NEWTON, Iowa--The crowd of roughly 150 supporters who turned up at a campaign event here on Wednesday to hear Ron Paul deliver his stump speech opposing the Federal Reserve system and promising to close foreign military bases around the world provided a window into one of Paul's biggest challenges in Iowa: converting his fervent supporters to actual voters.
Paul's enthusiastically committed supporters don't have a ton of experience showing up to local precinct caucuses on specific nights in January every four years. His campaign has been working overtime to train and inform his supporters in hopes of bringing a lot of first-time caucusgoers to the polls on Tuesday.
I chatted with some of Paul's supporters--Republican, Democrat and independent--on Wednesday. Here is a sampling of what they had to say.
- Paul's newsletters and Romney's Harvard years illustrate the mental approaches of the Iowa front-runners