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Paul Iowa campaign vice-chairman to lead state party
LAKE JACKSON, Texas – Today the Republican Party of Iowa elected Ron Paul Campaign Iowa Vice-chair A.J. Spiker to be its new state chairman.
Spiker, a small business owner from Ames, is a former Chairman, Co-Chairman, and Treasurer of the Story County Republican party. He has been a delegate to several county, district, and state GOP conventions and served on his district Executive, Rules, and Organization committees. Mr. Spiker also served as the 4th Congressional District State Central Committee member.
Ron Paul 2012 Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton congratulated Mr. Spiker on the news:
“A.J. Spiker is an excellent choice to lead the state party; I congratulate him and wish him good luck in his new role. He has been an extremely valuable member of our campaign team in Iowa and played an important role in our success in the state. I have no doubt he will do a wonderful job as he works to elect more Republicans in Iowa in 2012.”
Now more than every we need the Champion of the Constitution!
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By Paul Joseph Watson
The establishment media is so desperate to sink Ron Paul’s presidential campaign, they’re brazenly misreporting the results of polls, making it appear as if the Congressman is performing worse than his rivals, when the opposite is true.
The latest example comes out of Politico, an establishment mouthpiece which routinely defends the DC status quo. Reacting to the results of the final Des Moines Register opinion poll, Politico hastily sent out a “Breaking News” email alert claiming the outcome showed Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum “climbing to second [place] at 21 percent and Ron Paul in third, with 18 percent.”
In reality, Paul took second place with 22 per cent, with Santorum in a fairly distant third with 15 per cent of the vote.
Politico sent out a revised email shortly afterwards which read, “[t]his breaking news alert corrects a previous breaking news alert.”
The Daily Caller attempted to contact Politico seeking an explanation as to why the error was made, but their calls were not returned.
Of course, these botched poll numbers will likely be explained away as an ‘accident’, but isn’t it funny how these ‘accidents’ routinely serve to denigrate Ron Paul?
Fox News has made a habit out of making mistakes that portray Paul in a bad light, the most infamous of which occurred when the network attempted to skew Ron Paul’s 2011 CPAC straw poll win by representing it with footage from the previous year’s CPAC event, at which Mitt Romney supporters had loudly booed the result.
A Fox News poll released earlier the same week which asked who would make the best president included many of the potential candidates that Ron Paul trounced in the CPAC straw poll, yet the Congressman’s name was not even included in the survey.
Perhaps the most brazenly unfair and agenda-driven treatment of Paul occurred after the Ames Straw Poll result when, after Paul almost tied with Michele Bachmann for first place, the establishment media completely ignored him and instead talked up the chances of candidates Paul had easily defeated.
The establishment media is presumably smarting from the fact that their ceaseless smear attacks against Ron Paul have had virtually no effect whatsoever on his chances of performing well in Iowa, to the point where they now have to resort to inventing poll results to make themselves feel better.
Now more than every we need the Champion of the Constitution!
Please visit Ron Paul’s official campaign site by following the link below and donate today!
I ran into DR. Paul this past weekend on the lawn of Iowa State University. I had a chance to ask Ron about H.R. 645 and whether or not Americans are justified in thinking that (The National Emergency Centers Establishment Act’ could lead to detainment camps for american citizens during martial law. His response..
‘They’re setting the stage for violence in this country’
With Tim Pawlenty out of the race, only two active Presidential candidates scored more than 10 percent in Saturday’s Iowa straw poll. Following the media coverage Sunday, you would never guess Congressman Ron Paul was one of them.
Paul came within one percentage point of straw poll victor Michele Bachmann at Ames, and scored more than twice as many votes as third-place Pawlenty. After this first-place tie amongst Iowa Republicans, Bachmann dominated Paul among the national media. It’s the story of Paul’s career.
Sure, Bachmann’s media attention is inflated by the “Palin Effect” — the liberal media’s embarrassing dark obsession with attractive and unfiltered conservative women (see the media’s 2010 preoccupation with Christine O’Donnell for another instance) — but there’s more going on here.
If Paul had garnered 153 more votes on Saturday, winning the straw poll, you can be sure that every wrap-up story would have focused on the event’s irrelevance.
Why do the mainstream media and the Republican establishment persist in ignoring and dismissing Paul?
There is no one answer. You cannot chalk it all up to Paul’s perceived long-term viability problems: I know no serious forecaster or GOP operative who gives Bachmann a significant chance of being the Republican nominee, yet she is showered with coverage at every turn.
In part, the media ignore Paul’s success at events like Ames and the Conservative Political Action Committee because they think he’s almost breaking the rules by having such a dedicated following. True enough, a cult following often does not translate into support broad enough to win an election. Is Paul the Right’s Lyndon LaRouche?
Still, Paul climbed from 5th place in the straw poll four years ago to a virtual tie for first yesterday, doubling his number of votes. So he is surging. And don’t forget Democrats nominated a guy last election whose strength was winning caucuses due to a dedicated core of support.
So, again, why doesn’t Paul get the attention he seems to deserve? Mostly because the mainstream media and the Republican establishment wish he would just go away.
One reason the bipartisan establishment finds Paul so obnoxious is how much the past four years have proven him correct — on the housing bubble, on the economy, on our foreign misadventures, and on our national debt.
In 2002, as President George W. Bush was pushing more subsidies for mortgages and home-buying under the motto of an “ownership society,” Ron Paul took to the House floor to issue a warning. Through Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Federal Reserve, “the government increases the likelihood of a painful crash in the housing market.”
Fannie, Freddie, and the Fed were creating “a short-term boom in housing,” that would pop. “When housing prices fall, homeowners will experience difficulty as their equity is wiped out,” Paul predicted as housing mania surged. “Furthermore, the holders of the mortgage debt will also have a loss.”
Neither the mainstream media nor the GOP leadership wanted to hear this at the time. Housing was the engine of our growth, and Ron Paul was just being a crank again. So we pumped and pumped, until the inevitable crash.
Paul similarly foresaw our current debt crisis, warning that cutting taxes and increasing spending was the recipe for disaster. “Endless borrowing to finance endless demands cannot be sustained,” Paul said eight years before the S&P downgraded U.S. debt.
Back then Paul was also warning of the perils of two open-ended wars and lengthy occupations halfway around the world. Paul was nearly alone among Republicans in opposing George W. Bush’s Wilsonian vision of spreading American-style democracy at gunpoint. Today, our continued Afghanistan occupation is generally seen as pointless, and even many conservatives consider Iraq a mistake.
Again and again Paul has dissented, been laughed at, and been proven correct. That may be one reason he evokes so much scorn in certain corners of the Right.
But also, Paul lacks the eloquence and self-control to win over the barely-attentive voters that make up most of the electorate. He rambles, sometimes slipping into incoherence, and seems to eschew efforts to cast his outside-the mainstream ideas in a more palatable light. Some GOP disdain for Paul likely comes from a — not unfounded — belief than Obama would wipe the floor with him in a general election.
Barring some miracle, Paul will not be the Republican presidential nominee. The question is this: Will the frontrunners, Mitt Romney and Rick Perry, adopt some of Paul’s ideas and philosophy? Or, like the media and the GOP leadership, will they simply dismiss and disdain this heterodox gadfly?
By Brent Budowsky – 08/12/11 10:29 AM ET
The Republican debaters looked like Snow White and the eight dwarfs, though recently Barack Obama has not looked profoundly presidential either. There were two big winners. Ron Paul is establishing himself as the only anti-war candidate in either party, a potentially huge role. Michele Bachmann continued her shredding of Tim Pawlenty, who will drop out before the big show. Paul and Bachmann are destined for a big clash with Rick Perry for the Anybody But Romney role.
First, Ron Paul: The great political opportunity for Paul is to be the clear and only anti-war candidate, at a time when war is highly unpopular. I am not agreeing or disagreeing with the policy, just suggesting that Ron Paul helped himself big time championing the anti-war position. If Paul keeps escalating his anti-war view, he could break into a clear third place in the polls.
Next, Michele Bachmann: Bachmann is breaking down Pawlenty the way Sugar Ray Leonard broke down boxing opponents. She lands short, hard blows: Pawlenty for cap-and-trade. Pawlenty weak on healthcare. Pawlenty sounds like Obama on government. Each Bachmann jab draws a little blood. She pushes him farther to the left. She keeps him pinned down. Pawlenty is intimidated by Bachmann. He cannot man up against her. His days as a candidate are numbered.
Finally, Rick Perry. The big dog on the cable news today. He is formidable, but I think overrated. Is Perry ready for prime time? I doubt it. Why does Perry hang out with neocons? Does he really want to run as Bush 45? Can he handle the hard nasty questions of brutal presidential politics? Don’t bet on it.
Once Bachmann disposes of Pawlenty, she will turn her fire on Perry. One of them must destroy the other before the grand shootout with Mitt “corporations are people too” Romney. Can you believe he said that?
Ron Paul and Rick Perry are destined for a very big clash on war-and-peace issues, and it will be a sight to behold. Paul says “get out now” while Perry says “bombs away.” The fur will fly. My bet is Ron Paul wins that debate. Stay tuned.
Meanwhile, in Michigan, Barack Obama pretended he was not the president living in the White House, but another angry voter waving his pitchfork against Democrats as well as Republicans in Washington. A very bad act and a story for another day.
Any candidate has reason to celebrate a strong showing like Congressman Paul’s in Iowa, said Thomas Woods, Revolution PAC advisory board chairman, but given how radically different Ron Paul’s message is, he should be especially delighted to have come within a handful of votes of first place – a poll in which he placed fifth four years ago..
“Ron Paul is taking dead aim at issues no one else will even touch,” noted Woods. “No one was talking about the Federal Reserve System until someone of Ron Paul’s boldness and knowledge came along and showed us how this institution was making our economy so unstable and ripping us off in the process. No one questions the premises behind our government’s disastrous foreign policy. Ron Paul is trying to undo 100 years of brainwashing, from both official Left and official Right. The Left has its faith in Big Government at home, and the neoconservative Right an equally misplaced faith in Big Government abroad. Both have embraced fairy tales over real history.
“Ron Paul rejects it all. The same corrupt political class that has wrecked our economy is the same corrupt political class that has us mired in these trillion-dollar wars. It’s about time both sides woke up and realized they’ve been had. That’s what Ron Paul is trying to tell his countrymen. And in light of his strong showing in Ames, the message is getting through.”
According to Woods, the Congressman’s willingness to take politically unpopular positions on the very eve of the straw poll was an indication of the strength of the candidate’s convictions. “Congressman Paul said things in that debate – reminding the crowd that people tend not to like it when the CIA installs dictators and secret police in their countries, as happened in Iran in 1953 – that were not calculated to curry favor with the crowd he was wooing at Ames. But that’s who he is. He would rather tell unpopular truths than win cheap votes or applause. He’s not a blowdried phony out of central casting, like most of the candidates our system serves up to us. He is a real person with real principles, and he has stuck to them since entering public live 35 years ago. Even his bitterest opponent has to respect that.”
To be sure, in the days leading up to the straw poll, media sources were already trying to downplay the event’s significance. “This is typical of the media,” said Revolution PAC President Gary Franchi. “If it looks like one of the officially anointed candidates isn’t going to win, they grab their toys and whine all the way home. But even the media is going to have a hard time pretending it doesn’t really matter that Congressman Paul did so well in a state where his limited-government philosophy is a hard sell even to many self-described conservatives.”
What’s more, strong showings in Ames have often translated into strong showings at the important Iowa caucuses at the end of the year.
“This was a great day for the Congressman,” said Franchi. “But it’s the end of the beginning. Much hard work remains ahead of us. We can now carry out that work with the confidence that the message of freedom is resonating as none of us could have imagined.”
ABC’s Jason Volack and Michael Falcone report:
AMES, Iowa — Pivoting away from his economic-focused speeches of the past week, presidential candidate Ron Paul told a crowd in Iowa on Saturday that “life does not come from the government– it comes from our creator.”
His defense of the unborn during a speech at the Ames Straw Poll drew heavy applause from the audience as he makes a play for social conservatives in this state.
During his remarks, he recalled some graphic stories from his time as an obstetrics-gynecology resident to explain his opposition to abortion rights. Paul said that in the 1960s, physicians were “defying the law in doing abortions,” and told a story of seeing doctors deliver a baby via Caesarean section and then “put it in a bucket in the corner of the room and let it die and pretended nobody heard it.”
It took Paul several minutes to return to his-bread-and-butter issues like returning America to the gold standard.
“It’s still on the books that only gold and silver can be legal tender,” the Texas congressman, who is in the midst of his second presidential bid, said.
During his speech he also spent time defending individual liberties and bashing policies like the Patriot Act, calling it an “attack on our liberties and the Fourth Amendment.”
“Just think of what is happening at our airports,” he said.
Earlier this week — Paul told ABC News that talking about what he sees as the abuses of the Patriot Act is one of the factors that sets him apart from his GOP opponents. He also told ABC News that nobody is talking about our undeclared and illegal foreign wars.
Paul’s now common catch line — “it’s time to bring troops home” — again drew a thunderous applause from the straw poll crowd here, many of whom were wearing bright red shirts with Paul’s name on it.
Aides to Paul, a perennial favorite at straw polls like this, were predicting on Saturday that he could receive as many as 4,000 votes. His campaign staff said they bought 2,750 tickets for supporters. But his son, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., warned supporters that if his father wins today, ”some will try to delegitimize” it.
A Ron Paul campaign source predicts they’ll receive over 4,000 votes.
Depending on turnout – and most observers now think it will be less than the 14,0000 of 2007 — that will put him in the money.