Ron Paul Launches New ‘Money Bomb’ Targeting Ames Straw Poll

U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas is launching another money bomb tomorrow, emphasizing the need for a strong showing in the Ames Straw Poll on August 13.

In an email to supporters, Paul identified the Ames Straw Poll as a “crucial bellwether for the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses.” A poor showing could “crush any hope of future success,” he told his supporters.

Paul, who’s waging his third bid for the presidency and has already started running television ads in Iowa, told his supporters that he’s going all out for a stronger-than-expected showing at Ames:

“This year, the Iowa Straw Poll is more important than ever … Columnists, TV pundits, talk radio hosts, and other national media commentators are all looking to the Iowa Straw Poll to see which candidate or candidates have what it takes to win,” he wrote.

“And with my record of NEVER toeing the establishment line, I am the LAST candidate they want to acknowledge as a top contender.

“So I’m counting on you to help me send shockwaves throughout the national political establishment with a strong finish at the Iowa Straw Poll … A strong showing on August 13 is our chance to show that my campaign has the organization and the message to not only stand toe-to-toe with any opponent, but to win this race.”

Four years ago, the Texas congressman, who has a history of winning straw polls, finished fifth in the Ames Straw Poll with slightly more than nine percent of the vote.

The August 13 straw poll, which will be held at the Hilton Coliseum on the campus of Iowa State University, is quickly developing into a free-for-all between Ron Paul, Minnesota’s Michele Bachmann and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who has invested heavily in the state, with at least three others — businessman Herman Cain, U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter of Michigan and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum — hoping to beat expectations.

A poor showing by Pawlenty, whose campaign to-date has failed to catch fire, could end his candidacy.


  1. Strictly speaking, we supporters launch them, and come up with the graphics and spread the word, but then we ask him to send an email and put it on his facebook.

    People donate directly to the campaign site at so there is no concern about the money getting to him.

  2. Ready, Ames, Fire! props to Oskaloosa, Iowa

  3. The Ames straw poll is a big test for Ron Paul, because only Iowa residents can vote. His campaign is much better organized this time, and people are more receptive to his message after the economic collapse he predicted and the gigantic bailouts of those who helped cause it.

    If Ron Paul does well, don’t write it off to “a history of doing well in straw polls” — there’s a reason he’s doing well, and it’s because he has real supporters on the ground helping him do well.

  4. DownOnTheOl'Luck says:

    There’s no need to knock on my door

    there’s no need to call

    Don’t bother to ask

    the last of my cash is going straight to Ron Paul

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