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Ron Paul’s Latest Moneybomb Nets More Than $2.75 Million PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Drew Ivers   
Tuesday, 25 October 2011 14:25
‘Black This Out’ theme inspires small contributors
LAKE JACKSON, Texas – The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign announced today that its latest money bomb dubbed “Black This Out” netted more than $2.75 million in small donations.

The money bomb, or online fundraising event, began at midnight on October 19th and concluded today, October 24th, at noon. 

Ron Paul supporters in all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, and U.S. military installations made a total of 44,527 donations, with 40,494 of these donations unique ones.  The mean or average donation over this period was $61.92 while the median contribution was $25, demonstrating the broad support Dr. Paul gets from everyday concerned citizens.

“This moneybomb’s success conveys that Ron Paul’s supporters, whether independent or loosely organized, are poised to dig in deep and back him even during this government-imposed economic downtown,” said Ron Paul 2012 National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton. 

“This block of voters supporting Dr. Paul is growing and is comprised of generous Americans having no plans to switch to another candidate,” said Mr. Benton.
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Herman Cain Launches National Ad Appeal to Voters PDF Print E-mail
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Written by J D Gordon   
Tuesday, 25 October 2011 14:21
First ad will begin airing on Rush Limbaugh Program Tuesday, October 25th

Atlanta - Mark Block, Chief of Staff to the Herman Cain presidential campaign, announced today that a national radio ad campaign would begin on Tuesday taking the campaign's message directly to voters.

“The surge in fundraising we have experienced recently has put us into a position to take our message to Republican primary voters across the nation.  Both our national and state strategies are buoyed by this ad campaign,” said Block. “Herman Cain recorded a message speaking directly to voters and we believe this will begin to solidify our support in all fifty states.”

The ad campaign will launch this Tuesday on the Rush Limbaugh radio program and continue into the following week.  In the ad, Herman Cain promotes a new website to be released on Tuesday to gain supporters and contributions located at www.999MeansJobs.com.

“As the largest radio program in America, Rush Limbaugh reaches the two biggest AM stations in Iowa,” said Steve Grubbs, Iowa campaign chairman.  “We believe this will support our renewed efforts to line up precinct captains in 1500 locations across the state and help us raise the critical donations we need to fund our campaign effort.”

“This is another example of the synergies we are developing between our national strategy and our state strategies,” said Block.  “We are running a fifty-state campaign, with the belief that every Republican voter in every state should have a say in the outcome of our party's nominating process.”

 
News from the Ron Paul Campaign PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Gary Howard   
Tuesday, 25 October 2011 14:02
Ron Paul Leads GOP Candidates in Iowa Campaign Donations; Evidence of a large and growing base of support
LAKE JACKSON, Texas – According to a recent report from the Des Moines Register, 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul leads among GOP contenders in donations from the state of Iowa so far this year. Paul bests presumed frontrunner Mitt Romney, and places comfortably ahead of the rest of the Republican field.

“This is more clear evidence of Dr. Paul’s large and growing base of support in the great state of Iowa,” said Ron Paul 2012 National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton. “Iowans who are sick and tired of the status quo message coming from the establishment candidates in this race are attracted to our campaign’s message of balanced budgets, limited constitutional government, and individual liberty, and we are working to capitalize on that momentum.”

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Paul Campaign Applauds NV Caucus Move to Feb. 4; NH Primacy Assured, NV Importance Affirmed
LAKE JACKSON, Texas – The Ron Paul Campaign today applauded the Nevada Central Committee’s decision to reschedule the Nevada presidential caucus for February 4. The move protects New Hampshire’s traditional “first in the nation” status while ensuring that Nevada voters receive proper attention from all candidates for the GOP nomination.
“We are extremely pleased with this decision, and we thank Nevada GOP Chair Amy Tarkanian and RNC Chairman Reince Priebus for their tireless work,” said Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton.
“The Paul campaign believes firmly in the primacy of the New Hampshire primary – and in the importance of the Nevada caucus as well. We’re very proud that our campaign and our supporters on the Nevada Central Committee took a leadership role in resolving this issue.
“Voters in the Granite State and the Silver State will now have the opportunity to meet and deeply examine the candidates who are asking for their votes,” Benton continued. “And that’s the way it should be.”
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Crowds of More Than 1,200 People Greet Ron Paul in IowaTown hall meetings plus youth event mean direct voter contact exceeds 1,600 on first of two-day tour
ANKENY, Iowa – The first day of 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul’s two-day visit to Iowa yielded huge turnouts at public events featuring some of the Hawkeye State’s most involved voters and supporters.


More than 175 people attended Dr. Paul’s Davenport town hall meeting, and more than 220 people attended his town hall meeting in Burlington, his first visit there. 

Most notably, more than 1,200 members of the University of Iowa and general community greeted the Texas Congressman in the Main Lounge of the Memorial Union, located on the university’s Iowa City campus.  This occurred even as homecoming weekend provided the public with an array of large events from which to distract from Paul’s visit.

“The energy in the room tonight was unreal as more than 1,200 students and supporters filled the hall to hear Ron Paul's message of peace, prosperity, and individual liberty.  Students in Iowa and nationwide know that Dr. Paul is the only candidate running for office who will fix our economy, get our financial house in order, and restore American prosperity,” said Edward King, National Youth Coordinator for the Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign.

The University of Iowa event was organized by Youth for Ron Paul (YFP), an initiative of the Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign.  Since “Youth for Ron Paul” launched last month, students nationwide have organized 166 chapters and recruited more than 9,800 people. 

Prior to the Davenport and Burlington town hall meetings and before his successful University of Iowa YFP visit, Dr. Paul was interviewed live in-studio with WHO Radio’s Jan Mickelson in Des Moines, and in Newton he toured the TPI Composites plant and met with the American Wind Energy Association.

“Something incredible is brewing in Iowa, with Ron Paul treated to warm receptions in just about every venue he visits.  The Iowa team is inspired, thankful and humbled by Iowans’ appreciation for the seriousness Dr. Paul gives to Iowa and its first-in-nation status,” said Drew Ivers, the Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign’s Iowa Chairman.

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For Iowa College Students, Voting Has Never Been Easier! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Veronica Lorson Fowler   
Tuesday, 25 October 2011 13:23
Changes in election laws have given Iowa college students more options than ever on
how they cast their votes. And it’s especially important that college students vote.
“Of all the people in society, young adults have the most to lose if democracy falls off
the rails,” said Ben Stone, ACLU of Iowa Executive Director. “They are the ones who, as
older adults, will have to deal with all the problems we create now. It’s important that
they make their voices heard.”
Are You Registered?
Before you vote, you must make sure you’re registered to vote. Go online to the Iowa
Secretary of State’s office at www.sos.state.ia.us. There’s a handy tool you can use to plug
in your zip code and other info to find out if you’re registered. In fact, the entire site has
tons of handy college student voter information.
If you’re not registered to vote, the deadline in Iowa to register for the November 8
election is October 28. If you cannot meet this deadline, you can also register on the spot
at your polling place on Election Day. To prevent hassles, bring a valid, current driver’s
license or a student ID with photo.
As a college student, you have the option of registering to vote in your hometown or in
your college town. Your decision of where to register will determine which candidates
and what issues will appear on your ballot. You can register in only one location. You
can’t register to vote in both your hometown and in your college town.
When it comes to actually voting, you have four options:
1. Absentee Voting
If it's hard for you to get to your polling place; you travel a lot; or you're simply a busy
person who doesn't want stand in line or break away from work or classes, an absentee
vote is a convenient option.
First, you must request that an absentee ballot be sent to you. Go to the Secretary of
State web site (www.sos.state.ia.us) and print out an “absentee ballot request form.” Or
call 1-888-SOS-VOTE (1-888-767-8683) to ask for the form.
Once you have the request form in hand, fill it out and mail it to the county auditor's
office in the county in which you are registered.
A few days later, you'll receive the actual absentee ballot in the mail. Fill out the actual
ballot and mail it promptly back to your county auditor's office. Absentee ballots
received after November 8 will not be counted.
2. Absentee Voting "In Person"
Another convenient way to vote before the November 8 election is to cast an absentee
ballot "in person." Simply show up at your local county auditor's office during normal
business hours. For the upcoming election, county auditors' offices will also have
special hours Saturday, October 29 and Saturday, November 5.
No need to do any paperwork in advance (other than make sure you're registered). Just
show up!
3. Satellite Voting
In some counties, to make voting easier, county auditors have set up convenient
"satellite" voting stations, usually on college campuses, schools, libraries, or shopping
centers. Hours vary so check in advance.
Keep your eye on local media or contact your county auditor's office to find out when
and where satellite voting is in your community.
4. Traditional Voting
And, of course, you always have the option of traditional voting--going to the
designated voting place for your neighborhood and casting a vote in a voting machine.
Polls are open November 8 from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. If you’re unsure where to
vote, simply Google “polling places” and use the handy tool to find your precinct’s
voting place.
If you experience any unfair difficulties or hassles in casting your ballot, it’s important
to report it. Please contact the ACLU of Iowa at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 515-992-
0150.
-- end --Changes in election laws have given Iowa college students more options than ever on
how they cast their votes. And it’s especially important that college students vote.
“Of all the people in society, young adults have the most to lose if democracy falls off
the rails,” said Ben Stone, ACLU of Iowa Executive Director. “They are the ones who, as
older adults, will have to deal with all the problems we create now. It’s important that
they make their voices heard.”
Are You Registered?
Before you vote, you must make sure you’re registered to vote. Go online to the Iowa
Secretary of State’s office at www.sos.state.ia.us. There’s a handy tool you can use to plug
in your zip code and other info to find out if you’re registered. In fact, the entire site has
tons of handy college student voter information.
If you’re not registered to vote, the deadline in Iowa to register for the November 8
election is October 28. If you cannot meet this deadline, you can also register on the spot
at your polling place on Election Day. To prevent hassles, bring a valid, current driver’s
license or a student ID with photo.
As a college student, you have the option of registering to vote in your hometown or in
your college town. Your decision of where to register will determine which candidates
and what issues will appear on your ballot. You can register in only one location. You
can’t register to vote in both your hometown and in your college town.
When it comes to actually voting, you have four options:
1. Absentee Voting
If it's hard for you to get to your polling place; you travel a lot; or you're simply a busy
person who doesn't want stand in line or break away from work or classes, an absentee
vote is a convenient option.
First, you must request that an absentee ballot be sent to you. Go to the Secretary of
State web site (www.sos.state.ia.us) and print out an “absentee ballot request form.” Or
call 1-888-SOS-VOTE (1-888-767-8683) to ask for the form.
Once you have the request form in hand, fill it out and mail it to the county auditor's
office in the county in which you are registered.
A few days later, you'll receive the actual absentee ballot in the mail. Fill out the actual
ballot and mail it promptly back to your county auditor's office. Absentee ballots
received after November 8 will not be counted.
2. Absentee Voting "In Person"
Another convenient way to vote before the November 8 election is to cast an absentee
ballot "in person." Simply show up at your local county auditor's office during normal
business hours. For the upcoming election, county auditors' offices will also have
special hours Saturday, October 29 and Saturday, November 5.
No need to do any paperwork in advance (other than make sure you're registered). Just
show up!
3. Satellite Voting
In some counties, to make voting easier, county auditors have set up convenient
"satellite" voting stations, usually on college campuses, schools, libraries, or shopping
centers. Hours vary so check in advance.
Keep your eye on local media or contact your county auditor's office to find out when
and where satellite voting is in your community.
4. Traditional Voting
And, of course, you always have the option of traditional voting--going to the
designated voting place for your neighborhood and casting a vote in a voting machine.
Polls are open November 8 from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. If you’re unsure where to
vote, simply Google “polling places” and use the handy tool to find your precinct’s
voting place.
If you experience any unfair difficulties or hassles in casting your ballot, it’s important
to report it. Please contact the ACLU of Iowa at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 515-992-
0150.
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Information from Herman Cain's Camp PDF Print E-mail
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Written by J D Gordon   
Tuesday, 25 October 2011 12:58

Cain Strikes Gold in Western Republican Leadership Conference Straw Poll

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain’s message continues to resonate with voters, showing his staying power with a decisive win of 31 percent of the votes in the Western Republican Leadership Conference straw poll in Las Vegas Friday.  Cain’s straw poll victory followed the four-day Western Republican Leadership Conference, and confirmed Cain’s Tuesday success at one of the liveliest debates of the race.

“I thank the Western Republican Leadership Conference for their support and vote of confidence.  There are many unique challenges facing Western states including housing prices, struggling local economies, unemployment and the environment.  As president, I look forward to addressing these challenges with real solutions—not Washington promises,” said Cain.

The Western Republican Leadership Conference straw poll win follows Cain’s successful wins of major straw polls in Florida, Kansas City, Minnesota, and Illinois.

The Western Republican Leadership Conference straw poll, conducted by Citizen Outreach, polled 552 attendees at the Western Republic Leadership Conference over a period of three days on the GOP presidential contenders. Citizen Outreach’s David Mansdoerfer, who oversaw the straw poll, stated. “The results at the top aren’t surprising. Herman Cain has spent a lot of time in Nevada and it shows. You can see people reacting to his message about the economy and job creation.”

Cain's View on Abortion Policy

“Yesterday in an interview with Piers Morgan on CNN, I was asked questions about abortion policy and the role of the President.

I understood the thrust of the question to ask whether that I, as president, would simply “order” people to not seek an abortion.

My answer was focused on the role of the President. The President has no constitutional authority to order any such action by anyone.  That was the point I was trying to convey.

As to my political policy view on abortion, I am 100% pro-life.  End of story.

I will appoint judges who understand the original intent of the Constitution.  Judges who are committed to the rule of law know that the Constitution contains no right to take the life of unborn children.

I will oppose government funding of abortion.  I will veto any legislation that contains funds for Planned Parenthood.  I will do everything that a President can do, consistent with his constitutional role, to advance the culture of life."

--- Herman Cain

Herman Cain Launches Opportunity Zone Plan, Clarifies "9-9-9 Plan" Details

As part of his bold vision for the American economy, Presidential candidate Herman Cain unveiled his Opportunity Zone Plan, designed to create an environment in designated communities that allows production to drive the economy, not spending; which encourages risk-taking to drive growth, speaking Friday outside of Michigan Central Station in Detroit, Michigan.

“Opportunity Zones are fundamentally different from other attempts by some public policy makers in the 1990s,” said Cain, “as we are trying to energize local small business and indigenous start-ups to participate in these Opportunity Zones.”

Addressing recent questions about the “9-9-9 Plan”, Cain said, "We carved out a substantial amount from the aggregate "9-9-9 Plan" tax base, enough to exempt those in poverty, and we will work with Congress to best apply these in a way to break the "poverty trap" and replace it with positive incentives that encourage people to work and take risks in this economy."

Mr. Cain’s Opportunity Zone Plan has three key principles; First, empower Americans to achieve economic dreams; Second, incentivize Americans to work, invest, and take responsibility for their behavior; and Third, promote widespread equality of economic opportunity.”

Mr. Cain explained: “Opportunity Zones in conjunction with the ‘9-9-9 Plan’ will turn the whole country into one giant Opportunity Zone. Some of the most attractive features will be zero capital gains tax, immediate expensing of business equipment, and no payroll taxes are “factory installed” in the ‘999 Plan’ for the whole country to benefit.”

Opportunity Zones will allow employers in Zones to make deductions for payroll (as opposed to income) and allow deductions for those living and working in the Zone.  The Zones will provide relief and reward those already struggling in the Zone and likely to lead to economic renewal.

“I will never support equality of results, but I will raise a little Cain and fight for equal opportunity, economic growth, and jobs. And in doing so, we will empower the engine of American Exceptionalism,” said Mr. Cain.

Mr. Cain’s Opportunity Zones Advisory Committee Co-Chairs, Jerry Gonzalez, J.D.; Niger Innis and Roger Campos, J.D. are well respected national business leaders and legal experts.

Herman Cain Campaign Announces Leading Iowa Republican

The Herman Cain presidential campaign announced Wednesday that former Republican Party of Iowa Chairman, Steve Grubbs, will join the campaign as the Iowa State Chairman.

“We tried a community organizer as president, maybe it's time we put a CEO in the White House,” said Grubbs. “I've had the good fortune to work with Bob Dole, Steve Forbes and Tommy Thompson and I can honestly say that I've never quite seen the groundswell of excitement that I'm seeing for Herman Cain.”

“Having Steve Grubbs join our team demonstrates the commitment the Cain campaign has for its state-by-state strategy. We believe in our national strategy, but we know that we will need a strong ground based organization to do well in Iowa,” said Mark Block, chief of staff for the Cain campaign. “Steve Grubbs has been a part of the Dole Presidential campaigns in '88 and '96 as well as the Forbes campaign in 2000. These presidential bids were well organized campaigns and that's our goal for the caucuses.”

Steve Grubbs is considered one of the leading Republican strategists in Iowa. He has worked on four presidential campaigns and more than 100 state and local campaigns in the state. He served as Chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa in '97-98 and served six years in the Iowa House of Representatives prior to that.

“I've looked at the Cain campaign organization and while there's a lot of work to do, it has the ingredients to win. Herman Cain has deep support in Iowa and that makes the job of finding precinct leaders easier,” said Grubbs. “Mitt Romney has five years behind his organization in Iowa and that makes him the frontrunner, but the momentum of the Cain campaign is only getting stronger and the enthusiasm for Herman’s vision to turn our country around is only getting louder.”

 
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