Wednesday, December 21, 2011
MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa — Republican White House hopeful Ron Paul, courting Iowa voters who are key to his campaign, called Wednesday for a “minding our own business” US foreign policy and an end to “perpetual war.”
“No more wars unless you declare them, and fight them, and win them, and get them over with, because perpetual war is bankrupting our country,” he told a cheering crowd of some 200 people packed into a civic center room.
With scarcely two weeks before Iowa holds the first presidential nominating contest, the Texas lawmaker has clawed his way to the top spot here in an average of polls by the RealClearPolitics.com web site that tracks US politics.
His well-organized, well-funded campaign, stocked with passionate young people, has vaulted him to the lead over better-known rivals like former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and former House speaker Newt Gingrich.
“He could be the upsetting factor” in the fight for the Republican nomination to take on President Barack Obama in the November 2012 elections, according to Dennis Goldford, a political scientist at Drake University in Iowa.