August 11th, 2007
10:15 AM ET
15 years ago

Sign wars in Iowa

AMES, Iowa (CNN)- He may be low down in the national polls, but Ron Paul is winning the early sign wars on the road to Ames. The home of Iowa State University is in the political spotlight today, as it hosts a crucial Republican straw poll.

As we drove north on Interstate 35 from Des Moines to Ames, Ron Paul signs started sprouting up alongside the highway. Upon exiting the interstate and riding along US 30 into Ames, the number of Ron Paul signs increase in number. I witnessed Paul supporters along side the highway putting signs into the ground. Paul is a Republican Congressman from Texas who two decades ago ran for President as a Libertarian. He’s low down in all the national polls, but he does have strong and passionate supporters who make themselves heard on the internet.

In second place in the sign wars on the road to Ames is Sam Brownback. Signs and banners for the Republican Senator from Kansas were sprouting up alongside the highway. Brownback is also far down in the national polls but he’s hoping for a strong showing today in the Ames straw poll.

- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser

Filed under: Iowa • Race to '08
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Matt Triche, Atlanta, Ga

    Unfortunately, we (Black America) are sometimes our own worst enemy. It's time we embrace individuals as individuals, not as 'black' American, 'black' President, etc. It's what our predecessors fought for, died for, and we "claim" we struggle for today; to be seen as a man, as a woman, as an American.

    August 11, 2007 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  2. rob russo, New Canaan, CT

    Why is it that the white journalists & white america don't ask if Obama is white enough?? I'm white & I'm not concerned with his "whiteness". Why isn't his answer to race questions about the fact that he's both white & black & will represent both races (and all races) with equal energy?

    August 11, 2007 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  3. MS Johnson City, TN

    Thank you CNN!

    August 11, 2007 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  4. Mike in Atlanta GA

    I guess we're somehow spamming all those signs into the ground from the internet.

    August 11, 2007 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |