With the January 3 Iowa caucus approaching quickly, Republican presidential candidate Congressman Ron Paul returned to Iowa on Monday. Paul had been in Texas to ring in the new year and to take a breather from the hectic campaign activity that has become a standard practice in this volatile GOP presidential primary.
And true to their activist grassroots form, Paul's passionate supporters turned up the heat on New Year's Day, issuing a new 12-minute long-form video on the Internet that featured opening and closing endorsement remarks from a Mitt Romney impersonator and a summary of Paul's numerous policy positions and objections.
"Attention Iowa caucus voters: I'm fake Mitt Romney, which makes me remarkably like the real Mitt Romney," the Romney impersonator began. "I took a break from picking up a check from Goldman Sachs to speak to you, America. I want Americans to skip this video by clicking here, because 30 percent of Americans who watch this whole video change their vote."
According to the latest Iowa poll, released on January 1 by Public Policy Polling
, Ron Paul remains in a statistical tie for first place with Mitt Romney. Public Policy Polling's results also reflected the surge of Rick Santorum, who has climbed 8 percentage points in one week. The PPP figures put the top 3 in Iowa as follows:
Ron Paul: 20 percent
Mitt Romney: 19 percent
Rick Santorum: 18 percent
Ron Paul and his son, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), appeared in Iowa together on Monday in a dual push in the final hours before the beginning of the Iowa caucus, according to USA Today
The Paul campaign appeared to have good momentum heading into the Iowa caucus, with strong support from Independents and from younger voters, as demonstrated by the recent endorsement by pop singer Kelly Clarkson, as Time reported on Monday
But Rick Santorum's sudden and unexpected popularity in Iowa has put the state's contest in question.