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An IOWAN’S 2-cents about IOWA

Iowa will get more and more important in the coming days, so as someone born, raised, and registered to vote in Iowa, I’d like to take the chance to clear up some common mistakes/misconceptions made recently about Iowa, and give you my two-cents about the issues that would be the “best sells” when talking with Iowans:

Clear up some basics:
1. Neither the State of Iowa nor the Iowa GOP have ever excluded Ron Paul from anything before. The “presidential forum” held in June was sponsored by two groups, The Iowa Christian Alliance and the Iowans for Tax Relief, neither with any association with the Iowa GOP or Fox News.
2. Iowa does NOT have a primary. We have a caucus. Any Iowan hearing you say the “Iowa Primaries” will think you are a complete idiot.
3. The state abbreviation for Iowa is IA, not IO or IW
4. Iowa is NOT the “neoconist” state, not by a long shot. I would describe Iowa, like most of the Midwest, as politically moderate. Majority of Iowans are very opposed to the Iraq war. However, the state is certainly not a libertarian state either, with huge government support (I think more than any other state) in both agriculture and education.
5. ISU beat Iowa this year, making it 7 of the last 10…Go Cyclones!...although unfortunately the state nickname is the Hawkeye State.

In my opinion, here is some advice for what to “pitch” about Ron Paul to a typical Iowan:

MUST SELL:
• Married to the same woman for 50 years
• Served in the Military
• The ONLY candidate in either party who is a Medical Doctor
• Support of civil liberties
• Views that individuals should be self-RESPONSIBLE (Iowans love that “R” word)
• Opposed to tax (highlight his being consistently named the Taxpayer’s Best Friend)
• Support of the Constitution
• He has more donations from soldiers than any other candidate

FEEL THE WATERS FIRST, BUT LIKELY A GOOD SELL:
• Iraq war (especially highlight his consistency and principle in that he was one of 6 out of 221 house republicans to vote against the initial Iraq resolution)
• Securing the boarders (be a little cautious about no amnesty)
• Pro-life (of course, you can also note that he would not support criminalization of abortion at the federal level if the person is Pro-Choice)
• Pro-Gun
• His support of the free markets
• Monetary policy (I wouldn’t worry about this turning anyone off, as much as just boring them to death)

PROBABLY BEST AVOIDED
• Opposed to agriculture subsidies
• Opposed to Federal education assistance
• Opposed to supporting Israel
• Opposed to Death Penalty
• Anything on the lines of him allowing gay marriage
• Anything associated w/ the 911 Truthers
• Anything on the lines of “each man for himself”…Iowans are all about community helping each other out
• Anything that makes him sound like a radical libertarian…like decriminalizing drugs, prostitution, or dog fighting

I know a lot of the “best avoided” topics are an unfair depiction of Ron Paul’s stances, but fair or not, these would likely turn off Iowans, who are all-in-all ordinary, every-day kind of people.

Basically, sell him as a principled man who has lived a life of service and wants to return the federal government back to its constitutional roll. You can’t go wrong with that.

Just my two cents, do with it what you’d like.



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Farm information

The things you want to mention to farmers is that he wants to remove ALL inheritance tax (a big issue for farms)
He also opposes the soon to be mandated RDIF tagging of all livestock (another big issue with small farms)

He also cosponsored the Family Farm Tax Relieve Act
You might want to look that one up.

Principles and Fairness

Thanks for your comments Salberty - right on! I lived in Iowa for five years and I've always loved going back and visiting. It is a very cool state to be in and I would like to get back there in my later adulthood. It is clean, taken care of, and there is a lot of pride (well deserved). I think if you show that Dr. Paul is principled and fair and trustworthy - as he is by far over all the other candidates - you have a good shot. Iowans are inundated by candidates every 4 years filling them with all kinds of promises which are either forgotted or decline as the primaries move on. Show him as a "regular guy" and self-made (Heartlanders hate silver-spooners) and that his positions haven't changed in 30 years, and you have an opening!

"In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot."--Mark Twain

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Good Advice.

Good adice and good work. We shall take it to heart.

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All about Iowa

here is the post from earlier today

Great!

Are you working with the campaign in Iowa?

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why would you need subsidies?

why would you need subsidies when the income tax would be gone? and yes hemp is a very profitable and efficient crop. no pesticides, herbicides or fertilizer. hell, you dont even have to till the ground to plant it or harvest it.it grows back every year, saving and reviving much valued top soil.

You wouldn't, but

if you only have a short time to make your point to a potential Iowa voter, this issue needs more explaining and reinforcing than most. We know that subsidies are not necessary, but right now we need as many votes as possible as quickly as possible. Best to stay away from things that need the extra time so we can go talk to the next voter.

Thanks for the tips, salberty. I contacted Bryce Shonka about his campaign to send handwritten letters to Iowa voters. I have a list of 300 names and can't wait to share the good news of Ron Paul.

Iowan's 2-cents deserves another bump.

So much traffic on the Daily Paul, it's sometimes hard to keep good posts like this on top.

Ron Paul could WIN over farmers in Iowa!

I think this is very important and needs to be highlighted!

"Ron Paul, a Texas congressman and presidential candidate, could win over farmers in Iowa because of his pro-hemp lobbying."

Source:
http://www.economist.com/world/na/displaystory.cfm?story_id=...

"A call to legalize hemp would be attractive to farmers. This stance, combined with anti-war position, might make Ron Paul attractive to a large slice of GOP voters not enamored with many traditional “conservative” positions.

Iowa and Arizona’s farming communities could well be in favor of the legalization of an additional cash crop such as hemp. There is a large difference between industrial hemp - which contains little of the active ingredient that gets users “high” - and marijuana that is actively cultivated for illegal drug use. "

"According to this observer, “If Ron Paul runs on legalizing hemp production, that gives him a leg up over other GOP candidates who would never advocate such a thing.” There is anti-war sentiment in both Iowa and Arizona that Ron Paul can capitalize on as well, this observer notes."

http://www.freemarketnews.com/WorldNews.asp?nid=42457&fb=1

"Introduction of the Industrial Hemp Farming Act" by Hon. Ron Paul of Texas:
http://www.house.gov/paul/congrec/congrec2005/cr062205.htm

Hemp has male and female plants

My understanding is that the hemp plant has a male and a female plant. One of them (I don't know which) produces a bud (the one that people smoke), the other does NOT produce a bud. This is the same as some fruit bearing trees and plants, you need the male and the female plants to produce the fruit. The one hemp plant that does not produce a bud is worthless to smokers because this hemp plant is just a leaf and of no use as a narcotic. Hemp is one of the most effective crops for least pollutive and the most usefull of biofuels. Hemp can be used for clothing, paper, fuel etc and extremely easy and productive for farmers to grow. Someone really needs to research this because my understanding is that politicians are misleading Americans about hemp and its importance.

hemp

The Founders grew it. "George Washington was in a cult, and the cult was into aliens, man. Then behind every good man there is a woman, and that woman was Martha Washington, man, and everyday George would come home, she would have a big fat bowl waiting for him, man, when he come in the door, man, she was a hip, hip, hip lady, man. Did you ever look at a dollar bill, man? There's some spooky shit goin' on there. It's green, too."

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I Agree. You Can't Just Ignore the 900 lb. Gorilla in the Room

I grew up on a farm. Farmers are not stupid. You just have to make your case, and explain how what you're doing is fair, and you're eliminating subsidies for everything.

Many farmers do realize how destructive subsidies have been to the family farm and farming in general. It's an area where you've just got to take the time to explain it, and there's no easy way around that.

But you can't ignore the issue or try to downplay it. That approach will smell, and they won't be fooled by it.

IMPORTANT: Ron Paul could WIN over farmers in Iowa!

I think this is very important and needs to be highlighted!

"Ron Paul, a Texas congressman and presidential candidate, could win over farmers in Iowa because of his pro-hemp lobbying."

Source:
http://www.economist.com/world/na/displaystory.cfm?story_id=...

"A call to legalize hemp would be attractive to farmers. This stance, combined with anti-war position, might make Ron Paul attractive to a large slice of GOP voters not enamored with many traditional “conservative” positions.

Iowa and Arizona’s farming communities could well be in favor of the legalization of an additional cash crop such as hemp. There is a large difference between industrial hemp - which contains little of the active ingredient that gets users “high - and marijuana that is actively cultivated for illegal drug use. "

"According to this observer, “If Ron Paul runs on legalizing hemp production, that gives him a leg up over other GOP candidates who would never advocate such a thing.” There is anti-war sentiment in both Iowa and Arizona that Ron Paul can capitalize on as well, this observer notes."

http://www.freemarketnews.com/WorldNews.asp?nid=42457&fb=1

"Introduction of the Industrial Hemp Farming Act" by Hon. Ron Paul of Texas:
http://www.house.gov/paul/congrec/congrec2005/cr062205.htm

Just as a reference - other bills (e.g. allowing the Iowa State University to conduct research relating to industrial hemp):
http://contentdm.legis.state.ia.us/cgi-bin/showfile.exe?CISO...
http://coolice.legis.state.ia.us/Cool-ICE/default.asp?catego...
http://coolice.legis.state.ia.us/Cool-ICE/default.asp?catego...

Production Study Legislation Introduced - Iowa:
http://www.legis.state.ia.us/lsadocs/IssReview/1998/IR120A.PDF

Thank you for this information

Very interesting insight and I think will be of great value to the campaign.
Thank you for posting.

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Good advice, and a great

Good advice, and a great post. I think everyone really needs to read this.

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"You don't gain much by being angry. I see this more as an intellectual, philosophical fight than a political, personality fight." - Ron Paul

Great Advice

Great advice… Thank you. A lot of thought and reason went into your post. I hope that the Paul campaign will take your advice to heart.

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excellent, very applicable overall!

Thanks for the details. I think this approach would work for most rural conservatives, in fact. Selling our candidate based on the audience is paramount to overcome MSM-based misperceptions. Know who you are talking to, and concentrate on their concerns, not your own. I did this with my family and friends, and, after spending some serious time with my Dad on Nov 5th, I have now convinced every single one of them! There is something in Dr. Paul's message that speaks to every American, but not the same things for everyone.

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Thanks a million

Great advice! We see license plates from all over here, so if I have the opportunity to speak to an Iowan, I now know what to say.

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Useful Info

Good post, although I gotta ask, why is Iowa called the "Hawkeye State?" Wasn't it Radar O'Reilly that came from Ottumbwa?

HAHA, Man that's just Freaky...

Ottumwa (no "b") is my home town of about 25,000 people in southeast Iowa, talk about coincidence...and yes, Radar O'Reilly (from M*A*S*H for those who don't know) is one of our two claims to fame, the other being the hometown of Tom Arnold (the actor/comedian who was married briefly to Rosanne Barr).

"Hawkeye" was the nickname given to some of the early Iowa settlers. I think because they had a reputation for being good hunters/riflemen.

Since people seem pretty interested to learn about the state and issues, let me add some more info:

All Iowans are NOT farmers. Farming is clearly the state's biggest industry (the number one state in the US in corn, hogs, and beans), but less than 10% of the people are actually farmers. The "metro" areas of Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, and the Quad Cities make up about half of the population of the state.

The state is generally pro-union, although it is a right to work state.

The state also has quite a bit of manufacturing (along w/ agriculture). John Deere and Maytag have many operations in Iowa along with Cargill and Caterpillar.

People are generally pretty educated and informed, so when I say Iowans are “ordinary, every-day kind of people”, I don’t want you to assume we are isolated or ignorant. Actually, this is an important point. Iowans are a little sensitive about the stereotype that we are hicks living in the middle of nowhere and are 10 years behind the rest of the world…so make sure you don’t talk down to them.

Immigration issues really do hit home in Iowa, because there has been a drastic increase in (mostly Hispanic) workers, drawn mostly by work in the many meat-packing plants. This is kind of new for Iowa, because in the past most Iowans were simply descendents from other Iowans, which doesn’t yield a lot of cultural or racial diversity. Of course, people take different attitudes about this recent migration, but you will likely find some Iowans who will really like Ron Paul’s position about no amnesty and boarder control.

After posting before, I was thinking about how so much of being convincing to Iowans will be your verbiage. For example, if you say (generally) that Ron Paul will let markets be free, keep taxes low, reduce the scope of the federal government, and stay out of other countries internal affairs, people will love it. However, if you say he will not take any action to prevent cheap overseas products from undercutting our market or that he will cut all farm subsidies or that he would cut all foreign aid to poverty nations or that he would not intervene if there was genocide in some other country, they will be very turned off. So, stick to the more mainstream and general themes, and please don’t push any of the wedge issues.

Good luck.

Sorry, a few more tidbits

that would really impress Iowans if you knew…

Iowa State University built the world’s first computer.

University of Iowa was the first university in the nation to allow women.

Herbert Hoover (yeah, baby…the one who was in office during the start of the great depression) was born in Iowa.

The Music Man was set in the Iowa State Fair (arguable one of the best state fairs).

Iowa was a real pioneer in embracing state education, and pride for our education system is still very strong (so don’t bring up the libertarian attitude of abolishing all public schools).

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& home of Grant Woods also, I believe. & also the slugs' beachhead in Robert Heinlein's "The Puppet Masters."
...& on...

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Clarification

Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think Dr. Paul is in favor of abolishing public schools. The position is that we don't need the Feds to dictate the curriculum and set the standards. Abolishment of the Dept of Ed. would require that parents be more involved with their children's education and that local school boards would be accountable to parents and not to the feds.

I agree with your earlier comments regarding staying away from the fringe issues like legalization of pot (and not just for folks in Iowa) but a good turn around would be to discuss the economic benefits of the legalization of industrial hemp.

I think the points you made are applicable when talking to all people in the mainstream, not just Iowa. Thanks!

The best place to shop around is in the marketplace of ideas.

You're correct

On candidates@google, he clarified that he didn't support elimination of public schools in practice.

However, strict libertarian ideology does support no publicly funded schools.

The reality is, once you open up tax credits for private schools, and remove the federal licensing and curriculum inefficiencies, public schools would slowly phase themself out due to lack of students.(At the moment, if you home school or private school you still pay taxes as if you public school.)

So, as with many libertarian issues, it's not that Paul is anti-public school, it's that he's pro-private schools, and supports freedom of education.

As a student of the market, the logical conclusion is that public schools will become self deprecated when they are required to compete with private schools, or home schools on a non-monopolistic level.

As Dr. Paul said, you can get a year of education for $500 in a home school, or measurably inferior education for $12,000 per year in a public school.

No such thing as too much information here.

Thanks again, salberty, for posting such useful information. No need to apologize.

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From the USA to Iowa

Thanks for your very informative post, salberty

Some recent forums related to helping Iowa support Ron Paul with letter writing campaigns from other states:

Please write a thank you letter!
http://dailypaul.com/node/6898

Help Win Iowa! Letter writing campaign
http://dailypaul.com/node/6889

Adopt a county in Iowa
http://dailypaul.com/node/6457