Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Republican Presidential Candidate Ron Paul To Make Campaign Stop In Salt Lake City, Utah On September 15th
Rep. Ron Paul will bring his insurgent grass-roots campaign for the Republican presidential nomination to Utah on Saturday September 15th, 2007. He will speak at a rally of supporters and a gathering of alternative medicine proponents as well as hold a private fundraiser. Full story in the Salt Lake Tribune. Click HERE to visit Ron Paul's campaign website.
Paul, the eighth Presidential candidate to visit Utah and the fourth Republican, will start off Saturday with a $1,000-a-plate brunch at the Blue Goose in The Gateway that organizers expect will attract 40 supporters. Afterwards, he will speak about the Constitution and the proper role of government during a rally in the Grand Hall of the Union Pacific depot from 1 to 4 P.M. During the evening, he will join a small group of supporters for a $2,000-a-plate dinner where he will address his Health Freedom initiative, which focuses on expanded access to alternative and homeopathic medicine and to information on dietary supplements.
Paul has built his campaign around a limited role for government and opposition to the Iraq war. As a congressman, his record for voting against almost every measure that comes before the House has earned him the nickname "Dr. No." He insists on being able to cite the specific constitutional authority for a bill before voting in favor of it. Ron Paul's voting record is published on Vote Smart. Americans for Better Immigration have graded him a "B" on his career immigration voting record and "B+" on more recent issues. Here's their assessment of his presidential immigration platform.
In 1988, he ran as the Libertarian Party candidate for president, even while remaining a registered Republican.
Lowell Nelson, who has been organizing grass-roots support for Paul since June, has noticed a growing interest and awareness of Paul's candidacy. "It's building from all walks of life. It's not just Republicans or Libertarians or Constitutionalists," Nelson said. "He's probably the only candidate who adheres to the Constitution. If the Constitution does not enumerate the power to Congress, he will not vote for it." Nelson noted that Utah's predominant Mormon faith believes the Constitution is divinely inspired, "so anyone who adheres to the Constitution is worth supporting." Nevertheless, many LDS voters will likely be torn between Mitt Romney, who is LDS but a mainstream establishment Republican, versus Ron Paul, who isn't LDS but more of a constitutionalist.
It's probably too early to ask if Ron Paul can win, so the real question is, can Ron Paul compete? While he's trailed the front-runners in national opinion polls with single digit numbers, he has built a strident following of grass-roots supporters. From the Natallnews.com website comes this report of Ron Paul's straw poll victories
FIRST PLACE (5)
New Hampshire Taxpayers, July 7: 1st 65.3%
North Carolina, Gaston GOP, August 13: 1st 36.6%
New Hampshire, Stafford, NH, August 18: 1st 72.7%
Alabama, August 18: 1st 81.2%
Washington State, August 21: 1st 28.1%
SECOND PLACE (5)
Utah GOP, June 12: 2nd 5.4%
LibertyPapers.org conference, June 16: 2nd 16.7%
Georgia, Cobb Co. GOP, July 4: 2nd 17%
South Carolina, Georgetown Co., July 28: 2nd 18%
West Lafayette, Indiana, August 18: 2nd 11.7%
Obviously he can compete. But what Ron Paul needs is for those of us who believe in his vision for limited consitutional government, use of the military only in defense of our country, and living within our national means to vote our consicences on this one. Don't listen to those who say "a vote for Ron is a vote for Hillary". We can put Ron Paul in the White House by supporting him and voting for him.
Mitt Romney is an honorable man who means well. But Romney represents reform; Ron Paul represents revolution - peaceful revolution. Join the revolution - elect Ron Paul.