Jan 3, 2012 at 2:00 pm
ANKENY, Iowa (KNSI) - As Iowa Republicans cast their votes just feet away, GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul said he was pleased with his campaign's strong showing in the first-in-the-nation caucus Tuesday night.
"We're keeping our fingers crossed that we do well and pick up momentum into New Hampshire," Paul told KNSI Tuesday night during the precinct meeting in Ankeny. "We knew that if we didn't do well (in Iowa and New Hampshire), it was going to be very, very difficult."
Paul was the headline speaker Tuesday night in Ankeny and the only one of the top six Republican candidates to address the crowd of nearly 600 voters in the Polk County suburb of Des Moines.
Paul said he was pleased with the response his strong campaign push through Iowa generated Tuesday.
"People are stirring. They're not happy with what they've been getting and they want some real changes," Paul said.
Paul not only addressed domestic topics such as taxation, but how a President Paul administration would handle foreign policy issues as well, including relations with trouble nations like Iran.
"The founders advised trade and friendship with anybody who will have a strong national defense. When people get strong, contain them, not take them on...stay out of entangling alliances, mind our own business and try to set a good example so that they can try to act like we do."
In the ramp-up to Tuesday's vote, Paul made almost 80 stops across Iowa over the past 8 months, never going more than two weeks between stops in the Hawkeye State.