Ron Paul, the most prominent anti-war candidate among the Republicans running for 2008, today joined Hillary Clinton in her call for a complete withdrawal of presidential campaigns from Iowa.
The whole affair started when an internal memo from the Clinton campaign was leaded to the media. Clinton has since waffled on Iowa, but now Ron Paul has spoken out: "We never should have gone to Iowa in the first place, and we should get out now!" Paul's speech, delivered in Concord, New Hampshire, received standing applause from all five of his supporters. A video of the speech should be available on his YouTube channel shortly.
Reaction from other candidates and politicians was mixed. Hillary Clinton's campaign team did not respond to calls for reaction to Paul's statement. John Edwards was unavailable as he was getting a haircut in San Francisco. Barack Obama said he supports Iowa but opposes any surge in campaign troops.
On the Republican side, Rudy Giuliani called Paul's statement "extreme and absurd," and insisted we have to continue "fighting the terrorists whenever and wherever we find them." John McCain said that he'd been to Iowa recently and felt it was much safer than in past years, though some footage showed McCain protected by armed forces while he visited a market there. Mitt Romney said his campaign does plan a surge in Iowa, but they would follow a timetable.