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THIS is how they won Jefferson County

This was written by Roger Leahy and posted in a minor subtopic hidden from the eyes of most RP supporters back in 08 on RPF. This thread was recently bumped, but deserves to be seen by many more people. What is written below includes many excellent ideas worth replicating for every meetup group and individual in the country.

From Roger Leahy:
We have received compliments from the RP campaign staff, and inquiries from Ron Paul supporters in other states wanting to duplicate our success.

This has prompted me to recall those various ingredients. They have included:

An early rally in person by Dr Paul in August where 500 persons heard his message at the town square.

Enthusiastic travel and participation in the Straw Poll in Ames by local RP supporters.

Building a list, mostly locally with help from the campaign, of about 150 local RP supporters.

Having a fantastic Meetup organizer in Brian, who has inspired us on a daily basis with national RP news and setting up local RP events.

Staffing a booth on Saturday mornings at the Farmer’s Market from August through December where we were available to discuss Ron Paul.

Staffing booths at the monthly Art Walk to promote Ron Paul.

Lots of local signs for Ron Paul, including 4’ by 8’ signs on the main roads and far more yard signs than any other candidate.

We set up a small local office on the town square, with internet and phone, where literature, buttons, signs and bumper stickers were available 24/7.

All these materials were provided free to the public and were sponsored by local donations.

We dropped Ron Paul literature on Sundays at church parking lots, and distributed RP literature on door knobs around town.

Weekly and Ads and occasional inserts were placed in the local (daily and weekly) newspapers for the past couple of months.

A focus on local areas of concern, particularly health freedom, restoring civil liberties, opposition to the Patriot Act,

restoring the Constitutional limited Federal government, a humble, non-interventionalist foreign policy, etc.

We met weekly over lunch for organizational meetings that were open to the public.

We help Public Ron Paul meetings in the public library about monthly, showing videos and giving talks.

Held a speech competition to choose and selected two great young speakers to talk for Ron Paul at the caucus.

We outfitted 2 pick-ups with 4 by 8 Ron Paul signs and parked them prominently on the main highways or on the town square.

We bought some RP magnetic signs and put them on our car doors.

We emailed and called our lists of friends and business associates to explain the importance of supporting Ron Paul.

We directed our efforts mostly to our friends, who were largely Democrats, Independents, or non-political folks.

We tried to win over Obama and Edwards supporters, in fact some of our Ads contrasted Ron Paul with them.

We made a strong effort to get people to register Republican just for voting for Ron Paul, even if they switched back the next day.

We communicated often via emails (sometimes dozens per day) sharing ideas and inspiration (allowing folks to opt out if they wished).

Although we had a Meetup Group (totally open and un-monitored), only about 1/3 actually joined it. The rest we just emailed directly.

We emailed and talked with each other continuously and inspired each other continually with Ron Paul news and links.

What we did not do:

We had very little contact with traditional Republicans or the conservative Christian community.

We did not make phone calls to Republican or any registered voter lists. (we tried it, but found it disappointing.)

We did not focus on Ron Paul’s positions on abortion or immigration (unless asked about them).

When I wrote the above list, I was pretty impressed with our local activities.

We have such a core group of Ron Paul patriots, and we are not going to settle for less than a transformation of our country.

We wish tremendous success to the Ron Paul Revolution in New Hampshire and up to the Convention.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to inaugurate President Ron Paul?

GO RON PAUL!!

Roger

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THIS ^

this is how we win, it will take time and real grassroots effort, but it will be the most effective thing !!
i hope more people will be able replicate these things this time !!

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Dr.Ron Paul's 2002 Predictions
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGDisyWkIBM

We need to do all these things

plus try to court the traditional Republican voter, constitutional conservatives +independents +disaffected democrats=Ronslide in Iowa! Ron Paul has a good shot at getting a lot more independents and democrats this time around because there is no competitive caucus on the democratic side. I am sure there are a lot of Kucinich supporters for example who will be voting for Paul this time around. This time around I think Ron will get more support from traditional republicans I am feeling really good about where we are at right now I think we are on track to win we need to ramp up all our efforts right now.

just to make sure everyone knows

It is Jefferson County IOWA.
And Dr. Ron Paul won it with 32% of the vote!

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Amazing list!

This is how it's DONE! I hope this inspires everyone to step up their efforts and throw a lot more effort into the cause. I know I'M inspired!

my heart says this HAS to be bumped

Many things to learn from this post.

LL on Twitter: http://twitter.com/LibertyPoet
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Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

bump

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Proud to be part of Jefferson County!

Great write up Roger!

Jesus...

This is so important.

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Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

Some very good ideas in this post.

Just for laughs, I have to share the wisdom of this one, "We had very little contact with traditional Republicans or the conservative Christian community."
Just recently I was told to "quit drinking the rebel KoolAid" and that Ron Paul supporters are the real Neocons, because we are really Libertarians, and should quit trying to take over the Republican Party and go back to the big L party!
(I think there is some panic going on in our state party because the libertarian Republicans are on the verge of taking over!)

Republicans themselves have been possessed

by the evil spirit of neoconservatism.

We're the real conservatives; they're the ones who lost their minds and all America's money.

i remember

This thread too. Thanks for reposting.

'Peace is a powerful message.' Ron Paul

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thanks for these great, specific,

"can-do" suggestions.

I think it should be noted

I think it should be noted that the political makeup of each county is different. Jefferson is probably more democratic and so they targeted democratic voters. Conservative towns will probably need a message more suited for those voters.

to me

This is the best posting ever posted on Daily Paul.

Thank you so much!

Thank you Libertybrewcity.

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Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

Bump!

this is the path to victory. so many more people are ready to hear Dr Paul this time around.

YES

We Can Win.

LL on Twitter: http://twitter.com/LibertyPoet
sometimes LL can suck & sometimes LL rocks!
http://www.dailypaul.com/203008/south-carolina-battle-of-cow...
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

We did not focus on Ron Paul’s positions on abortion...

It matters in the South. In fact, it is often the ONLY thing that matters in the South.

The law cannot make a wicked person virtuous…God’s grace alone can accomplish such a thing.
Ron Paul - The Revolution

Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms. Ron Paul

Seriously?

The ONLY thing? Jobs, the economy, war...none of those things matter? I find that hard to believe. Like the post said, best to stay away from that one unless asked. It's not what I would lead with.

He should leave it up to the people and if it goes out of hand,

let the states decide.

This needs to go viral

I remember that.
It gave me so much hope at the time...

I will post this on Twitter right away.

Thank you!

LL on Twitter: http://twitter.com/LibertyPoet
sometimes LL can suck & sometimes LL rocks!
http://www.dailypaul.com/203008/south-carolina-battle-of-cow...
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

This time

... because there has been a major shift too Ron Paul’s 2008 Constitutionalist/Freedom message, traditional Republicans/Conservatives can be approached more easily and with more effect. Most now believe in following the Constitution … so what can a President REALLY do with the limited powers he would have as President?

I think this article is worth reviewing “My Plan for a Freedom President” by Ron Paul, see: http://www.lewrockwell.com/paul/paul647.html. I hand it out to others and ask them to use it to evaluate their favorite candidate in regards to what they would/could do ... as opposed to what our current King is doing.

Please enjoy, "RON PAUL And All That Jazz"
http://www.dailypaul.com/176606/ron-paul-and-all-that-jazz
Central Pa, Lycoming County, Williamsport

thank you for posting

It gave me some ideas...I had not thought about the library talks. I'm going to inquire at my local library.

Bump for how it's done!

And don't forget to attend local Repub. meetings and attempt to become precinct chairs and subtly bring the other Repubs over to the Ron Paul fold.

I recall

this from '08. The importance of the Ames straw poll is restated well above. Let's replicate this in every county in America. We have an active busy farmers market that I'll visit and talk people up about the free market. When they squawk about how expensive things are, they'll get a brief explanation about inflation and what causes it.
Thanks for posting this.

Dr. Mike Vasovski
South Carolina Campaign Chairman, Ron Paul 2012
The SINGLE vote in the SC delegation for RP, GOP Convention, Tampa, FL
2010 Candidate, US Congress SC-03
Past Chairman, Aiken, SC County Tea Party

I think the Ames straw poll

I think the Ames straw poll is paramount. It will change perceptions that Iowans have of Paul. It gets people talking here in Iowa.

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