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Old 08-08-2007, 01:28 AM  
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Ron Paul's campaign faces major benchmark in Iowa Straw Poll

August 7, 2007


The purpose of a political campaign is to win. To do that, you have to constantly build momentum and reach top speed on Election Day. The Ron Paul 2008 campaign is now shifting to a higher gear. The next stop: Iowa straw poll this Saturday.

But before we shift gears, let's remember how our campaign was dismissed by many at first. The "experts" didn't give us a chance. They didn't think we could even get our engine started. What they did give us were their inside-the-Beltway opinions why Ron Paul's campaign for freedom and constitutional government would sputter after only a few weeks.

But the "experts" were wrong. Why?

1. The message: Freedom.
2. The man: Ron Paul.
3. You.

This combination confounds the so-called experts. However, to you and me, it's no surprise at all.

But let's get back to focusing on the future and building momentum.

The Iowa straw poll this Saturday is an important stop along the way for Ron Paul to win the Republican nomination, and then the general election for president. Competing in the Iowa straw poll is important, and it is also expensive.

For example, the entry fee alone is $15,000.00, which gives you the privilege of then having to spend a bunch more. Radio and TV spots, office space, staff, travel expenses, signs, direct mail, phone banks, campaign events, and on and on...all add up to a lot of money...several hundred thousand dollars actually. (Some campaigns are spending even more; much more.)

Dr. Paul and his wife Carol are in Iowa this entire week with a crew of dedicated campaign staffers and hard-working volunteers. Their days start before dawn and end near midnight. But that's what it takes to build the momentum.

Will you help us build the momentum?

We have produced three radio spots and a television commercial just for the Iowa straw poll this Saturday, August 11. The purpose: get Iowans to attend the straw poll and vote for Ron Paul. But for that to happen, thousands of Iowans throughout the entire state will need to hear and see these ads many times, and that will take a bunch of money.

We're already stretching our budget with the expenses I mentioned earlier, so we don't have much left to broadcast our TV and radio ads. We only have a few days left to introduce Ron Paul and his message of freedom and constitutional government to Iowans from every corner of the state.

Dr. Paul and his wife Carol are on the ground in Iowa talking with folks day and night. Help them spread their message of freedom and constitutional government in the air by donating today.

Listen to the three radio ads and take a look at the TV spot. Then make a donation.

During the next few days, thousands of Iowans must hear about Ron Paul and his message -- our message -- of freedom, peace and prosperity.

Donate today. Encourage Iowans with these radio and TV ads to attend the straw poll and vote for Ron Paul. Help us build momentum.

See the ads and make a donation. Go to http://www.ronpaul2008.com.

Thank you!

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Old 08-08-2007, 01:31 AM   #2
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Thought I'd post the campaign letter I received. If Ron Paul can make a strong showing in this straw poll, he'll get a renewed burst, fresh energy, and an air of legitimacy. If he has a poor showing, he's going to have a hard time getting much traction moving forward.

This straw poll is going to be a pretty key benchmark for his campaign.
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Old 08-08-2007, 01:34 AM   #3
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Also, for those who will inevitably say that straw polls don't matter:

http://www.cnn.com/ALLPOLITICS/stori...a.saturday.02/
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Old 08-08-2007, 01:42 AM   #4
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I have no way of registering or casting a vote for Ron in Iowa. It sucks because I'd gladly drive the distance needed to participate.

We're really relying on the campaign workers this week. Hopefully we get a boost.
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Old 08-08-2007, 01:43 AM   #5
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``If we do a lot better than the polls show, we will get a lot more attention and pick up momentum for the campaign,'' Paul said. ``Of course, if we do very poorly, it raises a lot of questions.''

He claims to be picking up support from hard-core Republicans ``who are becoming very frustrated with spending too much in a war that we can't get out of.'' Paul wants to bring troops home from Iraq.

Paul doesn't have to do well Saturday to remain viable, he said.

``It's so early in the campaign that even not coming in first or second or third doesn't mean you haven't had any success whatsoever,'' he said.

http://www.gazetteonline.com/apps/pb...011/IOWACAUCUS
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Old 08-08-2007, 08:21 AM   #6
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If Ron Paul wins the straw poll, I'll take notice. With Guiliani, McCain, and Thompson not participating, this will be his best chance to make some noise.

What will you consider a "strong showing" in this contest of mostly second and third tier candidates?
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Old 08-08-2007, 08:26 AM   #7
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Paul doesn't have to do well Saturday to remain viable, he said.

``It's so early in the campaign that even not coming in first or second or third doesn't mean you haven't had any success whatsoever,'' he said.
Wow. This is some major expectation lowering for a contest that doesn't include 3 of the 4 front runners in the polls and for a guy whose supporters claim wins most internet polls.

A 3rd place finish wouldn't be all that impressive if you ask me. If he finishes 1st I'm impressed. If he finishes 2nd, he's the best of the rest, which is pretty decent, IMO.
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Old 08-08-2007, 08:35 AM   #8
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I sent some PMs to a few on this BB who support Paul, only one who I know lives in Iowa. One passed it along further.

So for all Iowans, especially those in the Paul camp, here's a chance to make a difference.

This was my PM:

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The Iowa straw poll is Saturday and there's been a block of tickets purchased by donations for eligible Iowa voters if your interested or if you many know someone. It helps give Paul needed press coverage which can help move him up in conventional polls. They need help too.
Check the link...they're looking for Iowans.
https://www.ronpaul2008.com/events/iowa-straw-poll/
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Old 08-08-2007, 09:15 AM   #9
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Wow. This is some major expectation lowering for a contest that doesn't include 3 of the 4 front runners in the polls and for a guy whose supporters claim wins most internet polls.

A 3rd place finish wouldn't be all that impressive if you ask me. If he finishes 1st I'm impressed. If he finishes 2nd, he's the best of the rest, which is pretty decent, IMO.

for what it's worth, I agree. I'm not going to lie. I'm going to be disappointed if Paul doesn't at least take second in this poll. His campaign is investing significant resources into this thing, so anything less than a strong showing is a disappointment, in my view.
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Old 08-08-2007, 10:14 AM   #10
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We already have a recxjake... do we need another?

Pat's right though, it sounds like they are trying to lower expectations. You can't stuff the box in a real vote like on the internet (well, unless you're in St. Louis)
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Old 08-08-2007, 10:34 AM   #11
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We already have a recxjake... do we need another?

Pat's right though, it sounds like they are trying to lower expectations. You can't stuff the box in a real vote like on the internet (well, unless you're in St. Louis)


The key difference is that there are people on this forum who are actually interested in Ron Paul.
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Old 08-08-2007, 10:39 AM   #12
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Also, I wanted to comment on your "stuff the box" statement... It's been pretty well established that Ron Paul's support on the Internet is genuine. The question is whether that can translate into action on the ground. That's what this straw poll is about for Paul.
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Also, I wanted to comment on your "stuff the box" statement... It's been pretty well established that Ron Paul's support on the Internet is genuine. The question is whether that can translate into action on the ground. That's what this straw poll is about for Paul.
That's right it is. There's been no evidence of fixing any polls per those that have run those sites and techies. The net is just a certain demographic or public.

Thought it's funny how the biggest accusers of the misused term "conspiracy" have one of their own here.

Personally, I think people on the net are more intelligent and better informed than the drones who relay soley on conventional MSM or infotainment. If MSM carried more of Paul's message, I think conventional polls would be different. Fact is his war and immigration views are the same as the greater majority of Americans.
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Also, I wanted to comment on your "stuff the box" statement... It's been pretty well established that Ron Paul's support on the Internet is genuine. The question is whether that can translate into action on the ground. That's what this straw poll is about for Paul.
You're right... we'll see if all these people turn out to be real...
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Last week, the National Expositor revealed the Paul camp had more than 20,000 registered volunteers. Today, on the Dale Williams Radio show, Jesse Benton, director of communications for Dr. Paul’s Campaign stated there are now more than 30,000 registered volunteers. In less than one week the Paul Campaign has added an additional 10,000 volunteers This extraordinary ground swell of support has never been seen in a U.S. Presidential election. No other presidential candidate even comes close to that number of volunteers. The main stream media is showing a clear bias by ignoring this amount of support.
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