a lot of these things."