A new message from Dr. Paul today:
Not all the media are biased. A local newspaper in New Hampshire reported on an annual GOP bbq in the town of Hollis. It could be called "the Ron Paul show," they said, since the far bigger crowd than usual consisted mostly of our supporters. One volunteer even rented an airplane and flew a wonderful sign around the sky. What great, creative, self-starting people I’m meeting, at every stop, all of them united by a love of America and American freedom.
Politics is usually about division. But this campaign is just the opposite. Not only are our volunteers a bunch of happy warriors, but they also practice the virtues of tolerance and peace, just as they want the nation to do.
The other day, the state chairman of an opposing campaign (not in New Hampshire!), angrily tore a sign out of one of our supporter's hands and trashed it. Different people with different beliefs might have responded differently. But our people, though they'd been standing in the rain all day, applied the Golden Rule. It's because of quiet heroes that I know we can change this country.
A reporter in New Hampshire told me this story about Florida: she had seen the same three supporters working every day passing out our literature, and so decided to interview them. She was startled to discover that one was a Republican, one was a Democrat, and one was an Independent. But I wasn't.
Freedom brings us all together. We can all agree on leaving people alone to plan and live their own lives, rather than trying to force them to obey at the point of a gun, as runaway government does. Instead of clawing at each other via the warfare-welfare state, people under liberty can cooperate in a unity of diversity.
There is no need to use government to threaten others who have different standards, or to be threatened by them. Looking to our Founders, our traditions, and the Constitution, we can build, in peaceful cooperation, a free and prosperous society.
At a talk show in Nashua, New Hampshire, the host asked me about the fair tax. Well, I agree on getting rid of the IRS, I told her, but I want to replace it with nothing, not another tax. But let's not forget the inflation tax, I said.
This was something she had never considered, but after I talked about the depreciation of our dollar by the Federal Reserve, its creation of artificial booms and busts, and its bailouts of the big banks and Wall Street firms, to the detriment of the average person, she loved it. That is another tax, she agreed, a hidden and particularly vicious tax.
They try to tell us that the money issue is boring or irrelevant. In fact, it is the very pith of our social lives, and morally, Constitutionally, and economically, the central bank is a disaster. Thanks to the work of this movement, Americans are starting to understand what has been hidden from them for so long: that we have a right to sound and honest money, not to a dollar debauched for the special interests.
Unconstitutional government has created a war crisis, a financial crisis, a dollar crisis, and a freedom crisis. But we don’t have to take it. We don't have to passively accept more dead soldiers, a lower standard of living, rising prices, a national ID, eavesdropping on our emails and phone calls, and all the rest.
We can return to first principles, and build the brightest, most brilliant future any people on earth has ever aspired to. Help me teach this lesson. Help me campaign all over this country, in cooperation with our huge and growing volunteer army. Help me show that change is not only possible, but also essential. Please, make your most generous contribution (https://www.ronpaul2008.com/donate/
) to this campaign for a Constitutional presidency worthy of our people. Invest in freedom: for yourself, for your family, for your future.
From the official blog on ronpaul2008.com
NBC News Channel 7 - Panama City, Florida
August 19, 2007
A local group held a rally this afternoon outside the Golden Coral on 23rd Street to show their support for the presidential candidate.
U.S. House of Representative and Texan Republican Ron Paul is running in the 2008 presidential race. It was a party to help spread the word about presidential candidate Ron Paul.
There were a handful of supporters from Panama City and Fountain out there waving signs and handing out fliers. Several Panama City residents say they share the same interests as Ron Paul and have formed a "meet up group" to support him.
Some of the interests include his opposition in abortion, capital punishment and universal heath care, and his support for free trade, the military "don't ask, don't tell" policy and tighter border security.
Some say he is the leading advocate for freedom in our nation's capital.
"He's not just trying to butter me up, get me to go on his side and a lot of people like that. We're tired of the same old, we'll tell you what you want to hear, just vote for me," said Raymond Thomas.
"He is the only Republican who's for bringing the troops home and against the war. This is a military town. We have Tyndall here. A lot of our folks who live here are military and they miss their loved ones," said Judith Hicks, a meet up group member.
For more information about presidential candidate Ron Paul, go to www.ronpaul2008.com. http://www.wjhg.com/home/headlines/9250251.html
Dr. Paul followed up his big win at the recent Alabama Straw Poll with another win at the New Hampshire Republican Straw Poll, taking 73% of the vote.
Full results follow:
Paul - 208 (73%)
Romney - 26
Huckabee - 20
Tancredo - 8
McCain - 7
Cox - 5
Hunter - 5
F. Thompson - 3
Giuliani - 3
Brownback - 1
Dr. Paul recorded a huge win at an Alabama Straw Poll managed by the West Alabama Republican Assembly. The campaigns of Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani, and Fred Thompson also sent representatives to speak for them at the poll. Other campaigns may also have sent representatives.
The final total was:
Ron Paul - 216 (81%)
Mitt Romney - 14 (5%)
Duncan Hunter - 10 (4%)
Fred Dalton Thompson - 9 (3%)
Rudy Giuliani - 7 (3%)
Mike Huckabee - 6 (2%)
John McCain - 2 (.75%)
Sam Brownback - 2 (.75%)
Tom Tancredo - 0 (0%)
The Ron Paul 2008 campaign has released a statement
on Dr. Paul's third-place finish at the Illinois Straw Poll:
Heavy rain did not dampen the enthusiasm of Ron Paul supporters yesterday at the Illinois State Fair. Those supporters canvassed the fairgrounds introducing people to Ron Paul and asking them to vote in the straw poll held by the Illinois Republican Party. Voting started at 11:00 am and ended at 4:00 pm.
Their work paid off! Dr. Paul (18.87%) came in third behind Mitt Romney (40.35%) and Fred Thompson (19.96%). Giuliani (11.61%), McCain (4.12%), Huckabee (3.04%), Brownback (1.08%), Hunter (.65%), and Tancredo (.33%) rounded out the field.
A big "thank you" to the Ron Paul supporters who braved the rain and made yesterday's straw poll a success.
The Illinois Republican Straw Poll results are in. Ron Paul placed third, more than doubling his percentage score of the Iowa straw poll. Other winners are Mitt Romney, who built on his Iowa first-place total, and Fred Thompson, who came in second even though he has not yet declared his intention to run for President. Rudy Giuliani placed fourth, and John McCain placed fifth.
1. Mitt Romney -- 40.35%
2. Fred Thompson -- 19.96%
3. Ron Paul -- 18.87%
4. Rudy Giuliani -- 11.61%
5. John McCain -- 4.12%
6. Mike Huckabee -- 3.04%
7. Sam Brownback -- 1.08%
8. Duncan Hunter -- .65%
9. Tom Tancredo -- .33%
Dr. Paul won the Republican Straw Poll for Gaston County, North Carolina. The final results are:
John McCain: 2.4%
Rudy Guiliani: 4.9%
Mitt Romney: 7.3%
Newt Gingrich: 7.3%
Mike Huckabee: 9.8%
Fred Thompson: 31.7%
Ron Paul: 36.6%
The official Ron Paul campaign web site, RonPaul2008
, has been updated with a message from Ron Paul:
Phew, what a week -- what a great week in Iowa. But first the important news: my wife Carol had a heart-pacemaker implanted on Sunday, and she is doing much better. She had a scare -- me too! -- and we are both so grateful for all your good wishes and prayers. They worked. And now she is safely back in Texas.
As I campaigned from morning to night in the August heat the last week, sometimes I'd get tired. And then I'd think of all the supporters, working in Iowa and so many other states, who never stop no matter how tired they are. Could I ever do less? Never. And I never will.
What could be more important than this movement of ours -- for freedom, peace, and prosperity? We hold the future of our country, of our children and grandchildren, in our hands. We can never stop, never flag. And we never will.
One old friend compared this campaign to the tortoise, and our opponents to the hare, in the old Aesop’s fable. The hare was fast and flashy, but because of over-confidence and carelessness, he lost the race. The tortoise kept going, step by steady step, taking nothing for granted, never giving in, never giving up, and winning the race.
In Iowa, we took some good steps forward in our race. Considering the converts we made, the organization we brought forth, and the amount of money we spent as compared to the others, we are on the right trajectory.
And now, after I make sure Carol is well taken care of, I am off to New Hampshire, and campaigning in Texas for our straw poll on September 1 (http://www.texasgop.org/site/PageServer?pagename=Straw_Poll_Home
This our moment. Not only because Americans are sick and tired of foreign wars, of the oppressive income tax, of growing restrictions on our precious liberties -- but because spending, deficits, and Federal Reserve troublemaking have brought on a global financial crisis that endangers all of us. Now, of all times in our modern history, we need the message of sound money and economic freedom taught to all our people. How desperately we need the truth.
This is a dangerous time for all we believe in. Now, above all, we must spread the truths of the Constitution, of the rule of law, of life, of peace, of freedom, of an America that will truly be a city on the hill.
Join me in doing just that, with your most generous donation (https://www.ronpaul2008.com/donate/
). We have a country to win.
Kent Snyder, Chairman of the Ron Paul 2008 Campaign, has released an official statement on the Iowa Straw Poll:
On behalf of Dr. Ron Paul and his wife Carol, and the Ron Paul 2008 campaign staff, I thank our supporters and volunteers in Iowa and throughout the country for the strong showing in the Iowa straw poll. We are pleased and encouraged by the results.
We have the three ingredients for success:
1. The message: freedom, peace and prosperity.
2. The man: Ron Paul.
Our campaign has begun.
Chairman, Ron Paul 2008
At least two Diebold electronic voting machines failed during the Ames Straw Poll yesterday, forcing between 1500 and 4500 votes to be recounted by hand. Ron Paul and many others had expressed concerns beforehand about the reliability and safety of the Diebold machines in the management of a transparent, accurate election process. It is still unclear if these failures will result in any repercussions in the actual primary and general elections.