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By Andrew Moran     Feb 6, 2012 in Politics
Minneapolis - According to an internal analysis from the Ron Paul presidential campaign, the Texas Republican Congressman received more military donations than his GOP rivals and President Barack Obama in the fourth quarter.
It was reported last week that Veterans for Ron Paul launched a money grenade for the Feb. 20 “Ron Paul is the Choice of the Troops” march in Washington, which will begin from the Washington Monument and end at the White House.
An internal analysis from the Ron Paul campaign shows that not only a large number of military veterans support the libertarian-leaning congressman, but also active-military men and women as a new report shows the three-time presidential candidate received more donations than his Republican rivals and President Barack Obama combined.
The report, which is based on Federal Election Commission data, showed that Paul raised more than $150,000 from active-military members in the final quarter of the year. He was able to raise triple the amount than the incumbent president.
Also, he received six times the amount of the remaining GOP candidates, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer.
Paul’s campaign noted in a press release that both Romney and Gingrich each received $10,000, which means Paul was able to raise 15 times more than both men. With Republican and Democratic candidates combined, he raised double the amount.
“Whether it’s his loyalty to the Constitution, the fact that Ron Paul is the only veteran running, his foreign policy to end nation building, or his Plan to Restore America, veterans are responding to Ron Paul’s candidacy loud and clear,” said Jesse Benton, 2012 Ron Paul Campaign Chairman.
“The question ultimately comes down to, ‘What do the troops know that the other candidates don’t know?’ Plain as day the answer is that the men and women in uniform heroically serving our nation seek a shift away from deficit-financed overseas wars, and from the painful reality of returning home to lingering health issues and unemployment among peers. Dr. Paul is the only candidate to have made clear where he stands, and he stands with the veterans and active-duty soldiers.”
This latest report comes as a new poll suggested that a Ron Paul vs. Barack Obama election would be a tight race.
On Saturday, Nevada held its Republican caucus. Although Romney won by a strong margin with 50 percent of the vote, Paul held a strong battle with Gingrich for second place. The former Speaker of the House garnered 21 percent of the vote (6,956 votes), while Paul gained nearly 19 percent (6,175 votes).
The next stop for the Republican candidates is Tuesday for the Colorado and Minnesota caucuses and the Missouri primary. On Feb. 22, the remaining presidential contenders will debate in Arizona.
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