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Just call him “Bulldog.” Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, revealed his pick for a Secret Service nickname Tuesday night on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. However, Paul told the comedian he had dismissed the opportunity for that extra security, because an “ordinary citizen” should not expect tax payers to ante up.
“You know, you’re having the taxpayers pay to take care of somebody,” Paul said. “I’m an ordinary citizen. I would think I should pay for my own protection. And it costs, I think, more than $50,000 a day to protect those individuals. That’s a lot of money.”
GQ reported this week that both former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum have tapped the Secret Service for protection. Romney’s nickname is “Javelin,” while Santorum goes by “Petrus.”“Bulldog” finished third in Tuesday’s Illinois primary. He currently runs fourth in the pack of four GOP presidential candidates:
The two Republican presidential candidates from Texas are going techy when it comes to volunteers and voters. Both Gov. Rick Perry and Congressman Ron Paul released updated iPhone apps this month in an effort to streamline support.
First, Perry’s app, labeled “Rick Perry Mobile” by Bridgetree, Inc., is free for download in the iTunes store, but users should be aware it is tailored for a “volunteer of the Rick Perry for President campaign,” according to its summary. Users must be registered at RickPerry.org to proceed.
The app gives volunteers the options of setting up canvasses in their areas, donating to the main campaign, or adding voters to the campaign’s list of supporters. That last option is perhaps the most convenient and powerful, as it allows the user to rope people into constant contact with what’s happening with Perry in the presidential race.
Paul’s app is labeled “R3VOLution” by William Mottl in the iTunes store. There is a $1.99 charge to download. It urges you to “Follow The Liberty Campaign movement spearheaded by Congressman Dr. Ron Paul with just a few touches of your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad.
There is a disclaimer on this app that it is going back into development, but it appears up-to-date after download. While it is linked to RonPaul2012.com, this app is very similar to other unofficial candidate-related apps, offering categories like news, videos, issues, and an “about” section.
Gov. Rick Perry campaigns in New Hampshire on the day of his announcement to run for the presidency (AP Photo)
Gov. Rick Perry will be holding his first two town halls in New Hampshire over the weekend. The Texas governor must gain voters’ confidence in this early-voting state in order to bounce back from poor performances in recent GOP presidential debates.
Perry’s first town hall meeting is at 6 p.m. EST Friday at the Upper Village Town Hall in East Derry. His second is at 8 a.m. Saturday at the One Liberty Lane Conference Center in Hampton.
The Saturday event is expected to focus on the economy. It is sponsored by a limited-government group called “We the People.”
The group has scheduled other candidates in future town halls between now and November, including Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Jon Huntsman and Texas Congressman Ron Paul. Paul will be the second candidate to take part in the series at 6:30 p.m. EST, Oct. 3 at Nashua Community College.
Paul is also set for a town hall meeting this Friday at 6:30 p.m. EST at Thomas More College in Merrimack, during Perry’s event.