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Written by Gary Howard   
Monday, 19 December 2011 15:57
Ron Paul Iowa Team Names New ‘Veterans For Ron Paul’ Coalition Members
Hawkeye State heroes hail from Hamilton, Henry, and Pottawattamie Counties
ANKENY, Iowa – The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign announced today new members of its “Veterans for Ron Paul” nationwide coalition.

Ron Paul, himself a veteran, believes national defense is the single most important responsibility the Constitution entrusts to the federal government.  His national defense policy of keeping America strong, secure, and respected has garnered the support of veterans in Iowa and nationally.

The new “Veterans for Ron Paul” coalition members hail from Hamilton, Henry, and Pottawattamie Counties.

Iraq War veteran Ryan Cook of Mount Pleasant proudly served in the United States Army for more than four years.

Drawn to Congressman Paul’s foreign policy positions Mr. Cook said, “Ron Paul understands that nation-building abroad is devastating in both human and financial costs.  We have lost over 4,000 American fathers, brothers, and sons after a decade overseas.  We have spent billions of American taxpayer dollars.  American families and taxpayers can no longer afford it.  Ron Paul understands that.”

Another supporter, retired Army Captain Gary Bruns, served more than six years in the military following the end of the Vietnam War. 

“As an Air Force Veteran, Ron Paul took an oath to defend our nation against all enemies, foreign and domestic.  Dr. Paul’s record is clear – for decades he has supported a strong national defense.  I know he will represent me and veterans across the nation when he becomes president,” said Bruns, who resides in Council Bluffs.  

Finally there is Ray Frye, a U.S. Army veteran living in Williams.  

“Ron Paul has a pro-American foreign policy and believes in the values our nation was built upon.  He also understands that we need to end the kind of nation-building that increases our debt and sacrifices American lives,” said Mr. Frye.

As a first basic step, those interested in joining the “Veterans for Ron Paul” 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 .

Ron Paul Iowa Team Names New ‘Small Businesses for Ron Paul’ Coalition Members
Inspired by Paul’s economic message, members hail from Muscatine, Des Moines, and Clinton counties
ANKENY, Iowa – The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign announced today new members of its “Small Businesses for Ron Paul” nationwide coalition.

Dr. Paul’s platform, which includes a return to restoring sound money, responsible spending, lower taxes, and free markets, has excited small business owners across Iowa and nationally.

The new “Small Businesses for Ron Paul” members hail from Muscatine, Des Moines and Clinton Counties.

The first of these is Wayne Zumwalt, who for more than 30 years has owned and operated Zumwalt Tile.

“Dr. Paul has been a true champion of individual liberty who understands the Constitution's role in preserving our freedoms.  He'll get Washington out of the way and allow the economy to grow again.  Small business needs a friend in the White House, and I trust the man who sticks to his principles, and that man is Ron Paul,” said Mr. Zumwalt of Muscatine.

Another supporter is Eric Riendinger, who owns and operates Attention Signs in Des Moines.

“Dr. Paul acknowledges that our country is faced with a serious debt crisis.  He is also willing to take the bold steps necessary to turn things around.  As a small business owner, I’m confident that Dr. Paul’s economic plan will restore American prosperity,” Mr. Riendinger stated.

Finally there is Rodney Gibbons, owner of the furniture store Slumberland, which employs eight people.

“Ron Paul’s life work as a doctor and a congressman shows exactly who he is. Dr. Paul has always defended the rights of the unborn and argues that we should treat people around the world the way we would want to be treated. In Congress, he stood against those threatening our individual freedoms and liberty, everyday fighting to shrink the size of the federal government,” said Mr. Gibbons.

“I could write a book on the reasons why I support Dr. Paul,” concluded Gibbons of Burlington. 

As a first basic step, those interested in joining the “Small Businesses 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 .

Ron Paul Wins Cedar Valley Tea Party Presidential Straw Poll
Paul wins local contest within Black Hawk County
ANKENY, Iowa – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul won another local tea party presidential straw poll in Iowa tonight, outshining his competitors in a display of growing organizational strength around the state.

Paul easily won first place, garnering 37 out of the total 60 votes cast in the inaugural Cedar Valley Tea Party presidential straw poll.  Placing second and third place, respectively, were Rick Santorum with 9 votes and Newt Gingrich with 5 votes. 

Voting took place in-person only at 7:00 p.m., with results announced at around 8:00 p.m. at the PIPAC Center, 1521 Technology Parkway, Cedar Falls, where the organization meets the second Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. 

All candidates currently competing for the Republican nomination were listed on the ballot.  Greg Radke, Black Hawk County co-chair and Waterloo city coordinator for the Ron Paul 2012 campaign, spoke as Dr. Paul’s surrogate.  Gingrich was the only other candidate represented by a surrogate.

The Cedar Valley Tea Party was formed in early 2009 with a mission to “convey meaningful conservative change at the local, state, and national levels by educating, motivating and informing the citizens of Iowa about relevant social and political issues affecting them today and in the future,” according to the organization’s website. 

“We’re pleased to have the support of many Iowans who identify with the tea party, as Ron Paul’s message of constitutionally-limited government resonates quite well among this core group of citizen activists.  The results of this contest and others like it contribute to our goal of a strong top-three finish,” said Ron Paul 2012 Iowa Chairman Drew Ivers.

This local win follows Ron Paul’s endorsement by two Buena Vista-area tea party co-founders, his endorsement by two Dubuque-area tea party founders, and his winning first place in the Dubuque Tea Party presidential straw poll.

Full results of the Cedar Valley Tea Party presidential straw poll are as follows:

Paul 37
Santorum 9
Gingrich 5
Bachmann 3
Huntsman 3
Romney 2
Perry 1
Ron Paul Iowa Team Names New ‘Doctors for Ron Paul’ Coalition Members
Fellow medical professionals hail from Johnson, Story and Page counties
ANKENY, Iowa – The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign announced today new members of its “Doctors for Ron Paul” nationwide coalition, this time highlighting medical professionals from the first-in-nation voting state of Iowa.

Doctors are excited about Dr. Paul’s candidacy in large part due to his firm stance of repealing Obamacare, restoring health freedom, and curtailing government intervention in healthcare.  Seeking to restore the doctor-patient relationship as an alternative to the present patient-bureaucrat-doctor hindrance to healthcare delivery, Hawkeye State doctors have stepped forward with the following endorsements.

Dr. Christopher Peters is a nine-year Army Medical Corps veteran currently practicing as a thoracic surgeon in Iowa City and resides in Coralville with his wife and three sons.  He was a 2010 Libertarian Party candidate for the Iowa State Senate, and set a record for an Iowa Libertarian candidate, garnering over 25 percent of the popular vote. 

Today Dr. Peters stated, “As a fellow physician and surgeon, I fully support Dr. Ron Paul in his bid to become the next President of the United States because he brings the same qualities to public service as one should expect from any physician.  Dr. Paul’s primary interest is his patient, which in this case is our country, and this patient is in ill health and has been poorly cared for by our partisan politics, corporatism, and banking system.  Dr. Paul has taken the time to understand his patient’s condition thoroughly, without being hindered by traditional left-right politics, and has prescribed solutions that are long overdue.”

“Like any good physician, Dr. Paul has been consistent and reliable throughout his long years of public service, and I completely trust that he will put our country’s needs before the interests of anything or anyone else,” added Dr. Peters.

As a retired OB/GYN, Daniel Keller is both an MD and Ph.D.  He served in the Air Force as a flight surgeon for two years, and was a physiology instructor to medical students for seven years.  Dr. Keller emphasizes that during his career, he has never performed an abortion, been sued for malpractice, or had the mother die during or after a delivery.  He resides in Nevada with his wife, and has six children.

Among the cited reasons why medical professionals should support Ron Paul, Dr. Keller notes, “Dr. Paul has two brothers who are Christian ministers, and is himself a Christian.  He would never undertake a procedure that is dangerous and might result in harm to his patient.  Dr. Paul knows that the physician’s first responsibility is to his patient – not the government which is terribly anxious to pay the bill.”

Wrapping up today’s endorsements is Dr. John Bowery, a Shenandoah family physician.  His statements follow:

“My small rural hospital must comply with more than 130,000 pages of rules and regulations that govern Medicare and Medicaid alone.  Every time I transfer a patient from our emergency room for care at a larger hospital, I risk federal prosecution, a $50,000 fine and jail time under the federal Emergency Medicine and Active Labor Act.  Of all the presidential candidates, only Doctor Paul has shown that he understands how this cancer of bureaucracy is destroying health care, endangering patients, and ruining good medical practice in America.  I am also convinced that only a President Paul would have the knowledge and courage to give us the cure.”

As a first basic step, those interested in joining the “Doctors for Ron Paul” 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 .


Braley Joins “No Labels” to Release “Make Congress Work” Action Plan PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Monday, 19 December 2011 14:46

Nonpartisan group pushing for reforms to bring parties together in Congress 

Washington, DC – Tomorrow, Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) will join the No Labels organization, a coalition of citizens, current and former lawmakers, and top opinion makers from across the country to hold a news conference where the group will release its Congressional reform plan known as “Make Congress Work.”

The event is the official start of No Labels’ campaign to create systemic change in Washington through the implementation of a 12-point proposal aimed at breaking gridlock, reducing political polarization, and promoting constructive debate.

WHAT:  No Labels event announcing its Congressional action plan, “Make Congress Work.”

WHO:  Congressman Bruce Braley (D-IA)

Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV)

Senator Dean Heller (R-NV)

Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL)

Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT)

Congressman Jim Cooper (D-TN)

Congressman Tom Petri (R-WI)

Former Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN)

Former Congressman Tom Davis (R-VA)

Former Congressman Mickey Edwards (R-OK)

Hon. David Walker, No Labels co-founder and former U.S. Comptroller General

Mark McKinnon, No Labels co-founder and former adviser to President George Bush

Kiki McLean, No Labels co-founder and fmr. comms adviser to VP Al Gore and Sen. John Kerry

Bill Galston, No Labels co-founder, Brookings Sr. Fellow, and former adviser to President Clinton

Jonathan Miller, Citizen Leader, No Labels co-founder and former Kentucky State Treasurer

Lisa Borders, Citizen Leader, No Labels co-founder and former head of Atlanta City Council

Ted Buerger, Citizen Leader, entrepreneur and co-founder of Americantowns.com

WHENTuesday December 12, 2011 at 10:30am EST

WHERECannon House Office Building,  Caucus Room, Washington, DC

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Cain Commentary, “Cain supporters, stay tuned: We’ll take action from the outside” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Friends of Herman Cain   
Monday, 19 December 2011 14:45
Since my campaign ended, I’ve been honored to hear from so many people who asked me to continue because they felt I was the person who could help this country fix things that urgently needed fixing. I will continue to lead but not as a candidate, because I chose to put family first.

I will continue to be your voice and our voice. We will make 9-9-9 a movement. We will put “strength” back into Peace through Strength and Clarity. We will become energy independent. We will put “united” back into the United States of America.

I know this from you: When the people understand it, they will demand it!

We can’t count on the mainstream media to properly inform us, because too many members of the media are chasing the sensationalized or distorted story. Many Members of Congress are so busy trying to keep up with the legislative process, small incremental changes in the laws and the partisan cat fights that the big changes needed never get addressed. Worse yet, they never even try.

We have seen repeatedly that expecting 535 Members of Congress and the president to make bold changes to truly fix problems from the inside of Washington is not going to happen. Washington is broken! We must change it from the outside.

The late Sen. Everett Dirksen popularized the phrase “when they feel the heat, they will see the light.” We will be the heat like they have never felt it before. Politicians’ actions are ultimately determined by what they believe the people are demanding of them. We will demand bold changes.

This is why I have created The Cain Solutions.

With your continued help and support, The Cain Solutions is designed to change the dynamics in Washington, D.C. The critics will say this can’t be done. Remember, these are the same critics who did not think we would make it as far as we did in the Republican presidential nominating contest.

The Cain Solutions will initially focus on three critical crises:
  1. Economic growth
  2. Sound money
  3. Energy independence
Whether the pundits like it or not, my campaign took off because of the 9-9-9 plan. It was a classic case of an idea that was substantive, effective and easy for people to understand. The tax code is a mess. Rates are too high, loopholes are too prevalent and people in Washington are constantly trying to use the tax code to manipulate behaviors and outcomes. The 9-9-9 plan would achieve a massive transfer of power from Washington to the people. We can make that happen.

Sound money involves both fiscal and monetary sanity. Congress and the White House refuse to enact a responsible budget that’s balanced and achieves real spending restraint. They refuse to address major spending commitments that have us saddled with massive debt and unfunded entitlement obligations. And they constantly try to manipulate the currency to cover this up. Sound money policy would stop the pretending, stop the manipulation and bring back a strong dollar along with sensible fiscal behavior.

Finally, energy independence gets into everything from regulatory reform to national security. Most people have no idea how severely excessive federal regulations hamper our ability to access plentiful, affordable energy resources right here in the USA. Excessive regulations add mightily to the cost of exploration and distribution. And as we are now seeing, we can’t even build a pipeline to get oil from our friends in Canada due to a political stalling tactic by the president.

This regulatory environment is insane. Politicians yammer on about “job creation,” but there is scarcely a better way to create jobs than to get out of the way of domestic oil extraction, production and distribution. It addresses a real need and a real demand that will exist for a very long time in the future. If the people realized this, they would demand an end to these crazy regulatory policies – and change would come.

This will be the initial focus of The Cain Solutions. While we’re putting the effort together, you can sign up at TheCainSolutions.com, so you’ll be among the first to be informed, involved, and inspired when things get rolling.

Cain supporters, stay tuned. We’re still going to get the job done. We’re going to have to do it from the outside, and I will lead the way and be the people’s voice.


More news from the Ron Paul Campaign PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Gary Howard   
Monday, 19 December 2011 14:35
Ron Paul Narrowing the Gap with Newt in Latest Iowa Poll
As details of the former Speaker’s record come to light, support for Paul expands and solidifies
ANKENY, Iowa – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul again polled a strong second place in Iowa, this time gaining ground on his competitor Newt Gingrich as details of the former Speaker’s record come to light, according to a new PPP poll.

Paul garnered 21 percent, just behind Newt Gingrich who earned 22 percent.  In third and fourth place, respectively, Mitt Romney with 16 percent and Michele Bachmann with 11 percent were the only other candidates to attract double-digit support in this poll of likely Republican caucus goers.  Noteworthy is that Gingrich dropped 5 percentage points in the last week alongside a decline in his favorability numbers, attributed to voters’ changing attitudes toward the former Speaker as details of his record come to light. 

An impressive 77 percent of current Paul voters say they're definitely going to vote for him, compared to only 54 percent for Gingrich, and among voters who say their decision is final, 29 percent support Paul compared to 21 percent for Gingrich, and 18 percent for Romney.  Establishment ties are also a factor, contributing to a boost in support for Paul.  Among voters who are anti-establishment, Paul polls at 34 percent to 18 percent for Gingrich, followed by 12 and 10 percent for Rick Santorum and Romney, respectively.

“As the campaign process plays itself out, and voters learn more about Newt Gingrich, the more people who are tired of the status quo in Washington are looking for someone with the consistency of record to tackle the tough issues,” said Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton.  “Ron Paul has always fought for constitutional principles, limited government, and balanced budgets, he has the only plan that cuts $1 trillion dollars in spending year one and gets our country back on track. These are things that resonate with voters everywhere.”

Public Policy Polling surveyed 555 likely Republican caucus voters from December 11th to the 13th and the poll has a +/-4.2 percent margin of error.

View the poll press release by clicking here.  For the full results including questions, tables, and methodology, click here.

Ron Paul Closing in on First
In Case You Missed It:  ‘The Daily Iowan’ Endorses Ron Paul for President
Endorsing Paul “the only logical conclusion”
ANKENY, Iowa – The University of Iowa’s student newspaper, The Daily Iowan, today endorsed GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul.

Caucus for Ron Paul on Jan. 3

The Daily Iowan Editorial Board endorses Texas Rep. Ron Paul for the Iowa Republican presidential caucuses.

The reasons for endorsing Paul over the other Republican contenders are numerous and warranted. The differences between their beliefs on governing primarily motivate our decision.

Paul is a candidate who appeals to voters across the political spectrum. He has also been exceptionally consistent in his time in Congress. He doesn't play political games — even with his opponents — and remains truthful to his word. This alone is a redeeming quality in a candidate in today's political sphere.

Despite the mainstream media writing him off as being unable to win Iowa, he is now polling in second place and may even be the most popular candidate in Iowa, given the margin of error.
The full article can be viewed here.

This endorsement comes on the heels of two successful “Youth for Ron Paul” rallies held in Iowa last week.  One at Iowa State University attracted more than 1,350 supporters, and one at the University of Northern Iowa drew more than 700 supporters.

Ron Paul Closing in on First Place in New Iowa Poll; Holding strong position, support growing
LAKE JACKSON, Texas – A new American Research Group poll of likely Iowa caucus goers released today shows GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul tied for second place with 17 percent of the vote and within 5 points of Newt Gingrich, who garnered 22 percent of the vote. Of note, Congressman Paul wins 39 percent of the vote among independents, more than twice that of the nearest competitor.

“Our campaign is continuing to make strides in the key early-voting states, especially in Iowa,” said Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton. “After witnessing packed rallies time and again in Iowa, it is no surprise that we are seeing these encouraging poll numbers.”

This latest poll comes on the heels of a PPP poll, which showed Paul with 18 percent in Iowa. In addition, a recent NBC/ Marist poll had Paul at 17 percent in Iowa and also polling the best against Obama in an Iowa head-to-head matchup.

The full results of the American Research Group poll can be found here.



Ron Paul Endorsed by Sioux City Pastor Rev. Mark McGlohon

Rev. McGlohon calls Dr. Paul “a man of faith”
ANKENY, Iowa – The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign announced today that Sioux City, Iowa pastor Reverend Mark McGlohon has publicly endorsed Dr. Paul.

“Ron Paul is the only candidate who understands the challenges we face as a nation.  We need a man like Dr. Paul to put an end to politics as usual and tell the truth even when it is unpopular,” said Rev. McGlohon, a former businessman and now minister living in Sioux City.

Rev. Mark McGlohon began his ministry after almost 20 years in the private sector.  Ordained by The Calvary Baptist Church in 1998, he spent the next four years as a chaplain in Savannah, Georgia.  Rev. McGlohan arrived in Sioux City eight years ago to assume the role of senior pastor of Bethel Baptist Church.

“I believe Dr. Paul is the right person to be president.  He is a man of faith and it is his faith that will guide him in leading our country,” added Rev. McGlohon.

Rev. McGlohon is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and is also a Spiritual Care and Bereavement Counselor for Care Initiatives Hospice.  In making his endorsement, the reverend mentioned he was not necessarily speaking on behalf of his congregation.

If ministering in Iowa, local pastors interested in discussing an endorsement are invited email the Iowa Director of Voter Outreach, Meghann Walker, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Ron Paul Campaign Debuts New Web Ad, ‘Selling Access’ PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Gary Howard   
Monday, 19 December 2011 14:27
Gingrich in his own words, a Washington ‘insider’
LAKE JACKSON, Texas – The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign announced today the release of its latest ad, ‘Selling Access’, another two-minute web video aimed at former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, calling him out as a corrupt Washington insider who got rich through influence-peddling.

The video, which the campaign plans to promote prominently on conservative web sites, includes a clip of Gingrich calling himself an ‘insider’ and another in which the former Speaker brags about getting paid $60,000-a-speech. The video comes after the viral success of Paul’s earlier web ad, ‘Serial Hypocrisy’, which criticizes Gingrich for many of the same issues.

“These are all legitimate and important issues to point out to the American people,” said Ron Paul 2012 National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton. “If Americans are serious about changing the status quo in Washington, then they must take into account the record of someone who profited from the housing collapse with taxpayers’ money, advocated for Obamacare-style individual mandates, and who played the Washington game of getting rich due to influence as well as anyone.”

To view the online ad, click here.


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