Grassroots Support Launches Ron Paul Campaign

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Out of the dust and debris of Herman Cain's campaign and Newt Gingrich's string of media gaffes, a new contender for the Republican presidential nomination is emerging. Polls show libertarian-leaning Texas congressman Ron Paul taking the lead in the Iowa caucus. He's also expected to have a strong finish in New Hampshire. 

Much of Paul's support has come from grassroots organizers, people like Alex Beltramo, an independent game developer in San Francisco. Beltramo is the creator of a campaign called "Slay a Dragon for Ron Paul." For each player of his new Web-based role playing game "Dungeoneers" who completes the game's first quest, slaying a white dragon, Beltramo contributes $5 in support of Ron Paul.

Benjy Sarlin, staff reporter at Talking Points Memo and its campaign blog, TPM 2012, explains Paul's latest spike in popularity.


Alex Beltramo and Benjy Sarlin

Produced by:

Mythili Rao

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