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Written by Gary Howard
Wednesday, 04 January 2012 14:42
Ron Paul Campaign Airs Final New Hampshire TV Ad ‘Believe’
Ad features prominent Republican surrogates such as State Sens. Andy Sanborn and Ray White
LAKE JACKSON, Texas – The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign announced today that it will begin airing its final television ad ‘Believe
’ in the key early voting state of New Hampshire.
The 60-second ad will run beginning today on broadcast and cable television statewide in New Hampshire, and on broadcast television in the greater Boston market. The ad features prominent Granite State surrogates such as political activists and leaders including state Sens. Andy Sanborn (R-Henniker) and Ray White (R-Bedford), both of whom have endorsed Ron Paul for the presidency.
A key feature of the ad is New Hampshire politicians and luminaries condemning the outsize growth of the federal government – calling is “overtaxing” and “overspending” – alongside declarations that the upcoming election is about trust. The ad then presents Ron Paul as an honest and consistent candidate, and the sole alternative to flip-floppers responsible for the costly mistakes of the past. The ad also showcases, in the words of its subjects, the strengths of Ron Paul’s ‘Plan to Restore America
“Ron Paul is surging in New Hampshire and is in it to win it. We have a first-class organization and tremendous support from a state where his message of personal and economic liberty resonates well. This ad will serve as the closing argument for why Ron Paul is the only authentic conservative in this race, and the only one capable of bringing authentic change to Washington,” said Ron Paul 2012 National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton.
To view the television ad online, please click here
Ron Paul Iowa Team Touts New ‘Homeschoolers for Ron Paul’
Latest families valuing education freedom reside in Dallas, Des Moines, Polk and Lee counties
ANKENY, Iowa – The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign announced today new members of its active ‘Homeschoolers for Ron Paul’ nationwide coalition. New members hail from Dallas, Des Moines, Polk, and Lee counties, all Iowa.
Below are the statements of new coalition members who agree with Dr. Paul’s position that no nation can remain free when the state has greater influence over the knowledge and values transmitted to children than the family does.
As President, Dr. Paul has pledged to veto any legislation that would encroach on homeschooling parents’ rights to educate their children.
James and DeAnn Cline educate their three children from their Polk County home. They stated they support the 12-term Congressman from Texas because he is the only candidate who knows and actually understands the Constitution. Further, they wrote, “Ron Paul is a man of integrity who has a proven record of not being swayed from his allegiance to the U.S. Constitution. He is the only man of principle who is ready, willing and able to make the hard decisions that are necessary to turn our country away from its current path of destruction. We believe Ron Paul to be the candidate who will restore lost liberties and defend our remaining liberties through faithful adherence to the U.S. Constitution.”
Lee County residents John and Angela Helwig have homeschooled their children for 17 years. They stated that they would support Dr. Paul even if they were not homeschooling, because they feel he is the only candidate looking out for the future of America. “We are happy that Ron Paul is fully behind the right to homeschool. That is not the primary reason we support him though,” said John. “We agree with his stance on monetary issues as well as foreign policy.”
Stacy Bastian is a homeschool parent from Dallas County. Stacy explained that Dr. Paul earned her support because, “He has a consistency of message and a thoughtful analysis of our nation’s problems and what can be done to fix them.” Stacy continued, “He says what he means and he means what he says, a trait generally lacking in politicians. He champions personal liberty and personal responsibility, trusting that individuals and families, not government, are best positioned to manage a range of matters including the education of their children.”
Stacy also stated, “I respect and agree with his call for more fiscally responsible government and one that engages its time and treasure here, rather than on endless wars and ‘nation building’ abroad.”
A past member of the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) and homeschooling parent, R.W. Ballard of Des Moines County said, "The reason I support Ron Paul for President is his consistent message of individual freedoms as outlined in the Constitution. His highlighting of our money issues since the Federal Reserve was introduced in 1913 and eventual federal tax law overload is also one of the most enlightened stands we have today. His stand against our constant involvement in wars not associated with our borders is also a key message.”
“And let us not forget his stand for the unborn and young children as our Godly heritage to grow in the fullness of our Constitution and freedoms given not by men but by God," added Mr. Ballard.
Victoria Holmbeck, who is a new homeschooling parent from Des Moines County, weighed in on why she supports Dr. Paul saying, “I am excited to have a nominee to vote for who is Christian and will seek to be led by His Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in every decision he makes.” She continued, “Ron Paul's integrity and value to truly care for the American people and not his career or fame is why I am voting for him.”
Victoria further stated, “Our nation needs to be restored to its Constitution which will entail specific benefits for myself as a homeschooler: to put the rights of educating one's child back in the hands of the parent instead of the government, and having a balanced budget so our children can grow up in a nation without being in debt.”
As a first basic step, those interested in joining the “Homeschoolers for Ron Paul” nationwide coalition should visit the official page here
. Those residing in Iowa should email Iowa Voter Outreach Director Meghann Walker at
Sioux City-area Christian Pastor Endorses Ron Paul for President
Rev. Adam Pierce says Ron Paul “affords us the only honest opportunity at protecting our civil and religious liberties.”
ANKENY, Iowa – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul was endorsed today by the Rev. Adam Pierce, Associate Pastor of Buchanan Avenue Baptist Church in Sioux City.
In making his endorsement, Rev. Pierce mentioned he was doing so as a private citizen and not on behalf of the Buchanan Avenue Baptist Church or its congregants.
“As both a veteran and a preacher, I support Dr. Ron Paul because he affords us the only honest opportunity at protecting our civil and religious liberties, which are currently being threatened,” said Rev. Pierce, who has been a Baptist pastor for 10 years.
“Dr. Paul offers a balanced approach in every area of government and his voting record is above reproach. Casting a vote for Ron Paul is the only choice we have as Americans to remain the greatest nation in the world and retain our Constitutional foundation,” added the pastor.
Rev. Pierce is a proud husband of more than 18 years, and parent to four children ages 3 to 14. He also is an eight-year Navy veteran, E-5/Gunners Mate Guns.
Ron Paul 2012 Iowa Chairman Drew Ivers responded, “The Iowa team is pleased to accept the endorsement of Rev. Pierce, who counts military service among his high achievements. We hope his endorsement and others like it will propel Ron Paul to a strong top-three finish in the caucus.”
If ministering in Iowa, local pastors interested in discussing an endorsement are invited to email the Iowa Director of Voter Outreach, Meghann Walker, at
Ron Paul Iowa Team Salutes 25 New ‘Veterans for Ron Paul’
Largest-yet coalition rollout representing 13 counties follows recent veterans-themed rally
ANKENY, Iowa – The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign announced today the names of 25 Iowans joining the active “Veterans for Ron Paul” nationwide coalition.
The announcement occurs on the heels of a similar recent 20-veteran announcement, a ‘Salute to Veterans
’ rally in Des Moines, and a Des Moines Register op-ed
by Ron Paul addressing veterans issues, all in the last week.
Surpassing the recent record-setting rollout for this coalition, the additional members reside in Butler, Cass, Cedar, Cerro Gordo, Jackson, Jasper, Linn, Pocahontas, Polk, Scott, Warren, Washington, and Woodbury counties, all Iowa.
Support for the Ron Paul 2012 campaign in the Hawkeye state continues to benefit from the backing of veterans such as the ones speaking out today. Reasons for Dr. Paul’s substantial support from voters who are veterans include his dedication to veterans while in Congress, highlighted in an ad here
, and the fact that he is himself a former Air Force flight surgeon.
Representing 13 counties, information about each veteran is provided in the following sequence: Name and residence, rank, branch, conflict/assignment, years of service. Butler County
Dean Dietz of Dumont, Specialist, US Army, Vietnam, 1 year. Cass County
Richard Marriott of Atlantic, Seaman Apprentice, US Navy, Desert Storm/USS Theodore Roosevelt. Cedar County
Adam Kofoed of West Branch, Specialist, US Army, South Korea, 3 years.
Ashley Hayes of West Branch, Private First Class, US Army, South Korea, 1.5 years. Cerro Gordo County
Nate Johnson of Mason City, Airman First Class, US Air Force, 1 year. Jackson County
Charles Meyer of Maquoketa, Sergeant, US Army, Afghanistan, 5 years. Jasper County
Don Seibert of Monroe, Specialist-5, US Army, Vietnam (two tours), 3 years. Linn County
David Ward of Cedar Rapids, Petty Officer Third Class, US Navy, Japan, 6 years.
Duane Weltha of Marion, Staff Sergeant, US Air Force, Saudi Arabia, 4 years. Pocahontas County
Norma Halverson of Laurens, US Air Force, 5.5 years. Polk County
Michael Berry of West Des Moines, Major, US Army, Germany/Korea/Panama/Honduras/
Guatemala/Poland/Kuwait/Iraq, 27 years.
Jonas Cutler of West Des Moines, Corporal, US Marines, Gulf War, 4 years.
Terry Hout of Des Moines, Specialist-4, US Army, Vietnam, 2 years.
Ryan Lewellin of Des Moines, Corporal, US Marines, Iraq, 6.5 years.
Charles Janzen of Windsor Heights, Private First Class, US Army, 2 years.
Ron Richards of Des Moines, Senior Airman, US Air Force, 4 years.
John Lindley of West Des Moines, US Army, Iraq, 4 years.
Matthew Gray of Des Moines, Specialist, US Army, Iraq & Afghanistan, 5 years.
Gabe Lanz of Des Moines, Specialist, US Army, Iraq & Afghanistan, 8 years. Scott County
Donald Collins of Davenport, Specialist, US Army, Germany, 10 years. Warren County
Delbert Edwards of Indianola, US Navy, Battleship New Jersey, 4 years active 9 years reserve.
Crystal McIntyre of Indianola, US Army, 8 years. Washington County
Steve Lord of Ainsworth, Corporal, US Marines, Japan/Thailand/Okinawa, 3.5 years. Woodbury County
Marco Linares of Sioux City, Sergeant, Iowa Army National Guard, Afghanistan, 4 years.
Pastor Al Milligan of Danbury, Specialist-4, US Army, West Germany, 3 years.
As a first basic step, those interested in joining the “Veterans for Ron Paul” nationwide coalition should visit the official page by clicking here
. Those residing in the Hawkeye State should email Iowa Voter Outreach Director Meghann Walker at
Ron Paul Draws Big Crowds on Final of Three-Day Visit to Iowa
Western Iowa events in LeMars, Sioux Center and Sioux City all yield impressive turnout
ANKENY, Iowa – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul attracted big crowds in three Western Iowa town hall meetings tonight, continuing a pattern of packing venues with supporters and undecided voters.
More than 220 people attended Paul’s Plymouth County Town Hall Meeting in LeMars, where the 12-term Congressman from Texas spoke about how there could be no liberty without valuing life, and how no constitutional government could exist in the absence of a moral people. More than 175 people—a full-capacity crowd stacked up against the doorways—attended his Sioux County Town Hall Meeting held in Sioux Center where he spoke about economics and family. And a remarkable 275 people attended his Sioux City Town Hall Meeting to hear Paul’s views concerning a strong national defense, private property, and lasting prosperity.
Ron Paul speaks to 220 voters in LeMars at his Plymouth County Town Hall Meeting.
Ron Paul greets 175 voters in Sioux Center at his Sioux County Town Hall Meeting.
Ron Paul takes the podium to the applause of 275 voters at his Sioux City event.
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Written by Gary Howard
Wednesday, 04 January 2012 14:18
In Case You Missed It: Ron Paul Economic Plan Most Ambitious, Specific among those of His Competitors
“Paul’s spending proposals would amount to the largest reduction in the size and scope of the federal government of any candidate.” – Expert
LAKE JACKSON, Texas – A story in the Daily Caller online publication recently highlighted a Cato Institute study singling out Ron Paul’s ‘Plan to Restore America
’ as the most ambitious and serious spending-reduction and government-curtailing one of all his competitors.
Study: On spending cuts, most GOP candidates light on details
By Alex Pappas--The Daily Caller
All Republicans running for president say they want to cut federal spending.
But a study the libertarian Cato Institute conducted by analyzing the candidates’ websites showed that most of them are light on details about specific cuts they would insist on as president.
The study’s author, Tad DeHaven, wrote in his “Guide to the Presidential Candidates’ Proposals to Cut Spending” that Texas Rep. Ron Paul stands out the most.
“When it comes to proposing specific spending cuts and identifying the dollars amounts, Paul’s website is unrivaled,” DeHaven explained.
“He is the only candidate to put together an actual budget proposal,” he said. “Paul’s spending proposals would amount to the largest reduction in the size and scope of the federal government of any candidate.”
Paul calls for getting rid of the Commerce, Education, Energy, Housing and Urban Development and Interior departments, while also making major cuts to the military. He also believes younger American citizens should be permitted to opt-out of Medicare and Social Security…
For the full Daily Caller article, please click here
For the original Cato Institute study, click here
For Ron Paul’s ‘Plan to Restore America’, please click here
Ron and Rand Paul to Hold Daylong Whistle-Stop Tour
Historic instance of a U.S. Senator campaigning for his father, a U.S. Congressman, in run-up to the consequential 2012 Iowa Caucus
ANKENY, Iowa – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul and his son U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) will conduct a daylong whistle-stop tour to energize Iowa caucus goers on the day prior to the first-in-nation voting contest.
On Monday, January 2nd the 12-term Congressman from Texas and the junior Senator from the Commonwealth of Kentucky will make five stops – ones in Polk, Scott, Linn, Black Hawk, and Cerro Gordo counties. In addition, Senator Paul on his own will kick off the day by appearing live in-studio with WHO Radio’s Jan Mickelson.
“In the run-up to the Iowa Straw Poll we were privileged to witness the historic occurrence of a sitting U.S. Senator campaigning for his father, a sitting member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Now, we are seeing Senator Paul support his father on the eve of the pivotal Iowa Caucus where we are hopeful that Ron Paul achieves a strong top-three finish,” said Ron Paul 2012 Iowa Chairman Drew Ivers.
Details of the events are as follows. All times Central.
Monday, January 2, 2012
Sen. Rand Paul live in-studio with Jan Mickelson*
2141 Grand Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50312
Polk County Whistle Stop
Des Moines Marriott Downtown - Salon D
700 Grand Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50309
Scott County Whistle Stop
SteepleGate Inn – Williamsburg Room
100 W 76th St.
Davenport, IA 52806
Linn County Whistle Stop
The Hotel at Kirkwood Center - Atrium
7725 Kirkwood Blvd SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
Black Hawk County Whistle Stop
Park Place (PIPAC) Event Centre
1521 Technology Parkway
Cedar Falls, IA 50613
Cerro Gordo County Whistle Stop
Prime N Wine
3000 4th St SW (Hwy 122 West)
Mason City, IA 50401
[*Senator Rand Paul only.]
Ron Paul Iowa Team Names New ‘Homeschoolers for Ron Paul’ Members
Member families valuing education freedom hail from Linn, Kossuth and Dallas counties
ANKENY, Iowa – The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign announced today additional families joining the “Homeschoolers for Ron Paul” nationwide coalition. Today’s featured members reside in Linn, Kossuth, and Dallas counties, all Iowa.
The first additions are Marion residents Matt and Sarah Banowetz, who have been homeschooling their four children for five years.
“As a homeschooling mother, I support Ron Paul for President because of his ‘hands-off’ views that allow freedom for parents to school their children as they see fit with minimal government regulations. I also support his proposal of a $5,000-per-child tax credit to be used for schooling – books, computers, etc.,” said Mrs. Banowetz.
“Homeschooling can be difficult and I want to know that my government has my back when it comes to providing an excellent education for my children. I believe that Ron Paul sees the value of homeschooling – and having a President who sees the value of this hard-fought educational option would be an asset to our country,” added Mrs. Banowetz.
Laurie and Thomas Hammer of Algona are parents of two and have taught at home for six years. They expressed their reasons for supporting Dr. Paul, stating, “Our family values our privilege to homeschool and we want to protect that God-given right and many other rights for generations to come. There is only one candidate who will fight for real liberty and freedom and that is Dr. Ron Paul. Our country needs someone who not only has read the Constitution, but will abide by and fight for what our founding fathers intended.”
The Ron Paul team asked Kevin Waycaster, a 14-year homeschool father of Waukee why he decided to support Dr. Paul this election, and he responded succinctly:
“A true leader is someone who is willing to take a nation and its people to where they should be. Ron Paul is that leader. As health care has become a major issue, who is better qualified to deal with the matter, a doctor or a bureaucrat?”
As a first basic step, those interested in joining the growing ranks of the “Homeschoolers for Ron Paul” nationwide coalition should visit the official page by clicking here
. If residing in the Hawkeye State families may inquire with Meghann Walker, Director of Iowa Voter Outreach for the Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign, at
For more information on Ron Paul’s stance on education freedom, click here
Ron Paul Council Bluffs Town Hall Meeting Attracts 750 People
Paul voter outreach event attracts hundreds—again
ANKENY, Iowa – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul was greeted by 750 people tonight at his Council Bluffs Town Hall Meeting held at the city’s Mid-America Center.
Iowa campaign staff for the 12-term Congressman from Texas reported that the energetic audience comprised of supporters and undecided voters filled the venue to capacity, resulting in a standing-room-only crowd. The theme of Paul’s speech - “Restoring Our Personal and Economic Liberties” – was extraordinarily well received, according to Ron Paul 2012 Iowa Chairman Drew Ivers.
Last night at his own ‘Salute to Veterans’ rally in Des Moines, Paul attracted more than 550 veterans, their family members, and the general public.
Ron Paul surveys the standing-room-only crowd of 750 people in Council Bluffs.
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Written by Drew Veysey
Wednesday, 04 January 2012 13:57
The Republican Party of Iowa caucuses SHOULD be among the most transparent, honest, democratic, and grassroots-based political activities in the country. In the interests of building a stronger democracy in our great country and in Iowa, here is a detailed overview and response for what should happen at the 1,774 caucus precincts on the evening of January 3rd, 2012.
“After the chair and secretary are elected, candidate representatives from each campaign are given time to speak on behalf of their candidate.” This should include a representative of those fed-up with the current system of the 1% choosing candidates for Iowans to rubber-stamp, such as “uncommitted.”
“Once the speakers have finished, sheets of paper are be passed out to every registered Iowa Republican from the precinct. Voters then write down their candidate preference.” We expect the right to same day registration will be fully-honored.
“Every vote is counted. The caucus chair and secretary will count the votes in front of the caucus and a representative from each campaign is allowed to observe the counting of the votes. The results are recorded on an official form provided by the Republican Party of Iowa and are announced to the caucus.” A representative of those who chose not to vote for a 1% candidate must be allowed to observe and video record this procedure.
“A caucus reporter is chosen to report the results to the Republican Party of Iowa, accompanied by campaign representatives to verify the results reported to Iowa GOP officials.” A representative of those who chose not to vote for a 1% candidate should be able to verify the results also.
“RPI officials do not count results; they aggregate them from around the state and report them to the media. To ensure consistency in reporting, campaign representatives have the opportunity to be present with RPI officials as votes are reported to the public.” Votes should be counted on site, in full view of caucus participants, and not counted at an undisclosed location.
“We will be reporting the votes for Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Buddy Roemer, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, “No Preference,” and “Other.”” Good. We encourage all Iowans fed-up with a system that caters to the interests of the extremely wealthy and well-connected to caucus for “uncommitted” (“No Preference”).
““No Preference” votes include those who vote “present,” “no preference, “uncommitted,” or “none of the above.”” Finally, we have clear word from the leaders of the Iowa GOP how this shall be handled, in contradiction to the statements made recently by some GOP county chairs. “After the Presidential preference poll is completed the caucus will elect precinct committee representatives; delegates, alternates, and junior delegates to the county convention; and discuss and submit platform resolutions for consideration at the county convention.” We encourage all those fed-up with a system that mostly the represents of Wall Street and the 1% to caucus for “uncommitted,” and then run as delegates to the GOP county conventions.
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Written by Gary Howard
Wednesday, 04 January 2012 13:51
In Case You Missed It: Bachmann Key Aide’s Statement on Sen. Kent Sorenson Defection
Bachmann Iowa political director Wes Enos fires back at Mrs. Bachmann’s claim that Sen. Sorenson’s desertion was financially-motivated
ANKENY, Iowa – U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann’s Iowa political director Wes Enos recently made enlightening comments concerning Iowa State Sen. Kent Sorenson’s defection to the Ron Paul camp from his position as Iowa Chairman for the Minnesota congresswoman’s campaign for the presidency.
Hours ago, Sen. Sorenson resigned from his post with the Bachmann camp and publicly endorsed Ron Paul for the presidency, committing to get out the vote for the 12-term Congressman from Texas in the pivotal first-in-nation voting contest.
Mr. Enos made his comments in response to unfounded allegations that Sen. Sorenson’s defection was made due to financial incentives made by the Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign. Mr. Enos’s comments on the matter follow, and are presented in full:
“I won’t say much about the situation or the conflicting statements beyond this; I can say unequivocally that Kent Sorenson’s decision was, in no way financially motivated. His decision had more to do with the fact that the Ron Paul supporters have been something of a family to him since he was first elected in 2008 and here in the end, as it becomes more and more apparent that the caucus cycle is coming to an end, Kent believed that he needed to be with them as they stand on the cusp of a potential caucus upset. While I personally disagree with Kent’s decision, and plan to stay with Michele Bachmann because I truly believe in her, I cannot, in good conscious watch a good man like Kent Sorenson be attacked as a 'sell-out' ….That is simply not the case, and it was not the basis of his decision,” said Mr. Enos.
Sen. Kent Sorenson Statement on Bachmann Allegations
Calls Bachmann’s untrue claim a “last-minute effort to salvage what’s left of her campaign.”
ANKENY, Iowa – The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign released the following statement from Iowa State Sen. Kent Sorenson.
Last night Sen. Sorenson defected to the Ron Paul camp, endorsing the 12-term Congressman from Texas before a crowd of more than 600 Paul supporters and media. Moments before his endorsement and in past months, Sen. Sorenson had served as Iowa Chairman for U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann’s campaign for the presidency.
In the minutes that followed the endorsement, Rep. Bachmann made baseless claims suggesting the Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign provided Sen. Sorenson with a financial incentive to join the Paul camp – and, that this was a deciding factor in the senator’s decision to endorse Paul.
Below please find comments from Iowa State Sen. Kent Sorenson:
“I have to say, I’ve been saddened by the way Congresswoman Bachmann’s campaign has decided to handle my decision to endorse Ron Paul for President of the United States.
“Like many folks here in Iowa and throughout the country, I simply came to the realization that Ron Paul is the candidate for true pro-life, pro-gun, pro-limited government conservatives.
“The recent smears from the media and the national political establishment motivated me to rush to Congressman Paul’s aid because he did the same for me in both of my races for the Iowa General Assembly.
“As for the ridiculous allegations that Congresswoman Bachmann and her surrogates have made, I was never offered money from the Ron Paul campaign or anyone associated with them and certainly would never accept any.
“Financial reports come out in just days which will prove what I’m saying is true.
“Even Congresswoman Bachmann’s political director issued a statement defending my character. Since then, he’s been fired by the Bachmann campaign for daring to tell the truth.
“Sadly, the values I most appreciated in Congresswoman Bachmann appear to have gone out the window in a last-minute effort to salvage what’s left of her campaign.
“On the other hand, Congressman Ron Paul’s track record of standing up for constitutional principles and traditional values is unmatched.
“He’s proven he is the one candidate who can take on defeat both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama.”
Below please find comments from Wes Enos, recently-terminated Iowa political director for the Bachmann Presidential campaign, referenced in Sen. Sorenson’s above statement:
“I won’t say much about the situation or the conflicting statements beyond this; I can say unequivocally that Kent Sorenson’s decision was, in no way financially motivated. His decision had more to do with the fact that the Ron Paul supporters have been something of a family to him since he was first elected in 2008 and here in the end, as it becomes more and more apparent that the caucus cycle is coming to an end, Kent believed that he needed to be with them as they stand on the cusp of a potential caucus upset. While I personally disagree with Kent’s decision, and plan to stay with Michele Bachmann because I truly believe in her, I cannot, in good conscious watch a good man like Kent Sorenson be attacked as a ‘sell-out’ ….That is simply not the case, and it was not the basis of his decision,” said Mr. Enos.
Iowa State Sen. Kent Sorenson Endorses Ron Paul for President
Former Iowa chairman for U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann pivots to Paul camp citing, “Ron Paul has established himself as the clear choice.”
ANKENY, Iowa – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul was endorsed today by Iowa State Senator Kent Sorenson (R-Indianola) in a major pivot that promises to give Paul extra momentum in the run-up to the January 3, 2012 Iowa Caucus.
In making his endorsement Sen. Sorenson is leaving his post as Iowa chairman for U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann’s presidential campaign here. The resignation and endorsement take effect immediately.
“Congressman Paul is delighted to accept the endorsement of Senator Kent Sorenson, whose blessing and assistance carry a great deal weight in Iowa. The fact that he doesn’t take this decision lightly tells a great deal about the Senator and Ron Paul. This endorsement is a rare find and we hope it pushes us nearer to our goal of a strong top-three finish at the January caucus,” said Ron Paul 2012 National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton.
Kent Sorenson was elected to the Iowa Senate in 2011 and represents District 37 after serving in the Iowa House of Representatives from 2009 to 2011, representing District 74. The senator is a member of several committees including the Judiciary, Natural Resources and Environment, and State Government committees. He is also the ranking member of both the Senate and Joint Oversight Committees and a member of the Advisory Council for Agricultural Education, the Family Development and Self-Sufficiency Council, and the Human Rights Board.
Senator Sorenson has been leader in the fight in defense of traditional family values, the sanctity of life, and a restoration of Second Amendment rights.
The full endorsement statement from Senator Sorenson follows.
The decision I am making today is one of the most difficult I have made in my life. But given what's at stake for our country, I have decided I must take this action.
Today, I am switching my support from Michele Bachmann to Ron Paul for the 2012 Iowa Caucuses and the presidency of the United States.
I still maintain an immense amount of respect for Michele. The reasons are many. She’s never betrayed conservatives on issues like taxes, the Right to Life, and the Second Amendment. So over the past few months, I have been saddened at the dismissive way she's been treated among some conservatives especially after winning the Iowa Straw Poll.
But the fact is, there is a clear top tier in the race for the Republican nomination for President, both here in Iowa and nationally. Ron Paul is easily the most conservative of this group.
The truth is, it was an excruciatingly difficult decision for me to decide between supporting Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul at the beginning of this campaign. Dr. Paul and his supporters were a major help in my successful campaigns for Iowa House and Senate even when I couldn’t count on the support of the Republican establishment here in Iowa.
Of course, battling the establishment is nothing new for Dr. Paul or for myself. During my time in the General Assembly, I’ve established myself as a leader in the fights for traditional marriage, the Right to Life, and the protection of the Second Amendment – sometimes even against the wishes of my own party.
Since my election, I’ve learned that doing the right thing isn’t always easy. It’s easy to see why so many legislators “sell out” once elected. The pressure to do so is immense.
But what America needs now is a President who will not just “go along to get along.” Instead, we must send someone who puts doing what is right above all else to the White House. That candidate is Ron Paul.
Ron Paul is the only candidate to predict the current mess we find ourselves in economically, and he's the only candidate to offer a true plan to cut spending and balance our budget.
He's also consistently spoken out against government spending, assaults on individual liberties, and unnecessary trillion-dollar military adventurism for over 30 years. Polls show he is the Republican candidate that can take on and defeat President Obama in November 2012.
Like all true conservatives, I wholeheartedly agree with Ron Paul that government is too big, and both parties share in the blame. We agree that it is immoral to print money and pass on mounds of debt to the next generation. We agree that life begins at conception and must be protected. We both believe that the Second Amendment must be defended unwaveringly, and that there are too many wars being fought with no end in sight and no obvious path to a defined victory.
Of course, as a state legislator, I recognize that Dr. Paul's strong views on the 10th Amendment will enable me to fight for what I believe in right in my own backyard instead of having to constantly wait on one-size-fits-all "solutions" from Washington, D.C.
With the entire Republican establishment intent on smearing Ron Paul and his dedicated supporters, I understand this decision could impact the way people see me and my entire political career. But this is the right decision, and one in which I proudly stand behind.
To the truly wonderful people I met on the Bachmann campaign, I look forward to working with them in the future as we further the fights for the Right to Life, traditional marriage, and the restoration of our Second Amendment rights here in Iowa. I personally wish her all the best as she continues to battle in Congress.
As for conservatives who are rightly concerned with defeating establishment Republicans Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and – even more importantly – Barack Obama in 2012, Ron Paul has established himself as the clear choice.
If you are as frustrated as I am with what's been done by the ruling class, I urge you to join me in supporting Dr. Paul. We can send the national big government political establishment a message they will never forget by voting for Ron Paul for President in the January 3 Iowa Caucuses.
Ron Paul Iowa Team Salutes 20 New ‘Veterans for Ron Paul’
Largest-yet coalition rollout represents 11 counties, coincides with Des Moines ‘Salute to Veterans’ rally
ANKENY, Iowa – The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign announced today the names of 20 Iowans joining the “Veterans for Ron Paul” nationwide coalition on the very night he is holding a major ‘Salute to Veterans’ rally in Des Moines.
This is the largest-yet rollout for this key coalition. The additional members hail from Polk, Bremer, Clayton, Warren, Clarke, Story, Franklin, Scott, Marshall, Benton, and Tama counties, all Iowa.
Veterans are signing on in droves to the coalition, further demonstrating the dynamism of the Iowa campaign organization’s outreach to Hawkeye State heroes. Success in this area is attributed to Ron Paul’s clear and consistent stance on behalf of veterans while in Congress, as featured in his own Des Moines Register op-ed published today and found here
. An ad released earlier in the campaign highlighting Dr. Paul’s service to veterans in his home district can be viewed here
Ron Paul, himself a former Air Force flight surgeon, is holding a rally tonight
in Des Moines to salute those who have served and to offer a warm welcome to those recently returning from the Iraq conflict.
The following sample of veterans representing 11 counties have publicly proclaimed their support ahead of tonight’s rally. As available, information about each veteran is provided in the following sequence: Name and residence, rank, branch, conflict/assignment, years of service. Polk County
Joe Creveling of Des Moines, US Marines, Korea ’50-51, 4 years.
Bill Mech of Windsor Heights, Lieutenant (Junior Grade), US Navy, 4 years.
Todd Walton of Des Moines, Petty Officer Second Class, US Navy, 6 years. Bremer County
Elijah Wright of Jamesville, US Army National Guard, Afghanistan, 5 years.
Richard Wright of Jamesville, US Navy, 2-3 years. Clayton County
Joe Kierpaul of Guttenberg, Sr. Airman, US Air Force, Turkey, 4 years.
Dave Fassbinder of Monona, US Navy, Vietnam, 4 years. Warren County
Robert Winslow of New Virginia, Specialist-4, US Army, 3.5 years. Clarke County
Dale Mastarone of Osceola, US Army, West Germany, 6 years combined active/reserve. Story County
Tomas Mullins of Ames, Petty Officer Second Class, US Navy, two deployments aboard USS San Juan in the Persian Gulf 2005 & 2007, 6 years. Franklin County
Eric Grote of Hampton, US Army/US Air Force/Iowa National Guard, Turkey/Germany, 20 years. Scott County
Gene Costello of Bettendorf, Gunnery Sergeant, US Marines, Iraq/Japan/Qatar/Kuwait/
Norway, 13 years.
Shadrack Roberts of Bettendorf, US Army, Germany/Bosnia-Herzegovina, 4 years.
Doug Erenberger of Davenport, US Army, Specialist-5, 3 years.
Ron Waline of Eldridge, Private First Class, US Marines, 4 years.
Randy Edwards of Bettendorf, Staff Sergeant, US Marines, four combat deployments in Iraq, 8 years.
Anthony Woolever of Davenport, US Army/IL Guard, deployed to Iraq, 8 years. Marshall County
Merrell Kilborn of Marshalltown, Sergeant, US Air Force, 4 years. Benton County
Laverne Wille of Belle Plaine, Petty Officer Third Class, US Navy, Vietnam, 3 years 9 months. Tama County
Charles Betz of Tama, Corporal/Petty Officer First Class, US Marines/Navy, Persian Gulf, 15 years 9 months.
As a first basic step, those interested in joining the “Veterans for Ron Paul” coalition should visit the official page here
. Those residing in the Hawkeye State should email Iowa Voter Outreach Director Meghann Walker at
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Politics & Elections
Written by Jennifer Mason
Wednesday, 04 January 2012 13:45
ARVADA, Colo. -- 12/28/2011 -- Personhood USA has published the audio from Tuesday night’s National Presidential Pro-life Forum. Four of the Republican candidates for President participated in the event including Texas Governor Rick Perry, Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.
The event, moderated by nationally syndicated radio host Steve Deace, was a collaboration of many of the country’s top pro-life organizations including Personhood USA and Champion the Vote.
Governor Perry commented that his view of exceptions in abortion law had changed in recent weeks from a meeting with Personhood USA Spokeswoman Rebecca Kiessling. “We had a fairly lengthy and heartfelt conversation about how she was conceived in rape. Looking in her eyes, I couldn’t come up with an answer to defend the exceptions for rape and incest,” he said.
Representative Bachmann noted that her pro-life convictions aren’t hyperbole, but rather that they would be a priority. “As President of the United States, I won’t just talk this talk,” said Bachmann. “I won’t relegate pro-lifers to the corner and pat them on the head. I will actually do something about it.”
Senator Santorum opened his remarks by clearing up a common misconception. “When politicians say ‘I believe life begins at conception,’ that is conceding ground, and the ground that we concede is by using the term ‘believe,’” clarified Santorum. “Life beginning at conception is not a ‘belief.’ It’s not an article of faith. It’s an article of fact. It’s biological fact that, in fact, that life begins at conception.”
Speaker Gingrich began, contemplating the core of the issue: “What does it mean when we say that we are ‘endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights among which are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness’? And that immediately raises the question of: Who is the ‘we’ that is endowed, and when does that endowment begin? And I think this is as important of a discussion as anything we’ll have in defining our very fabric as a society that cares deeply about the morality of life.”
To listen to the program, follow the links below.
Live Action President Lila Rose: http://bit.ly/vFIIon
Governor Perry: http://bit.ly/vCGV9q
Representative Bachmann: http://bit.ly/tVx26w
Senator Santorum: http://bit.ly/vjoeR3
Speaker Gingrich: http://bit.ly/vkEYnR
Or listen to the event in its entirety, go to http://www.personhoodusa.com/townhall