Here are just a few things in Chad’s Pile that you will hear on Lubbock’s First News this morning. Give Chad your feedback on the steaming topics.

1. Should we take Ron Paul seriously? (link)

The AP and even Politico have stories out about Ron Paul and how no one takes him seriously. I think the article's miss the point. Is Ron Paul a force? Yes, but not in the Republican party. Ron Paul is a Libertarian and one that most Republican's can get behind. That is, until he opens his mouth on military issues. I love what Paul says about the Constitution, spending, and big government. When he talks about isolationism and letting Iran have a nuke, he loses me and many others.

Is Ron Paul someone we should listen to? Sure. Should we take his candidacy seriously in the GOP primaries? No.

2. Romney mocks Obama (link)

President Obama is taking a bus tour, but he wants all of you to know that it's not a campaign event. GOP candidate Mitt Romney wasted no time taking a few swings at Obama's tour.

"During his Magical Misery bus tour this week, it is unlikely President Obama will speak with unemployed Americans, to near-bankrupt business owners, or to families struggling to survive in this economy," the campaign said in a statement released prior to Obama's arrival in Minnesota Monday."He is more interested in campaigning in swing states than working to solve the economic crisis that is crushing the middle class," it continued. "Turning this economy around will require real leadership and the experience of someone who has actually worked in the private sector."

Nice jab Romney.

3. Rick Perry and Al Gore (link)

Politico wants to know more about Gov. Rick Perry and Al Gore's relationship.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry may have forgotten a thing or two about the Al Gore presidential campaign he helped lead in 1988.

In an interview with an Iowa radio station on Monday, the Republican presidential contender explained his role as the Gore campaign’s Texas chairman by saying that “this was Al Gore before he invented the Internet and got to be Mr. Global Warming.”

But in fact, global warming was already a significant theme for Gore in 1987 and 1988 — long before his activism led to several books, a Nobel Prize and a part in an Academy Award-winning film. It was also well before the right gave him the "Mr. Ozone" nickname and talk radio heaped endless mockery on the future vice president.

We will see if this hurts Perry's image with the GOP. My prediction is, it won't.


These and many more topics coming up on Tuesday’s edition of Lubbock’s First News with Chad Hasty. Tune in mornings 6-9am on News/Talk 790 KFYO, streaming online at, and now on your iPhone and Android device with the radioPup App.