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Iowa Day 2

All the news today seemed to be about the Santorum surge lately and it seems like a great anomaly to me.  There is no way he will be able to run much of a campaign beyond Iowa due to his lack of money, even if he comes in second or third place in the caucus.  However, Jun and many others in the Paul campaign rightly see this as a potential threat thanks to many Huckabee supporters who are well organized now carrying the Santorum banner.  Thus, a negative robo-call campaign against Santorum was quickly organized to run today and tomorrow in an attempt to deflate his sudden rise in the Iowa polls.

This morning I met two young men and their mom who were other supporters staying at my hotel who had driven up from Kentucky the night before.  Together we headed to the Johnson County campaign office to get brought up to speed about what needed to be done.  However, to get our blood flowing, one of the county coordinators decided it would be great to have a sign bomb down at the intersection and didn’t want to stop until we got 15 honks.  Thus, about 10 volunteers took Ron Paul banners and signs out to the streets in 22 degree weather with a wind chill making it feel like 4 degrees according to my AccuWeather.  It wouldn’t have been so bad if it weren’t for the wind, and after about 20-30 minutes we all couldn’t feel our faces and our fingers started to feel that icy pain that’s a precursor to frostbite.  There’s nothing like suffering for a cause!

Beautiful Iowa scenery heading down 80 east

Entering Davenport

Once we defrosted in the campaign office, I took off with Jun to drive an hour east to Davenport and help do some outreach at the Ron Paul / Rand Paul wistle-stop tour at 1 PM.  It ended up being a great turnout, with about 200 people showing up to the event including dozens of reporters and a CNN news van.  After Ron and Rand spoke, we helped coral all the locals who were planning on caucusing tomorrow into a training session organized by the Story County Ron Paul coordinators.  If all the counties across Iowa are as organized as Story County, Ron Paul is going to have an easy wins hands down but I don’t think we can assume anything.

After a quick bite to eat for lunch, Jun and I met up at the campaign office in Davenport to print some phone-banking lists and then went over to The Lodge hotel in Bettendorf.  Here we met up with Zachariah, the coordinator for Illinois volunteers, as well as many other out of state volunteers staying at he hotel.  By utilizing the multitude of volunteers, we were able to split up the list of likely stump speakers from our rp2012 database and follow up with them with calls to make sure they were ready for the caucus tomorrow.  Almost everyone who I talked to on my phone list was super prepared and positive about participating in the caucus and this gave me a lot of hope.  It was amazing to see how enthusiastic all the out of state volunteers were about supporting Ron Paul, and I think they are going to make a big difference tomorrow.

Standing room only at the Ron Paul whistle-stop

Davenport campaign office

Iowa Day 1

After a relatively smooth flight into Des Moines, I got my rental car and drove 2 hours east to the Clarion Highlander Hotel in Iowa City.  I didn’t get in until about 8 PM, and once I unpacked my stuff I gave my rp2012.org contact, Jun, a call to see if there was anything still going on at the campaign office in Coralville which was just 10 minutes away.  To my surprise, there were many people still at the office so he told me to come on over to get caught up.

Ron Paul's Johnson County campaign office

When I arrived, I finally got to meet some people face-to-face who I had only talked to on the phone or seen online.  The Johnson County coordinator was inside busily working, as well as a girl from the Revolution PAC and a number of other volunteers from various grassroots organizations.  Jun showed me a county map of Iowa that noted how many precinct vacancies each one had and which ones we were concentrating on in the eastern part of the state.  These were in no way concrete numbers, but we estimated there were about 70 precinct vacancies that needed captains (out of 1784 precincts total), so this wasn’t too shabby.  Thus, our next goal is to to fill those precincts with vacancies as well as find backups captains for many others with our stream of volunteers.  I took off a little after 11 and the office still had several people working diligently.

When I woke up next morning to grab some breakfast at my hotel, I couldn’t help but notice the TV commercials playing.  Within the span of my meal, I saw a Newt Gingrich commercial, followed by ones for Rick Perry and then Ron Paul.  The media bombardment was in full effect 48 hours prior to the first caucus!  After eating breakfast, I took a look outside and noticed a small dusting of snow had fallen over night.  Also, another Ron Paul patriot had pulled up next to my car at the hotel!  In addition to helping Jun do some volunteer organizing, I might also do some outreach at Ron Paul’s and Rand Paul’s Whiste-Stop Tour up in Cedar Rapids.  Exciting times await!

Ron Paul reifnorcements!

2012, the Year of Ron Paul and my trip to Iowa

Today is the final day of 2011 and I am preparing for my trip out to the most important state of the 2012 election, Iowa.  This will be my fist time visiting the state, and it will be in the dead of winter.  But I am packing plenty of warm clothes, campaign materials, and my personal conviction that I must do anything possible for liberty and to get Ron Paul the victory in the Hawkeye State.  Tomorrow, on New Years Day 2012, I will be flying into Des Moines and then embarking on a mission to Iowa City, approximately 2 hours east.  There I will be meeting up with many other rp0212.org grassroots activists for Ron Paul who are traveling from outside of the state to help the campaign in any capacity they can.  [On a side note, I became a firm believer in the rp2012.org grassroots system after we helped mobilize over 1,500 Ron Paul supporters for the Ames Straw Poll back in August, bringing Dr. Paul a statistical first place victory along with Michelle Bachmann.   By using our advanced phone-banking software to target independents and young voters, I was able to personally get over 150 people to attend the Straw Poll and I felt like I was definitely more effective than if I were working with the official campaign.]

On Monday, I’ll be meeting up with some activists at the campaign headquarters in Iowa City, and we’ll be tasked with contacting all the county coordinators across Iowa to find out which precincts still have vacancies for captains.  Once we find out which holes need to be filled, we will then use our stream of hundreds of volunteers to fill in the gaps.  As a precinct captain, your primary task is to bring as many Ron Paul supporters to the caucus as possible and deliver a stump speech on Dr. Paul’s behalf on the night of the caucus.  I already have my stump speech prepared, so I will be eagerly ready to win some caucuses for Ron Paul on the night of January 3rd.  In addition, I am going to volunteer to watch the vote and will take a picture of the results and send them into an independent source.  There has been a lot of concerns of potential vote tampering by the establishment as a way to discredit Ron Paul’s victory, and I plan to do my part to keep it as open and honest as possible.

More updates to come as my days in Iowa progress.

My Stump Speech for the Iowa Caucus

I’m going to be flying out of California into Des Moines, Iowa on New Years day to help Ron Paul’s campaign leading up to the nation’s first caucus on January 3rd.  I’m among several other rp2012.org grassroots activists who are traveling into Iowa to help fill in any holes in counties that need precinct captains.  Although I can’t technically vote in the Iowa caucus, I can deliver a stump speech on Ron Paul’s behalf.  Here’s the speech I have written up.  It’s supposed to be 2 minutes long.  Let me know what you think, as it’s a work in progress.  Keep in mind, this is geared towards Iowan Republicans who are quite conservative.

Good evening ladies and gentlemen.  I’m here tonight to encourage you to vote for one of our last honest statesmen and the Champion of the Constitution,  Dr. Ron Paul.  Dr. Paul is unlike any other candidate today because he is consistent, principled, and incorruptible.  He is truly a man of the people, fighting to restore our freedoms and prosperity.  Tonight, you have a once in a lifetime opportunity.  Our country is on the brink of economic collapse.  The dollar is on life support.  Your freedoms are being eroded by overly intrusive government.  Fortunately, you have the choice to turn this all around.  You can choose between career politicians representing the status quo, or you can choose to vote for Ron Paul who represents liberty and real change.  The other candidates will tinker with the details of the tax code and offer modest spending cuts.  Ron Paul’s Plan to Restore America will cut $1 trillion in spending his first year in office and balance our budget in three years.

Voting for Ron Paul means not only voting for a person, but a philosophy.  This is a philosophy based on the concept: that which governs least, governs best.  If you believe in personal responsibility, running your life as you see fit, spending your money how you want to spend it, and not telling others how to live, Ron Paul is your candidate.

Ron Paul is a strict adherent to the Constitution, and will never vote for a law that violates it.  Instead of having Government legislate morality, Ron Paul is a firm believer in strong family values.  He has been married for 54 years, and has five children and eighteen grandchildren.  As a former OBGYN, Dr. Paul helped deliver over 4,000 babies and is staunchly pro-life.  As a veteran, Ron Paul believes in a strong national defense and has received more donations from active military than all other candidates combined, including Obama.  He will fight to strengthen our borders at home and won’t waste a penny on nation building or on foreign welfare.  Ron Paul will restore our civil liberties, and prevent any government intrusions on the Bill of Rights such as warrantless searches or restricting your right to bear arms.

Ladies and gentlemen, we are living in truly unique times.  But we are at a crossroads.  We can choose to go down the path that leads to our ruination.  Or we can choose to elect a serious candidate, Ron Paul, who can restore America now.