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Campaign Statement on Iowa: Now It's A 2-Way Race Between Romney and Paul

Ron Paul Campaign Celebrates Great Victory at Iowa Caucus
Paul makes history in first-in-nation voting state

LAKE JACKSON, Texas – The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign is celebrating a great victory with its strong top-three finish at the Iowa Caucus. Below please find comments from Ron Paul 2012 National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton:

“The Ron Paul campaign is celebrating a great victory tonight.

“There were three tickets out of Iowa, and Ron Paul earned one of them.

“One of the three tickets, the one belonging to Rick Santorum, is a dead-end due to Santorum’s weak fundraising and lack of national campaign organization.

"This is now a two way race between establishment candidate Mitt Romney and the candidate for real change, Ron Paul.

“Ron Paul has a top notch national organization, tremendous fundraising prowess, and unequaled enthusiasm among his volunteers and supporters.

“Dr. Paul has taken the first step towards earning the delegates it will take to be the GOP nominee and is the only candidate not named Mitt Romney with the ability to do so.

“Ron Paul is now off to New Hampshire, South Carolina, Louisiana, Nevada, Maine, North Dakota, Washington, Colorado, and beyond.

"See you on the campaign trail.”

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do we know how much he has in his campaign fund now?

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Ron Paul supports the golden principle:

"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

This is a biblical reference. We just need an ad explaining his foreign policy in this principle and Christian voters would have to support him.

If you want the support of

If you want the support of the Christian GOP base, I suppose this is the kind of thing that will have to be done.

Once Santorum drops out,

Once Santorum drops out, we'll need to capitalize on securing that Christian voting block.

Santorum will fade...

Just like Newt the guy has too many skeletons in his closet. A 2nd place in NH and a nice timely Santorum implosion this week will have us looking rosy for SC.

Listen, last night CNN had to show AT LEAST 10 minutes of Ron Paul's speech uncut. This is how he will continue to get exposure. I know that many of you "woke up" at some point from hearing Dr. Paul speak at the 2008 debates, so the more airtime, the more of a chance he gets for that to happen.

If we can take SC, we take momentum into Super Tuesday. You guys know that history shows that in watershed moments all you need is one spark and the dominoes start to fall!! Lets hope we get that. I feel very positive and confident right now!

“The Ron Paul campaign is celebrating a great victory tonight.??

Rand Paul did not look like he was celebrating a 3rd place showing. He looked pretty upset. Sorry Jesse, 1st place is a victory, or you might say a close 2nd is a victory, but not 3rd. Ron does not get ANY bump going into NH with a 3rd place showing. It is good we picked up delegates though.

I believe Ron can and MUST win NH if he still wants to get the nomination. They say no Republican has every gone on to win the nomination without winning Iowa and/ or NH.

I don't agree

The reality is that he wil win a strong 2nd in New Hampshire (who knows maybe he'll win it). Are you saying that he should drop out if he doesnt win New Hampshire?

There is a long way to go and a 3rd in Iowa -which gives him an equal amount of delegates than Santorum and Romney and a strong 2nd in New Hampshire is a good start.

What the real problem in my view is who's counting the votes. That's what we should really be worried about.

Awesome, bump

Awesome, bump

"Alas! I believe in the virtue of birds. And it only takes a feather for me to die laughing."

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"A true competitor wants their opponent at their best." Lao Tzu

It may very well be...

Paul vs Santorum

I just heard on American Family Radio (AFR), the top national christian right radio network, that at the upcoming impromptu faith gathering to choose which candidate to get behind that they will all be getting behind Santorum.

Their distaste for Romney and Gingrich is palpable and they have huge doubts about Perry. They are calling for massive donations immediately to Santorum...

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~wobbles but doesn't fall down~

Heck, Santorum essentially

Heck, Santorum essentially tying Romney might have been the best news all week. He might persuade enough people away from Romney to give Paul strong showings in the next few states, then when he drops out, the evangelical crowd will flock to Paul, giving him a huge boost.

I think Frothy mcdoucheface

I think Frothy mcdoucheface is way more to worry about than mittens.

Let's face it; the Mormons do not have a very large nor formidable voting bloc. Evangelicals are another story. They will not vote for a Mormon, and they certainly won't vote for peace. These people are so comatose, and have been way more harder, at least in my experience, to convince. Even more so than lifelong dems!

Frothy has been voted one of the most corrupt politicians in the nation. That means he is a very good and hard worker for the power elite. He has proven himself capable.

I am not trying to be a stick in the mud. I am very happy that RP finished a strong 3rd. But do not underestimate Frothy and the evangelical voters. Not a good mix. I am from PA. My mother and I have been united in our sheer, I hate to say hatred, but HATRED for Frothy for decades now. Will high tail it outta here if he wins.

Did the Crusaders turn into Evangelicals

or are the Evangelicals turning into Crusaders?

I haven't heard anything

I haven't heard anything about this, but Santorum would be as bad as Romney.

They dont care... I grew up with these people.

Evangelicals generally dont pay much attention to politics and government in general. They listen to their "leaders" or turn on the 700 club and just "believe".

They are a "flock" of sheep to be herded and dont feel any shame about being anti-Liberty. To them compromise is a human "evil".

Can you say American Taliban?

Actually...

Actually, evangelical Christians are not all that difficult to wake up. You just have to know what's important to them and how to speak their language.

I am a Christian, and I used to blindly follow Rush Limbaugh and the like. I met a libertarian (also a Christian), and he asked me some pointed questions on issues that I had always avoided dealing with because I didn't have a good answer.

The key issue was the drug issue (and other victimless crimes). He said, "For a crime to take place, there has to be a victim and a perpetrator. You can't be both."

I couldn't argue with that statement. And it started me on the path to re-thinking just about every issue.

The key principle in sales is to find out what's important to a customer and sell them on THOSE points--not the points that you think are important. Remember that evangelicals believe that the Bible is God's Word. A fair reading of the the New Testament is clearly opposed to Christians trying to force morality on everyone else. ("My kingdom is not of this world.") No specific form of government is ever heralded over another; no human government is perfect; all forms of government are susceptible to human corruption. But a strong case can be made for the principles of libertarianism being the closest to a biblical system. (One could also argue the case that Christians shouldn't vote or have anything to do with earthly governments. Many Christians obviously reject this view, and you can show them that IF they are to get involved with government, libertarianism is the only system that affirms biblical principles.)

Evangelical Christians also place a high level of importance in bringing people to salvation in Christ. It's helpful to point out that legislating morality does nothing to bring people closer to Christ. It actually makes a lot of people annoyed at Christians for appearing to butt into their lives--which is a deterrent to people believing in Christ.

Here are a few points that are helpful to point out to evangelical Christians:

* The Lord Jesus said to Pontius Pilate, "My kingdom is not of this world" (John 18:36). Therefore, attempting to make a country a "Christian nation" through government action is against the Lord's own words.

* Jesus does not intend for us to force righteous behavior upon others; He intends for us to preach the gospel and bring them to a relationship with the Lord. No law can do that. Even if someone modifies their behavior because of a law, does it really change their hearts? Only God can change people's hearts, not the government. To say that the government has that power is akin to idolatry.

* You can't legislate morality. Just because something is legal doesn't make it right. And just because something is illegal doesn't mean that it is wrong. Example: many governments throughout history have made it illegal to worship God or to own a Bible. Just because it's a law, does that mean you should follow it?

* If you give the government authority to make certain behaviors illegal (drug usage, homosexual activity, etc.) or to force certain behaviors, what makes you think that the same authority couldn't be used against Christians in the future when a different leader is in power? (prohibiting prayer, prohibiting the ownership of a Bible, prohibiting speech about God, etc.)

* Trying to force morality standards through legislation will only irritate those who don't want to abide by them, and it will make people think that Christians are just busy-bodies who want to control their lives, rather than those who want to share God's love for mankind. Is making people angry at Christians really a good strategy for bringing them to Christ? If you focus on loving them and showing them Christ's love, then they are much more likely to seek Him. And then their behavior will change even if the law doesn't.

* Finally, here is a great quote from Oswald Chambers (the author of "My Utmost for His Highest," a well-respected devotional book): "Our Lord is not the great Teacher of the world, He is the Saviour of the world and the Teacher of those who believe in Him, which is a radically different matter."

There are many more points that could be made, but I've found that these points often start a good conversation and make people reassess their political views.

"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary." --H. L. Mencken

A couple more...

In reply to my own post, I thought of a few other things that are helpful to mention to evangelical Christians.

* Every Congressman, Senator, and President takes an oath to uphold and defend the United States Constitution. Ron Paul is the only candidate that has done so. If we are to promote a "Christian" candidate, shouldn't it at least be someone who keeps their word?

(Corollary: If you think such-and-such should be a law and it's not authorized in the Constitution, then an amendment should be made. Any candidate who promises to circumvent this process has basically said that they won't take their oath of office seriously. If they won't take that seriously, then how can you trust that they will keep their promises on so-called "pro-Christian" policies?)

* For those who think we should "bless" the nation of Israel by giving it tons and tons of money and military support, you should remind them that the true blessing is Christ (again, according to a Christian worldview). Israel needs Christ--not money and not military might. Again and again in the Old Testament, God rebuked Israel for turning to other nations for help when they should have looked to God alone. The best thing the United States could do for Israel (spiritually speaking) is to stop giving them foreign aid so that they look to God for help instead of man.

Once again, you have to tailor your message to the listener. These points are important to evangelical Christians, and if you can help them see how a system of liberty is actually to their benefit and actually in line with their own Scriptures, then you'll likely win over quite a few people.

"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary." --H. L. Mencken

I am really surprised some of

I am really surprised some of you folks label all christians in one box.

I am a born again christian and believe what the Bible says and support Ron Paul totally. Why? Because if evangelicals really followed what the Bible said they would be for everything Ron Paul stands for.

Almost everything Ron Paul believes in has a Biblical support for it.

Our founding fathers believed people should have freedom to live their lives the way the wanted to.

Jesus never went around telling people what to do, he shared with them and allowed them to choose.

Ggibson1 I may not agree with you on everything but I do respect your right to believe the way you want to.

Hopefully some of you here will give us christians that believe in freedom and liberty a chance to be part of this community.:)

Don't count out Huntsman.

Huntsman is putting out ads against Ron Paul like this one, which channels the "weird" attack that was used (unsuccessfully) against Rand in Kentucky:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGcy8MhJo9w

Everything Ron says in that ad is spot-on true. To me, it makes Huntsman look like a Conventional Thinking Enforcement Officer.

Anyway, Huntsman has all the charisma of a brown sweater, but the establishment might use him like they used Santorum. As far as I can tell, Huntsman has no personal baggage and his only policy liability among conservatives would be his support for carbon taxes. Of course, he's no Ron Paul, doesn't understand the Fed and offers no substantive cuts to government. He is like Romney (Mormon, born into great wealth, former governor) without all the flip-flops. It would be difficult to attack him a la Gingrich if he was given a convenient "surge" in New Hampshire.

Dumb move by Huntsman

Huntsman is only attacking Ron Paul because they are so close on the issues. But it's a dumb move because he would have been on Ron Paul's short list for VP.

If you are not OUTRAGED, you're not paying attention!

Hunstman is at the bottom of

Hunstman is at the bottom of the pack, and Dr. Paul is not the curent frontrunner. Nor are Dr. Paul's supporters likely potential supporters for Hunstman. Romney's supporters are the most likely potential for Hunstman to garner votes. These attacks ads by Hunstman serve no benefit for Hunstman.

It is like Hunstman is doing the attack ads on behalf of the Romney campaign.

Let it not be said that we did nothing.-Ron Paul
Stand up for what you believe in, even if you stand alone.-Sophia Magdalena Scholl

I can't believe that the

I can't believe that the people,media,wall st,Federal Reserve,IRS,Banks and are screw up Government are bleach minded. Americans needs to wake up. I just seen a RON PAUL sign on Hammer Ln/I-5 in Stockton,Ca.

Texas California 12 caucus states

We can totally backdoor this Texas and Cali counter Florida. We can take the caucus states.

Dig deep this is very doable. Need 2nd in New Hampshire top 3 south carolina and florida and then wham we take the caucus states and seal the deal in California.

We are going to not be attacked this is perfect.

No one has deputized America to play Wyatt Earp to the world.
-Pat Buchanan

Paul did great...

considering that the normal coverage is still smears and distractions from the real issues of policy. This shows the strength of ideas- when, against constant media slants/smears, the ideas that Congressman Paul still advances. I watched a local network station, they showed everyone several times, not once did they show Ron Paul! Yet his support is growing. I find this very encouraging.

People are still waking up- we just have to keep doing our part to get people to actually think about the issues, understand them and not the media's smears. What the establishment will do now is to keep the smear propaganda up. We will combat that with truth, as always.

This could be another post:
We also need to detail more specifically what the armed forces would look like in a Paul Presidency, since this is where we tend to disconnect with many Republicans and Democrats. We would probably still honor treaties we have, since those are ratified by Congress (Senate, I believe). We would probably protect our shipping lanes and our citizens overseas- but I am just guessing. I would like to know more so I could present scenarios to those who are afraid of what what would happen to the military.

I am sure Congressman Paul would use extreme wisdom and he would certainly consider the intelligence given him by the various national security bureaucrats and military. I am sure it would look much more sensible than what we have now. However we need to know more details, so we can address those concerns before the MSM runs wild with their imaginative smears. This is the only sticking point with many Americans, and we need to know what our side of the story is, to bring them to support Congressman Paul.

Why did they bother dissing

Why did they bother dissing the voters who supported Santorum? That's not good or smart strategy. One should compliment one's competitors, especially since Rick will flame out quickly. His win was unique to Iowa. Slamming Santorum makes the campaign look weak.

if you haven't seen it

this is a blog article from the blaze on Santorum, if you're interested.

http://www.theblaze.com/blog/2012/01/04/santorum-conservativ...

wow quote: Santorum

wow quote:

Santorum grumbles about too many conservatives believing in unbridled “personal autonomy” and subscribing to the “idea that people should be left alone, be able to do whatever they want to do … that we shouldn’t get involved in the bedroom (and) we shouldn’t get involved in cultural issues.”

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Do we still disregard Iowa now that Mitt won?

Just saying......

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YES, it is!

saniturum will fade quickly

the attack/elevate anyone but romney charade (to prop up romney in the end) is also fading very quickly

now, as sanitourum fades, romney will be exposed

i like our early position!!!

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Look at it this way... So

Look at it this way... So far, people are looking for almost any excuse to not vote for Romney. We can help them make up their minds.