Nearly 800 people attended the Campaign for Liberty’s opening festivities on Friday night in Des Moines. Campaign for Liberty president John Tate, WHO Radio personality Jan Mickelson, and Congressman Ron Paul were the featured speakers.
Congressman Paul’s plane was delayed, so Tom Woods, a New York Times bestselling author of nine books, was also inserted into the line-up on Friday night. Woods, who was scheduled to address the conference on Saturday, spoke to crowd until Congressman Paul showed up.
The event was emceed by David Fischer of Des Moines and also featured Drew Ivers, the state director of the Campaign for Liberty in Iowa. A.J. Spiker, the Story County Republican chairman, introduced Congressman Paul. Fischer, Ivers, and Spiker were all recently elected to the Republican Party of Iowa’s State Central Committee.
Organizers claim that the Campaign for Liberty now has over 300,000 members across the nation. At the conference on Friday night, Campaign for Liberty made a big deal out of the election of four Campaign for Liberty members to the Republican State Central Committee.
Drew Ivers also noted that 200 Campaign for Liberty members were elected as delegates to the Republican state convention. Two hundred delegates would account for almost ten percent of the Republican state delegates, an impressive feat for a new organization. This is also an indication of how much better organized a second Ron Paul presidential campaign in Iowa would be.
In previous years, it has been the Iowa Christian Alliance who had organized for the caucus to convention process in Iowa. While there is no reason for any group of Republicans to feel threatened by people like Ivers and Fischer, who both have been involved in Republican politics for years, that might not be the case in 2012.
The only thing up for grabs at the 2010 convention is the party platform. However, in two years, people will want to be delegates to the national convention and there will also be an election for both of Iowa seats on the National Committee. If the Campaign for Liberty continues to organize at the grassroots level, they could very easily control who gets to be a delegate to the national convention in 2012, which would pit them against the Iowa Christian Alliance.
A number of Republican candidates were in attendance. Third District congressional candidate Brad Zaun worked the crowd in the lobby before the event. One of his primary opponents, Scott Batcher, was also in attendance. First District Congressional Candidate Will Johnson was also present and was recognized from the podium as a Campaign for Liberty candidate. Bob Vander Plaats was one of the sponsors of the event, and Dave Funk had an impressive booth in the lobby.
The event was full of the energy that we have come to expect from a Ron Paul gathering. What’s interesting about these events is that the excitement comes from the crowd, not necessarily from the person behind the podium. In his speech, Congressman Paul warned that, for the Campaign for Liberty movement to be successful, candidates can’t go out there and say that the preschool programs should be eliminated. Instead, Paul said that they should advocate cutting spending overseas. Paul said, “Not only would it save billions of dollars, but if we changed our foreign policy, we will be safe.”
Paul also said that he opposed rounding up the 12 million people who are in our country illegally. Paul said, “Heck, some of them have lived here for over twenty years, and can’t even speak Spanish.”
The other key issue for Paul and the Campaign for Liberty is the promotion of an audit of the Federal Reserve. Last week, Senator David Vitter (R) of Louisiana, filed an amendment to the financial reform package. The amendment was essentially identical to House Resolution 1207, Congressman Paul’s bill in the House calling for an audit of the Federal Reserve. Only 37 senators supported the amendment, one being Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa. Senator Harkin voted against it.
Obviously, some members of Campaign for Liberty were disappointed that it didn’t pass, but John Tate, Campaign for Liberty’s president, reminded the people in Des Moines on Friday night, “A few years ago nobody knew what they fed was, and now 78% of the people want it audited.”
The vote on the Vitter amendment has spilled over into the hotly contested U.S. Senate primary in Kentucky, and was on Tate’s mind Friday night. Rand Paul, one of Congressman Paul’s children, is seeking the Republican nomination in Kentucky against Trey Grayson, the current Secretary of State. The Republican leader in the U.S. Senate, Mitch McConnell, who is from Kentucky, has publically endorsed Grayson and voted against the Vitter amendment.
The interesting Iowa angle on this story is that the Iowa based American Future Fund (AFF), is very active in the Kentucky primary. Friday night, Tate told the crowd that AFF has been running “hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of ads across the state against Rand Paul.” TheIowaRepublican.com was told that AFF will spend $750,000 in the Kentucky race, $300,000 of it on TV airing ads like this one.
AFF doesn’t believe that Rand Paul is a conservative. AFF points to his refusal to say how he would vote on a federal partial birth abortion ban. They also note that he supports the use of the morning after pill. AFF also believes he is weak on national security issues, noting that Rand Paul opposes the use of coal to create domestic energy, making us more dependent on foreign energy sources. Rand Paul also has stated that he doesn’t think that a nuclear-armed Iran is a threat to America’s national security. AFF has also launched the website RandSaidIt.com.
Rand Paul isn’t the only Republican that is in AFF’s crosshairs. They are also targeting Tom Campbell, who is running for the U.S. Senate in California.
We’ll know more about the strength of the Campaign for Liberty Tuesday night when the election results for Rand Paul start coming in. Rand Paul is expected to win the nomination, but if his supporters can come through with a sizable victory despite some serious attacks against his conservative credentials, the Campaign for Liberty will have proven it is a force to be reckoned with.
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Well, do you suppose BVP is going to throw Huckabee under the bus for Ron Paul???
Wow!! These folks have me totally confused. It seems some points of this group differ from the Tea Party people and yet we have some people involved in both groups.
How can the Deace purist people even think of supporting Paul and yet, we have Deace’s hand chosen guy, BVP working this crowd, too.
Are the Muzzies out to get me or not? I think they are but maybe I’m paranoid. I want someone who takes my security seriously and Im not sure Paul does that.
A problem with the “Campaign for Liberty” is that they seem to be somewhat cultish as the group seems to be built around a specific person. The Tea Party is a movement of likeminded people. They cannot be accused of being cultish.
I’ll take a group like Campaign for Liberty who wants to leave people alone over a group like Iowa Christian alliance any day. As a Vet, I agree with Paul “only go to war when the war is a declared war otherwise the wars never end”.
On Rand Paul: http://www.randpaul2010.com/2010/05/rand-paul-holds-commanding-lead-says-new-independent-poll/
BOWLING GREEN, KENTUCKY – Taxpayer Advocate and Eye Surgeon Rand Paul continues to hold a huge lead in the Republican Senatorial Primary, according to the latest independent media poll. The survey, conducted by Survey USA for WHAS and The Courier Journal, shows Dr. Paul leading ESTABLISHMENT backed candidate Trey Grayson by 16 points, 49-33. Undecided voters constituted only 11 percent, 5 points less than Dr. Paul’s lead.
Anybody besides me see some irony in this statement?
A problem with the “Campaign for Liberty” is that they seem to be somewhat cultish as the group seems to be built around a specific person.
Dude, Pot meet kettle!!!
A problem with “Deace voted for Obama” is that he seems to be somewhat cultish as he seems to be built around a specific person.
Maybe you should get the 2×4 out of your own eye, before you comment on anybody else.
What the heck are you talking about? I don’t have any group of people following me.
I just saw on TV that Paul says that earmarks keeps money away from the executive branch to spend. HUH??? Does that mean congress should have MORE earmarks?
Craig must have missed: Rod Roberts who I talked to before the event started, Steve Scheffler , Gopal Krishna and Bill Schickle who were all at the event.
DVFO, Talk to Chuck Grassley, Tom Harkin, Tom Latham, Steve King and others and you will find that earmarks add nothing to the budget. Earmarks take already appropriated money and specify how it will be spend. If you don’t earmark $$$ the executive branch decides on how every penny of the budget gets spent -A FACT!
I’ve noticed that Rod Roberts has the most support from the Tea Party folks in my area. I would assume that is because BVP has been running for the last decade and isn’t a fresh face.
Nice to see the American Future Fund throwing money away on the Kentucky primary. Grayson is going to lose badly.
A few points:
“If the Campaign for Liberty continues to organize at the grassroots level, they could very easily control who gets to be a delegate to the national convention in 2012, which would pit them against the Iowa Christian Alliance.”
I wouldn’t say that one would be pitted against the other. Although they are clearly not the same there is considerable overlap in both ideals and membership.
“A problem with the “Campaign for Liberty” is that they seem to be somewhat cultish as the group seems to be built around a specific person. The Tea Party is a movement of likeminded people. They cannot be accused of being cultish.”
Show a picture of Palin at a tea party rally and you will get drools that make Pavlov’s dog jealous. I’m not saying every member of the tea party worship Palin, but many do.
“We’ll know more about the strength of the Campaign for Liberty Tuesday night when the election results for Rand Paul start coming in. Rand Paul is expected to win the nomination, but if his supporters can come through with a sizable victory despite some serious attacks against his conservative credentials, the Campaign for Liberty will have proven it is a force to be reckoned with.”
C4L along with Rand’s message have already proven its force in this race. Paul started as a huge underdog with the entire party hierarchy endorsing Grayson, and working against 750K from the AFF, wow. The fact that he is expected to win, and likely be a 15 point margin shows the force behind the movement.
I completely agree that some worship Palin. However, I don’t see her as the central figure in the Tea Party movement. The group is not all that well organized and it’s probably just as well.
It is amusing that many Republicans demand that there is total adherence to the Republican platform when Tea Partiers are all over the place and so is the Paul people.
Trying to pigeon hole Republicans doesnt work so well. Its like herding cats.
Hopefully, the one thing that binds us all is a desire for personal liberty and small government.
I expect my government to first of all provide for my personal security which I cannot supply myself. That is the number one question I have regarding Paul. I’m not convinced that if we’re nice to the Muzzies, they will be nice to us.
I don’t think they care if we’re on the gold standard or what we do with our money. With those radicals, it’s either convert to Islam or off with our heads. Im not sure Paul takes that seriously.
Question: Would Ron Paul sign BVP’s Executive Order?
Regarding Paul’s foreign policy, I think it comes down to the question of why they hate us, why are they willing to die in order to strike a blow against Americans. If you say it is because we are free, well, that is sad, I would encourage you to stop listening to talking points and open a history book.
Paul’s foreign policy is based on history and why they say they hate us, for our meddling in the affairs of their nations. His conclusion, well, lets stop meddling in the affairs of others, we think it makes us safe, but it obviously doesn’t. It pisses them off and bankrupts us at the same time. Defend the homeland, don’t go out looking for monsters to slay…sounds a lot like the advice given to us by our founders, maybe we should listen.
Question: Would Ron Paul sign BVP’s Executive Order?
Not sure. I can’t speak for him, but I would not be surprised if he had an opinion similar to mine. That being, the government has no business saying who gets married. The fact that I had to go to the government to get permission to marry my wife 8 years ago is down right stupid (oh, and pay the fee). The government should not care who is married and who isn’t, individuals should pay similar taxes whether they are married or not, so that is no excuse. When you go to the hospital you can tell them who makes medical decisions if you can’t, no excuse there. When you die, your will can give possessions to anyone, no excuse there. On and on and on…
Let churches marry whoever they feel comfortable, don’t allow lawsuits if a church doesn’t want to marry two dudes, just like those (few) who refuse to marry those who have been living together now. Let churches, not government decide and let them be held accountable by God. Not by government.
As far as standing up to a court that has overstepped its bound, that sounds like something Paul would do, although I don’t see him using something like executive orders, which are not found in the constitution and is simply a power grab invented by the executive branch. (not sure if it is listed in Iowa constitution, but Paul is not running for Gov.).
But keep in mind, I do not speak for RP
I think the “Deace wing” of the party, people like TeaPublican, Bill Salier, and all the candidates we see running as “constitustionalists” (Dave Funk, Chris Reed, BVP, etc.) have kind of tried to work together with these C4L people. Its a symbiotic relationship. Deace has the megaphone, the candidates have the in voque rhetoric about the constitution, and C4L has the grassroots organization. It makes pretty good sense because both wings of the party despise the so-called establishment, and together they can take them out of power. Problem is, these two wings of the party may overlap in places, but they certainly do not agree on everything. It will be interesting to see if they really do become a majority faction in the Republican Party of Iowa and see how they bridge those discrepancies.
Deace voted for Obama is a she – – – Vinita Smith in Cass County. When you see her, you decide whether she is worthy of protection.
Mr. Romney, there is something funny about someone “outing” someones real name…while using a fake name of their own. Unless of course, Mr. Romney has time to spend on the TIR comment section.
Also “When you see her, you decide whether she is worthy of protection.”
Mr. Romney, time to grow up, we don’t threaten people for holding different opinions. Unless your trying to prove the stereotype given to republicans.
Mr. Romney is a low life snake in the grass. Even if everyone knows who is or who isn’t someone, it is beneath dignity to “out” them. You, sir, are the epitome of scum.
“We’ll know more about the strength of the Campaign for Liberty Tuesday night when the election results for Rand Paul start coming in. Rand Paul is expected to win the nomination, but if his supporters can come through with a sizable victory despite some serious attacks against his conservative credentials, the Campaign for Liberty will have proven it is a force to be reckoned with”
I think the message was sent tonight, they are a force to be reckoned with. The establishment went down in flames. .
Craig, Looks like you have a story. CFL & the Pauls are a force to be reckoned with. Paul slaughtered the establishment candidate Grayson -see below-. What next: Ivers, Spiker, Fischer and Johnson for US Senate/House?
“We’ve come to take our government back” Rand Paul
Paul , Rand GOP 205,221 59%
Grayson , Trey GOP 123,444 35%
Do you need help putting out the fire? I have to pee, I can save it for you if you think it might help.
Me, CFL Member who rallies around an idea, not a man.
“Randslide”- new word!