Ron Paul says more people are thinking like him

2011-05-24T11:00:00Z 2011-06-15T15:24:10Z Ron Paul says more people are thinking like himBy MIKE WISER, Courier Des Moines Bureau Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

ANKENY - Saying the mood of the country "has definitely changed" from four years ago, presidential candidate Ron Paul thinks more people are coming around to his economic and foreign policy ideas.

Speaking at his Iowa campaign headquarters located next to a Quizno's sandwich shop in an Ankeny strip mall, Paul said war is a drain on the economy and it's an "economic fallacy" that such engagements can pull a country out of a depression.

"If a person is a conservative and likes limited government, it's during wartime that government grows," he said.

International aid can do more harm than good for allied nations, Paul said. He said the recent incident between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is evidence of that.

"Israel has been too willing to give up their sovereignty, take our money, and then they have to take their orders from us," Paul said. "I am convinced it is in the best interest of everybody not to be dependent on others. National sovereignty is a good idea, as a matter of fact, I think state sovereignty is a good idea."

At the mention of state sovereignty, a few cheers came from the crowd of about six dozen.

The 12-term Texas congressman was in Ankeny to introduce members of his county organization and get the endorsement of Rep. Glenn Massie, a conservative Republican freshman House member from Des Moines.

The antiwar sentiment from Paul was exactly what attracted 27-year-old Justin Jensen of Cedar Falls to the campaign. Jensen, a recent graduate from the University of Northern Iowa who works as a waiter and is a co-chairman of the Paul campaign in Black Hawk County, said he voted for Obama in 2008.

Now, he's disappointed.

"A lot of it is because of what Obama said about the war," said Jensen, who got Paul to sign a bumper sticker for him. "I know there are a lot of students in my political science classes who felt the same way."

Jensen said he hoped Paul would speak at UNI this summer and, he said, his next order of business is to change his registration from Democrat to Republican so he can support Paul in the upcoming straw poll.

Meanwhile, Paul said he thought Tim Pawlenty, the former Minnesota governor who announced his presidential candidacy a few hours before Paul's news conference, was "a delightful person" whom he didn't have anything against.

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  1. Chasev2006
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    Chasev2006 - May 24, 2011 7:53 pm
    "Israel has been too willing to give up their sovereignty, take our money, and then they have to take their orders from us," Paul said.

    Since when has Israel taken orders from the U.S.? If anything, the U.S. has taken orders FROM THEM!
  2. reojoe
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    reojoe - May 24, 2011 6:03 pm
    Think said: "Joe outside of gays everyone has Civil Rights. Let me tell you, whites get abused as much or more than blacks. In fact let a white man go into Watts and see how far that gets you. Lets put it on the line Joe. What do you think would happen to a white man walking in south central? Be honest and answer. You know very well they would be killed or hit with a brick. Get past 1963 Joe."

    Feeling cheated as a white boy, are we?

    What does your scenario have to do with civil rights??!!

    It's no wonder you are voting for Ron Newsletters Paul.

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  3. Think
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    Think - May 24, 2011 3:30 pm
    Joe outside of gays everyone has Civil Rights. Let me tell you, whites get abused as much or more than blacks. In fact let a white man go into Watts and see how far that gets you. Lets put it on the line Joe. What do you think would happen to a white man walking in south central? Be honest and answer. You know very well they would be killed or hit with a brick. Get past 1963 Joe.
  4. reojoe
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    reojoe - May 24, 2011 1:34 pm
    Think said: "People, he is the only one who wants to get rid of the IRS and Federal Reserve ans stop all welfare. He wants to bring our troops home and stop policing the world. How can you do better? He will tax a ten dollar Chinese toy 15 bucks to bring in in here. "

    What about the Civil Rights Act? Answering the questions about the newsletters?
  5. reojoe
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    reojoe - May 24, 2011 1:34 pm
    diechler67 said: "Ron Paul is one of the few honest politicians left. You do not need to be Registered Republican to vote for him at the Straw Poll in Ames."

    Is that why he never comes clean about the newsletters, Rush?

  6. reojoe
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    reojoe - May 24, 2011 1:10 pm
    They defernitely are on this board: racists everywhere.

    Go get em, Ron Newsletters Paul!
  7. Think
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    Think - May 24, 2011 1:10 pm
    People, he is the only one who wants to get rid of the IRS and Federal Reserve ans stop all welfare. He wants to bring our troops home and stop policing the world. How can you do better? He will tax a ten dollar Chinese toy 15 bucks to bring in in here.
  8. 75unigrad
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    75unigrad - May 24, 2011 12:43 pm
    Bzzzzztttttttt!
  9. diechler67
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    diechler67 - May 24, 2011 12:02 pm
    Ron Paul is one of the few honest politicians left. You do not need to be Registered Republican to vote for him at the Straw Poll in Ames.
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