Rep. Ron Paul of Texas is rallying his diehard supporters, whom his rivals regard as the greatest complication in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
With less than a week until Iowa’s leadoff contest, Paul planned to meet with supporters near Des Moines. The other GOP candidates spread out across the state Wednesday to woo potential caucus-goers, many of whom are still undecided amid a flood of television and radio ads. Paul’s rivals also worked to disqualify him on social issues, foreign affairs and even his decades-old newsletter.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Tuesday he couldn’t vote for Paul if he were to become the GOP nominee and called his views “totally outside the mainstream of every decent American” during an interview with CNN.
Gov. Rick Perry said during a campaign stop in Council Bluffs that his fellow Texan was dangerous: “You don’t have to vote for a candidate who would allow Iran to wipe Israel off the face of the earth and then ultimately America.”
As Paul’s poll numbers have risen, so has scrutiny of him. That has led to questions about a newsletter he published in the early 1990s, when he was not serving in Congress. Among the quotes from the newsletter: “Homosexuals, not to speak of the rest of society, were far better off when social pressure forced them to hide their activities.”
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