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ACS lockout continues; plan emerges to repeal sugar protections

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Cain campaign: Farmers know more about regulations than EPA

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Mathis wins, Democrats maintain Senate control

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The Iowa Senate will remain under the control of a slim 26-25 Democratic majority when it reconvenes in January 2012.

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PR: Honoring veterans, help in hiring

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CHUCK GRASSLEY RELEASE — A difficult job market is challenging the soldiers, sailors and airmen who have protected America’s interests by serving in the Armed Forces.

PR: In honor of America’s veterans

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PR: Honoring and supporting our nation’s veterans

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DAVE LOEBSACK RELEASE — Veterans Day is an opportunity to reflect on the service of generations of veterans and to honor the sacrifices they and their families have made so that we may live in peace and freedom here at home.


Iowa 2012 GOP Presidential Power Rankings: Grasping at straws

By Staff report | 07.25.11 | 10:00 am

With only a couple of weeks to go before several 2012 candidates face off in the Ames Straw Poll, the world is about to see who has best balanced the game of Hawkeye State momentum and expectations.

These opinions and predictions have been culled from our staff members, additional state political reporters, party activists, academics, elected officials, political consultants and other insiders. While unscientific, the ranks provide insights that cannot be garnered in traditional polling or from any one pundit as to a candidate’s organizational strength in Iowa.

Without further ado, for our ninth edition of Power Rankings (and our last in advance of the Ames Straw Poll), here’s how we think the 2012 caucuses would end if they were held tonight:

  1. Michele Bachmann — As one of our panelists put it, the Congresswoman from Minnesota “is accelerating in popularity faster than Huck did four years ago.”

    As the panelists noted in our last edition, Bachmann has the momentum. What remains to be seen is whether or not she can beat, or at least match, expectations during the straw poll.

    “The story about her migraines is the first example of others from within her party taking a swipe in an attempt to slow her momentum. The GOP establishment, which has been well-documented in its attempt to secure other candidates for the 2012 race, has to be downright scared about her trajectory. But, there is a reason you don’t hear about her going out of way to recruit straw poll attendees: She already got a whole swarm of them.”

    Much of the leaked information over the past two weeks that had the potential to stain or slow Bachmann’s rise to the top of the 2012 field wasn’t viewed favorably by our panelists and, more importantly, seems to have landed quite far from its mark.

    “Low blows on ‘migraines’ and ‘menopause’ have backfired and her support is both growing and firming,” noted a panelist.

    Another added, “Bachmann still has the buzz,” while pointing out that her ground work ethic in Iowa must be strained as she also tries to stay on top of her ongoing congressional duties and the high-profile national debate over the debt limit. “Missing votes would subject her to immediate criticism.”

    Yet, several of our panelists see her better positioned to compete in a caucus contest than in the upcoming straw poll, which could spell trouble if Bachmann does not have a good showing in Ames.

    “There are expectations for her to do well, and she has to come close to those levels of support. If she does not, portions of her base will begin to question their support in light of the general election, while national pundits will begin the ‘she-peaked-too-early” story lines.”

    “If the Straw Poll were after Labor Day she might lap the field, but with the Straw Poll three weeks away she’s in danger of stubbing her toe there unless her campaign does a lot of things right. It will be interesting to see what happens to her prospects if indeed that happens. But for now there is little doubt she is setting the pace.”

    “Her slight lead over Romney in the poll this period caused many to suggest that the straw poll and the caucuses are hers to lose. Of course, if she doesn’t win the straw poll it could substantially hurt her chances in the caucuses.”

    Even if she meets expectations in Ames, however, things are not all smooth-sailing until caucus night.

    “It’s passion that motivates activists to attend the caucus, and Bachmann is the candidate currently generating the most passion among the social conservatives that dominate caucus attendance. Her support is very fluid, however, as activists question whether she can actually defeat Barack Obama.”

  2. Ron Paul — The Texas Congressman, who has made control of government spending a cornerstone, rises mostly on doubts that Bachmann could falter, but also in acknowledgment that he is most likely to get a boost from the upcoming straw poll.

    “The ‘Revolution’ is growing. Congressman Paul’s commitment to drastically shrinking government makes him a magnet for the many Republicans who are increasingly convinced that the country is badly broken and institutional Republicans are part of the problem not part of the solution.”

    Another panelist agrees and takes statement a step further. “Even caucus-goers who don’t have substantive differences with Bachmann are getting turned off by persistent negative press. If Rick Perry doesn’t get in the race, Paul stands to gain the most from a few Bachmann supporters jumping ship.”

    But as 2008 Romney supporters know all too well, a great straw poll exit, which can to some extent be purchased, does not always translate to a caucus night victory, which is built more on true grassroots motivators.

    Paul is “about to be in Straw Poll heaven. But this is Iowa, and he’ll need a statewide organization to really do well in the caucuses, which he won’t have and won’t do, respectively.”

    “I definitely think Ron Paul can win the Straw Poll, because he’s got the most devoted following of any other candidate. Pawlenty has the best organization, and Bachmann the most supporters. But Paul has the most adamant supporters, and in a fluid situation that might be enough to sneak out a Straw Poll win. However, Paul has lost a chance to make significant inroads to Iowa’s massive Christian Conservative base, so I don’t believe he can win the Iowa Caucuses.”

    “Paul has both passionate supporters and experienced organizers — but too many activists question whether he’d be effective against President Obama to put him in the top spot.”

    “Paul started running ads in Iowa and he’s gotten some national attention given his positions on the debt ceiling. As before, however, Paul doesn’t really seem to be gaining any supporters. He supporters are loyal and will turnout, so he should be in the top five.”

  3. Mitt Romney — The former Massachusetts governor was passed an olive branch over the weekend by the Iowa GOP State Central Committee when his campaign, which did not bid on space at the Ames Straw Poll, was still allowed to appear on the ballot. Since he has said he has no intention of directly competing in Iowa, the expectations are already low, but not non-existent.

    In 2008 Romney swept the straw poll and placed second in the state on caucus night. That’s significant, and can’t be dithered out of the conversation when discussing his prospects in 2012. He has to perform — at least wind up in the top three from the Ames Straw Poll, or he will risk losing some of the supporters he’s been able to maintain since his earlier bid.”

    “Aside from not putting much effort into Iowa so far, Romney seems to be keeping a generally low profile. The strategy may be to allow the other candidates to knock each other out (somewhat like how McCain ended up with the Republican nomination in 2008). It also keeps Romney from making early missteps. Either way, it may serve him relatively well for the time being, but it’s not likely to work all that well as the caucuses get closer.”

    “As I have said all along, Romney has a locked-in, almost cult-like base of support that can’t be dissuaded no matter what. That percentage is somewhere in the 12-15%. However, like Paul he has a very low ceiling, and can’t do any better than the 25% he got here four years ago. However, if Perry and Palin are both in the race, Romney’s 2008 total might be enough to win the Iowa Caucuses in a balkanized field.”

    “Mitt gets twenty percent. The aforesaid institutional Republicans love the guy. He looks the part and sounds the part and that’s enough for some. Mitt’s commitment to the liberal use of government to limit choices and coerce behavior is very attractive to Republicans who want something from government.”

  4. Tim Pawlenty — Significantly slipping in our Power Rankings for this edition is the former Minnesota governor. Since March, Pawlenty has consistently appeared in our top three, mostly on the premise that he was surrounding himself with some of the best political staffers in the state and that he could only benefit from their expertise. The panelists, somewhat dismayed by lack of evidence of his campaign gaining traction, point the the straw poll as one of the last remaining hopes Pawlenty has for creating a real buzz.

    “He continues to rank high due to work ethic and his impressive organizational staff. However, if he fails to win the straw poll, he’ll be forced to constantly answer questions about the viability of his campaign and that might sink him.”

    “This week he stole ABC Sports footage to invoke a sports event universally associated with the word “miracle.” In July before a February caucus! He better believe in miracles! He’s not toast yet, but he’s in that stage where you know the slices should have popped up by now and you go look in the toaster to check that everything is alright.”

    “There is a sense on the ground from most people I talk to that Bachmann’s campaign is behind in mobilizing for its candidate, but Pawlenty’s campaign is way ahead of their candidate. I can’t foresee a scenario where Tim Pawlenty wins the Iowa Caucuses, because if he way out-performs his polling data in the Straw Poll to win it, the conservative outcry for a rock star like Rick Perry or Sarah Palin will become deafening and Bachmann will definitely be weakened. Anything less than a victory in the Straw Poll and it’s difficult for Pawlenty to justify sticking around. He will definitely out-perform his meager polling on August 13th, the only question is to what extent.”

    “Pawlenty had a so-so two weeks. He handled The Family Leader pledge well, but made a misstep with his initial comment on Bachmann’s migraines. He won a Dallas County straw poll by a huge margin (70% over Romney’s 17% and the rest less), but he’s also been downplaying his possible performance at the straw poll. Pawlenty still has the best organization and he does well in the many townhall events that he’s held. The straw poll will be an important test to see whether that good organization getting the results it needs to.”

    And, finally, one panelist gives what might be the final word on Pawlenty’s Commander in Chief hopes: “Oh yeah, Tim Pawlenty is still in the race.”

  5. Rick Perry — The Texas governor may not be a full-fledged candidate for 2012, but he ranks high enough interest among our panelists to place him at the bottom of our top five.

    “He’s getting in and already has developed strong support as the ‘anti-Romney.’ While Rick could be the Fred Thompson of 2007, he could also be a Texas sized bull that horns Mitt back to Bain Capital.”

    “Most seem to think that [Perry] will declare his candidacy, the only question is when. Perry’s name won’t appear on the straw poll ballot (Palin’s will also be excluded), but that might not stop people from writing in his name. If he actually declares before the straw poll, or seems about to, it could generate enough buzz to allow him to pull ahead of several other candidates.”

    Perry’s slow start reminded some of our panelists of how former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee handled the 2008 contest, and several believe “there’s something to it.” Getting in the race a little later, after opponents have already roughed each other up, could have its merits, but there are also drawbacks in caucus states like Iowa where ground work and retail politics are essential. His team of unofficial merry men and women have set up a headquarters and have begun to beat the ground on his behalf, but only a candidate can come to Iowa and look caucus-goers in the eye.

    “When Rick Perry gets into the race, he will immediately become a contender to finish first in Iowa. Social conservatives will be drawn to his unapologetic conservatism combined with a charisma that even his political enemies acknowledge. Michele Bachmann’s biggest vulnerability lies in the fact that many activists who are tentatively supporting her currently are questioning whether she can actually win the presidency. Those supporters will flock to Perry when he enters the race.”

In general, our Power Rankings thus far have shown that there are strong contenders for a caucus victory, but also that there is a restlessness among GOP activists in Iowa. In general we’ve seen the same three candidates — Bachmann, Pawlenty and Romney — floating in or close to the top three in edition after edition. But we’ve also seen a flow of candidate options that have waved up and down in the rankings.

The only way to understand it is to acknowledge that many Iowa Republicans aren’t 100 percent behind a certain candidate, and that they remain on the lookout for that one person who can fire up the base, do well in a general election contest against President Barack Obama, and appeal to the kitchen table issues at the fore-front of the American attention span.

“In many ways, this feels like 2008 all over again in that I don’t see my party ending up with a candidate due to a consensus of excitement or pride or confidence. I see us having this incredibly wide field that slugs it out through Iowa and New Hampshire. Iowans will pick the most social conservative candidate they can. Voters in the Granite State will lean toward fiscal candidates. The nation will once again get a candidate that isn’t enough of either to truly excite anyone.”

“When you go to an event being hosted by a social conservative group, you’ll hear the names of several of the more social conservative candidates. Go the next day to a 2nd Amendment event or a tea party function and you’ll hear the other names. But try to get any of those people to give you the name of the candidate they’ll be supporting come caucus night and they can’t do it. Minds aren’t made up here in Iowa — and nobody seems whole-heartedly pleased with the choices.”

“I don’t see Iowans running around with their dance cards filled, just trying to determine what order they will be in. What I do see are half-filled dance cards and a lot of hope for more dancing partners.”


  • Pamela Leffingwell LaBrake

    I became a supporter of Dr. Paul in 2008. When I watched the debates I was amazed at his honesty and now in 2011 everything he stated concerning the economy has come true. He wants to bring our troops home today and get rid of government waste. Supporter of the Constitution, father of the Tea Party and a very moral man. As a Mom of three and grandmother of one I love that he is right to life and defends our liberties and freedoms. Its time to get government off our backs, out of our pockets and its time for Americans to get back to work. Ron Paul 2012, our hope for America, our children and grandchildrens future.

    • egc52556

      I’ve never understood how Ron Paul can say he is for freedom but then turns around and wants the government to make Abortion decisions for women.

      What other freedoms is Paul going to squash if he runs the government?

      • Xenu

        He has never made that assertion. He states that this is a state issue. If a state votes and wants to eliminate that right for women, than so be it. But, most states would allow abortion, if not all of them. Some people may not want it, but as a whole I do not think many states, if any would be able to make abortion legal outright.

        • egc52556

          Pamela Leffingwell LaBrake, above, said Paul is pro-life.  What else is that except the government deciding abortion?

          How is this issue being a “state issue” any less than “government”?  Is the state not a government?

          How is abortion being illegal in *some* states OK as long as it is legal in others?  The women in the “pro-life” states would have their abortion rights trampled by the government’s beliefs. Is that what Paul thinks is “freedom”?

          Freedom is choice.  Choice is freedom.

          • Jay

            Dude, Please do some homework.  If you want Utopia, I’m afraid you’re pretty well screwed.  None of your choices for 2012 will provide that for you.  Ron Paul is personally opposed to abortion.  However, he is strong enough to know that it is not the intended function of Federal Government  to control our lives in such a way, even if he does not like it.  As for being legal in one state and not another, that already happens.  In Ohio, you can go through a drive through liquor store.  It’s legal there.  Can’t have that in this state.  The process might not be deemed “fair” by you, but you would have a lot more say in your States laws then you do in Federal laws.  Plus, if you did live in a State that had laws you didn’t like, you are free to move to a different State that may suit you better.  With Federal law, you are stuck with it any way you slice it.  What is freedom?  Freedom is having choices.

            Now, if you want a candidate to kiss you in the ear and tell you all the things that you want to hear, I suggest voting for Romney, Obama, or Bachmann.  They will tell you sweat nothings all the way to the ballot box flip flopping all the way.  Of course ten seconds after the election, they couldn’t give a whoop about your wants anymore. 

            If you want real change, real freedom, a real President, then Ron Paul is the candidate you’ve been waiting for.

          • egc52556

            Dude yourself.

            I don’t care if the government is “Federal” or “State”.  When the government substitutes their theology, beliefs, ethics, morals, and opinions for mine, then I am no longer free.

            And, are you really equating the “freedom” to buy alcohol via drive-thru with getting an abortion?

            Don’t kid yourself about moving to another state to acquire freedoms.  Are we one nation with a Constitution or not?  What if I don’t WANT to move to a “free state”, but want to live where I am, in the American state where my Constitutional freedoms are supposed to be protected?

            Now, don’t get me wrong.  Paul makes an attractive pitch to a (liberal) libertarian like me.  But I can’t square his anti-choice stance with the rest of his politics.  And it makes me wonder what other inconsistencies we’ll find if he ever becomes Prez.

          • Louis Nardozi

            Federal candidates work with federal laws. State candidates work with state laws. Nothing very difficult to understand there, is it? As many of us have said – Paul is pro life. He ALSO believes in the Constitution. The Constitution doesn’t GIVE the federal government the right to make abortion laws. That’s not so difficult to understand , is it?

          • egc52556

            As I’ve written elsewhere on this page, I take no comfort that my rights are taken away by the State government instead of the Federal government.

            That should be easy to understand.

          • Eric Rice

            you act like you currently have more freedoms under obama or any of the other presidents.  I can see your point but I also understand why Paul takes the stance he does.  States have rights that are unique to them.  If you live in a state that outlawed abortion you could always move.  But to not vote for Paul because he follows the rules of the consitution is foolish.  Your losing more and more of you important rights by the day and when you have a chance to reverse that trend you nit pick on a issue.  So you can either vote for Paul and know that the odds of roe vs wade being overturned during his presendency are no existant or you can vote for more of the same and watch your rights continue to be stripped away.

          • egc52556

            A lot of the enthusiasm for Ron Paul is because of his clear stance as a libertarian, loving freedom and individual liberties … and then here he is with a bright red flagged stance of theocratic government intervention.

            I agree no candidate is perfect.  But right now I’m not in the voting booth, picking between imperfect choices.  Right now I’m trying to understand what kind of man and politician and leader Ron Paul is.  If I can’t trust him to stand for freedom and liberty and separation of his church from my state, then I can’t understand Paul at all.

            BTW, this is the 2nd time somebody in these comments has said that the solution to an oppressive, interfering, State government is that I could move.  I totally reject this argument.  I expect my rights and freedoms to be protected regardless of which state I live in.  Is your position, “Texas, love it or leave it.  Your Constitutional rights are what Rick Perry says they are.”?  Are you saying that if blacks in the South didn’t want to be lynched they should have moved somewhere else?  That their state had the right to trample their freedoms?

            Paul talks about abortion as a slippery slope.  Well, I find Paul’s abortion position a slippery slope.  If he’s willing to take away my freedom to decide when life begins, what other freedom will I lose next?

          • Anonymous

            In your world EGC, would you find it acceptable if your neighbor killed and ate their children? It would be their property and their own moral, religious, ethical beliefs…..I’ll give you my advice because I can, bulid a small cabin in montana and secede your property from the United States.

          • egc52556

            I have no idea what you are talking about.  Are you saying that my expectation of freedom is unreasonably high?  That because I find Paul’s abortion stance as inconsistent with the rest of his platform, I must be some kind of anti-societal freak?

          • Anonymous


            To further expand my aguement EGC, your neighbor believes life begins at age 5 when the moons of jupiter line up…Under your agruement, it would be ok for your neighbor to eat their children at age 4 because to them life does not start till age 5. Or shall revert to the sprectum of modern decency and use months instead of years so now we, EGC, will use my example with 4 and 5 months instead of 4 and 5 years.

            The slippery slope is anything after conception…

            In regards to the montana remark…if you want absolute freedom EGC defend your plot of land….

          • Anonymous

            The above comment is in response to the following quote by EGC..

            ” Paul talks about abortion as a slippery slope. Well, I find Paul’s abortion position a slippery slope. If he’s willing to take away my freedom to decide when life begins, what other freedom will I lose next? “

          • Anonymous

            As you know, Dr. Paul disagrees w/abortion on a personal level.  If you were to make a list of priorities for this country, a wedge issue like this would be near the bottom.  Please, don’t fall for the rhetoric, egc.  He is your only shot of ending the wars, straightening out the debt “crisis,” and limiting the size of the Federal government.  His stance is extremely consistent and always has been.  You won’t need to move.  RP2K12!  

          • egc52556

            I appreciate your enthusiasm for Paul, and his ideas are refreshing in many ways. 

            But he is hardly my “only shot”… and I wouldn’t recommend you lay too many expectations on his ability to change Washington’s and America’s political climate by just being President.  Look at Obama who was elected with much enthusiasm (hope) for the future, only to be opposed at every turn by the GOP who have their own competing agendas and ambitions.

            To really change America’s politics, we need to change America.  We always get the leadership we deserve.

            I suggest we all recognize our limitations and that others might have superior ideas and abilities.  We need to make a society where people are free to discover the superior way, whatever that might be.  Otherwise we have the society we have now: competing interests trying to impose their ideas and efforts on others, whether they want them or not.

            That is why “freedom” and “liberty” are so important.

            That is why abortion “choice” is so important.

            That is why I’m confused why Paul, who normally is completely about freedom and liberty, would take a freedom-restricting stance on abortion.  I appreciate that this is his personal belief…. which is fine as long as he doesn’t translate his personal belief into public policy and law.  I, too, am uneasy about the implications of abortion.  But when it comes to public policy, I believe “freedom” and “liberty” and “choice” are more important that Paul’s and my personal beliefs.  We need to make a society that respects and allows people to live according to their own beliefs, not the beliefs imposed on them — by the government, by the prevailing religion, or by anyone else.  Not even Ron Paul.

          • Anonymous

            Dr. Paul has no interest in pushing his personal beliefs on you…period…thank you for replying.

          • egc52556

            “In your world EGC, would you find it acceptable if your neighbor killed and ate their children?”

            Is that a component of their religious beliefs?

            Or is this just a strawman argument?  Because there are real people in the world right now who DO murder because their beliefs think they are right and entitled to.  (viz Capital Punishment.)  What are we going to do about it?  Murder them (via war) because we don’t like the way they are murderers?

            What if the shoe were on the other foot?  Suppose you were engaged in behavior your neighbors found unacceptable.  What are their rights to compel you to stop?

      • Anonymous

        I never understood when issues like war, torture, rendition, crippling debt, loss of basic constitutional rights, TSA abuse, loss of privacy, complete government secrecy, are right in our faces, how people want to argue over abortion. The president has no power over abortion, but he can end the wars overnight….what is really important?

      • Jay

        Ron Paul isn’t taking any position on abortion.  All he is saying is that it should be Legislated at the State level, not the Federal level.  Oh, by the way, that means that you will have more say in that debate then you would if it were to continue being conducted on a Federal level. 
        Ron Paul is considered to be the Thomas Jefferson of our time.  He is the only candidate this is telling the truth about our situation, and what he would like to do about it.  If you truly love freedom, you should do your homework.  When you do, you’ll find that Ron Paul is Freedoms best friend, and best chance.
        Ron Paul 2012

        • egc52556

          Not taking any position on abortion?  Really? How about this from Ron Paul’s website, which I found after 6 seconds of “research” on Google:

          [QUOTE]In an Oct. 27, 1999 speech to Congress, Ron Paul said:“I am strongly pro-life.”[/QUOTE]

          Please, before you tell me that Paul is the 2nd coming of Jefferson and that I just haven’t done my research, you should take a deep breath and see that Paul can be a hypocrite just like so many others.

          • Jason Korbel

            Ron Paul is against Abortion and that does NOT make him a hypocrite.  In fact, you can’t be FOR abortion AND freedom, because the most fundamental freedom is the freedom to live.  Abortion takes away an individuals freedom to be alive.

          • egc52556

            Oh, here we go.  

            You’ve made the ethical, moral, religious decision that life begins at fertilization.  On the basis of that, you’ve decided that you and the government have the right to use the force of the government’s laws, police, guns, and jails to coerce and compel me to behave according to your ethics, morals, and religious beliefs.

            If this is the kind of freedom Ron Paul stands for, he’ll never get my vote.

          • Louis Nardozi

            This is precisely what makes Dr. Paul different from your average schlub. Even thought Dr. Paul has strong personal feelings against abortion and is adamantly against it, and even though it would REALLY help him get the Republican nomination, he STILL won’t come out against it because that would violate the Constitution, because those laws are supposed to be set at the STATE level. The Man With a Spine stands up for what he believes in even when it’s inconvenient for HIM.

            Vote Vertebrate – Ron Paul 2012!

          • egc52556

            As I’ve said in other comments, I don’t care whether the government that is restricting my freedoms is the Federal or State government.  The effect is the same.  I would take no comfort that the fines I’m paying go to Iowa vs. the USA, or that I’m sitting in the State vs. Federal Penitentiary.

            Either we are free or we are not.  Where the oppressor draws his border makes no difference.

          • Anonymous

            Your logic is deeply flawed.  So who else is running that will guarantee the 100% freedom that you want?

            Don’t kid anyone.  You’re staying home on election day.

          • egc52556

            The only thing “wrong” with my logic is that you don’t agree with it.  I never said I wanted 100% freedom.  I said that Paul’s abortion stance is inconsistent with the rest of his “freedom” and “liberty” positions, troubling because of that, and it seems to me, hypocritical.  Nothing wrong with that logic.

            Am I required to have a perfect 100% alternative candidate before I criticize Paul’s inconsistent, troubling, and hypocritical position on abortion?  According to your “logic”, I am.  I’m supposed to ignore my concerns, hold my nose, and vote for him because he smells less than all the others?

            And I’ll be in the voting booth.  I always am.  I doubt Paul will be on the ballot anyway, so the moral compromises you ask me to make for Paul’s sake won’t be an issue.

          • Kristi Walker

            You still don’t get it…or are pretending not to.  Ron Paul, PERSONALLY, does not agree nor believe in abortion.  He’s an American and he has that right.  HOWEVER, he recognizes that in a FREE society, women should have the right to their own bodies, regardless of his personal belief that abortion is murder.  THEREFORE, he believes that each state has the right to vote and allow abortion, or not.  There are many states who would allow abortion, and many that would not.  You have more control at a state level, because the red tape is so much less than at a federal level, not to mention it’s Unconstitutional for the feds to moderate abortion and forces states who’s population does not agree with abortion to allow it.   It’s a state by state issue, as almost all things are Constitutionally.  This isn’t rocket science.

          • egc52556

            “You still don’t get it…or are pretending not to.”

            Oh, please.  Do you really think I’m incapable of understanding your arguments?  Is this how Ron Paul supporters reason, by assuming that people who DISAGREE with you must be STUPID or DECEPTIVE?

            “This isn’t rocket science.”

            No, it isn’t.  I’ll say again what I’ve written several times on this page:  State’s rights do not overrule individual rights.  Just because the suppression of rights happens at the State level instead of at the Federal level DOES NOT MAKE IT RIGHT. 

            BTW, I don’t think you are stupid nor deceptive.  I think you’re annoyed.

  • Jason Sallee

    I have been a supporter of Ron Paul since June 2007.  I think that these “panelists” that have made quotes will be very surprised by how Dr. Paul will perform in Iowa.  The caucus is still months away and a lot can change over that time period.  If enough Iowans wake up to the fact that all the other candidates will only provide them “more of the same”, then they will find their only alternative is Ron Paul.  I believe that most Americans want to do the right thing, but they need to take the time to thoroughly review each candidate.  Too many voters have gotten away from properly researching the prospective candidates.  I hope to God that they spend some time researching the “real” Ron Paul rather than what the mainstream media puts out.

  • Anonymous

    Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, and Tim Pawlenty are all the same plastic, flipflopper, finger to the wind,establishment guys.

    The voters are sick of these big government republicans.  That is why the voters are becoming enchanted with RON PAUL.  Unlike the others, Ron Paul always tells you the truth and always votes in a consistent and honest manner.

    When something big is happening, you don’t need to open a newspaper to see how Ron Paul has voted.  You know how he voted, because he always keeps his word.

  • GJ

    Ron Paul is a strong candidate for 2012.

    He is against the endless drug war. This will give him support from those who want a lot of drugs to become legal, and to grow products like hemp which we get in other products from Canada because it’s illegal to grow here.

    Ron Paul is a candidate of peace. He wants the troops home from Afghanistan and Iraq.

    Ron Paul is a candidate of choice. He wants those who want abortion to voice their opinions, and elect officials in their own states to support abortion for their own state laws. He also wants those who are anti-abortion to do the same. This way he is also pro-choice, and pro-life because he is pro-state. States should be able to have their own laws about the issue.

    Ron Paul is a candidate for change. Real good change.

  • Daniel Simons

    Michelle Bachmann’s campaign and congressional biographies make no mention of her handling of tax collection cases from 1988 to 1993 for the IRS.   ”In my work as a former federal tax attorney, I saw firsthand that our nation’s tax laws are hard to understand and undermine the country’s prosperity by imposing needlessly harsh penalties on work, savings, and investments.”Tell that to Marvin Manypenny, a Native American activist in Minnesota who failed to pay taxes on three years of wages totaling $30,650. Bachmann took him to federal court in 1992.Manypenny worked at the Youth Project, described in court records as “a public foundation with a 17-year history of building citizen participation organizations around the country committed to social justice and peace.” The resident of the White Earth Indian Reservation contended he was exempt from income taxes because of the April 8, 1867 land treaty between his Chippewa Indian ancestors and the U.S. government. He met Bachmann briefly in the federal court building in St. Paul.”She was very — how do I put this? — haughty and curt,” the 64-year-old Manypenny told National Journal in a telephone interview. “I tried to state my contentions to her and it was like talking to a brick wall.”Don’t vote for the same old republican establishment candidate we are presented with year in and year out.  Vote for THE conservative with THE record — Ron Paul 2012.  Because NO ONE can match his record of voting against every deficit, every tax increase, every illegal war, and every violation of our freedom (Patriot Act, TSA, Homeland Security, etc.)!

  • feartheturtle93

    Check out this website for Ron Paul supporters.

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  • Jerry Campbell

    You people are really getting bent on this Iowa popularity contest that is bought and sold like hamburgers at a county fair. Its good for a day and then its back to reality.     

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