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Written by Gary Howard   
Wednesday, 04 January 2012 15:19
Ron Paul Iowa Team Welcomes New ‘Gun Owners for Ron Paul’

Featured Second Amendment advocates hail from 11 Iowa counties

ANKENY, Iowa – The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign announced today additional Iowa gun owners joining the “Gun Owners for Ron Paul” nationwide coalition.  Today’s additions reside in Scott, Polk, Webster, Wapello, Audubon, Fayette, Linn, Story, Butler, Delaware, and Keokuk counties, all Iowa.

The following gun owners and everyday Ron Paul caucus-goers offer the following public statements for consideration by the media and other gun owners:

Starting with Scott County, Brian Sydnes of Eldridge stated, “History has shown when the people fear the government, they live in tyranny, but when the government fears the people, they have liberty.  Congressman Ron Paul understands the Constitution, the Second Amendment, and history.  That is the reason why I support him, and join ranks with the ‘Gun Owners for Ron Paul.’”

“As a responsible gun owner, I value Ron Paul’s stances on personal liberty.  With Ron Paul in the White House, there would be no need to worry about the slew of bills continually aimed at inhibiting the rights of American gun owners,” added Robert Weiss of Davenport.

Avid hunter Doug Havill of LeClare explained his caucus choice saying, “Ron Paul’s understanding of the Constitution is amazing.  He understands that the Second Amendment should not be infringed upon and that safety is a matter of personal responsibility.”  

Concealed-carry permit holder Scott Carlson, a Davenport resident, stated, “I support Ron Paul for president because he knows the Second Amendment means exactly what it says, and that the ‘people’ referred to in it are the same ‘people’ referred to in the First, Fourth, Ninth, Tenth, and Seventeenth Amendments.”

Polk County resident John Hoover of Des Moines expressed his backing of Paul saying, “I support Ron Paul because he has his principles and sticks to them no matter what.  His support of the Constitution is foremost in his platform, and I know he would not change that after taking the oath to uphold and defend it.”

“I support Ron Paul because of a long track record of fiscal responsibility, standing for freedom, small government, and the Constitution,” Adam Weltha, also of Des Moines, said as he excitedly signed onto “Gun Owners for Ron Paul” over the weekend.

Continuing with Webster County residents, Emily Martin of Fort Dodge declared her support for Ron Paul, “…because he is a true statesman and will follow the Constitution.  I trust him to end the illegal wars and corruption.  He will bring about a much needed revolution of ideas in America.”

Dean Pringle, hailing from Moorland, explains his vote succinctly: “Ron Paul is ever so stout on upholding the interpretation of the Constitution the founders intended, and will uphold our rights and not change them based on whomever disagrees with the written declarations.  I urge others to consider Ron Paul, a man who will stand by his words and convictions.”

Wapello County and Ottumwa resident Phillip Burgmeier shared his ideas: “I’m supporting Ron Paul because he is the only chance the next generation has to have a better life than their parents.  Ron Paul’s actions speak for him, he is a good person.”

“He’s the best man for the job, to get the country out of the position it is in, to end nation-building and restore America’s place in the world,” added concealed carry permit holder Johnnie Walker of Brayton in Audubon County.

Fayette County gun owner Bill Roys of Wadena said of Ron Paul, “Of all the candidates, he’s been the most outspoken supporter of the Second Amendment, both in what he says in his speeches and how he votes in the Congress.”

Writing from Linn County, Adam Rompot of Cedar Rapids praised Dr. Paul’s record, “Ron Paul has been totally consistent all the way around, including gun rights and everything else.  That’s why I’m voting for him.”

Marsha Crouthamel of Ames in Story County emphasized the importance of self-responsibility, stating, “Living in a rural area I take comfort in owning a gun.  It’s the first line of protection when the sheriff is at least 30 minutes away.”

Harold Anderson, a Shell Rock resident in Butler County, reflected on his support for Dr. Paul: “Having been able to carry a gun since I was a teenager, I appreciate the fact that as an American I still have the ability.  Ron Paul has always defended those rights, and that’s why I’m voting for him.”

Proud gun owners Jason Guyer of Manchester (Delaware County), and Jonathan Oliver of Martinsburg (Keokuk County), also were among those sending messages of support in the moments prior to the release of these statements, an illustration of the momentum for Ron Paul among this critical segment of voters.

As a first basic step, those interested in joining the ranks of the “Gun Owners for Ron Paul” nationwide coalition should visit the official page by clicking here.  If residing in the Hawkeye State, gun owners may inquire with Meghann Walker, Director of Iowa Voter Outreach for the Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

For more information on Ron Paul’s stance on the Second Amendment, please click here.

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Ron Paul to Address ‘Rock the Caucus’ Student Assembly in West Des Moines

GOP Presidential candidate who counts youth among his many support segments will encourage caucus-eligible voters to participate

ANKENY, Iowa – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul will address 800 caucus-eligible juniors and seniors at West Des Moines Valley High School at a special ‘Rock the Caucus’ event.

The Iowa Secretary of State and ‘Rock the Vote’ are holding this event to get voting-age students committed to caucus.  For additional information on the co-sponsored event, please click here.

Below please find details of the event.  Time is Central.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

10:45 a.m.
REP. RON PAUL (R-TX) speech
Rock the Caucus Assembly
Valley High School – Gymnasium
3650 Woodland Ave
West Des Moines, IA 50266
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Dubuque-area Christian Pastor Endorses Ron Paul for President
Rev. Mike Demory calls Paul, “The type of man our country needs in the White House, which is why I am throwing my support behind him.”
ANKENY, Iowa – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul received today the endorsement of  the Rev. Mike Demory, Pastor of Heartland Church of Christ in Dubuque.

In making his endorsement Rev. Demory mentioned he was doing so as a private citizen and not on behalf of Heartland Church of Christ, or its congregants.

“As a Texas patriot who helped elect Dr. Paul to Congress, I have kept up with his career over the years and am proud to see him grow to the constitutional conservative we see today.  I have waited almost 30 years for the American people to wake up to what our politicians and special interests have done to our great nation, and I now can thank President Barack Obama for a ‘change’ in the American people’s thinking.  Dr. Paul is the type of man our country needs in the White House, which is why I am throwing my support behind him,” said Rev. Demory.

Ron Paul 2012 Iowa Chairman Drew Ivers responded positively to the announcement saying, “The Iowa team is pleased to accept Rev. Demory’s endorsement, and delighted to hear that there is a connection with Iowa and Texas.  Rev. Demory’s endorsement and others like it will bring us closer to a strong top-three finish in tomorrow’s 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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
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Ron Paul Maintains Lead in Latest PPP Iowa Poll

Survey shows broad support, strong organization

LAKE JACKSON, Texas – 2012 GOP Presidential candidate Ron Paul is leading Iowa according to a new PPP poll released yesterday evening, with 20 percent of the vote. The survey has Paul also leading among Independents and Democrats with 30 percent of the vote, more than twice that of the nearest challenger.

“As evidenced by the standing-room only crowds, Ron Paul has broad support and a top notch ground organization,” said Ron Paul 2012 National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton. “Despite a coordinated assault by the establishment, Congressman Paul is in the lead and headed toward a top finish in the Hawkeye state.”

This comes on the heels of a CNN/Time poll which showed Ron Paul strong against President Obama. Highlights from the poll include Paul besting Obama 47 to 46 percent among those 65 years and older, said to be the most reliable voters.  Paul also beats Obama among persons who reside in rural areas 52 to 44 percent and with Independents 48 to 47 percent.

Full results of the PPP poll can be found here.

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Does Iowa Represent the Nation? On POPVOX, the answer is "Yes" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marci Harris   
Wednesday, 04 January 2012 15:18

Every four years, as Iowa readies to be the first state in the nation to vote in the presidential primary, discussions arise: How well does Iowa represent the nation?

In honor of the upcoming Caucus, POPVOX gives you a peek of the bills that moved Iowans to contact Congress in 2011.  At least comparing responses from Iowans on POPVOX to nation-wide totals, it appears that throughout 2011, the messages going into Congress from Iowa were very similar to those of the nation as a whole.
Most on the Iowa list mirror the Top Ten for all of POPVOXNation:

 

  • Iowans overwhelmingly opposed allowing robocalls to cell phones, which ranked # 1 in top bills of 2011 that caused people to contact Congress.  As the first caucus state, they likely have unique insight on what it means to be the target of political campaigns trying every tactic to catch voters' attention.  100% of Iowans weighing in on POPVOX opposed H.R. 3035, the Mobile Informational Call Act (which was dropped by it's sponsor on December 17.)  Ninety-nine percent nation-wide opposed the bill.
  • In Iowa, as across the nation, those in favor of eliminating the prohibition of marijuana made a strong showing in support of H.R. 2306, the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act. (90% support in Iowa, 91% nationwide.)
  • Similarly, Iowans rallied to support preserving military pay in case of a government shutdown with S. 724, the Ensuring Pay for Our Military Act (93% support, compared with 95% support nationally)
  • Iowans have also shown strong opposition to SOPA, H.R. 3261: the Stop Online Piracy Act (H.R. 3261), with 97% opposing, compared to 98% nationally.
  • Sixty-six percent of Iowans on POPVOX supported H.R. 2, the Repeal the Job-Killing Health Care Act, slightly more than the 60% nationwide that support the bill.
  • "Fair Tax" proposals got a lot of attention in Iowa: The House version, H.R. 25 has 77% support in Iowa and 80% nation-wide; while the Senate version, S. 13, has 63% support in Iowa and 80% nationwide.
  • The National Right to Carry Reciprocity Act, H.R. 822, has 71% support in Iowa and 78% nationwide.


The bills that got attention in Iowa but did not register in the nationwide top 50 all included some variation on the theme of regulating ammunition or fishing tackle for lead content.

  • S. 838, the Hunting, Fishing, and Recreational Shooting Protection Act.
  • H.R. 1445, prohibiting EPA regulation of ammunition and fishing tackle based on lead content.
  • H.R. 1443, the Outdoor Sports Protection Act.

Check out the Top 10 Bills in Iowa for 2011:

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For more information, visit: www.popvox.com

 
Update from the Lundberg Congressional Exploratory Committee PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kevin Lundberg   
Wednesday, 04 January 2012 15:16
Dear Friends,

Happy New Year, and thank you to all who have already responded to our call.  At the close of 2011, on December 31 we surpassed 550 people joining the team. Many are also busy sending the word out to all they know. This is a great beginning.

But it is still just a start. Hundreds have joined, thousands are needed, and I need to decide if we have what it takes to successfully move forward with an official candidacy for Colorado's Second Congressional District, or not by the end of next week. With the state legislative session beginning the following week, and precinct caucuses on February 7, there is no time to spare.

We have now compiled a great deal of information about the potential race onour website: www.Lundberg2012.com. Please pass this on to anyone who might be interested in sending a powerful message to Washington.

I will do my utmost to win, but I must have thousands of people standing with me. The incumbent, Jared Polis, is the richest Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives. He will bring many millions of dollars to this race. We have an opportunity to show the political establishment that thousands of committed volunteers can be more potent than all the political ads money can buy.

Arm yourself with the facts at www.Lundberg2012.com and join this extraordinary political movement that could make history in 2012. =20

For Life and Liberty!

Kevin Lundberg

 
Several more news items from the Ron Paul Campaign PDF Print E-mail
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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.

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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.
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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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it @ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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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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More news from the Ron Paul Campaign PDF Print E-mail
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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.

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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

10:00 a.m.
Sen. Rand Paul live in-studio with Jan Mickelson*
WHO Radio
2141 Grand Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50312

11:15 a.m.
Polk County Whistle Stop
Des Moines Marriott Downtown - Salon D
700 Grand Ave. 
Des Moines, IA 50309

1:00 p.m.
Scott County Whistle Stop
SteepleGate Inn – Williamsburg Room
100 W 76th St. 
Davenport, IA 52806

2:30 p.m.
Linn County Whistle Stop
The Hotel at Kirkwood Center - Atrium
7725 Kirkwood Blvd SW 
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

4:00 p.m.
Black Hawk County Whistle Stop
Park Place (PIPAC) Event Centre
1521 Technology Parkway 
Cedar Falls, IA 50613

5:30 p.m.
Cerro Gordo County Whistle Stop
Prime N Wine
3000 4th St SW (Hwy 122 West)
Mason City, IA 50401

[*Senator Rand Paul only.]

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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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

For more information on Ron Paul’s stance on education freedom, click here.

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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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