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Posted August 10, 2011
Rand Paul stumps for his dad; no plans now for 2016 presidential bid

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks to a group of people before introducing his father, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Tex., at the Clarion Hotel and Convention Center on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011. This was one of Paul's multiple stops in Iowa prior to the Straw Poll on Aug. 13. (David Scrivner/SourceMedia Group)


CEDAR RAPIDS – Like a chip off the block, Sen. Rand Paul echoed his father’s warnings that the nation is approaching a financial tipping point.

Rep. Ron Paul

“Remember the good old days when we measured our deficit in billions and not trillions,” Paul said in Cedar Rapids Aug. 10 as his introduced his father, 2012 Republican presidential hopeful U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas.

With the nation spending $100,000 per second and borrowing $40,000 a second, the Kentucky senator warned the nation may be “rapidly approaching a time we may not be able to pay our bills.”

His father, who Rand Paul described as “one congressman who has been standing up for the taxpayer all along,” offers the best plan for changing the financial course of the nation and asked the audience of about 100 people to support his candidate-father in the Iowa GOP Straw Poll Aug. 13 in Ames.

Although he is campaigning with his father this week, the younger Paul said he has no plans at this time to follow in his father’s footsteps on the presidential campaign trail.

“Am I crazy?” he replied when a reporter asked whether he would run in 2016 if his father isn’t successful in 2012. “One Paul at a time. This year it’s Ron Paul.”

If Ron Paul is going to be successful, he needs help in the straw poll this Saturday.

“Iowa gets to play an important role in this decision on who the next president will be,” Rand Paul said, and went on to appeal not only to the Republicans in his audience, but the Tea Party activists, independents and even Democrats.

Bill Fye of Cedar Rapids, who strayed from the Democratic ballot once to vote for Ross Perot, plans to be in Ames for Ron Paul Saturday.

“The others are too much alike,” Fye said as he left with Ron Paul yard signs. He likes Paul’s liberty message because he thinks the government is “too controlling.”

“In 2008, I voted for Barack Obama – the lesser of two evils,” he said. “This year, I’ll write in Ron Paul if I have to. It may not make a difference, but it will make me feel better.”

When the elder Paul took the lectern, he delivered his stumps speech on shrinking the size of government, bringing troops home from around the world, eliminating the Federal Reserve and using the Constitution the way it was intended – “to constrain the federal government, not you.”

Chad Johnson of Marion agreed it’s time to “go back to the Constitution – the way it was meant.”

Jobs, the economy, the Federal Reserve, the Constitution are all connected he said as he left with a handful of yard signs and The Grassroots Press, the Paul campaign’s newspaper.

For Kevin Wimer of Cedar Rapids, the issue is integrity.

“I don’t think this guy can be bought off,” he explained.

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