Paul campaign reveals ground game details
January 2nd, 2012
03:43 PM ET
2 years ago

Paul campaign reveals ground game details

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Ron Paul's campaign has signed up 1,480 volunteers to serve as precinct leaders on caucus night in Iowa, a campaign source told CNN on Monday.

It's an impressive figure that reflects the strength of the Paul campaign's ground game, one of the chief reasons that the Texas congressman is expected to finish among the top three candidates on Tuesday night.

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Precinct leaders provide the backbone of Iowa campaigns on caucus night.

They are the campaign volunteers who agree to speak on a candidate's behalf at the 1,774 caucus precincts around the state on caucus night.

But the number of actual voting locations is much smaller - 900 - because many smaller precincts are combined into one setting.

That means the Paul campaign can count on at least one person lobbying for the candidate at most precincts around the state.

A passionate speaker has the potential to swing a handful of crucial votes on election night, numbers that can add up in meaningful way when the size of the Iowa electorate might be as small as 120,000 people.

Paul's precinct leader number, which was closely held until now, rivals that of Rick Perry's presidential campaign.

A Perry source revealed to CNN over the weekend that they have more than 1,500 precinct leaders lined up, in addition to 500 out of state volunteers knocking on doors and making phone calls.

Rick Santorum's aides, meanwhile, have said the campaign has "over 1,000" precinct leaders.

The other GOP campaigns have not divulged their ground game numbers.

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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Ron Paul
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. ThinkAgain

    Iowans are bored. Or they're attention-hounds. Or they're wishy-washy. Somehow or other, they can't seem to make up their minds about anyone, with several interviewed saying they'd make up their minds right before they vote.

    If this "represents" America, then God help us ...

    January 2, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  2. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Yeah that's a lot of people.... Hopefully they leave their tin foil hats at home.

    Ron Paul needs to update his foreign policy approach to something close to 2012 and not 1912. The world is a lot smaller and everything is now connected (for the good and the bad). We cannot be a turtle pulling his head inside the shell whenever something happens overseas. Life isn't that simple anymore. We learned that on 9/11/2001.

    January 2, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  3. Respor

    @Truth and Nothing but the Truth

    Terrorists claim that they attacked us because we built a base in Saudi Arabia, near the holy land. What we "learned" on 9/11 was that our foreign policy has unintended side effects. Even the CIA agrees that our interventions abroad cause blowback.

    January 2, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  4. R

    @truth and nothing

    Thre truth is that our Government admits the fact that our interference around the world set the stage for the Islamist extremists to attack us.
    You have been brainwashed by the NeoCon Republican party. Ron Paul will return the republican party to its former self.

    January 2, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  5. adrian

    Michael Scheuer endorsed Ron Paul for his foreign policy. Michael Sheuer is served in the CIA for 22 years and was the chief head of bin Laden unit. Google it baby.

    January 2, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  6. duke

    Since Ron Pauls Foreign Policy is to close down all overseas Military bases and Bring all the troops and ships home.

    What would President Ron Pauls plans be to Deal with Iran threatening to shut off the Straights of Hormuz and prevent the Shipment of the worlds largest source of Oil?

    January 2, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  7. Duke One

    PERRY is the only anti Romney candidate with executive experience, money and organization for the long haul. PERRY/RUBIO 2012 !!

    January 2, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  8. NO WAY

    An isolationist who will allow America to be walked over given our current world dependencies.....It will happen unless Paul is willing to pay tax payer extortion money to countries we depend on….As a hard core Republican, I will set this election out if he is Rep……..

    January 2, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  9. Valerie from Raleigh

    Ron Paul is a good man but, as I listen to him, it sounds as if he wants to dismantle the government . We are a country of laws and laws is what keeps a civil society "civil". I agree with him, to a point, on foreign intervention, but we do not live alone in this world and we can not function alone. We must stop becoming involved in other country's business but we must never become isolationists. I wonder about the state of Iowa being the first state at election time. Iowa is a state of good and decent people but this is a rural state, with an aging population located in the heartland. Do they reflect the thinking, educational levels and life experiences of the people of most states? Not sure.

    January 2, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  10. RON PAUL = NO MIDDLE CLASS

    LOL
    Wait till Iowa really gets a taste of a Ron Paulbot

    January 2, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  11. RON PAUL = NO MIDDLE CLASS

    I heard A Paulbot call Ron Paul a Founding Father Incarnate

    LOL Half our founding Fathers owned Slaves and left it up to the states to decide if women could vote

    Ron Paul is a racist and i base that on this
    When he says he would vote against civil rights
    When he was the only member to vote against Giving Rosa Parks a medal
    When He says Privatge business's have the right to discriminate
    When he made a Million bucks on racist newsletters
    When he wont disavow the racists that support him
    When he says Israel doesnt have a right to exist

    January 2, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  12. Ron Paul is our only hope

    The commenter above me believes Ron Paul is a racist, but doesn't even bother to research the claims. They obviously are believing the MSM picture they paint for you. Go Google "Why Ron Paul voted against ..." and research it for yourself and maybe, just maybe you're start to understand why our country is in the mess it is currently in.

    January 2, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  13. jimm

    ron paul is the best man,intelligent, been around,is a doctor,knows and speaks the truth,
    whether it hurts to listen or not!!
    wanna real laugh,go to youtube and type in mitt v mitt
    Ron Paul 2012!!

    January 2, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  14. John Locke

    Ron Paul ISN'T a racist and I base that on this:

    He supports ending the War on Drugs, which disproportionately imprisons minorities.
    He opposes the use of the federal death penalty, which also disproportionately effects minorites.
    He is the only candidate who even bothers to mention the hundreds of thousands of Iraqis killed in the last war. Brown people don't count to most other politicians.
    He is the premier champion of individual rights and the primacy of the individual in the United States Congress.
    He is the biggest defender of civil liberties in the Congress.
    As a doctor, he's preformed hundreds of acts of charity for minorities who could pay.]

    January 2, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  15. Michael

    The biggest threat to Americans is ignorance. It is amazing to read these posts and listen to the rhetoric surrounding Dr. Paul's candidacy. Didn't anyone learn anything from "Hope & Change" Obama? As is all-too-usual, the politician professed views to get elected, then once in office did the opposite, or, whatever enlarged government and encroached on liberty.
    To clarify Dr. Paul's view on defense, read his statements AND confirm for yourself the fact that he has more support from the military than all the other candidates combined. THis should speak volumes to anyone who questions his foreign policy.

    January 2, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  16. jimm

    the media is selectively posting there crap,and believe me,it is not what americans truly want!!
    vote ron paul 2012!!

    January 2, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  17. Jim in Denver

    Valerie from Rahleigh,

    He is not an isolationist, please stop distorting the truth. He endorses and encourages free commerce and travel with all countries of the world – that is isolationist? He denounces sanctions and aggression, how please tell me does that translate into isolationism?

    If you can type and surf the internet then you are probably capable of doing some basic research on the internet as well.

    And to the hysterical RON PAUL = NO MIDDLE class, you sir are just an outright talking head who regurgitates rediculous distortions and hyperbole without any regard for the truth or adult conversation – please please please tell me you're not a registered voter.

    January 2, 2012 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  18. RON PAUL = NO MIDDLE CLASS

    Does the soldiers at FT Hood Know Ron paul was against going after the American Born Cleric who Inspired the
    FT Hood Shooter?
    Oh Yeah Ron Paul is For Civil Liberties
    Thats why he said Private businesses Ought to be free to discriminate
    That covers Landlords Taxi Cabs and Places that hire
    ROn paul also said he would of Voted against the Civil Rights act
    Is against Womens Choice
    and Believes teaching the Bible in School is Ok as Long as the state law supports it
    There is a reason David Duke Don Black and Lousi Farrakhan Endorse Ron Paul

    HEY WHEN IS HE GOING TO RETURN THE DONATIONS STORMFRONT SENT HIM?

    January 2, 2012 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  19. Ben Dover

    Ron Paul...got yor Depends on...

    January 2, 2012 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  20. NateOLYWA

    Don't know who's worse Ron Paul or his obnoxious supporters.

    January 2, 2012 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  21. WhereIsPalin

    I support Dr Quack and the Paul-bot cult. I think it's time to know what this man stands for.

    But remember, if they can get him into the whitehouse, we deserve everything that will happen to this country.

    January 2, 2012 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |