Creative campaigning: Christmas break in Iowa

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The front-loaded, earlier-than-ever primary schedule has enabled a campaign opportunity that wouldn't have worked as well in years past. The Ron Paul campaign is urging his student supporters (college and driving-age high school) to come to Iowa to campaign for him in advance of the January 3 precinct caucuses there:

School is out, and the Ron Paul Revolution is taking over Iowa! All students (high school & college) of student age (16-30) are invited to join us in Iowa Dec. 14-23 and Dec. 27 - Jan. 4 for Ron Paul's Christmas Vacation!

If you can get to Iowa on Friday Dec. 14 and/or Thursday Dec. 27, the campaign will provide you with the rest. Food, housing, and gas will be covered for 150 students in Iowa. All you have to do is get there.

The students will be going door-to-door, urging people to show up at their precinct caucus to support Ron Paul. The blog entry notes that 25,000 supporters will be sufficient to place in the top three. If the campaign gets the 150 volunteers they want, they can easily knock on twice that many doors. If the campaign has good lists of likely caucus-goers, this could be a very productive effort.

This is a great idea for maximizing grassroots energy in a low-budget way. Is the Fred '08 campaign paying attention?

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David V Author Profile Page said:

The Huckabee supporters(that's us) will be traveling through Iowa twice in the next 3 weeks.

We'll see what we can do to help. Thanks for the idea!

I'd love to see Oklahoma return to a caucus system.

I believe the Republicans can decide to do that in Oklahoma regardless of what the Democrats want.

We only departed from caucus procedures because the democrats convinced us that "Super Tuesday" was a great idea. Hah!

Remember its not about the top down, centrally controlled campaign. Ron Paul is so out in front of the others in terms of volunteers because he is showing what the real free market can do. Fred, Huckster, et. al don’t get it. They all think in the central control mindset because to them its all about the power. Ron Paul’s basic philosophy of “hands off”, works and as today, works all too well. http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/017789.html In order for the other campaigns to match Ron Paul’s, the men at the top have to think in whole different way.

mad okie Author Profile Page said:

Fred's problem is he can't seem to run his own campaign right... and if he can't do that, what kind of confidence does that instill that he will be able to run a country right?

webworm Author Profile Page said:

Ron Paul's problem is that his image is damaged when his youthful (and ignorant) supporters tag the walls in residential areas with his name in spray paint. These kind of supporters don't contribute one thing to a campaign. But it's fun, and cool to be so irresponsible........he will not get my vote or my money!

David V Author Profile Page said:

Well, we drove through Iowa this past weekend.
We used white liquid shoe polish to write; "We Switched To Huckabee", on our minivan's rear and side windows.

We received a good amount of feedback and even a few impromptu signs were held up by passing vehicles along I-35.

The fog probably limited our communications (1/10 mile visibility).

But there's a certain "numbness" that I've seen seen in many Iowans. Perhaps there's a point where many people are exhausted by politics.

I was surprised by how many people in Minnesota were excited by Huckabee's candidacy.

We'll be back in Iowa this saturday.

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