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Rand Paul's Iowa Inroads — Those who backed Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum in 2012 are giving Rand Paul a long, hard look.

By David Catanese
June 17, 2014 | 11:16 a.m. EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa – Ramona Heller walked into the state Republican convention with an impression of Rand Paul largely formed by his father – and it wasn’t good.

As a local party official in a small village outside of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, she had witnessed firsthand the brash takeover of her beloved GOP in 2012 by the so-called “Paulites” -- the term used to describe supporters of former Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas – after his third place finish in the last presidential caucus.

“A lot of the things they tried to do to take over and get in were very unethical,” Heller says.

The procedural tactics employed by the Paulites won them control of the party, but left mainstream Iowa Republicans seething and bitter. So when Rand Paul took the dais at the Hy-Vee Convention Center Saturday to address the assembled 2,000 GOP delegates, Heller – a Rick Santorum supporter in 2012 – was prepared to sit on her hands.

“I wouldn’t have even considered him before this morning. He wasn’t even on my radar,” she says.

Instead, her reaction surprised herself.

“Holy shit, I would vote for this guy,” she thought afterward. “Yes, I was impressed.”

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Good

That lady, however, should be given a good "informing" of the facts.

The 'Paulites' using the actual proper procedural process to have Ron Paul win, was ethical. And to the writer of that piece: Ron Paul won Iowa, but the party leadership and mainstream media stole it.

I'll save any mean words for her since she was a supporter of the actual unethical liars; she was previously more confused. And because she, like the writer of that piece, both have much to learn.

Why wouldn't they???

Why wouldn't those who backed Romney and Santorum give Rand a good long look???

He's a lot like them!

I know!

Rand practically lifted his speech on relaxing mandatory minimums for drug sentences from a Santorum stump speech.

Lol! Facepalm.

Lol! Facepalm.

Those who supported Romney

Those who supported Romney and Frothy should have their heads examined.

Yes!

Like Rand Paul!

Cool. I like...

…him too!

Winning..

I just want our side to win.

'Peace is a powerful message.' Ron Paul

C_T_CZ's picture

Liberty = Winning In 2016

GOP members are realizing, the only path to success in 2016 is in conjunction with the Liberty Movement.

And I'm not at all saying that Rand can actually count on all the Liberty folks out there. Obviously from what I read on the DailyPaul, Rand is not an automatic vote for many who remain skeptical of Rand's policies, both parties, and/or the entire voting process.

But out of anyone in the current GOP crop of candidates, the only one who could even remotely capture the Liberty Movement's energy, passion, and votes is Rand.

Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof

SteveMT's picture

They should give Rand a long hard look.

He is the only viable card that the GOP has to play. Losers are: J. Bush, Rubio, Cruz, Palin, Romney, Graham, McConnell, McCain, etc.

Despite saying that, I don't believe what these people are saying. It's GOP lip service until proven otherwise.