Ron Paul is still in the running. A third place finish in the Caucuses has given the Texas Congressman his ticket out of Iowa. Tonight Doctor Paul thanked the enthusiastic crowd at his Ankeny Caucus headquarters for their support during his grassroots campaign.
“There’s nobody else that has people like you, working hard and enthusiastic,” Paul said. “That makes all the difference in the world.”
He finished with 21 percent of the vote. Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum each received 25 percent, but Romney took the top spot by eight votes.
Paul’s message of personal liberty and limited government has attracted supporters. Many veterans and active military personnel support his foreign policy views. Army Corporal Jesse Thorsen believes Paul is the only candidate who has an accurate idea of how the U.S. should use its forces.
“We don’t need to go picking fights overseas and I think everyone else knows that too,” Thorsen said.
Four years ago Lori Leporte campaigned for Paul. This year she worked at his headquarters. Laporte believes any success in Iowa is an indication of more to come.
“It’s really a reflection if you can draw people out on what’s usually a horrible winter night to come out and vote for you and support you, that shows you have a message that’s resonating with people,” Laporte said.
Congressman Paul is also confident moving forward.
“I think there is nothing to be ashamed of, everything to be satisfied, be ready and raring to move on to the next stop,” he said.