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Iowans will begin casting the first ballots of the 2012 nominating season Tuesday evening when they gather to choose a Republican candidate. Rick Santorum has shown a last-minute bump from his previous low standing in the polls while Mitt Romney and Ron Paul appear to be battling for the top spot. The most notable aspect of the caucuses may be that over 40% of caucus-goers are undecided at this point meaning any candidate could mount a strong run.

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Report from Reuters:

With time running out, rivals of surging Republican Rick Santorum raised doubts about his conservative record on Monday in hopes of heading off a last-minute victory by the former senator a day before Iowa kicks off the 2012 presidential election season.

Santorum, a second-tier candidate until a jump in the polls last week, claimed the momentum as he and the other Republican candidates barnstormed across Iowa making final arguments and trying to bolster turnout ahead of Tuesday’s Iowa caucuses.

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and libertarian congressman Ron Paul are neck-and-neck in the lead in Iowa polls in the start of the fight to decide who will face Democratic President Barack Obama in next November’s election.

But Santorum, uniting voters on the Christian right who have been divided for months, could pull off a surprise. The top three or four finishers will likely have momentum, and maybe more money, to go into next week’s New Hampshire primary.

Santorum’s 11th-hour charge is just the latest twist in the Republican Party’s tortuous road to reclaim the White House – a race that has changed front-runners half a dozen times already. In a time of weak economic and job growth and bitter bipartisan fights in Washington, voters seem to be unsure of their choices.

We’ll have the results and a wrap-up Tuesday evening.

21 COMMENTS

  1. I sure pray for this country that Ron Paul does NOT win the Iowa caucus for the safety of all that live and love this country….I do not like Romney and not real sure why..Just don’t feel good about him..Did like Cain…SO NOW I AM LEANING TO RICK SANTORUM…HE SEENS SO DOWN TO EARTH AND TELLS THE TRUTH FROM THE HEART..PLUS THE FACT THAT HE DOES NOT HAVE MONEY TO THROW AROUND AND USES HIS MONEY WISELY…I THINK SINCE HE IS ONE OF US..HE WOULD NOT FORGET WHERE HE CAME FROM!!!!KAY

    • RON PAUL IS SO DOWN TO EARTH AND TELLS THE TRUTH FROM THE HEART. HE DOES NOT HAVE MONEY TO THROW AROUND IT ALL COMES FROM PEOPLE LIKE ME, $20.00 AT A TIME. HIS SUPPORTERS ARE MIDDLE-CLASS GRASS ROOTS PEOPLE AND HE USES HIS MONEY WISELY. SINCE HE IS ONE OF US HE HAS NEVER FORGOTTEN WHERE HE COMES FROM AND WHAT HE IS FIGHTING FOR. RON PAUL IS FIGHTING FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM HE IS FIGHTING FOR US! He is the only candidate that stands for the FREEDOM FOR ALL AMERICANS as outlined by our Constitution. As a Christian he is personally opposed to some of these lifestyle choices, BUT, he will not put his personal religious preferences before the Constitution or the Peoples Civil Rights!

      SANTORUM is a mislead patriot. He wants to legislate against the people he disagrees with, based on his RELIGIOUS BELIEFS, this is UNCONSTITUTIONAL! When you take away the rights for some or favor particular groups you allow the Constitution to be compromised! The Constitution is grossly, DANGEROUSLY COMPROMISED today, Santorum will accelerate our descent down this slippery slope to the end of our country! He is afraid and terribly mislead and he will wage aggressive wars in the Mideast to the elite establishment’s delight!

      RON PAUL!

  2. After STUDYING Ron Paul, I have decided he is the only choice. I had to do my homework though. I learned you only get programmed by the media to go for the guy they say is “in the lead” that week, when he may or may not even be in the lead at all! They lie. They must be ignoring Paul for a reason and since they are owned by Corporate America/Government establishment types, I figure I should pay attention to Paul. So I have.
    I like Santorum’s ideas about industry, but I am not about to vote for any of them who are just ITCHING to go to war with Iran. That includes Santorum, the Newt, and Romney. Paul understands one of the only 3 TRUE responsibilities of the government is to protect the boarders of this country. If that means going to war, he will, and has said so many times. (If you do some research on You Tube you will find it) What he doesn’t want are wars without solid reasons, which are in large part what has bankrupted us.
    Ask yourselves, how is it that Ron Paul has risen to first place (anywhere) without any support of the media, Wall Street, Big Bankers, or government endorsements? He has gotten to where he is through Grass Root Efforts. I trust the American People. I Trust Ron Paul. God Bless Us All.

    • Lynn – if only all voters had your intelligence to do the research and the wisdom you have to draw correct conclusions.

  3. If this is allowed, everyone should take a look at this article. It’s not about any candidate, but what the establishment is doing in spite of state voting LAWS. Just goes to show you that they think they are ABOVE THE LAW! I can not believe what I am hearing here…there is a youtube video that confirms the GOP will do whatever they can to keep a candidate THEY do not want to win from becoming victorious. It doesn’t matter what the AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT???
    http://www.infowars.com/republican-insider-gop-establishment-planning-to-subvert-iowa-to-prevent-ron-paul-win/

  4. Folks many of you say that you can’t decide on one candidate, you know Ron Paul is different but you don’t agree with everything he wants to do. Know this, he is the one and only one candidate who intends to and will pry the Plutocracy power mongers grip off of us.

    Money Rules, it buys and owns our representatives, Democrat and Republican, big money must have cheap energy, labor, fiat money and bail-outs, the Plutocracy has control. They are the rich, elite, powerful corporatist’s who need to control global resources, cheap energy and labor to reap the world market. They have the money to buy off our elected representatives, they use patriotism, fear, MSM, talking heads and entertainment to mislead our people and youth to keep them self-indulgent, complacent, disinterested and afraid, we are the pawns folks! These pre-emptive conflicts are for the Plutocracy’s domination, for profits and power it has nothing at all to do with America’s defense.

    Research, read, write, talk to others and pray pray pray before it is too late to turn back. Ron Paul is US the others drank the Kool-aid.

  5. Santorum is a dangerous seething religious neo-con war-monger, if you like the state of America today go ahead and choose him and say goodbye to The United States of America, land of the free.
    As for me Ron Paul!

  6. I don`t think none of the candidates on here have the potentials to turn arround america for the good. This is a nation of immigrants. The reason why so many people outside the US wants to immigrate to the united states, is because the grass is greener over here in terms of opportunity.I am an immigrant and i came over to live for this same opportunity. So good economy and green jobs is the foundation for prosperity. This election is about jobs and economy.After careful analysis based on real facts figures, I am fully convinced that herman cain 999 plan is the only bold solution that will change America for the good.Talk is cheap but action speaks loudest. This is a man that Americans over looked. I have seen him go at the problem from the root. He is not a sit behind the table CEO. He feels what you feel by personally experiencing the problem and working at the right solution to salvaging the problem.

  7. Folks, I was around during WWII and served in the military to save our country.
    My father went to the America-Firsters -Isolationists – meetings and was shown the door repeatedly because he knew we would have to be involved to save our country but those people didn’t believe it.

    If you support Ron Paul, you will be making the same mistake the Isolationists made back then. He is a dangerous man. He surely believes in what he is saying but it seems he didn’t learn from history either. Don’t let your emotions rule your mind,. Read the history about our entry into WWII and learn from it!

    • Daniel Stone

      I find it “Baffling” that you wish to “lecture” us about Ron Paul and “History” concerning WW2. I’m also quite surprised at you, considering you are closer in age to Ron Paul than any posters I’ve seen on these Blogs.

      I’m “surprised” because you don’t even “make-the-case” that we are a “Representative Democracy” who should be OBEYING Our Constitution when it comes to “how and when” we go to war. It seems even “stranger” to me when you say you “were around” during WW2 and that you “served” in the Military, that you wouldn’t DEMAND that our “current” President to do what FDR did in the 1940’s and have Congress “Declare War”, according to that Constitution.

      We ARE NOT a “Dictatorship” or a “Monarchy” whereby the People DO NOT have a “say” as to the validity of going into battle and getting themselves Maimed or Killed. We are a FREE People, a FREE Nation who is supposed to abide by a “Rule of Law” ESPECIALLY concerning Wars. We, the People, elect “Representatives” who vote whether or not to “Declare War”. That is what our Constitution “Demands”. Otherwise ANY “Special Interest” or “Influence”, Foreign or Domestic, could be the ones leading us into War for all the WRONG reasons. Unfortunately, this is what we have TODAY and ever since WW2. We go to war for all the wrong reasons.

      You come on here and “slam” Ron Paul for wanting our Country and our People to (once again) OBEY the Constitution. Then you call him an “Isolationist” (which is NOT True), when he’s actually a “Non-Interventionist”. Then you say he’s “Dangerous” and he didn’t learn from History. Are you for Real, Daniel Stone?

      May I suggest a few things to you? First, READ our Constitution and EDUCATE YOURSELF on how our Government is “supposed” to work. Second, EDUCATE YOURSELF as to the difference between an “Isolationist” and a “Non-Interventionist”. Third, after you have completed the first two, COMPARE Ron Paul’s views with ALL the other candidate’s views (including Obama) to see who’s views actually “lines-up” more with the Constitution.

      Remember: The President, when he/she takes the OATH of Office, PROMISES to “Preserve, Protect and Defend” the Constitution of the United States. WE THE PEOPLE, should be taking the “Oath of Office” just as SERIOUSLY as the Candidate who is Elected, BY US, to fulfill the Office of the Presidency. He/she REPRESENTS a FREE and DEMOCRATIC People to the Entire World!

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  8. The Daily Caller

    January 4, 2012
    The trouble with my uncle, Rick Santorum
    By John Garver Published: 2:00 PM 01/03/2012 | Updated: 11:00 PM 01/03/2012

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/01/03/the-trouble-with-my-uncle-rick-santorum/#ixzz1iSrQeN26

    If you want another big-government politician who supports the status quo to run our country, you should vote for my uncle, Rick Santorum. America is based on a strong belief in individual liberty. My uncle’s interventionist policies, both domestic and foreign, stem from his irrational fear of freedom not working.

    It is not the government’s job to dictate to individuals how they must live. The Constitution was designed to protect individual liberty. My Uncle Rick cannot fathom a society in which people cooperate and work with each other freely. When Republicans were spending so much money under President Bush, my uncle was right there along with them as a senator. The reason we have so much debt is not only because of Democrats, but also because of big-spending Republicans like my Uncle Rick.

    It is because of this inability of status quo politicians to recognize the importance of our individual liberties that I have been drawn to Ron Paul. Unlike my uncle, he does not believe that the American people are incapable of forming decisions. He believes that an individual is more powerful than any group (a notion our founding fathers also believed in).

    Another important reason I support Ron Paul is his position on foreign policy. He is the only candidate willing to bring our troops home, not only from the Middle East, but from around the world.

    Ron Paul seems to be the only candidate trying to win the election for a reason other than simply winning the election.

    This year, I’ll vote for an honest change in our government. I’ll vote for real hope. I’ll vote for a real leader. This year, I will vote for Ron Paul.

    John Garver is a 19-year-old student at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. John is a strong supporter of Ron Paul despite his love for family member Rick Santorum.

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/01/03/the-trouble-with-my-uncle-rick-santorum/#ixzz1iSqcb38P

  9. Ask yourselves, how is it that Ron Paul has risen to first place (anywhere) without any support of the media, Wall Street, Big Bankers, or government endorsements? He has gotten to where he is through Grass Root Efforts. I trust the American People. I Trust Ron Paul. God Bless Us All.

  10. MY God, this looks like a Ron Paul site! How in the world with all of the support he had did he wind up in THIRD. I will never believe that Santorum went from second tier to second place! What a bunch of political BS. You just can’t trust anyone these days. Guess the GOP actually did get away with throwing the vote.

  11. Hello Darryl,
    I hope you are still viewing the comments. I agree totally with you about our constitution.I become angry and frustrated when I see any of the three branches of government trying to do something which violates our laws.
    I guess my point about Ron Paul wasn’t expressed quite clearly. After reading your point of view, I’m sure you weren’t around during WWII, but I understand and respect your logic.

    We had to go to war after being attacked by the Japanese and having Hitler and company joining in also. Britain would have fallen without our support and we would have been attacked HERE by the three Axis of Evil partners.

    My fear is we could be blind-sided if we try to stay out of international politics and not be ready to go to war if absolutely necesary to defend out Republic.

    Yes, we have been involved in wars which should not have been our concern,i.e. Vietnam
    etc. We lost many thousand of men which should never have happened.

    Regarding your other comments, I have read most of the Constitution -dry as it is-
    and am not a stranger to its passages. Next,regarding the candidates, I know they have expressed strict views concerning our give-away foreign aid, but I’m not sure how they truly feel about military “intervention”. If we are threatened by any foreign power, we must respond as necessary. Would Ron Paul hesitate to defend the US by a reluctance to commit our resources as needed? I don’t know.

    Also,how can I “demand” that the President take action except for when I vote and thereby express my opinion. I don’t see how my age matters except for the knowledge I possess and willingly share with others. Having served in the military for 20 years, I have very strong patiotic views. I was in a position to engage and observe in some of history in the making. I’m 84 years old, but I would go again,if necessary,to defend our country.

    So, Darryl, tell me if you have any other views to address. I hope you have a great life-you deserve it! You care enough about our future to comment on it! Unfortunately, there don’t seem to be anough people who remain aware of what is happening and take the time to express their views.

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