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Iowa Youth Say They're Switching Parties to Support Ron Paul

The youth still have energy, and this time, it's all for Paul.


Ron Paul called, and the students answered.

More than 700 community members, mostly students, turned out to hear Paul speak tonight at the University of Northern Iowa Common's Slife Ballroom. Every chair in the room was claimed 30 minutes before the candidate was scheduled to appear. Students stood along the walls and crowded into the back of the room. At least 50 couldn't fit into the ballroom and sat in the hallway outside, just listening to the Republican presidential hopeful's words.

As the Texas Congressman entered - late, because organizers said they wanted to wait for the fire marshall's approval of the over-stuffed room - the crowd rose to its feet with a roar of applause and cheers.

"It looks to me like the revolution has arrived," Paul said as the students cheered.

The energy of the event was palpable. Paul spoke with passion about personal liberty, bringing home American troops, ending the war on drugs, cutting taxes and cutting government spending. His remarks were often met with bursts of applause and cheers.

In a way, the atmosphere was reminiscint of the crowds of young voters who greeted Barack Obama when he campaigned four years ago. Some Paul supporters in the crowd, in fact, said they voted for Obama in 2008 - but wouldn't do so again. Instead, this time, they are all about Ron Paul.

"I was always a Democrat. I voted for Kerry, Obama, because of anti-war stuff," said Justin Jensen, who is a co-chairman of Paul's campaign in Black Hawk County. "But I saw Obama lying through his teeth, so I had to change my candidate."

That doesn't mean he's going straight conservative. Jensen said if Paul doesn't get the nomination, he won't vote for Obama, but he won't vote for any of the other Republican candidates either.

"If I have to choose, I'm writing in his (Paul's) name," he said.

Others in the crowd, filling out voter registration forms after the event was over, could be heard lamenting checking, "Republican," on the form.

For them, it wasn't the party, but the candidate who has won them over.

Whitney Jackley, a Cedar Falls precinct captain, was one.

"I never thought I'd ever be a Republican," she said. "I voted for Obama."

She said she knew a lot of people who were either registered as Democrats or Independents who were planning to caucus for Paul - which meant they were switching their registration, at least until after January.

Volunteers with the campaign said they registered 70 people to vote after the event.

Paul had the support of 18 percent of likely Iowa caucus goers in a Des Moines Register poll released Dec. 3. That put him in second place, behind Gingrich at 25 percent and in front of Romney’s 16 percent.

His support among young people, however, is much higher. Paul tied for first with Michele Bachmann with 47 percent of support from 18 to 29-year olds in Iowa in a Nov. 28 InsiderAdvantage poll, and he drew a crowd of more than 1000 at Iowa State University in .

Since September, the Paul campaign has organized 332 Youth for Ron Paul chapters in 46 states, including six on college campuses in Iowa, including UNI, said Ani DeGroot, Youth for Ron Paul midwest regional director.

Jeramie Anderson, 20, a UNI junior, said what drew him to the campaign was not so much Paul's policies but a feeling of sincerity from the presidential hopeful.

"It's kind of a magical thing. I just want to witness it in person," he said. "It's not a common thing for me to trust a politician. His message holds more truth and is more solid than any politician I've ever witnessed in history."

Denis S. December 10, 2011 at 05:15 AM
It is so encouraging to see Dr. Paul getting so much support from the youth, and not necessarily only Republican youth! Now the important thing is to translate that support into people showing up to caucus for Dr. Paul in Iowa and participating in community outreach leading up to the caucus. To help grassroots organize, we built up an important grassroots web tool - called Ron Paul Country (dot com) - where people can register with their state, county, city, and zip. We put you on the map of Ron Paul volunteers, keep you updated with location-targeted emails, and let you contact with, search for, and chat with other Ron Paul Supporters. Please register and let's make sure Ron Paul wins Iowa!
RPTwentyTwelve December 10, 2011 at 05:56 AM
Looking forward to vote Ron Paul in 2012!
Integrity Matters December 10, 2011 at 08:21 AM
Youth are switching parties for Ron Paul? Wow! Imagine that! It's not like they have any choice if they want the same liberties we old geezers were able to enjoy! I'm just being facetious... I'm sick of all the liberties I've seen lost in my time! I'm proud of our future generation. If Ron Paul doesn't get the presidency, don't give up! He's doing all this for you. Don't ever compromise your constitutional principles just to win. You are the next Ron Paul and you're winning! Keep up the good work and God bless you!
new hope December 10, 2011 at 10:01 AM
Ron Paul, the new Gold Standard for US presidential candidacy! Ron Paul 2012.
ugo December 10, 2011 at 12:06 PM
The moral character of Ron Paul is second to none. Every man woman and child on this earth will benefit from him becoming the next President of the United States of America. Please open the link below and take the time to read his position on every issue facing us. At the bottom of the attached link there are more links to his position on everything from abortion to welfare. I challenge you to find fault in anything he has stood for from the day he was born. This man is a true Saint and has been delivered to us from the heavens. This message must be passed to everyone you can and please hurry - there is no time to waste. http://www.issues2000.org/tx/Ron_Paul_Immigration.htm
bmoresteuart December 10, 2011 at 03:13 PM
This is a good resource too and is quick to read, http://danbeaulieu.blogspot.com/2011/11/understanding-ron-paul.html it's called "Understanding Ron Paul." The Dailypaul.com is also a great resource and is a discussion forum where we post news clips and refute the media in its daily attacks on Dr. Paul
Jerry Fair December 10, 2011 at 03:14 PM
It is encouraging to see Ron Paul's popularity growing. Dr. Paul has a message that resignates with millions of voters. He has been right on so many issues over the years that one has to ask how many times does someone have to be right before people start to believe him. I encourage all voters with in iq above 50 to join Ron Paul and help him win the nomination and win the White House. Those voters with an iq below 50 go vote for Mitt or Newt or Rick. If one of those guys wins you can get prepared for disaster.
Vincent Wallgren, Jr. December 10, 2011 at 03:49 PM
Hello West Des Moines. I am a blogger for La Mesa (San Diego, California) Patch. I've been following Ron Paul's career for at least ten years; and I can assure you there has never been (in my lifetime -- I'm 72) a more honest person to represent the best interests of all Americans than Ron Paul. The man simply reeks of integrity as he will never say one thing then do another. I strongly urge all who read this to watch this 10 minute video and then pass the word. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohKz9OeiI0g&feature=youtu.be To stay abreast of all voluntary activity being carried out on Pauls's behalf, go to this site: http://www.dailypaul.com/ God bless you all . . .
Betty Liberty December 10, 2011 at 04:31 PM
Check out BlueRepublican.org They are Democrats & Independents registering Republican ... just for a year to vote for Ron Paul.
Mozarker December 10, 2011 at 08:14 PM
Having served as a precinct captain, district and state delegate for Ron Paul in 2008, my heart swells with pride that more and more youth (and people of all ages) are waking up to the truth and supporting Dr. Paul. Let's make it happen this time!
Jeffrey Kelly December 10, 2011 at 09:50 PM
Ron Paul is the TRUTH and the TRUTH SHALL MAKE US FREE! Free from the IRS, the Federal Reserve and Free from Senseless WAR! The people are coming to Paul because his message is for real, and has each Americans best interests in mind! Go to RonPaul2012.com to read his Restore America Now plan, which will restore sound money, cut one trillion dollars from the federal budget year one, end the wars, and bring our troops home!
Travis December 11, 2011 at 12:30 AM
Dr. Paul is catching on like wildfire! The Ron Paul Coralville headquarters is opening on Monday so if you want to volunteer even 20 minutes of your time, walk right in. The Address is 410 1st Ave, Coralville, right next to Brueger Bagels. We will be phone banking, handing out campaign supplies, and ensuring we get as many supporters out to the Caucus on the 3rd as possible. Hours 9 am-8:30 pm.
Dan Beaulieu December 11, 2011 at 12:41 AM
One thing is certain of Dr. Ron Paul, he is not a sound-bite candidate. That is, he often speaks over the heads of voters which causes a lack of understanding. It is in my personal opinion that Ron Paul cannot be understood in the 30 seconds allocated to him in debates. His ideas must be studied; however, once one does understand Dr. Paul, they often stick around. For this reason I present to you my series: Understanding Ron Paul http://danbeaulieu.blogspot.com/2011/11/understanding-ron-paul.html
ugo December 11, 2011 at 01:55 AM
this was an excellent link! i can't believe it isn't going viral already. what can we do to get Ron Paul's message out to everyone before it's too late?
Pamela Larson December 12, 2011 at 07:15 AM
Once you know the truth you can never go back... Ron Paul 2012! "If you want to know who is going to change this country, go home and look in the mirror," - Maude Barlow

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