Ahead of Caucus, Paul Surges in Iowa

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) speaks at the town hall in the Erickson Public Library during a campaign stop on December 8, 2011 in Boone, Iowa. Ron Paul speaks during a campaign stop in Boone, Iowa. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty)

With less than two weeks before the January 3 Iowa caucus, the GOP presidential hopefuls are making their final push in the Hawkeye state. Recent days have seen libertarian candidate Ron Paul surge to the front of the pack, a position most recently held by Newt Gingrich. With his popularity among young voters, his consistency on issues, and populist rhetoric about "ending" the Federal Reserve, Paul has formed a broad coalition that has made him the latest front-runner in Iowa. But will it be enough to sustain a national campaign to beat presumptive nominee Mitt Romney?

Anna Sale, reporter for Takeaway co-producer WNYC's political Web site It's A Free Country, takes a look at Ron Paul's recent gains in Iowa.

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