JAMES Q. LYNCH
Lee-Gazette Des Moines Bureau
June 28, 2011
DES MOINES — The revolution is “is alive and well and growing,” especially in Iowa, where U.S. Rep. Ron Paul hopes to send a message.
The Iowa GOP Straw Poll in Ames Aug. 13 will be that platform for that message, the Texas congressman told 150 people Monday in Des Moines.
“We’re in Iowa for a very precise reason,” said Paul, who joked he visits so often just to meet everyone. “Iowa is a bellwether. It can send signals. That’s what we’re really looking for – a signal.”
And the Ames straw poll will send a “very, very important message,” he predicted. Paul’s campaign just spent $31,000 to claim the top spot outside the Hilton Coliseum at Iowa State University where the straw poll will be held. Paul outbid rivals for the prime real estate.