Former Ron Paul Staffer Excited to Represent Iowa City Area at Republican National Convention

Ani DeGroot, a West High grad and University of Iowa student, worked for the Ron Paul campaign during the caucus. Now she says she's proud to represent the area at the Republican convention in Tampa.

Some eyebrows were raised and some feathers ruffled back in June when 21 out of Iowa's 25 of Iowa's undeclared delegates went to Ron Paul supporters instead of to supporters of Rick Santorum or Mitt Romney, the state's top two finishers during Iowa's Republican Caucus.

But Ani DeGroot, 24, of Iowa City, one of those Ron Paul affiliated delegates heading to the Republican Convention in Tampa, said Tuesday that the tension between Liberty movement supporters and the rest of the Republican party is overblown.

"Our conservative values, limited spending, cutting the deficit, and defeating Obama: these are things I think we have in common that will actually unite us," DeGroot said. "I think we'll all come together at Tampa."

To that end, she says that she will support the Republican candidate who has the greatest chance of defeating President Barack Obama in November at the convention when it is held from Aug. 27 to 30. She said she's proud to represent Iowa City at the convention, as well as holding true to the conservative principles that she believes in.

DeGroot is a native of El Paso, Texas, but has lived in Iowa City since she was 10 and considers it her home town. DeGroot graduated from and was pursuing a double major in Economics and Political Science when she took a break from college to pursue an opportunity with the Ron Paul campaign.

Already an avid Ron Paul supporter, DeGroot moved up the ladder to become Deputy National Youth Director for the Ron Paul campaign, where she helped to organize and run Youth for Ron Paul chapters all over the country.

After Paul ended his presidential campaigning, DeGroot landed a spot as Director of Elections for the Young Americans for Liberty political action committee. As part of this role, DeGroot researches candidates who will potentially receive funding from YAL, and also works to educate young people on the value of conservative beliefs.

DeGroot said this opportunity to be a part of a young generation that is getting more involved in poltics is one of the most exciting things for her. She says that the dynamic of this race, and the potential of large deficits in the future has mobilized young voters to support candidates like Ron Paul.

"I think that's the aspect I'm most excited about, the fact that there's a lot of other young delegates are heading there as well," DeGroot said. "It's been fun to see so many young people so interested in electoral politics."

DeGroot is also excited to be on the Rules Committee at the convention. She said she hopes to put her training in Robert's Rules of Order that she learned while on the West High debate team to good use while trying to make the political process more repesentative of the every day person.

As for the most likely presidential ticket of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, DeGroot said she was somewhat heartened by the selection of Ryan, who is known for his budgets that feature spending cuts, but she's still waiting to see if they are willing to make the cuts she feels are essential.

"The choice shows Mitt Romney knows the people want government to cut spending and it will be a defining issue in November. It certainly is nice to see someone chosen who supports cutting spending but the question is whether they will actually do what is necessary, which is beyond what Ryan has suggested in the past," DeGroot said of Romney selecting Ryan as a running mate."

J August 17, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Some bad reporting here, RON PAUL HAS NOT ENDED HIS BID FOR PRESIDENT He is still running just not spending money that he doesn't have to. Paul Ryan's budget plan doesn't hold a candle to Ron PAul's 1 trillion dollar cut in the first year. No where in this article does it say she is supporting Romney, she says she hopes to inact Roberts rule of order. Also it isn't up to Romney to pick his VP it's up to the the delegates at the RNC to decide. If she does decide to support Romnney then she was never a true Ron Paul supporter becasue even Ron Paul himself refuses to support Romney. Romney is no better than Obama they have the same views. The only real republican in this race is RON PAUL. Do yourself and your country a favor and vote RON PAUL in 2012 to get the country back on track.
alex August 17, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Ron Paul is amazing. He was the best candidate for US president since the founders, what a shame. To bad America is completely brain dead, its like they enjoy getting screwed up they're exit holes by scum like Romney and Obama.
ConservativeRepublican August 17, 2012 at 01:49 PM
Romney is a puppet of the neo-cons who will bring us more war and more debt to serve the elite interests. For the sake of our soldiers and for the future of my children I cannot support this man who does not even have the decency to pay his taxes properly
Matt August 17, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Well, this girl can do as she pleases, but I will not ever be supporting Romney. I also question how much she's really studied the candidates if she actually thinks Paul Ryan is somehow for small govt, just saying the words means little, look at his voting record.
Kate Smith August 17, 2012 at 01:59 PM
This statement doesn't even make sense, "To that end, she says that whoever Republicans select to challenge President Obama in November will have her support at the convention when it is held from Aug. 27 to 30." They are selecting Obama's challenger at the Convention Aug 27-30, so how can she support his challenger before he is selected? Find another job, your journalism stinks.
Des Moines August 17, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Ron Paul will be in Tampa and I have not found anywhere that he ended his bid. I think you should check your facts before reporting a story. Did you ask her or just assume she would back Romney? I am also not sure why eyebrows were raised and feathers were ruffled, there is no explanation in your story for this. Instead of raising eyebrows, people should do some research on why so many delegates did support Ron Paul. If more people did that, they would realize that he is the only candidate experienced and qualified for the job. That is why so many of Ron Paul supporters are so fustrated and passionate about having him as the Republican nominee. Thanks for listening.
Stephen Schmidt August 17, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Made a few changes to the article. 1. Changed "ended bid" to "ended campaigning" to represent that he is no longer actively campaigning even if his presidential status is in limbo. 2. Changed the headline back to my original headline before it was changed by one of my editors. It now more correctly reflects my discussion with Ms. DeGroot. 3. Added a link to support the ruffled feathers comment. Let me know if you have any other comments.
Number Jack August 17, 2012 at 02:31 PM
If Ron Paul is not on the Ticket the only close candidate to Ron Paul that has a chance of getting into the debates and ruining Romney and Obama, is Gary Johnson. I think us Paul Supporters should turn to Johnson if Ron Paul is not Nominated, If it came down to three this november and for some reason paul is not nominated, Gary Johnson is the answer!!! Lets throw a boulder in Obamney's plan in the debates!
ConservativeRepublican August 17, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Why did the editors change the headline? Quite a different story. More interesting is why the GOP doesn't allow Ron Paul to speak and is trying to disallow representation by his delegates despite his unwavering and strong support. What is the GOP so afraid of?.......maybe Peace.....balanced budgets.......rational foreign policy.......enthusiastic young supporters........The Constitution and Bill of Rights? This is the real story. Why are they afraid to debate these core issues that are of so much obvious importance to Americans? I cannot support a candidate that is another puppet of the neo-cons who will bring us more war and more debt. We need to speak up for the soldiers who are suffering overseas because of these neo-con delusions. We need to speak up so we can pass a prosperous and free country to our children and grandchildren. Ron Paul is the only politician with the courage to speak and debate the real problems damaging this country. I cannot with good conscience support Mitt Romney who hides his tax returns because he does not contribute his fair share to this country. This is not statesmanly behavior.
Hope For Paul August 17, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Thank you for your perfect example of liberal propaganda! Your google headline clearly states that this delegate is swinging toward Romney/Ryan, yet no where in the artcle is the delegate quoted as saying such. Your result: EPIC FAIL!
Ralph E Wall,Sr August 17, 2012 at 03:41 PM
RP isn't going to be on the ticket nor Gary Johnson so now you gonna support Odumbo LOL
Alex Fregosi August 17, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Hey Ron Paulbots! Get over it...Ron Paul WILL NOT be on the ballot! It's over. A vote for Gary Johnson is a vote for Obama-plain and simple. Us true conservatives did not want Ron Paul to represent us in the election. I will admit he has some good ideas but otherwise he is a complete lunatic with a foreign policy idea that could possibly get us into WWIII! On November 6, get out of your parent's basements and vote for Romney, for the sake of this country!
Charlotte August 17, 2012 at 04:44 PM
wow, you had to make changes to your article? because the truth was pointed out to you ? what kind of a "reporter" are you? The problem is, is that there are too many of you out there.....
Kynz August 17, 2012 at 05:10 PM
His foreign policy idea could possibly get us into WWIII?! Are you serious or are you just spouting off stuff you heard and really didn't do any research of your own? How is getting out of other countries and stop occupying them getting us into WWIII? The road we're headed now, with Obama OR Romney, will lead wot WWIII, dumba$$
Ron Paul August 17, 2012 at 05:17 PM
What planet are you from, he is gonna get us in WW3, are you on drugs or something. Alot of those killings in Syria are by poeple from their own tribe for betrayal being too friendly to Asad. Its a tribal thing, one tribe hates another tribe. Also google BBC using Iraq pics for Syrian propaganda, also youtube Danny CNN interview, propaganda. So YOU WANT US TO CAUSE WW3 by entering into Syria. LEave them, its a civil war and you want us to pick a fight with Russian and China over a little despot country like Syria. You are the dangerous one my friend.
Matt August 17, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Charlotte, the man said it was one of his editors who changed his original story and he changed it back, did you even read what he said? Wow, I'm beginning to see why so many people get apprehensive around me when I say I'm an RP supporter, some of you are wound so tight you see enemies everywhere. Stehpen, thank you for making the corrections once you became aware of the issue, I thought your article was fair.
davekpghpa August 17, 2012 at 05:31 PM
You Like Ron Paul, Except on Foreign Policy? http://youtu.be/wQs5hoHW_Qc I dare you to watch this video, then come back here and defend the last 50 years of our insane US Foreign Policy!
Matt August 17, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Lol, this guys saying he's a 'true conservative' but he's going to support Mitt Romneycare- TAARP-Stimulus-Gun Control-Pro Choice-Gays should be in the Boy Scouts Romney?
Stephen Schmidt August 17, 2012 at 07:55 PM
@Matt and Charlotte: Of the list above, the first mistake was my fault, and that's why I corrected the article. As for the "kind of a reporter I am" I would like to think I am an imperfect one, but despite my flaws I also try my best to be fair and correct. Thank you all for your feedback.
C Warren August 17, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Alex, I don't live in my parent's basement. I live in in my new home and my mother lives in my old house. Now about Obama and Romney's positions: both agreed with TARP, NDAA, the Patriot Act, GM bailouts, unconditional support of Israel, undeclared invasions/ wars, and both think the FED is doing a "pretty good" job! They are the same on the issues and you're going to tell me Romney is a "true conservative"? I don't think so. The real true conservatives do want Ron Paul so if he isn't the republican nominee come August 30th you have no one to blame but yourselves for another four years of Obama. Romney doesn't stand a chance against him.
Alex Fregosi August 17, 2012 at 09:40 PM
That video is not completely accurate. I should make it clear that in general, citizens of Middle Eastern countries DO NOT HATE US! IT IS THE GOVERNMENTS OF THOSE COUNTRIES THAT ARE HOSTILE TOWARDS US! GET THAT STRAIGHT! To imply that 9/11 was our fault is an atrocious and insulting claim and simply by that claim, Ron Paul should not be taken seriously (which I guess he isn't). The Iranian revolution of 1979 DID NOT occur because the Iranians were angry at us because we backed the Shah. It occurred because the Ayatollah Khomeini returned from exiled, started spouting nonsense about how the Shah had "Westernized" Iran, and stirred up a revolution that eventually overthrew the Shah. Why did all this happen in 1979? Because that pathetic non-interventionist wimp Jimmy Carter refused to assist the Shah in crushing the revolt! And look at the world now in 2012-Iran is extremely hostile towards the west, wants to obtain nuclear weapons, and would very well like to wipe Israel and the US off the face of this earth! All you Paul followers insist that we not intervene in the affairs of other countries. Looking back at history, the US refused to intervene in foreign affairs after WWI. What was the consequence? WWII. So are you people fine with Iran, a nation hostile towards the USA and Israel, obtaining nuclear weapons? Think about the dangerous consequences that could result if Iran obtained and used a nuclear weapon!
Alex Fregosi August 17, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Also, some of you people here need to get your facts straight. Romney DID NOT support the government bailouts nor the stimulus plan! Instead he argued that the government should not intervene and allow these companies to go through bankruptcy, which is what happened anyway. Educate yourselves before you make claims people!
Clinton Page August 17, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Romney absolutely agreed with the bailouts/stimulus. No one running or on the ticket for dems or reps believes government should not intervene. Voting for one is as bad as the other. Vote Romney for more war or Obama for more debt. You choose
Matt August 17, 2012 at 11:16 PM
How about you stop putting words in people's mouth Alex. First Ron has never at any time said 9/11 was 'our fault'. He quoted OUR OWN CIA in saying that our actions around the world cause blowback, not to mention there is a difference between blaming something on the govt and blaming it on the people. Learn to tell the between the two. 2nd, no one said they 'fine with Iran having a nuke', we say 1. They are not pursuing a nuke, our own CIA has said so, and 2. It is not worth starting WWIII over. Even if Iran got ONE nuke, we have over 3,000, for you to suggest they are going to attack us shows how foolish you truly are. Israel has over 300, not that Israel is my problem anyway but that's a whole nother matter. As for us not getting into WWI: Uh, we did get invovled in that, and...what was the positive outcome for America in that one? As for WWII: you necons love to spout this one dont' you: Well, you all say you'd have done something about Hitler huh? Like what? You seriously think America was in any position to wage a war half-way around the globe, completely unprovoked, with population that was overwhelmingly against it? Good luck with that one. Oh, and one more thing, America entering WWII really made no difference, it was the Russian winter that did in the Nazi's, not America, sorry to burst your Nationalistic bubble with facts.
Matt August 17, 2012 at 11:19 PM
He said a GOVT MANAGED BANKRUPTCY you dope, what do you think that is? Wow, Romney's lucky to have people like you around. YOU need to educate yourself, you've made a total fool of yourself with your grossly misinformed nonsense in every post you've made.
Alex Fregosi August 18, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Matt, Ron Paul DID imply that 9/11 and other terrorist attacks were our fault because American troops were occupying their lands. Check it out at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuX73Ixqtbg Clinton, Romney opposed the bailouts. Check this article out: http://www.forbes.com/sites/michelinemaynard/2012/02/13/mitt-romneys-auto-bailout-stand-could-cost-him-michigan/2/
Matt August 18, 2012 at 12:02 PM
Look up Govt managed bankruptcy, Romney supported that, which amounts to the same thing, you just don't want to look at facts. I've seen that clip of Ron a thousand times, you still just don't want to listen do you? I could explain it a million times, it will never get through to someone like you. Is it the fault of people like ME that 9/11 happened - NO, is it the fault of people like you and our corrupt government - YES. So if Ron is wrong, I guess our CIA is wrong, our founders are wrong, Ronald Reagan is wrong????
Tamra Louviere August 18, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Alex, you are the saddest person I've ever seen...But you're right...R'money was against the bailouts...and then he was for them (or was that in reverse order). Just like he was pro-choice...then pro-life...then pro-choice...and I forget where he is now.. And if you say that's not true...how about you watch this little video...maybe at the end YOU'LL be able to tell what he feels about these issues....because HE certainly doesn't know! http://youtu.be/W_pgfWK3sxw
Tamra Louviere August 18, 2012 at 06:20 PM
This is for Ralph E Wall, Sr, the idiot... Gary Johnson WILL be on the ticket...he's the libertarian party candidate. Ron Paul COULD be on the ticket if he A) wins the nomination or B) runs third party (which although he said he didn't PLAN to...he has NEVER ruled it out). Now...if a few states (like my lousy state of Louisiana) write-in votes are not allowed. But most states DO allow write-ins...therefore...he doesn't have to be on the ballot for you to vote for him. Have you EVER voted ANYWHERE?
Tamra Louviere August 18, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Obama is certainly not the best thing for our country...but R'money is undoubtedly the worst thing that could happen to it!


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