Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

In Iowa, Rep. Ron Paul Upstages Six Republican Presidential Hopefuls

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

In Iowa, Rep. Ron Paul Upstages Six Republican Presidential Hopefuls

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WHEN TWO IOWA organizations, Iowans for Tax Relief (ITR) and the Iowa Christian Alliance (ICA), planned a June 30 Des Moines forum of presidential nomination candidates, they chose to exclude maverick Texas Rep. Ron Paul. The Republican congressman responded by renting the adjacent hall for his own campaign rally timed to begin as the ITR/ICA "Presidential Candidates Forum" ended. Paul-whose bold insistence in previous debates that terrorist attacks against the U.S. are "blowback" resulting from an interventionist U.S. foreign policy-has garnered considerable public support and rattled pro-war Republican leaders.

To the surprise and chagrin of ITR and ICA leaders and a line-up of six candidates for the Republican presidential nomination-former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Sen. Sam Brownback (KS), former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Rep. Tom Tancredo (CO) and Rep. Duncan Hunter (CA)-Paul's rally drew twice the number of enthusiastic supporters.

During an interview immediately after the rally, this reporter asked Rep. Paul, an obstetrician, former USAF and Air National Guard flight surgeon, and 10-term congressman, what he would do about the crisis in the Holy Land. …

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