Ron Paul on Iowa, the Military, and His Chances
What a great time we had in San Antonio last weekend. An enthusiastic bunch of Texans thronged the Alamo for a rally, and then there was a fundraising dinner at an historic museum. More than a thousand people attended one or the other.
San Antonio is a military town. Indeed, I served there myself in the Air Force, and lots of soldiers and airmen came up to offer their support. Some were Iraq veterans, some were headed there, and all supported getting us out.
As I told the crowd, with our non-interventionist foreign policy, there would be 3,600 young Americans still alive, and 25,000 more not badly wounded. It got the biggest response of the evening.
Then a 14-year-old girl told me she was helping the campaign so her daddy, a soldier, would not have to go to Iraq. I told her there are many thousands of us working to that exact end, to keep him and all the others safe. What an outrage that we are accused of not supporting the troops. What a scam when the warmongers claim to be pro-soldier.
Lots of military people turned out to be aware that our campaign got more donations from soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines than any other. Funny, that made a big impression in Congress too. Many of my colleagues were amazed and encouraged that you can be against this unconstitutional and disastrous war, and get military support.
This weekend I meet with family, high-school classmates, and local friends and supporters in Pittsburgh. We are really looking forward to it!
Then its a full week in Iowa. On Sunday, theres the ABC debate, and next weekend is the Ames straw poll. Other campaigns seem to be pulling back, to try to lower expectations. We are stepping things up, with more staff, another office, and a significant TV and radio buy. This all costs a lot of money, of course, as does our continuing work in New Hampshire, South Carolina, Arizona, and other states.
But I have been thrilled by the support among Iowa Republicans for our issueson the war, on pro-life, on fiscal conservatism. This is fertile territory for us. Now we just have to work harder than our opponents at recruiting supporters, organizing them, and getting them to the straw poll.
Some media have hinted that a good showing by our campaign would be a bombshell. I dont make predictions, but I am cautiously optimistic about our chances. However, I very much need your help.
We got a lot of good publicity earlier about our prudence in spending. Indeed, I treat every donation with care, since it comes from a good American who shares our hope for the future, and who had to work hard to earn that money.
But all that publicity about our non-spendthrift ways had a blowback effect, if you will excuse the expression. It made some people feel the campaign did not need support, right at the very time we especially need it.
Stand with me in Iowa. I very much need your support. Please, send the most generous donation (<a href=”https://www.ronpaul2008.com/donate/” mce_href=”https://www.ronpaul2008.com/donate/”>https://www.ronpaul2008.com/donate/</a>) you can, as soon as you can.
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