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In Case You Missed It: National Media Cover Unrivaled Youth Support for Ron Paul TIME Magazine and NPR say it best PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Gary Howard   
Tuesday, 13 December 2011 16:31
LAKE JACKSON, Texas – In their coverage of last night’s “Youth for Ron Paul” (YFP) rally at Iowa State University in Ames, TIME Magazine and NPR offer more-than-soundbite analysis of how crucial a role the youth vote will play in the January 3, 2012 Iowa Caucus.

The “Youth for Ron Paul” rally attracted more than 1,350 mostly-young supporters of the 12-term Congressman from Texas, double the number expected.  Event organizers were required to open two extra rooms at the university venue, an interesting challenge to face considering tonight– just an hour and half drive from ISU – Ron Paul will hold a similar rally at the University of Northern Iowa, located in Cedar Falls.

Ron Paul’s Army Eyes an Iowa Caucus Upset
By Alex Altman
TIME Magazine

Ames, Iowa

It’s a cold Thursday night the week before finals, and a light dusting of snow is falling on the Iowa State campus. But inside the school’s student union, more than 1,000 supporters have queued up to catch an early glimpse of Ron Paul. Nearly an hour before the Texas Congressman is scheduled to appear, the line loops around corners and snakes back, full of fans toting placards and wearing Ron Paul buttons and hoodies. Near the front are a quartet of Nebraskans, who carpooled three hours from Omaha to hear Paul speak. “He’s the only one who understands our problems. For the rest of them, it’s like a geography bee — name the country, and they want to fight them,” says Jason Nunn, 28.

“He’s been fighting for my liberty since before I was born,” says his friend Bryan Jacoby, 28. “I came here with the expressed intention to shake the hand of the future President of the United States.”

The crowd shuffles into the cavernous auditorium a half-hour early, filling the seats, hugging the walls and spilling into an anteroom. After a long wait, Paul steps to the podium to address the throng. Paul’s is a stump speech unique in contemporary politics, one that pinballs from the case for more liberty and fewer military entanglements to the wasteful war on drugs, from Frederic Bastiat’s economic theories to the evils of the income tax and the nanny state…

For the full TIME Magazine article, please click here.

Ron Paul's Young Fans Flock To Him In Iowa
By Brian Naylor
NPR

At first glance, it's not easy to figure why Ron Paul is so popular with young people. At 76, he's old enough to be their grandfathers, something he alluded to at a packed rally at Iowa State University in Ames Thursday night.

"I understand this is a busy week, some of you are involved with studyin' so this was a chance not to have to study for a couple hours right? But I have a lot of children, a lot of grandchildren but I'm always advising them study hard get your courses down," Paul told the crowd.

Several hundred young people, mostly students, packed the Great Hall of Iowa States Union building. Many wore flannel shirts and knit caps on a cold snowy night. They listened intently as Paul, standing behind a lectern touched on some of his more esoteric views, on Austrian economists and returning to the gold standard. But they responded with enthusiasm when he got to issues they could relate to, like the threat he says is posed by the Patriot Act.

"There's a serious attack on our personal liberties — your rights, your privacy, passing bills out of a panic mode and passing things like the Patriot Act. it does not help your personal liberty. I'd like to get rid of the Patriot Act to tell you the truth."

For the full NPR story and audio clip, please click here.

To learn more and sign up for Youth for Ron Paul, please visit: www.YouthForPaul.com and “like” the Facebook page found at: www.Facebook.com/YouthForPaul.

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AARP 2012 Presidential Voter Ed Campaign Kicks into High Gear PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ann Black, AARP   
Tuesday, 13 December 2011 16:21
AARP Connects Issues, Candidates, Voters at Upcoming Iowa and National Forums

Association’s 2012 “Vote for Retirement Security” Campaign Aims to Keep Voters’ 50+ Top Concerns Front and Center

DES MOINES, Dec. 9, 2011—This weekend AARP is kicking its 2012 Presidential voter education and engagement campaign activities into high gear, starting with the ABC-TV Presidential Debate at Drake University on Saturday, Dec. 10, continuing through the Fox News Debate on Thursday, Dec. 15 in Sioux City, and up to the Iowa Caucus on Jan. 3.

“This is crunch time for making sure that the candidates know what is at stake for Iowa voters on the critical issues of retirement security,” said Pete Jeffries, AARP National Campaigns Field Manager.  “Overwhelming majorities of likely caucus goers age 18 and over are concerned about protecting Social Security and Medicare from budget cuts, and they’re extremely concerned about jobs and being able to save for their retirement.  We’re working to ensure that the candidates are asked questions about these issues and that voters know where the candidates stand on these important pocketbook concerns.”

In the tradition of AARP’s 25-year history of non-partisan voter education efforts, the association’s 2012 caucus and primary campaign is designed to engage, listen to and inform voters and the candidates on the major issues affecting older voters. This year’s efforts launched in Iowa with a major AARP presence at the Iowa Straw Poll in August, and have picked up over the past few weeks with members and volunteers participating at candidate events in Des Moines and across the state asking questions on critical retirement security issues like jobs and the economy, Social Security and Medicare.

This weekend, AARP is providing pre-debate media packet information and sponsoring the post-debate Spin Room in the Drake Fine Arts Center on Saturday night to highlight the Association’s new voter education website, www.aarp.org/YouEarnedIt The website features survey findings of GOP likely caucus and primary voters in the first four early nominating states and AARP’s 2012 first-time Presidential Candidate Video Voters’ Guide featuring four of the GOP candidates on jobs and the economy, retirement security, Social Security and Medicare. Iowa veteran political TV reporter Dave Price conducted the one-one-one unedited interviews with candidates who registered at 5% or higher in an average of national polls as of Oct. 3.  They include Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Congressman Ron Paul and Texas Governor Rick Perry.  Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney declined invitations to participate. The video voters’ guide was produced by AARP in Des Moines with Mediacom.  In addition to posting at www.aarp.org/YouEarnedIt, the guides are being mailed to Republican voters in the early nominating states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Florida and Nevada.

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a membership that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world's largest-circulation magazine with nearly 35 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP's millions of members and Americans 50+; AARP VIVA, the only bilingual U.S. publication dedicated exclusively to the 50+ Hispanic community; and our website, AARP.org. AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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More news from the Ron Paul Campaign PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Gary Howard   
Tuesday, 13 December 2011 10:00
In Case You Missed It: Rand Paul Calls Newt Gingrich Unworthy of Tea Party Support In the Des Moines Register, Ron Paul’s tea party-backed son outlines the case against a Newt nod
LAKE JACKSON, Texas – “Gingrich is not from the Tea Party.  He is not even a conservative.”  These words appear in today’s influential Des Moines Register newspaper.  They’re written by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), elected in 2010 largely with tea party backing.

A son of 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul, Sen. Paul cautions GOPers to be wary of the “tea party” and “conservative” labels that media and pundits are recklessly applying to the former House Speaker.

Rand Paul: Republicans would take a giant step backward by choosing Gingrich

As a U.S. senator elected from and by the tea party, I am often asked about the tea party, the conservative movement and the presidential race.

While conservatives and limited-government activists did, indeed, make great strides in 2010, those could easily be set back by nominating someone with a different set of ideas and values in 2012.

Let me start with something important. I have two goals for 2012:

I want to prevent the European debt crisis from consuming America next.

I want to elect a president who will defend the ideas of constitutional conservatism and limited government.

Unfortunately, while all Republican candidates would be an improvement over the present administration, two of the current frontrunners simply do not represent the tea party, the conservative movement, or the type of change our country desperately needs in 2012.

Let me begin with the most obvious reasons:

Both Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich supported the outrageous $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP, bailouts — “one of the most unpopular government programs in American history,” even according to President Obama’s own Treasury Department.

Both Romney and Gingrich have been outspoken and unapologetic supporters of the individual mandate. This is the heart and soul of ObamaCare.

For the full article, please click here.

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1,350 Supporters Greet Ron Paul at ISU ‘Youth for Ron Paul’ Rally
Turnout far exceeds organizers’ plans for 650 attendees maximum as more than double attend
ANKENY, Iowa – More than 1,350 mostly-young supporters greeted 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul at a “Youth for Ron Paul” (YFP) rally held at Iowa State University (ISU).  Turnout far exceeded event organizers’ estimates considering a similar event will be held tomorrow night at the University of Northern Iowa, a mere one and a half hours drive away.  In addition, YFP organizers were given just a week to organize both Hawkeye State rallies.

“Expectations often run high yet I was still blown away by the energy in the room.  With less than a month until the caucuses, students will play a pivotal role in the outcome, and this will only help Ron Paul,” said Edward King, National Youth Director for the Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign. 

“This many students would only show up for Ron Paul – no other Republican candidate,” added Ani DeGroot, Midwest Regional Director for YFP.

The rally took place at ISU in the Memorial Union Great Hall, located at 2229 Lincoln Way in Ames.  It was expected to attract a maximum of 650 attendees, but campaign staff soon realized that the Great Hall was not enough.  In response, the team directed overflow into the Oak Room and South Ballroom.

The ISU event is the first of two YFP events the 12-term Congressman from Texas will hold during a far-reaching three-day visit to Iowa that concludes Saturday night with the ABC News / Republican Party of Iowa Debate. 

Tomorrow’s event, which is free and open to supporters of all ages, will be at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) in the Commons – Slife Ballroom, located at 1224 West 23rd Street in Cedar Falls.  Doors will open to the public at 6:30 p.m.  To enter 30 minutes early and secure a spot near the front of the room, RSVP for the UNI event featuring Dr. Paul at http://ronpaulatuni.eventbrite.com/.

Youth for Ron Paul (YFP), an initiative of the Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign, launched on Wednesday, September 7th and since its inception more than 15,300 people signed up to get involved, forming 307 chapters in 46 states.

To learn more and sign up for Youth for Ron Paul, please visit: www.YouthForPaul.com and “like” the Facebook page found at: www.Facebook.com/YouthForPaul.

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Ron Paul Iowa Team Salutes Newest ‘Veterans for Ron Paul’
Heroes for Dr. Paul hail from Linn, Polk, and Van Buren counties, and span different service branches
ANKENY, Iowa – The Iowa component of the Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign released today new statements of support from a sample of Iowans who recently joined its “Veterans for Ron Paul” nationwide coalition.

These are everyday veterans, yet active citizens in their community with honorable records of service.

Among the latest to join is U.S. Army and Iowa National Guard veteran Andrew Lyons.  Mr. Lyons spent four years active duty as a medic in the 82nd Airborne Division, completing two tours of duty in Iraq.  Following his time in Fallujah and Kurdistan, he continued his service in the Iowa National Guard for three years.

Mr. Lyons, a Cedar Rapids resident, proclaims his support with the following statement:

“I support Ron Paul for president because there is no other candidate who is fully committed to revamping our foreign policy.  I fully endorse his idea of bringing troops home from all foreign countries.  Ron Paul’s idea that the current foreign policy of preemptive war undermines our national security compelled me to reevaluate my position on the issue.  After reflecting on my time in Iraq, I realize that our presence over there does indeed create more enemies for the United States, and is counterproductive to our national security interests.”

Twenty-year Navy veteran Kelly Schoen, also of Cedar Rapids, attained the rank of Commander.  She was CO of a squadron of four jets in Norfolk, Virginia, and also went on a pair of six-month cruises on the USS Concord and USS Kalamazoo.  Her statement follows.

“Ron Paul has the integrity demanded of a truly great leader.  We need a leader we want to follow, person who is honest and courageous in the face of adversity, and a leader that serves not his self, but a higher purpose.  That purpose is our nation’s health and that leader is Ron Paul.”

Hailing from the Des Moines area, John Feller began his service in the Merchant Marines in 1945 and left in 1948.  He also served in the Navy from 1951-1954, taking part in intelligence operations, refueling ships, and as a Yeoman on a destroyer.  In total, he crossed the Atlantic 16 times as a Merchant Marine and while in the Navy was off the coast of Korea during the Korean conflict.  Due to exposure to asbestos in the Navy, he has contended with cancer as a consequence and has never fully been compensated for his suffering. 

Mr. Feller was recently featuredin a Veteran’s Day story in the Indianola Record Monitor, highlighting his dedication to his community through his local VFW, helping other veterans and assisting military families.

“I support Ron Paul because he is the only candidate who cares enough about the United States of America.  He has proven this by having served in the Armed Forces of the United States.  This indicates to me that he is really the only candidate who has walked the walk before he talked.  He is definitely the only candidate who has presented a workable solution to the ills that now face our country, and the fortitude and tenacity to implement these same solutions for the betterment of the nation,” said Mr. Feller in a statement to the Ron Paul campaign.

Two-tour Iraq veteran of the U.S. Army, Abe Elam of Douds spent eleven years in the Army and 27 months of those years on the battlefield as a part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Also a veteran of the 2008 Ron Paul campaign, he enthusiastically backs Paul this election:

“I support Ron Paul for President because of his strong adherence to the Constitution.  I support his strict foreign policy, true fiscal conservatism, and authentic plan to balance the budget.  I have never felt so strongly about a presidential candidate in all my life.  I am a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom with two tours, spanning 27 months and I can honestly say from the bottom of my heart that Dr. Paul cares deeply for America and its sons and daughters who fight for her.  I am caucusing for Ron Paul in my precinct and I am voting for him.”

Ron Paul is one of only two candidates this election with an honorable record of military service.  A flight surgeon during the Cold War era, his commitment to veterans was recently showcased in the campaign’s television ad “He Served,” viewable here.  To view Dr. Paul’s more recent national security-themed television ad title “Secure,” click here.

As a first basic step, those wanting to join the “Veterans for Ron Paul” nationwide coalition should visit www.RonPaul2012.com/Veterans.  Or, if residing in Iowa, local veterans are invited email the Iowa Director of Voter Outreach, Meghann Walker, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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In Case You Missed It: Ron Paul Talks Foreign Policy and U.S.-Israel Relationship Israel should be treated as an independent nation
LAKE JACKSON, Texas – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul recently discussed his position on the State of Israel and foreign policy in general.

In a video interview published online, conducted by Ron Paul 2012 campaign blogger Jack Hunter, the 12-term Congressman from Texas describes how he was one of few congressmen to oppose rebuking Israel for a strike on Iraq’s nuclear program in the 1980s. 

States Paul in the interview: “To me it was Israel’s business, so I was voting for their independence. I think Israel should be treated as an independent nation and not a puppet of our state.”

Paul went on to talk about his opposition to giving foreign aid to Israel’s sworn enemies, and how Israel should be treated as our best friend not one we dictate policy to.

The full interview can be viewed here.

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Grassley statement on Cordray vote PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Tuesday, 13 December 2011 09:44
Thursday, December 8, 2011

Senator Chuck Grassley made the following comment regarding his vote against the nomination of Richard Cordray to be the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, or CFPB.

“This position was created to operate inside the Federal Reserve, without any opportunity to hold the bureau accountable.  That’s the wrong direction.  Lack of accountability contributed in big ways to many of the problems that came to a head in the 2008 financial meltdown.  It doesn’t make sense to try to fix things with more of the same and unchecked power.  Our system of government depends on checks and balances.  Americans deserve to have their voices heard in any regulatory process through the representative branch of government.  This position, as currently set up, flies in the face of those values and principles.”

 
Newt Gingrich Finds Refuge at Des Moines' Blank Park Zoo PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sally Bahner   
Tuesday, 13 December 2011 09:27

(DES MOINES, IA) — When Newt Gingrich gets tired of fielding “gotcha questions” from the journalistic wolf packs prowling Iowa, he might want to return to Des Moines’ Blank Park Zoo where he can caucus with its hissing cockroaches.

He has already been there twice this year, according to a zoo spokesperson, once for the opening of the Australian Adventure exhibit and again in August after the Republican debate that preceded Iowa’s straw poll.

Gingrich, a Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, native, has a soft spot for zoos, which played a crucial role in his awakening to politics as a profession, a story he relates in his foreword to America’s Best Zoos, by Allen W. Nyhus and Jon Wassner (Intrepid Traveler, $15.95).

“When I was ten, I asked how Harrisburg could get a zoo,” Gingrich wrote in America’s Best Zoos. “The kind older, park official … told me they had closed the zoo during World War II because of rationing and that my job was to come to the next city council and explain why Harrisburg needed a zoo. The next Tuesday, I was right there. I have been hooked on animals, zoos, and citizenship from that point on.”

Authors Nyhuis and Wassner describe Blank Park Zoo as “a standout mid-sized zoo” and praise the zoo’s African Boardwalk, where visitors can hand feed giraffes, and the Australian Trail, showcasing wallabies and emus.

Gingrich might be disappointed that the zoo has no elephant. On the bright side, it has no donkey either.

America’s Best Zoos is published by The Intrepid Traveler. It is available at bookstores, many zoo gift shops, and online at www.intrepidtraveler.com/store.

 
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