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Ron Paul Sign Wave and Public Outreach PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Michael Elliott   
Tuesday, 27 December 2011 13:30
Friday, December 23, 2011, 2:00 PM Intersection of Kimberly Road and Brady Street
It's time to get out there and raise public awareness about Ron Paul. Come on out and show your enthusiasm for our man. We'll do some sign waving at a busy intersection and also hand out literature and talk to people at the Northpark Mall.
We have the momentum but we can't let up now! Let's take Ron Paul over the top to a landslide victory! We can fire the shot heard round the world!
Intersection of Kimberly Road and Brady Street 2-6 PM We'll bring signs but bring your own if you have one. After it gets dark we'll move over to the mall and distribute literature and talk to shoppers. Let's be the friendly face of the Ron Paul movement....wear a Santa Hat if you have one. This will be fun! RSVP via email or HERE:http://www.meetup.com/RonPaul2012DavenportIA/events/45284682/
Call Steven at 323-804-7206 or Todd McGreevy 563-650-0120

 
News from the Ron Paul Campaign late-December PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Gary Howard   
Tuesday, 27 December 2011 11:39
Ron Paul Draws Big Crowds on Second of Two-Day Trip to Iowa

Four town hall meetings yield a sizable outpouring of committed and new supporters

ANKENY, Iowa – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul again attracted big crowds at all four of his events in Eastern Iowa, closing out a two-day trip before he returns for a three-day trip to Central and Western Iowa next week.

Crowds of this size would be uncommon had the 12-term Congressman from Texas not done this in Iowa just yesterday.  Or, had he not done so previously at Youth for Ron Paul events in Iowa that recently gained national media coverage.

Paul’s Jackson County Town Hall Meeting in Maquoketa attracted more than 200 people, noteworthy for the small venue, town, and county in which it occurred.  The Dubuque Town Hall Meeting at the Grand River Center saw more than 350 people.  The Delaware County Town Hall Meeting on the Delaware County Fairgrounds netted more than 150, exceptional for a small community.  Finally, Ron Paul’s Cedar Rapids Town Hall Meeting at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center – expected to be a large event – exceeded turnout estimates with more than 350 supporters.

Ron Paul speaks at his Jackson County Town Hall Meeting in Maquoketa.


Ron Paul greets his youngest supporter at his Dubuque Town Hall Meeting.


Ron Paul kicks off his Delaware County Town Hall Meeting in Manchester.


Ron Paul surveys the crowd amid applause in Cedar Rapids.

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Ron Paul Iowa Team Welcomes New ‘Homeschoolers for Ron Paul’ Members
Latest families valuing education choice hail from Polk, Warren and Hancock counties
ANKENY, Iowa – The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign announced today additions to its active “Homeschoolers for Ron Paul” nationwide coalition.  The new members hail from Polk, Warren, and Hancock counties, all Iowa.

As voters further appreciate Dr. Paul’s principled stance on education choice, momentum for the Iowa campaign organization continues.  Below find statements of support from the following new members and member families.

Genny Loraditch of Ankeny has been instructing her four children for about three years, and explained, “Dr. Ron Paul is a father of five and grandparent to many, and therefore relates to me and my struggle to raise a strong family.  If he were to become president, I would look forward to the freedom he will bring to homeschooling parents.  I am supporting Ron Paul for many reasons aside from the benefits I get from the freedom to homeschool.  His stance on life is strong and unquestionable, and he is a leader about whom I would be proud to teach my children.”

New Virginia residents and home educators Bryan and Joan Samuell also are publicly sharing their sentiments about Dr. Paul.

“Ron Paul is one of the few that have an understanding of the limits placed upon the federal government by the founding fathers.  He is a strong supporter of life, not just in rhetoric but in practice.  Dr. Paul is mindful of the taxpayer’s dollar and opposes wasteful spending.  Lastly, he has an understanding of the jurisdictions of authority and the right of families to decide how to best educate their children,” wrote the couple.

For more than 15 years, Jennifer Loveless has chosen home education for her four children in Corwith.  After hearing about “Homeschoolers for Ron Paul,” she was pleased to offer an expression of support.

“Homeschooling without government intervention is the pinnacle of parental self-responsibility.  The right to educate your own children is liberty at its core.  I want to protect this and many other freedoms, not to mention returning some that have been lost.  Therefore, I see only one candidate who will defend our liberties, and he is Dr. Ron Paul,” said Ms. Loveless.

Those interested in joining the “Homeschoolers for Ron Paul” nationwide coalition may 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 for more information about how to join.

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In Case You Missed It:  Bachmann, Huntsman and Santorum #Fail to Appear on Virginia Ballot
Stringent ballot access requirements, yes – but, um, this is the presidential election!
LAKE JACKSON, Texas – National media and political pundits are reporting that Michele Bachmann, Jon Huntsman, and Rick Santorum failed to file the signatures necessary to appear on the Virginia ballot.

This means that on March 6, 2012 or Super Tuesday, the day of the Virginia primary, supporters of the three presidential aspirants residing in the Commonwealth will be denied the opportunity to cast their vote for them.

Bachmann, Huntsman, Santorum don't make Va. ballot
By Emily Schultheis, Burns & Haberman on 2012 – Politico.com

Michele Bachmann, Jon Huntsman and Rick Santorum all failed to meet the requirements for the Virginia ballot, according to the state's Board of Elections.

Of the 2012 GOP hopefuls, just Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul and Rick Perry submitted the required number of signatures today.

The state's primary, which is slated for Super Tuesday on March 6, has some of the most stringent ballot access requirements in the country: 10,000 signatures from registered Virginia voters, including 400 from each of the state's 11 congressional districts. And the elections board recommends getting at least 1.5 times the number of required signatures — 15,000 for presidential candidates — in case any of them are found to be invalid.

Mitt Romney, who filed Tuesday, was the only candidate to get 1.5 times the required number of signatures: he submitted a total of 16,026 signatures, according to Chris Piper of the Virginia State Board of Elections.

Paul filed today with 14,361 signatures, Perry had 11,911 and Gingrich had 11,050.

The Gingrich campaign announced yesterday, after "scrambling" to organize in the state, that it had reached the required number of signatures.

The state parties will certify the signatures from each of the candidates and decide by Dec. 27 whether the four GOP candidates are eligible to appear on the ballot, Piper said.

For the original post, click here.

Larry Sabato, political analyst and the Robert Kent Gooch Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia, tweeted this pithy but amusing opinion:
Ron Paul Commits to Pro-life, Pro-liberty Presidency
Signs Personhood USA pledge and authors own statement affirming Life and Liberty
ANKENY, Iowa – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul made two concrete gestures affirming his career-long stance on the sanctity of life.

Dr. Paul signed the Personhood Republican Presidential Candidate Pledge circulated by Personhood USA, a 501(c)(4) Christian ministry that assists local groups in initiating citizen, legislative, and political action in defense of the unborn.

Dr. Paul also authored his own statement outlining his prolife position in the context of the Constitution.  The 12-term Congressman from Texas signed both documents on December 19, 2011. 

“I guarantee you that no one would work harder to be the most ardent and active pro-life President in history,” Dr. Paul writes in his statement. 

“We’re pleased Ron Paul has signed the Personhood USA pledge and admire him for elaborating further on the issue of government’s role in protecting the sanctity of life.  The right to life is a deeply-held conviction of Dr. Paul.  As a political leader, a Christian, and a physician who personally delivered thousands of babies, he brings unique perspective on the life issue that’s so pivotal for Iowans,” said Ron Paul 2012 Iowa Chair Drew Ivers.

Dr. Paul is by trade an accomplished OB-GYN who personally delivered more than 4,000 babies.  While in Congress he sponsored a federal Human Life Amendment, and voted against directing federal funds toward domestic and international organizations that perform abortions or engage in so-called “family planning” schemes.

To view Ron Paul’s newest ad “Staying on the Right Path” featuring friends and former patients of the prolife doctor, click here.  To view his path-breaking earlier ad “Life,” click here.

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Written by Gary Howard   
Tuesday, 27 December 2011 11:08
Ron Paul to Campaign in Central and Western Iowa
Three-day visit to include town hall meetings and a major ‘Salute to Veterans Rally’ in Des Moines
ANKENY, Iowa – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul will campaign in Iowa for three days in the run-up to the January 3, 2012 Iowa Caucus.

The far-reaching visit will occur from Wednesday to Friday, December 28th to the 30th, inclusive. 

Public events during this visit include town hall meetings in large population centers and rural areas, and a major Salute to Veterans Rally.

“As we approach the final stretch, the Iowa team welcomes Ron Paul for another consequential visit during which he’ll interact with voters and host a rally to salute our veterans.  Earlier visits by Dr. Paul laid the foundation for a strong top-three showing at the January caucus and this visit promises to build upon it,” said Ron Paul 2012 Iowa Chair Drew Ivers.

Details of this far-reaching visit are as follows.  All times Central.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

12:00 p.m.
Jasper County Town Hall Meeting
Iowa Speedway Media Center
I-80 at Exit 168 
Newton, IA 50208
(take Iowa Speedway Dr. to Lincoln St. and enter speedway from south)

3:00 p.m.
Ron Paul visits GuideOne Insurance*
1111 Ashworth Road
West Des Moines, IA 50265

7:00 p.m.
Ron Paul's Salute to Veterans Rally
Iowa State Fairgrounds - Knapp Learning Center
East 33rd St. & University Ave.  
Des Moines, IA 50317

*Closed to the public but media are encouraged to attend.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

10:00 a.m.
Live in-studio interview w/ Jan Mickelson
WHO Radio
2141 Grand Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50309

12:00 p.m.
Perry Town Hall Meeting
Hotel Pattee
1112 Willis Ave. 
Perry, IA 50220

3:00 p.m.
Cass County Town Hall Meeting
Cass County Community Center at Cass County Fairgrounds
805 W 10th St. 
Atlantic, IA 50022

7:00 p.m.
Council Bluffs Town Hall Meeting
Mid-America Center
One Arena Way 
Council Bluffs, IA 51501

Friday, December 30, 2011

1:00 p.m.
Plymouth County Town Hall Meeting
LeMars Convention Center
275 12th St. SE 
LeMars, IA 51031

3:00 p.m.
Sioux County Town Hall Meeting
Sioux Center Public Library
102 S. Main Ave. 
Sioux Center, IA 51250

7:00 p.m.
Sioux City Town Hall Meeting
River's Bend Convention Center / Stoney Creek Inn
300 3rd St. 
Sioux City, IA 51101

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Ron Paul Endorsed by Davenport-area Pastor
Scott County pastor cites Dr. Paul’s “stance on issues, his personal character, and his electability.”
ANKENY, Iowa – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul was endorsed today by the Rev. Christopher J. Neuendorf, pastor of Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Davenport.

“Ron Paul is the clear choice to me as a pastor on at least three fronts: his stance on issues, his personal character, and his electability. 

“When it comes to issues such as abortion, same-sex marriage, foreign policy, and economics, Ron Paul's positions favor respect for human life, fundamental morality, and overall prosperity for the United States and our neighbors throughout the world.  

“In the realm of character, while other candidates pay lip service to fairly good positions on the issues, none exhibits the consistency, honesty, and determination of Ron Paul.

“As for electability, since many of his positions, particularly on foreign wars, appeal to a broad base beyond the confines of the Republican Party, Ron Paul stands the best chance of defeating President Barack Obama in 2012,” said Rev. Neuendorf.

In making his endorsement, the Rev. mentioned that he was endorsing Ron Paul as an individual, not on behalf of the Holy Cross congregation.  As a member congregation of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, the church publicly opposes abortion and same-sex marriage, but its individual members are not required, expected, or even encouraged to vote for a particular candidate.  That remains a matter of individual conscience.

Ron Paul 2012 Iowa Chairman Drew Ivers responded to the endorsement saying, “We welcome Rev. Neuendorf’s endorsement and kind words on the very day Ron Paul is campaigning in Eastern Iowa.  The endorsement of the Rev. and other faith leaders promises to make a strong top-three caucus showing more likely.”

Mike Heath, Iowa State Director for the Ron Paul 2012 campaign, is visiting Christian churches across Iowa to do outreach and discuss Ron Paul’s candidacy.  To date, Heath has visited 256 houses of worship across the state toward that end.  Heath is an ordained Christian minister.

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 Draws Big Crowds on First of Two-Day Visit to Iowa
Huge turnout at four town hall meetings in Eastern Iowa’s rural areas and large population centers
ANKENY, Iowa – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul attracted sizable crowds at all four events held on the first day of his two-day, far-reaching visit to Eastern Iowa today.

Paul’s Lee County event, held in Fort Madison, yielded 225 people.  His noon Henry County event in Mount Pleasant and his Washington County event in Washington attracted more than 200 people each.  Paul’s Quad Cities event in Bettendorf yielded a remarkable more than 800 people.

Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) surveys the over-capacity crowd of more than 800 at his Quad Cities
Town Hall Meeting in Bettendorf, the fourth event of its kind on the first of a two-day visit.
“The first day of Ron Paul’s visit gave us another glimpse into what a Paul presidency would look like, with voters asking how this re-acquaintance with economic and personal liberty would affect ‘me’ during the transition.  We hope Dr. Paul’s promotion of this philosophy, his ‘Plan to Restore America,’ and his candor is contributing to an atmosphere conducive to a strong top-three showing at the January caucus,” said Ron Paul 2012 Iowa Chairman Drew Ivers.

The abovementioned appearances are listed in the order they occurred, and each event was a town hall meeting featuring a speech and Q.&A.

Details of Ron Paul’s public schedule tomorrow follow.  All times Central.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

10:00 a.m.
Jackson County Town Hall Meeting
Historic Clinton Engines Building
605 E. Maple Street  
Maquoketa, IA 52060

12:00 p.m.
Dubuque Town Hall Meeting
Grand River Center – Meeting Room #4
Port of Dubuque 
500 Bell Street 
Dubuque, IA 52001

3:00 p.m.
Delaware County Town Hall Meeting
Delaware County Fairgrounds
200 E. Acers Street 
Manchester, IA 52057

7:00 p.m.
Cedar Rapids Town Hall Meeting
The Hotel at Kirkwood Center - Suites D & E
7725 Kirkwood Center   
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

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Rep. Morthland Statement on Polling Place Closures PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rich Morthland   
Tuesday, 27 December 2011 11:05

December 21, 2011                          

Moline, IL...State Representative Rich Morthland released the following statement regarding the recent closure of a dozen polling centers in Rock Island County:

 

"Voting patterns change with the weather and the County Clerk means to tell us that these closures will not affect voter turnout? This is just another means of gerrymandering.

 

"It is a little too coincidental that Rural Township is also a significant Republican voting area and the County Clerk, though supposed to be a neutral election authority, is a Democrat. The locations of polling places, however, should not be a partisan consideration.

 

"If necessary, I stand poised to take legislative action on this matter. I stand with the 739 registered voters of Rural Township and support keeping their polling center open."

 

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Written by Gary Howard   
Friday, 23 December 2011 16:26
Ron Paul Campaign Announces Internet and TV Ad Featuring

Sen. Rand PaulPresidential candidate’s son, a U.S. Senator, connects tea party values with dad’s lifelong aims

LAKE JACKSON, Texas – The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign unveiled today a new Christmas-themed ad featuring U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), son of presidential candidate Dr. Ron Paul.

The ad has already been emailed to the Pauls’ supporters and is available on YouTube.  The ad will run on television in the key early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire December 24th and 25th, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

The 30-second ad features the junior Senator from the Commonwealth of Kentucky talking about his father flatteringly, as most sons would.  And yet, the praise he heaps upon his father is uncommon because of the Pauls’ stature as preeminent antiestablishment political leaders in areas such as fiscal restraint and constitutionality. 

Sen. Paul connects the principles of the tea party movement that elected him to an unexpected landslide victory with his father’s lifelong commitment to that same doctrine.  These are values the senator describes as actions against politicians that support more debt, bigger government, government bailouts, and establishment priorities. 

The ad begins with the scene-setting, “I’m Rand Paul.  My father taught me the value of commitment to faith, family and our Constitution.”  From there, with a Christmas tree as backdrop, Sen. Paul puts forth the idea that his father the senior Dr. Paul is closely aligned with the tea party.

Both Pauls are by trade medical doctors, with the senior Dr. Paul a prolific OB-GYN who personally delivered more than 4,000 babies and the junior Dr. Paul an accomplished eye surgeon.

“He’s always stayed true to his principles and convictions.  He won’t falter, he won’t bend, and he will restore what made America great,” Sen. Paul concludes before the customary “God bless America,” and wishing viewers a Merry Christmas.

“Senator Paul is always there for his father and he will make a great First Son.  Through this ad, the senator makes a strong argument for why citizen activists concerned with America’s future are ideal partners with Ron Paul in restore\ing America to prosperity and its founding principles,” said Ron Paul 2012 National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton.

To view the upcoming television ad featuring Sen. Rand Paul online, please click here.

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Ron Paul Iowa Team Welcomes New ‘Homeschoolers for Ron Paul’ Members

Featured families reside in Clarke and Polk counties
ANKENY, Iowa – The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign announced today the latest families to join the “Homeschoolers for Ron Paul” nationwide coalition.

In statements below, family representatives express their support for the 12-term Congressman from Texas, characterizing him as a champion of education freedom and Christian principles.

With four girls and four boys, the Charles family of Murray has been homeschooling for over 12 years.  Christopher Charles offered the following statement:

“Raising our children up ‘in the nurture and admonition of the Lord’ is a Biblical command we take very seriously.  This command is the primary reason why my wife and I homeschool our eight children.  Ron Paul’s flawless record in Congress on issues of individual freedoms is one of the many reasons we strongly support Dr. Paul for President of the United States.  Without the guarantee of freedom that Ron Paul staunchly defends, our freedom to homeschool our children faces great uncertainty.”

Bob and Janie Toomey of Runnels are proud parents of four children spanning ages 10 to 18 years of age and have been teaching their children since birth.  The parents wrote, “Supporting Ron Paul for president is a matter of staying consistent with our homeschooling principles, such as the freedom to teach our children our religious beliefs, which in turn affect our daily life choices.”

“Supporting Ron Paul is supporting healthy economic freedom and personal responsibility.  Lastly, supporting Ron Paul is standing alongside a fellow Constitutionalist who understands what is at stake for this country, ourselves, and our posterity,” added Mr. and Mrs. Toomey. 

Summarizing her support, six-year home educator Michelle Brookhart of Windsor Heights said, “As a Christian and homeschooling mother of six, Ron Paul supports all the things I could have ever hoped for in a presidential candidate: peace, freedom, protection of life, and support for home education.  While the other candidates seem to just say what they think people want to hear to get elected, Dr. Paul is standing up for what he believes in and has a plan to get our nation back on its feet.  My children are so near and dear to me, so I have a vested interest in their future.  With Ron Paul, I finally feel this future can be a bright one.”

Those interested in joining the active “Homeschoolers for Ron Paul” nationwide coalition are encouraged to 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 for more information about how to join.

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Ron Paul Endorsed by Pastor of North Central Iowa Church

Franklin County pastor calls Dr. Paul the candidate who is “most in conformity with biblical principles.”

ANKENY, Iowa – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul was endorsed today by the Rev. Doug Holmes, pastor of Sovereign Grace Church located in Dows.

“Today I am endorsing the candidacy of Ron Paul for President of the United States, as Dr. Paul is the one who I believe is most in conformity with biblical principles.  He is not a perfect candidate and does have issues that give me pause, but he stands apart from the other contenders.

“Issue stances that appeal to me include embracing a strong prolife position, adhering to biblical teaching on just weights and measures, the potentially crippling dangers of a debt-based economy and fractional reserve banking system, parental rights in the education and care of their children, a non-statist and voluntary approach to welfare,  a non-invasive foreign policy, and a proper understanding of checks and balances in the exercise of political power not only within the Federal government, but between the Federal government and the states. 

“Ron Paul’s consistent commitment to his vow to uphold the Constitution of our republic has rendered him an ‘unelectable liability’ in the minds of many in the Republican establishment but it is this same consistent, principled and uncompromising stand that also endears him to many freedom loving Americans who desire to see this great land turned from its present suicidal course of massive debt, economic bailouts, international meddling, forced welfare, unjust taxation and increasing moral confusion. 

“Please consider voting for Ron Paul in the upcoming Republican caucuses this January 3rd,” said Rev. Holmes. 

In endorsing Ron Paul for the presidency, Rev. Holmes mentioned he was doing so as a private citizen and not on behalf of Sovereign Grace Church congregants.

News of the endorsement was well-received by Ron Paul 2012 Iowa Chair Drew Ivers who said, “Rev. Holmes’ expression of support, including biblical justifications many other Christians will appreciate, is most welcome.  His support and that of other Christian faith leaders puts a strong top-three caucus showing closer in reach.”

Mike Heath, Iowa State Director for the Ron Paul 2012 campaign, is visiting Christian churches across Iowa to do outreach and discuss Ron Paul’s candidacy.  To date, Heath has visited 256 houses of worship across the state toward that end.  Heath is an ordained Christian minister.

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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