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Iowa Campaign Dispatch, Day 7: My Time with the Rand Paul Cult

Day seven of my Iowan odyssey was a double feature. I hit up a Rand Paul Iowa 10,000 rally at Drake University in Des Moines, then went to Donald Trump’s counter-debate veterans’ rally across campus an hour later.

The Rand Paul rally was a relatively low-key affair, drawing mainly students and some older Ron Paul groupies. The turnout was maybe around 300, with late entries relegated to standing in the back of the tiny room.

Paul’s speech was defined by the juxtaposition between his poor speaking abilities (namely, his Obama-like use of teleprompters) and the cult-like reaction of his audience. You can watch Paul desperately try to sound hip in the video below (I know the quality isn’t great, but there wasn’t much I could do about the fact that Paul chose to speak with a white backdrop):

After the rally, I was recognized by one of my readers, who said he “liked my work” and then scooted off.

The Donald Trump rally was a complete 180 from Paul’s event. Not only did it bust attendance expectations… again (there was a line to get in that stretched for several blocks), Trump’s rally featured several major guests, including Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum, the latter of which I got to shake hands with. Watch part of Trump’s speech (as well as Huckabee’s and Santorum’s speeches) below:

I wrap up both the Paul and Trump events in this video:

My written dispatch on the Rand Paul rally is here, while my article on the Donald Trump rally can be found at Return of Kings.

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