From Roger Leahy:
We have received compliments from the RP campaign staff, and inquiries from Ron Paul supporters in other states wanting to duplicate our success.
This has prompted me to recall those various ingredients. They have included:
An early rally in person by Dr Paul in August where 500 persons heard his message at the town square.
Enthusiastic travel and participation in the Straw Poll in Ames by local RP supporters.
Building a list, mostly locally with help from the campaign, of about 150 local RP supporters.
Having a fantastic Meetup organizer in Brian, who has inspired us on a daily basis with national RP news and setting up local RP events.
Staffing a booth on Saturday mornings at the Farmer’s Market from August through December where we were available to discuss Ron Paul.
Staffing booths at the monthly Art Walk to promote Ron Paul.
Lots of local signs for Ron Paul, including 4’ by 8’ signs on the main roads and far more yard signs than any other candidate.
We set up a small local office on the town square, with internet and phone, where literature, buttons, signs and bumper stickers were available 24/7.
All these materials were provided free to the public and were sponsored by local donations.
We dropped Ron Paul literature on Sundays at church parking lots, and distributed RP literature on door knobs around town.
Weekly and Ads and occasional inserts were placed in the local (daily and weekly) newspapers for the past couple of months.
A focus on local areas of concern, particularly health freedom, restoring civil liberties, opposition to the Patriot Act,
restoring the Constitutional limited Federal government, a humble, non-interventionalist foreign policy, etc.
We met weekly over lunch for organizational meetings that were open to the public.
We help Public Ron Paul meetings in the public library about monthly, showing videos and giving talks.
Held a speech competition to choose and selected two great young speakers to talk for Ron Paul at the caucus.
We outfitted 2 pick-ups with 4 by 8 Ron Paul signs and parked them prominently on the main highways or on the town square.
We bought some RP magnetic signs and put them on our car doors.
We emailed and called our lists of friends and business associates to explain the importance of supporting Ron Paul.
We directed our efforts mostly to our friends, who were largely Democrats, Independents, or non-political folks.
We tried to win over Obama and Edwards supporters, in fact some of our Ads contrasted Ron Paul with them.
We made a strong effort to get people to register Republican just for voting for Ron Paul, even if they switched back the next day.
We communicated often via emails (sometimes dozens per day) sharing ideas and inspiration (allowing folks to opt out if they wished).
Although we had a Meetup Group (totally open and un-monitored), only about 1/3 actually joined it. The rest we just emailed directly.
We emailed and talked with each other continuously and inspired each other continually with Ron Paul news and links.
What we did not do:
We had very little contact with traditional Republicans or the conservative Christian community.
We did not make phone calls to Republican or any registered voter lists. (we tried it, but found it disappointing.)
We did not focus on Ron Paul’s positions on abortion or immigration (unless asked about them).
When I wrote the above list, I was pretty impressed with our local activities.
We have such a core group of Ron Paul patriots, and we are not going to settle for less than a transformation of our country.
We wish tremendous success to the Ron Paul Revolution in New Hampshire and up to the Convention.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to inaugurate President Ron Paul?
GO RON PAUL!!
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