A Paul family affair: Rand to stump for Ron in Iowa
July 6th, 2011
11:21 AM ET
7 years ago

A Paul family affair: Rand to stump for Ron in Iowa

(CNN) - Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky will head to the first-in-the-nation caucus state of Iowa later this month to campaign for his father's bid for the White House.

The younger Paul's Iowa swing will come just before the Ames, Iowa, straw poll. GOP Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, who's making his third run for the presidency, is putting a lot of money and effort into doing well in the crucial straw poll.

This is the first time Rand Paul will campaign for his father since Ron Paul formally announced his run for president May 13. But the senator did stump for his father during swings through Iowa and New Hampshire, the first in the nation primary state, earlier this year before the elder Paul announced his candidacy.

Ron Paul headed to Kentucky twice last year to campaign for his son's bid to win the open Senate seat.

The Paul presidential campaign told CNN the two men will not appear together during Rand Paul's events in Iowa. The elder Paul is holding campaign events in Marshalltown and Cedar Falls, Iowa Wednesday.

"Rand Paul's message strikes a strong chord with the Tea Party here in Iowa," said Drew Ivers, Ron Paul's Iowa chairman, in a statement. "His message of stopping out of control federal spending is exactly what the Republican party needs at this time."

Earlier this year, Rand Paul considered a White House run of his own if his father passed on making a bid.

Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Rand Paul • Ron Paul
soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. ConservaFASCISTS

    Rand Paul's radical ideology is perfect the Tea Party loons in Iowa. Daddy Paul may steal some votes from Psycho Bachmann in the primary.

    July 6, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  2. Obama/Biden 2012 - Four more years of record unemployment, $1.7 TRILLION yearly deficits, crushing debt, Obamacare, golf, vacations, speeches and class warfare

    I wish they would both line up behind a more viable candidate. Obama is a goner in 2012 but not if the opposition is divided into a hundred different camps.

    July 6, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  3. Celeste

    Ron Paul is the only hope for America. Do your homework America and don't get fooled again !!

    July 6, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  4. I was fooled by Republican's in 2010 , I will never vote for the lying weasels again !

    Two fruit loops ! Why is Ron Paul wasting his time ? He is too loony to even win the nomination in his own party as evidenced in his two previous try's ! It doesn't matter for me anyway because President Obama will get my vote ! I've been duped by those lying republican weasels and will never give them my vote again !

    July 6, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  5. Dave, Central Illinois

    Yeah, it's pretty radical thinking – spend only what you earn. I bet these guys are crazy enough to believe that you should earn your own living versus mooching off of the state. Man, these guys are nuts!

    July 6, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  6. scott

    these 2 are true peas in a pod....isolationists. they want the u.s. to wholly be self sufficient, which isnt a bad thing, but it cant happen in todays small world...

    July 6, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  7. MarineVet

    The moron doesn't fall far from the tree.

    July 6, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  8. James

    I am sick of hearing people call RP an "isolationist", you people obviously don't know what your talking about. Ron is a NON-INTERVENTIONIST (like two guys named Washington and Jefferson). Sorry if you peoe don't think the Constitution doesn't matter anymore, some of us still do.

    July 6, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  9. Patrick from Minnesota

    Ron Paul: the only hope for America? HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!! That must be some strong koolaid you're drinkin' there!

    July 6, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  10. Facism of the Left will RULE THE WORLD

    Don't vote for this guy. He won't confiscate the wealth to give to the poor. His old fashioned ideas of working to get ahead are doomed to fail.

    July 6, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  11. John

    Who care either one has a chance. And Rand Paul Is to far out there.

    July 6, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  12. gt

    paul in right on the military .. some of his other stuff .. well to far out there...

    July 6, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  13. cf

    Seeing Ron and Rand together next to each other makes me think of two words: Dual airbags.

    July 6, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  14. ScrambleLight

    Ron Paul looney? His message is end the wars, stop spending money over seas; medicare and social security are bankrupt, lets tide them over while we end these failed programs. Let's stop taxing poor people by devaluing their currency by printing piles of money and bailing out the wealthy from their failed companies. People argue he is pro-drug and prostitution but that is media making a mockery of principles: 1) If you regulate choice you must have an entire bureaucracy set up to find, prosecute, and punish anyone who does it; you cannot have small government when you declare "war" on everything you don't like. 2) He isn't arguing we CANT make these things illegal, just that the states should be the ones regulating, that way if you feel burdened by the laws of your state, or the taxes required to enforce them, you can move to a place that allows you to live more to your liking. There is nothing looney about being free to make your own decisions.

    July 6, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  15. Marie MD

    Such a sweet photo of the two losers! Way to pucker up! Have they stumped on anyone lately? The young one is too racist and the old one is too old!
    Why is it that every republikan thinks they can be president? Is paul going to give free eye exams for somebody who is really NOT a doctor!

    July 6, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  16. Adama Smitha

    Man...so much venom being spewed by the haters of liberty and slaves of the central bankers.

    I guess you guys are resisting from be unplugged from the matrix.

    July 6, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  17. vic , nashville ,tn

    I like Ron Paul but he won’t be in the ballot

    “We are overseas spreading the message of democracy, but here if you are in third party you have a tough time” Ron Paul

    We are tired of both parties political games

    July 6, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  18. GI Joe

    Peas in a Pod. And just as extreme to the right as the rest of them. Fascism in it's purest state (the modern day word for that is CORPORATIST).

    July 6, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  19. GI Joe

    Why would we vote for him when we can have a republican dictator?

    July 6, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  20. King Paul I in 2012 - because he's better than you

    Bring back the feudal system! The only real Americans are the 1% richest ones! You have the right to speak if you are clever, creative, ruthless, mendacious, or just plain brutal enough to get really, really rich; the end justifies the means. Otherwise shut up and put your back into it, slave! Libertarianism is such a great philosophy; anything goes as long as you get away with it! Hey, it almost worked for Hitler. Vote Paul in 2012!

    July 6, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  21. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Ron Paul may sound good - retreat from the world and not have the government do so much that isn't explicitly stated in the constitution. It just won't work. We are so inter-connected to the rest of the world that removing ourselves isn't going to do anything. I would like to know what Ron Paul has to say specifically on who would make sure that the air is clean and people are protected? My understanding is that he doesn't want any social welfare functions to be done by the government eventhough it could do it better than some charities.

    July 6, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  22. Phil in KC

    I'm not sure that the Ames straw poll would represent the state at large. Ames is a college town. So, whatever conservatives you might find there, would probably not represent the viewpoints of rural or small town Iowa.

    July 6, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  23. GregP

    Yeah, making the Feds follow the law (ie Constitution), eliminating inflation, eliminating national debt, sound money, eliminating special interests, sending lobbyists packing, eliminating foreign intervention, stopping the wars... madness! Sheer madness! We need another plastic corporate shill in the Oval Office!

    July 6, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  24. Thank God I am a Democrat


    Ron Paul is the only hope for America. Do your homework America and don't get fooled again !!"

    I did my homework which is why I know Ron Paul is one of the worse choices.

    July 6, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  25. Republican leaning Democrat

    I like how people refer to him as radical, it really shows their stupidity. Maybe you should do some homework on his positions. The Constitution is not radical is it?

    We need something different in America. 8 year of bush was just awful, and 4 years of Obama is not much better. How about we elect some real change for once, and kick the career politicians out of office. Obama and Romney flip flop on issues, Dr. Paul has a steady record of voting for the constitution every time. If you want a lier and a flip flopper, vote for either Romney or Obama, if you want real change and to get this country out of bankruptcy, then vote for Dr. Paul. But if you vote for Romney or Obama, not complaining in 2 years when the country is bankrupt and the markets have crashed. You got what you voted for, more of the same...

    July 6, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
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