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Written by Gary Howard   
Tuesday, 06 December 2011 13:22
Ron Paul to Visit Iowa for Three-Day Campaign Swing
Town hall meetings, media interviews, campus youth rallies, and Republican debate round out visit
ANKENY, Iowa – The Iowa component of the Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign announced today that Congressman Paul will make a sweeping three-day visit to Iowa.  The visit will take place from Thursday, December 8th to Saturday the 10th, inclusive.

“Ron Paul’s next visit includes three days of voter-outreach events and media interviews, placing it among the more pivotal of this campaign cycle.  We’re delighted Dr. Paul gives Iowa the attention it warrants and predict this visit will be as constructive as prior ones have been,” said Ron Paul 2012 Iowa Campaign Chairman Drew Ivers.

Details of the events are as follows.  All times Central.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

1:00 p.m.
Employee Town Hall Meeting*
Principal Financial Group

2:30 p.m.
WOI-TV (ABC 5) interview
3903 Westown Parkway
West Des Moines, IA 50266

4:00 p.m.
Boone Town Hall Meeting
Boone Public Library 
702 Greene Street
Boone, IA 50035

7:00 p.m.
Countdown to the Caucus: Ron Paul at ISU
Iowa State University (hosted by "Youth for Ron Paul")
Great Hall, Iowa State Memorial Union (2nd Floor)
2229 Lincoln Way
Ames, IA 50014

[*Open to employees of Principal Financial Group only.  Media are encouraged to attend but must RSVP by 12/6 with Ron Paul 2012 Iowa Vice-Chair A.J. Spiker via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .]

Friday, December 9, 2011

9:00 a.m.
Webster City Town Hall Meeting
Webster City Fire Station
919 Superior Street
Webster City, IA 50595

1:00 p.m.
Mason City Town Hall Meeting
Mason City High School
1700 4th Street SE
Mason City, IA 50401

2:30 p.m.
In-Studio interview with KIMT TV (CBS)
KIMT-TV (CBS-3) Station
112 North Pennsylvania Avenue
Mason City, IA 50401

4:00 p.m.
Waverly Town Hall Meeting
Waverly Public Library
Bremer/Waverly Room 
1500 W. Bremer Avenue 
Waverly, IA 50677

7:00 p.m.
Countdown to the Caucus: Ron Paul at UNI
University of Northern Iowa (hosted by "Youth for Ron Paul")
Commons – Slife Ballroom
1224 West 23rd Street
Cedar Falls, IA 50614

Saturday, December 10, 2011

10:00 a.m.
Marshalltown Town Hall Meeting
Fisher Community Center 
709 S. Center Street 
Marshalltown, IA 50158

8:00 p.m.
ABC News / Republican Party of Iowa Debate
Sheslow Auditorium
Drake University
2507 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311
Ron Paul Remains Top-Tier in Latest Iowa Poll, Strong second, leads field in Independent vote
LAKE JACKSON, Texas – A NewsMax/Insider Advantage poll released yesterday shows 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul in second place in the state of Iowa, solidifying his position at the top of the field and remaining a serious threat to take the Iowa Caucuses in January. Paul won 13 percent of likely caucus-goers in the poll and an impressive 30 percent of independent voters, leading the rest of the field. In addition, Paul won 47 percent of voters between 18 and 29 years old.

“The latest poll results clearly prove Ron Paul’s status as a top contender, and confirms that our campaign is continuing to surge in early states,” said Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton. “The American people are ready for real change in Washington and Dr. Paul is the only candidate who has a plan to cut $1 trillion in spending, balance the budget, and restore prosperity to the American people.”

This latest poll comes on the heels of a number of recent polls placing Paul among the top three in key early states. According to a recent American Research Group poll, Paul takes third among likely Republican caucus-goers in Iowa. He also scores third place in New Hampshire, according to a recent WMUR/University of New Hampshire poll. And the most recent Suffolk University/7 News poll has Paul holding steady in second place with 14 percent among likely New Hampshire primary voters.

In addition, a late October CNN/Time poll showed the Texas congressman in the top three in the key Republican primary states of Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina.

Ron Paul to Hold Two College Campus Youth Rallies in Iowa
‘Countdown to the Caucus’ events hosted by ‘Youth for Ron Paul’ aim to solidify youth support
LAKE JACKSON, Texas – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul will address college students and Iowans at two “Youth for Ron Paul” campus rallies to energize young supporters and reach out to new and undecided voters in the run-up to the January 3, 2012, Iowa Caucuses.

The first event, which is free and open to supporters of all ages, will be held on Thursday, December 8th in the Iowa State University (ISU) Memorial Union Great Hall, located at 2229 Lincoln Way in Ames.  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 ISU event featuring Dr. Paul at http://ronpaulatisu.eventbrite.com/.

The second event, which also is free and open to supporters of all ages, will be held on Friday, December 9th 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.

“The enthusiastic support for Ron Paul continues to grow, especially among college students.  Young people understand he is the only presidential candidate who will fix our economy, so they’re eager not only to vote for him, but also to volunteer for his campaign,” said Edward King, National Youth Director for the Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign.

“Young people from across the country are inspired by Dr. Paul's message of a strong national defense, prosperity, and individual liberty.  No other campaign can claim or match the dedication of our youth support,” said Ani DeGroot, Midwest Regional Director for Youth for Ron Paul.

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.


Ron Paul Polling Third in Iowa and New Hampshire PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Drew Ivers   
Tuesday, 06 December 2011 13:04
Solid showing among the Hawkeye and Granite States’ likely GOP caucus-goers and primary voters
LAKE JACKSON, Texas – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul polls third among likely Republican caucus-goers in the key first-in-nation state of Iowa, according to a recent American Research Group poll, and different angles to this survey reveal his support may keep him anchored in third place or higher.

Congressman Paul also polls third in New Hampshire, according to a recent WMUR/University of New Hampshire poll.

In Iowa, Congressman Paul garnered 16 percent of the likely Republican caucus goers surveyed, on the heels of Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich who earned 20 and 27 percent, respectively.  Paul’s third-place showing in the poll is far ahead of past and aspiring top-three competitors.  Pizza baron Herman Cain, Rep. Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum all earned a modest 6 percent of the vote, Texas Gov. Rick Perry earned a mere 5 percent, and just 3 percent of respondents selected Jon Huntsman.  The ARG poll also notes that among likely caucus goers who are already enrolled in the Republican Party, Paul remains a strong third place with 14 percent of the vote, with Gingrich and Romney at 30 and 17 percent, respectively. 

Also in Iowa, voter self-identification with the Tea Party, or lack thereof, both help Paul remain in the top three or better: Among likely Republican caucus-goers saying they are supporters of the Tea Party, Paul polls in second place with 19 percent.  Among likely caucus-goers saying they are not supporters of the Tea Party or that they are undecided about the Tea Party, Paul polls third with 12 percent.  The poll of 600 likely Republican caucus-goers was conducted over November 17th to the 23rd and has a margin of error of +/- 4 percent.

In New Hampshire, Congressman Paul is holding strong in third place, within the margin of error of +/- 3.8 percent for second place in this survey of 665 randomly selected adults.  Among likely New Hampshire Republican Primary voters, Paul polls at 12 percent behind Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich who earned 42 and 15 percent, respectively.  As in the Iowa poll, the WMUR/UNH poll shows that other Republican presidential hopefuls failing to place in the top three have modest single-digit results.

“These poll results demonstrate that Ron Paul’s support in Iowa and New Hampshire is loyal, solid, and diverse, not subject to the media and pundit-fueled ‘flavor of the week’ whims.  As the finish line approaches, we’re hopeful for a strong showing that reflects this strong base of support and its steadily growing numbers,” said Ron Paul 2012 National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton.

Ron Paul Iowa Team Names New ‘Farmers for Ron Paul’ Nationwide Coalition Members PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Drew Ivers   
Tuesday, 06 December 2011 12:27
Supporters from Warren, Pocahontas and Jackson counties produce diverse crops, livestock
LAKE JACKSON, Texas – The Iowa component of the Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign announced new members of its “Farmers for Ron Paul” nationwide coalition formed to energize voters in America’s unrivaled agricultural sector.

The new “Farmers for Ron Paul” members hail from Warren, Pocahontas and Jackson Counties.

“I support Ron Paul for many reasons, but as a small Iowa farmer, I support his stance that less government is what is needed and we need Washington out of our lives and business.  He strongly opposes the National Animal Identification System (NAIS), which is just big government trying to put yet another burden on the small farmer and perhaps putting us out of business.  In addition Ron Paul wants to eliminate the EPA and restructure the FDA, both of which limit what we can sell and how we go about selling it.  Farmers need Ron Paul as he is the real deal, and he will stand up for our rights,” said David Swaim of Milo.

Mr. Swaim and his wife have their farm for a year and a half.  It consists of 11 acres on which they produce poultry and hay.  Mr. Swaim is also a veteran from Iraq.

“Ron Paul is the only consistent candidate for president.  He’s is steadfast in his adherence to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.  His Congressional record of never voting to increase taxes and opposition to undeclared wars makes him the only appealing candidate to both the mainstream GOP and the middle of the road independents opposed to prolonged, undeclared wars.  Dr. Paul would push to end agricultural subsidies and government involvement in the free market of agricultural products,” said Dale Roewe of Laurens.

Mr. Owens owns a 1,100-acre farm that has been in his family since 1882.  The farm employs one person aside from Mr. Owens’s family, and produces corn and soybeans. 

“Going back many, many administrations, government farm policies have done nothing more than de-populate rural America.  Recent food scares created by corporate sized processing facilities led to the signing of The Food Modernization and Safety Act, which came close to regulating all food grown for human consumption.  On June 9, 2011, Executive Order No. 13575 established The White House Rural Council, with a mission to ‘... coordinate and increase the effectiveness of Federal engagement with rural stakeholders, including agriculture organizations, small businesses, education and training institutions health-care providers, research and land grant institutions, law enforcement, State, local and tribal governments, and non-governmental organizations regarding the needs of rural America,’” said Jim Blitgen of Bellevue. 

“This is way too much government where it does not belong.  I stand behind Ron Paul, as he is for less federal involvement that takes away states' rights and more importantly my personal liberties. I do not want to be told what to do on my land,” said Mr. Blitgen, who has owned his farm since 1962. 

Mr. Blitgen owns 90 acres and mostly produces alfalfa hay, but has an acre dedicated to growing vegetables including tomatoes, squash, onions, carrots, peppers, potatoes, whole oats and wheat.  He also has 4 horses.  Mr. Blitgen is also something of a local hero as last year he helped ameliorate the damage caused by frightened horses running amok at the 2010 annual Bellevue Parade.

Messrs. Swaim, Roewe and Blitgen now serve on the “Farmers for Ron Paul” national advisory board.  As a first basic step, those wanting to join the “Farmers for Ron Paul”coalition should visit www.RonPaul2012.com/Farmers.


Cain Maintains Focus on US Economy, Defines Broad National Security Policy Platform in Debate PDF Print E-mail
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Written by J D Gordon   
Friday, 02 December 2011 09:11
Republican presidential frontrunner Herman Cain authoritatively tackled a variety of foreign policy issues while stressing the nation’s primary challenge of economic instability at Tuesday night’s debate at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington D.C. Cain stressed the need to focus efforts on strengthening the economy as a component of national security: “This whole discussion tonight about cutting and compromise—we didn’t spend enough time talking about the other part of the problem—growing this economy. This administration has failed dismally…we can cut till the cows come home but it will not solve the problem until we have effective economic growth.”

Discussing Iran’s growing quest for nuclear weapons, Cain explained that the situation with Iran is also shaped by prevailing forces in the region. Cain said, “…If we pull out of Afghanistan too soon, Iran is going to help fill that power vacuum in Afghanistan. And so it is in our best interest in the USA to prevent them from being able to (do that).”

Cain drew from his own wealth of experience in addressing a question about the greatest threat to national security that no one is talking about today: “Having been a ballistics analyst and a computer scientist earlier in my career,” Cain said, “Cyber attacks. That’s something that we do not talk enough about and I happen to believe that is a national security area that we do need to be concerned about.”

Cain explained how Mexico’s instability is a national security threat: “An insecure border is a national security threat for the following reasons. Number one, we know that terrorists have come into this country by way of Mexico. Secondly, 40 percent of the people in Mexico according to a survey already believe that their country is a failed state. Thirdly, the number of people killed in Mexico last year equals the number of people killed in Afghanistan and Iraq combined. 

So yes, let’s solve the whole problem. Number one, secure the border for real. Number two, enforce the laws that are already there - we don’t need new laws. Number three promote the current path to citizenship. Clean up the bureaucracy in Washington D.C. so people can come through the front door instead of sneaking in the side door. And number four, to deal with the illegals that are already here, empower the states to do what the federal government is not capable of doing.”

Regarding US foreign assistance Cain stressed his common-sense platform of examining which problems are effective: “It depends upon priorities…Just like every program we have domestically, (we must ask) what have the results been, and then we make a decision about how we prioritize.”

Among the other topics Cain addressed during the expansive debate were refining and strengthening the Patriot Act and improving airport screenings for terrorism, in which Cain advocated targeted identification and privatization of services.

Obama’s Failed Leadership Causes Lower than Expected GDP PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Friends of Herman Cain   
Tuesday, 22 November 2011 16:32

President Obama’s Department of Commerce today announced that the country’s GDP grew at a meager 2.0 percent for July to September and lower than the advance estimates of 2.5 percent. This discouraging news is on top of 9 percent unemployment and more than 46 million Americans continue to be below the poverty line. Republican Presidential candidate, businessman and entrepreneur Herman Cain issued the following statement:

“Obama’s leadership again is failing Americans as anemic GDP numbers released by the Commerce Department show his Great Recession continues to stifle job creation and prosperity building. He refused to standup and lead the Super Committee in cutting wasteful bureaucracy, and his healthcare takeover and constant talk of tax hikes leaves businesses without the resources and long-term direction to plan for the future. 

Our ‘999 Plan’ crushes the barriers blocking prosperity, expands the GDP by $2 trillion, simplifies the tax code for every American along while creating six million new jobs and increasing business investment by one-third and wages by 10 percent.

I’m not a career politician. I’m a husband, father and grandfather. I’m a businessman and entrepreneur who knows how to create jobs and tackle complex problems – and I’m fighting for Americans everywhere who are fed up with Washington’s reckless agenda of higher taxes, more spending, more government takeovers, and rising deficits and debt. Now more than ever, we need new leadership in the White House – and I know that Washington answers to the people, not the other way around.

Americans are frustrated with politicians ignoring their concerns. I’m listening to them, and running to restore our nation’s values, restore our economy and fix the widespread problems infecting our nation’s capital. As president, I’ll make Washington responsive to you, the hardworking, taxpaying citizens of the greatest country on the face of the Earth.”

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