Rep. Ron Paul to make final push in Iowa with son
December 30th, 2011
01:55 PM ET
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Rep. Ron Paul to make final push in Iowa with son

(CNN) - Ron Paul will hit the trail in Iowa on Monday with his son, Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, to make a final pitch to caucus goers in the Hawkeye State.

The father-son duo will embark on a whistle-stop tour, visiting five counties one day before the nation's first Republican nominating contest on Tuesday.

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Sen. Paul, a junior senator who rode the tea party wave to election in 2010, last week appeared in a Christmas Day television ad for the Texas congressman.

"My father taught me the value of commitment to faith, family and our constitution," the Kentucky senator said in the ad. "He's always stayed true to his principles and convictions."

Sen. Paul also stumped for his father over the summer ahead of the closely-watched Ames Straw Poll in Iowa, returning the favor after his dad campaigned for him during his Senate run last year.

"We were privileged to witness the historic occurrence of a sitting U.S. Senator campaigning for his father, a sitting member of the U.S. House of Representatives," said Paul's Iowa Chairman Drew Ivers in a statement. "Now, we are seeing Senator Paul support his father on the eve of the pivotal Iowa Caucus where we are hopeful that Ron Paul achieves a strong top-three finish."

Paul has seen his momentum swell in recent days, as several Iowa polls show him surging to front-runner status.

According to the latest CNN/TIME/ORC International Poll, Paul placed second among likely GOP caucus goers, pulling in 22% of support and trailing Romney by three percentage points, a margin well within the sampling error.

- CNN's Shannon Travis contributed to this report.

Also see:

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In early book, Rep. Ron Paul criticized AIDS patients, minority rights and sexual harassment victims

Romney & Paul battle for top spot in new Iowa poll

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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Rand Paul • Ron Paul
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Jilli

    The clown show welcomes a new entrant...Rand Paul.

    December 30, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  2. cisco4

    Yeah.. what Ron and Rand need is a final psuh ....down the.... What?....They have nothing to offer except a non government... By he way.. news people.. please oh please ask Rand and Ron if they will take away all the farm subsidies and save the government some money?.. And ask all the other Republicans in Iowa about the farm subsidies.. Will ya?.

    December 30, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Google this. "rand paul maddow 2010" Listen to the initial remark by Rand denouncing civil rights laws. I should point out that Rand was not answering a question. He was simply given free air time to freely express his views. To introduce himself to America.

    Search for father's initial reaction and his defense of his son. Then watch the repeated attempts by son over a period of hours and days to walk it back. That was the last national interview he gave until the election.

    December 30, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  4. Freeman

    Why's there a picture of Newt Gingrich on an article that's entirely about Ron Paul?

    December 30, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  5. Seattle Sue

    Rand Paul is as big a racist as his father.

    December 30, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    Oh, goody. Ron Paul is dragging CurlyTop out on the campaign trail to help stump for him in Iowa. If nothing else, Rand speaking ought to be worth a few chuckles and giggles.

    December 30, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  7. Mainstream Media Brainwashes You

    So what you're saying is that he is NOT a racist, right? Ron Paul isn't a racist. Educate yourself on what it means to be a libertarian.

    December 30, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  8. Bill

    Ron and Rand = Jordan and Pippen

    Now we need a championship!

    December 30, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  9. Mindie in Indie

    Ron Paul is ok – except for his extreme racism and pro life stance.

    December 30, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  10. THE TRUE BLUE

    Watch You Tube to see how correct DR Paul is He is not a racist He is the leader we need!!

    December 30, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  11. Woman In California

    Nothing like an appearance with "his son" to make me remember why I don't like either of them.

    December 30, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  12. OnlyRonPaul

    Go to YouTube and search for "The Compassion of Dr. Ron Paul" and you will see conclusively that the media is lying about Ron Paul being a racist. It is so sad what CNN and other MSM's are doing to keep the truth, through out and out lies, from the American people.

    December 30, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  13. Woman In California

    Seattle Sue, I couldn't agree with you more.

    December 30, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  14. namraj

    Ron Paul brings out the best and the worst in people, I have been amazed at the nasty remarks of those who might call themselves progressives. Very intolerant indeed!

    December 30, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  15. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Wanna hear something scary? Because Rand Paul lives in Tennessee and Ron Paul lives in Texas, in theory if the Republican Party completely loses its senses and nominated Ron for President, Rand could technically be his Vice-Presidential candidate!

    December 30, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  16. Jamie from Riverside

    Culy, Moe and, hey, where's Larry?

    December 30, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  17. Woman In California

    Rudy NYC wrote:

    Google this. "rand paul maddow 2010" Listen to the initial remark by Rand denouncing civil rights laws. I should point out that Rand was not answering a question. He was simply given free air time to freely express his views. To introduce himself to America.

    Search for father's initial reaction and his defense of his son. Then watch the repeated attempts by son over a period of hours and days to walk it back. That was the last national interview he gave until the election.

    I saw the interview Rudy so fortunately, I don't need to Google it. You also asked why his supporters won't address the Civil Rights issue and to this date – they still skip over that (little thing) because it exposes their true ignorance and threatens their love for a false god.

    December 30, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  18. george of the jungle

    if you vote for this quack you will be sorry ,

    December 30, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  19. willie floyd

    Seeing his son reminds me of a lady being "stomped"!! Is this how he reared his son to behave??

    December 30, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  20. cjn

    cnn commenters are some of the most un-educated people (or completely box headed and biased, incapable of opening one's mind to find objective truth) that i have ever seen on any internet page.

    i lol everytime i read the comments.

    December 30, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  21. namraj

    Vote Ron and Rand, I like it!

    December 30, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  22. Andy

    Agree with cjn. I am constantly disappointed by most of these comments. Ad hominem, false appeals to authority, and confirmation bias. It truly is poetry of logical fallacies. Its funny how one is labeled racist and a bigot if they want to treat everyone as equals, yet if they prefer one group over an other, this is somehow noble? Subjective non-absolute truth seems to be the leading philosophy, sadly.

    December 30, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  23. Boo Hoo Baynor

    I am scared of these two extremist, especially Rand.

    December 30, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  24. Boo Hoo Baynor

    A vote for Ron, is a vote for the tea party!

    December 30, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  25. Don

    Like Father, Like Son. One thing is for sure, idiot Republicans are so desperate they will vote for any idiot out there. Anyone have a talking dog? Bet the Republicans will vote for him to be President if he will run as a Republican. Then again any dog smart enough to talk would know not to run as a Republican. Guess the Republicans are just stuck with the current crop of idiots and lunatics they have now, like they even deserve anyone with a brain. If they had a candidate with a brain he would be the ONLY person in the party who had one.

    December 30, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
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