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January 2nd, 2012

Paul Fires Up Supporters at Des Moines Rally

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Written by: Kevin Hall
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Media from around the world along Ron Paul supporters from Iowa and other states packed into a ballroom at the downtown Des Moines Marriott for hear from the GOP presidential hopeful Ron Paul and his son, Senator Rand Paul. In fact, its safe to say there were far more non-Iowans in the room than locals.

The Paul fans that were on hand did not need any extra motivation. They came full of inspiration to support their libertarian leaning hero. Roaring with applause, shouts of support, and chants of “Ron Paul” filled the room.

Joe and Chasity Krebs from Roland brought their two young daughters to the rally. The Krebs became Ron Paul fans in 2007. “I was watching a GOP debate and I was taken aback a little bit by the things he was saying on foreign policy, standing up there with the other Republicans,” Joe Krebs said. “It caused me to do some research and more reading on the issues and by the second debate, I was hooked.”

Ron Paul once again distanced himself from fellow Republicans during his speech to the lively crowd. “The other Republican candidates are not talking about a foreign policy to defend America. They’re talking about creating mischief around the world,” he said.

The Texas congressman sits at or near the top of the most recent Iowa polls and could pull off a momentous victory on Tuesday. “I have been in the business of promoting the cause of liberty for many years, but today the enthusiasm has tremendously increased,” Paul said. “It’s a big difference even from four years ago.”

The most enthusiastic response from the crowd came after Paul’s common refrain about individual liberty. “There’s only one issue…one issue that has made America great and answers all the questions. That is individual liberty,” Paul said to huge cheers.

The Pauls are doing a five-stop tour of Iowa today, hitting most of the state’s media markets. If the enthusiasm of Paul’s supporters translates into votes at the Iowa Caucus, the Ron Paul revolution will have achieved an enormous victory and sent shockwaves through the Republican Party.

Photo by Dave Davidson, Prezography.com

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Kevin Hall
Kevin Hall brings almost two decades of journalistic experience to TheIowaRepublican. Starting in college as a radio broadcaster, Hall eventually became a television anchor/reporter for stations in North Carolina, Missouri, and Iowa. During the 2007 caucus cycle, Hall changed careers and joined the political realm. He was the northwest Iowa field director for Fred Thompson's presidential campaign. Hall helped Terry Branstad return to the governor's office by organizing southwest Iowa for Branstad's 2010 campaign. Hall serves as a reporter/columnist for TheIowaRepublican.com.

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