It’s no wonder Ronald Reagan was such a big fan of Ron Paul, they sound so much like one another! And what of people trying to say that Ron Paul isn’t a true, conservative Republican? I beg to differ; watch this speech and then try and tell me Ron Paul isn’t a conservative Republican the likes of Reagan and Goldwater.
By Sarah Lai Stirland September 30, 2007 6:42:13 PM
Ron Paul, the Republican congressman from Texas, has raised more than a million dollars this week from his supporters, much of that through the Internet.
Fund raising is a key barometer by which the political world measures a candidate’s campaign success. Up until now, Paul has been noted as a long-shot candidate because of his low polling numbers.
Paul’s campaign had originally set itself a goal of raising $500,000 by the end of the third quarter, which is midnight this Sunday, September 30th. It had quickly approached that number by late in this week — the campaign broke the $1 million mark by Saturday evening. Paul’s million dollar week exceeds the cash that rival Republican candidate Mike Huckabee., Arkansas’ former governor, was able to raise in the first and second quarters respectively.
Meanwhile, John Edwards’ senior campaign advisor Joe Trippi sent out a note to supporters Sunday evening asking them to top up their pledges to reach the $1 million online fund-raising goal that the campaign had set 10 days ago. The e-mail said that the Edwards campaign had, at the time the note was sent out, almost reached the goal. It had raised almost $921,000 online.
In the meantime, Republican contender and former Tennessee senator Fred Thompson’s campaign reported that it had raised a total of $8 million for the third quarter. Both Illinois and New York Democratic senators Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton are expected to report raising about $20 million each for the entire third quarter, according to Bloomberg News.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who announced Saturday evening that he wouldn’t run for president, pointed to Obama’s campaign during his announcement on Fox News, and said that Republicans need to wise up.
“They have to find a way to appeal through the Internet and other devices to millions and millions of Americans, and get out of the tired old fund raising cycle,” he said.
“You look at what Barack Obama has done, I believe this quarter, he will actually have more donors than all of the Republicans combined.
As someone who believes in looking honestly at this process, there’s a lesson there that every Republican should think about very deeply.”
One of our own Utah Ron Paul activists received some great front page Sunday newspaper coverage in The Daily Herald (Central Utah paper). Here’s a quote from the article (click here to read the full piece and here to see the accompanying picture):
BYU student Dave Garber dropped six of his college credits this semester so he would have more time to organize people and events for presidential candidate Ron Paul. The candidate — a doctor from Texas — is a conservative who advocates for what he calls constitutionally limited government. He has about 30 years of experience in U.S. House of Representatives.
“I really like what Ron Paul stands for,” he said. “I think he’s just right on with the principles.”
Paul says he has never voted to raise taxes. He has voted to keep a balanced budget and is against the war in Iraq.
Garber founded a group called BYU Students for Ron Paul 2008. He had never worked on a campaign before. Today, Garber doesn’t have a paying job — he spends all of his non-school time working on the campaign, forming Ron Paul meet-up groups online, attending events and even going door to door to spread the message.”
Dave is definitely the activist to emulate here in Utah. Go Dave!
WHY I SUPPORT RON PAUL FOR PRESIDENT….
I’ve always been fairly apathetic when it comes to politics. I’ve had an opinion, of course, but I’ve never been motivated to get involved in anything because I’d never seen anyone with a set of ideals that I felt I could truly support. Now, suddenly all that has changed. I’ve been introduced to Ron Paul. A candidate who has a history of consistently standing up for what he believes in. I never thought it was possible!! I’ve never seen a politician who I’ve felt was genuine in everything they said. I fully agree with his stances on personal liberties, on limited government, on foreign policy, on what the role of the government should be, on the federal reserve, on income taxes and the list goes on and on. If the U.S. government were full of individuals with the views and integrity of Ron Paul, we would truly be a FREE America. Ron Paul has given me hope that maybe some day I’ll feel pride in what our country stands for.
I’ve always thought that I was a part of a very small minority in my views on what government should be about. I’ve recently been learning how wrong I was! I never would have dreamed that there were so many people who are just as disenchanted with what our country has become. No matter what happens with Ron Paul’s campaign, I now have hope that our nation may prosper.
I now find myself actually excited to get involved. It’s extremely out of character for me to join a meetup group, to attend political rallies, to go out in the middle of the night hanging signs on freeway overpasses, to put fliers on cars…. But here I am, doing all of that and more! And not only that, I’m loving every minute of it.
So thank you Ron Paul. Thank you for giving me hope. Thank you for showing me that I’m not alone. Thank you for standing up for my freedom, my children’s freedom, and the future of our country!
CONCORD, N.H. —Registered voters who want to change party affiliation before New Hampshire’s presidential primary have two weeks to do so.
Secretary of State William Gardner has set Oct. 12 as the last day to change affiliation. The voter checklist supervisors will meet that day to correct the voter list.
Gardner set the deadline last week when he moved up the filing period for candidates to run from Oct. 15 through Nov. 2.
New Hampshire allows same-day voter registration on election day, but people who want to switch affiliations must do so before the election. Independents can vote in either primary.
I was inspired about this idea when I saw a huge pile of pumpkins for sale outside our local grocery store. Wouldn’t it be cool to make some pumpkin carving stencils that say:
1. Ron Paul ’08
2. Ron Paul 4 Prez
Think how great these would look on your porches all lit up! I think it’d be best to do all 3 and have them sitting grouped together so people get the entire message: name recognition, who he is and what he’s doing, and finally a website they can visit for more info. And along with candy for the kids, you could give out Ron Paul DVD’s, audio CD’s and literature to the parents! This would work well in conjunction with the idea over at www.ronpauloween.com.
Thoughts? I recommend we all suggest this as an activity for our Meetup groups in the coming weeks.
Ron Paul is as surprised as anyone at the near messianic zeal he inspires
By SARAH LIEBOWITZ
Ron Paul doesn’t understand his own success. He didn’t know his calls for an end to the Federal Reserve and the Department of Education would draw cheers, that his anti-income tax, anti-foreign intervention and libertarian message would resonate. He was reluctant to run for the Republican presidential nomination, he said yesterday: He was convinced it would take another “generation for education” before his message – rooted in Paul’s reading of the Constitution – gained traction.
“I have been just dumbfounded about what’s happening,” Paul said yesterday in Manchester’s Veteran’s Park, where roughly 500 supporters gathered for a glimpse of the presidential candidate. “I’ve been talking this way for 30 years. But something, something special is happening.”
To attend a Ron Paul event is to see where some disaffected Democrats and Republicans have turned. There were anti-war activists and fiscal conservatives, opponents of the North American Free Trade Agreement and proponents of tougher border security. And there were those who scarcely paid attention to politics before discovering Paul, many driving hundreds of miles for the hour-long rally.
Many of them supported Paul’s candidacy with an almost messianic zeal.
“He’s the most wonderful human being in America now!,” Sydney Walsh of Troy exclaimed after posing with Paul for a photograph. She quickly modified the statement with “besides my husband.”
The conclusion of Paul’s speech elicited a reaction worthy of a rock concert. Members of the audience chanted his name. Several jumped up and down. Descending from the stage (which was outfitted with a sign sporting a giant picture of the candidate), Paul found himself surrounded by supporters snapping cell-phone photographs. Two women turned so Paul could sign the backs of their T-shirts.
Surrounding the park, cars sported license plates from throughout New England. Along with his wife and daughter, Travis St. Germaine drove four hours from his home in Plattsburgh, N. Y., to see the man St. Germaine described as “a champion of the Constitution.” Tom Sheehan, of Norwich, Conn., walked the park in what he described as a “colonial, Minute Man” get-up: white socks pulled over the bottom portion of his pants, vest, old-fashioned backpack with a Ron Paul sign extended from the top.
Joan Donahue, of Nashua, described her Paul awakening as “an epiphany; it’s the wake-up-from-the-slumber thing.” Previously a registered Democrat, Donahue learned about Paul on an anti-war website (among Republican presidential candidates, Paul was the sole opponent of the war in 2002). “He’s the only anti-war candidate, and the only candidate who puts America first.”
At first glance, Paul is an unlikely political phenom. A great-grandfather who delivered more than 4,000 babies as a doctor in Texas, Paul seems mild-mannered and thoughtful. As a Republican congressman, he often stands alone. He voted against the Patriot Act and against authorizing President Bush to go to war in Iraq. In 1988, Paul was the Libertarian Party’s presidential candidate.
But as discontent with the war in Iraq continues to grow – and with many Republicans frustrated by the level of government spending – Paul won a devoted following and became an internet darling.
“You look at what Republicans have said over the years; I’m more Republican than they are,” Paul told reporters before the morning rally. “Most of the Republicans, especially the leadership in Washington . . . don’t believe in their own programs. And I think that’s why they’re losing.”
Paul extended his small-government ideals to his personal life. As a doctor, he refused to accept government insurance such as Medicaid because, he said, “I thought that was one stop too far.” If a patient couldn’t afford treatment, “I just took care of them.” As a lawmaker, he’s chosen not to participate in the congressional pension program.
Although he lags behind other candidates in opinion polls, Paul has swept some online surveys. And courtesy of the internet, Ron Paul meet-up groups formed as far away as Baghdad (”this thank-you note, I don’t know whether this goes to Al Gore or where, but we have to thank somebody for the internet,” Paul quipped).
Fundraising success and interest in the campaign – Paul described his opposition to the war as “a big attention-getter” – have transformed the operation. The campaign originally focused on three states: New Hampshire, Iowa and South Carolina. Now, Paul said, he’s looking at other states, especially those with so-called open primaries, in which independents can vote.
But Paul is quick to ascribe his campaign’s success to the message, not the messenger.
“I still don’t think it’s me as much as the message,” Paul told reporters yesterday. “The frustration level is much higher than anybody anticipated. People realize that we are in a period of major change in this country. We are on the verge of a bankruptcy, the dollar is crashing, the foreign policy’s in shambles and the people’s personal liberties are under attack.”
At the Manchester rally, he was even more pointed: “I am not a prophet,” he reminded the crowd.
Prophet or not, voters seemed happy to follow. “I’ve been voting in presidential elections since 1972, and this is the first time there’s a candidate I can vote for,” said John Lewicke of Mason.
“Ultimately his message returns us to the principles of our founding fathers and our great state,” said Tom Gilligan, an Allenstown selectman. As for Republican leaders, “I think they’ve disappointed their base, and the amount of support Dr. Paul has should demonstrate that.”
Yesterday’s rally was a family affair. All but one of Paul’s five children made the trek, along with 16 of his grandchildren and his great-grandson. Several served as warm-up acts, with two of his grandchildren serenading the crowd with “The Ballad of Ron Paul” (”Ron Paul went off to Congress to fight for you and me . . . Start by cutting out the waste and trim taxes more”).
Paul’s son, Rand Paul, used his time on stage to make a dig at one of his father’s Republican primary opponents. Pretending to receive a call on his cell phone, Rand Paul told the crowd, to boos, that Rudy Giuliani was on the line. “He says that he doesn’t have any family members who will campaign for him and he wants to know if he can borrow some,” Rand Paul said, referring to Giuliani’s strained relationship with his children.
Then it was time for Ron Paul, his slender frame clad in a pale green dress shirt and dark slacks, reached the platform.
“Some people have labeled this a revolution,” he told the crowd. “I would say this is a grand day for a revolution.”