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. Andre Linoge

    Two nuts for the price of one.

    July 6, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  2. Libertarian

    Wow. I cannot believe how ignorant and hateful the leftists are. As a military officer, I do not wish to be in endless wars and come home to a broke nation that is ruined by socialists and communist that think they are better at making decisions for me than I for myself. Ron Paul is the only solution. Liberty is the only solution. End the nanny state, end the wars, and follow the constitution. So I can stay home and enjoy a prosperous nation with you all.

    July 6, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Phil in KC wrote:
    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.
    Do you actually believe that an "Ames" straw poll would only poll the people of Ames, Iowa? They could, but it is not supposed to work that way.

    July 6, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  4. GregP

    @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..." He doesn't advocate retreating from the world. He wants nonintervention in the internal political affairs of other countries and no preemptive wars. He advocates free and open trade. Regarding pollution, States can enact their own laws. But pollution is a violation of the 14th amendment, a violation of private property rights and violates the right to be secure in your person. Paul supports those positions. Regulation LEGALIZES pollution. And social welfare is also social injustice. In order to "promote" someone's welfare, the government must harm someone else. An immoral zero sum game with no federal authority for it in the Constitution.

    July 6, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  5. ART

    Seriously, who in their right mind would take these morons seriously

    July 6, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    ScrambleLight wrote:
    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.
    States do not have that authority, per Article 1 of the 14th Amendment.

    "No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."

    July 6, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  7. johnmenacherjr

    Wow there sure are some fascist whackjobs on here.

    July 6, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  8. Namekenneth Williams

    Another kkk rally. How great.

    July 6, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  9. scout

    Ron Paul's message of limited government, bringing the troops home, auditing the federal reserve, and protecting our people here at home is resonating with a lot of people. We are sick and tired of war! We are sick and tired of the federal reserve, a group of foreign banks just printing our money and making promises on behalf of the American tax payer. The only thing we produce here in America is death and debt, and then we export it to other countries.

    July 6, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  10. Dustin

    He doesn't want us to be self-sufficient, scott. If you actually paid attention instead of spewing nonsense, he's a non-interventionist. He wants to stop the wars, but he also wants to keep trade open and free with most countries. I'm very tired of people mischaracterizing Ron Paul's views without giving him a chance.

    July 6, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  11. vet in texas

    @ James:
    "Sorry if you peoe don't think the Constitution doesn't matter anymore, some of us still do."
    Actually James, neither do they, proof is the pledges they continue to sign, the only pledge should be the oath taken, anything else............is not in the constitution, they are frauds that tell you what you want to hear, with things that can't be done. Everything they have suggested "we need to do" cannot be done without the necessary votes. Young Rand was all anti establishment when running, but as soon as he moved on up and took funds from the RNC.......he jumped right in line, just as his father does.

    July 6, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  12. Rck Li

    He has never taken a government junket.
    He does not participate in the lucrative Congressional Pension Program.
    He returns a portion of his annual Congressional Office Budget every year.
    He has never voted to raise taxes.
    He has never voted for an unbalanced budget.
    He has never voted to restrict gun ownership.
    He has never voted to raise Congressional Pay.
    He never voted to increase Executive Branch Power.
    He will Reinstate The Constitution and Save The Republic
    He will END the unconstitutional FED.
    He will phase out the unconstitutional IRS beginning immediately
    He will secure the borders
    He will limit Big Government in your private affairs
    He will stop Illegal immigration and no amnesty
    He voted against regulating the Internet
    He voted against the Iraq War and warned us against going forward with an undeclared war.
    “Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberty and wealth are in Jeopardy”  July 10th, 2003

    He voted against the un-patriotic so called Patriot Act.
    He supports a non-interventionist foreign policy yet a strong military
    He will end the inflation tax
    He is a true Constitutional Conservative
    He would have soundly beat Obama in 2008 because Independents trust him and like him.

    We could have had a V8 instead of McCain't in 08
    Ron Paul for President 2012
    Because no one else can be trusted to say what he means and do what he says like Ron Paul does.
    Ron Paul is the man of the hour. They used to laugh him for being way ahead of the others in his thinking and his warnings. Now, they are not laughing because what he predicted is coming to pass. Now, he is being called a prophet for having warned us and still calmly suffered through the barbs. "First they, ignore you, then they fight you, then you win." Gandhi

    I take Ron Paul very seriously. He may not be the most polished public speaker, but he speaks the truth with unvarnished power; He needs no teleprompter to carry on an intelligent discourse for over two hours to a packed auditorium of twenty and thirty something voters! He may not be the  tallest, or the most strikingly handsome candidate, but people want the Real Deal.  Ron Paul is the real deal, and speaking of the real deal; Senator Barry Goldwater's son, Congressman Barry Goldwater Jr. endorses Ron Paul. Ron Paul has been warning us for so long of the impending economic disaster we are seeing today, and he has been purposefully working to wake us to realize we must change our course to save the Republic.

    July 6, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  13. Enonesoch

    Who do these guys think they are? Not going into war without a declaration of war would put a serious damper on the profits made by the military industrial complex, they need places to bomb so they can keep making weapons. Bring the troops home, are they crazy, can't they see that we need to slowly but surely cover the world with American troops so people will be safe, we only have troops in 130+ countries and I think there about 190 countries total, that's only 60 more to go! And even though our bombs kill children and mothers and fathers and brothers, the relatives of these people understand that we're doing it to bring peace to the area...they don't mind. And so what if we keep printing the money we need to do these things, I'll pay an extra $20 or $30 for loaf of bread or a gallon of milk as long as the world understands that we are right and they are wrong. End the wars, bring the troops home...these guys are nuts

    July 6, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  14. George Busch

    Ron and Rand. Not what the country needs. What we need is some real R and R from the repug attacks and lies. Their new ads are so ridiculous I have to laugh every time I hear them. What is sad is that I know there are millions in this country actually stupid enough to believe the lies. I wish they would all go to Texas and secede with that Perry idiot.

    July 6, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  15. W. L Jones

    I were raise in a simi slave area of this country and do not wont another fellow American not to experience that kind of life here agian. Our government look the other way to long while some people got away with it.Bless.

    July 6, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  16. knowlecule

    When all these "arguments" against Ron Paul and his son are ad hominems ("loony," "out there," "losers"), and not substantive, it doesn't help your case. Learn how to actually argue or no one will ever pay attention to you.

    July 6, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  17. once upon a horse

    yep let's get that heroin and weed legal....Go Ron Paul!

    July 6, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  18. Willie K.

    Idea on how to save the taxpayers some money - little Randy should not accept his salary as a Senator for the time he is off work and capaigning for his daddy. If he had any integrity, he would not expect the taxpayers to pay him for his political trips to campaign for a relative.

    July 6, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  19. Name king

    If it was back in the middle age I probably would give Paul a second look, but guest what, his isolationist ideals don't play good in a global economy, we would be crushed by our competitors.

    July 6, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  20. ja

    both should stick their heads back in the sand

    July 6, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  21. Max

    Out of all the candidates running in the 2012 election, who is the Robin Hood. Name a Dem or a Rep. People don't want a hand out, just a hand up, along with a living wage so not to have to work two jobs. Stop wasting your time, and mine, talking about each other, and do some real work for a change. The people voted you in office, and the people can vote you out of office, too! Now do the right thing, think for yourself, what is best for the people, not your blanken party. Stand up and be counted for what you can do, not just throw ugly words together of what you can say. Now, get to work!

    July 6, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |

    Ron Paul is the 6% man when the votes are cast. The same yahoos swore that he would win in 2008 too.

    July 6, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |

    Isolationism won't work in a global economy–please, Libertarians, get that fact right for once. The USA is not a necromancy like North Korea. Duh.

    July 6, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  24. a in austin

    If you listen to these two, government is bad. Yet both draw a paycheck from the government for doing "nothing" and both built they businessess off medicare.

    July 6, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |

    You think Ron Paul is "loony" to want to put a stop to all the wars that America has started? To bring home all the troops? To close all the American military bases around the world? To return America to its former greatness by focusing on liberty and freedom? To save the US dollar by ending the Fed and avoiding hyperinflation? (Just google "Germany hyperinflation 1923" to find out how miserable that kind of life can be.) If you think these things are "loony" then get ready to witness the fall of the American Empire. I hope you know how to garden and shoot a gun.

    July 6, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
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