Late Campaign Development: Sen. Kent Sorenson Switches from
Bachmann to Paul
PRESS RELEASE from Ron Paul 2012 PCC
Immediate Release: December 28, 2011
Sorenson Endorses Ron Paul for President
Iowa chairman for U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann pivots to Paul camp
citing, “Ron Paul has established himself as the clear choice.”
Iowa – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron
Paul was endorsed today by Iowa State Senator Kent Sorenson
(R-Indianola) in a major pivot that promises to give Paul extra
momentum in the run-up to the January 3, 2012 Iowa Caucus.
In making his endorsement Sen. Sorenson
is leaving his post as Iowa chairman for U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann’s
presidential campaign here. The resignation and endorsement take
“Congressman Paul is delighted to accept the endorsement of Senator
whose blessing and assistance carry a great deal weight in Iowa.
fact that he doesn’t take this decision lightly tells a great deal
about the Senator and Ron Paul. This endorsement is a rare find
hope it pushes us nearer to our goal of a strong top-three finish at
the January caucus,” said Ron Paul 2012 National Campaign Chairman
Kent Sorenson was
elected to the Iowa Senate in 2011 and represents District 37 after
serving in the Iowa House of Representatives from 2009 to 2011,
representing District 74. The senator is a member of several
committees including the Judiciary, Natural Resources and Environment,
and State Government committees. He is also the ranking member of
the Senate and Joint Oversight Committees and a member of the Advisory
Council for Agricultural Education, the Family Development and
Self-Sufficiency Council, and the Human Rights Board.
has been leader in the fight in defense of traditional family values,
the sanctity of life, and a restoration of Second Amendment rights.
The full endorsement statement from Senator Sorenson
The decision I am making today is one of the most difficult I have made
in my life. But given what's at stake for our country, I have
I must take this action.
Today, I am switching my support from Michele Bachmann to Ron Paul for
the 2012 Iowa Caucuses and the presidency of the United States.
I still maintain an immense amount of respect for Michele. The
are many. She’s never betrayed conservatives on issues like
Right to Life, and the Second Amendment. So over the past few
I have been saddened at the dismissive way she's been treated among
some conservatives especially after winning the Iowa Straw Poll.
But the fact is, there is a clear top tier in the race for the
Republican nomination for President, both here in Iowa and
Ron Paul is easily the most conservative of this group.
The truth is, it was an excruciatingly difficult decision for me to
decide between supporting Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul at the
beginning of this campaign. Dr. Paul and his supporters were a
help in my successful campaigns for Iowa House and Senate even when I
couldn’t count on the support of the Republican establishment here in
Of course, battling the establishment is nothing new for Dr. Paul or
for myself. During my time in the General Assembly, I’ve
myself as a leader in the fights for traditional marriage, the Right to
Life, and the protection of the Second Amendment – sometimes even
against the wishes of my own party.
Since my election, I’ve learned that doing the right thing isn’t always
easy. It’s easy to see why so many legislators “sell out” once
elected. The pressure to do so is immense.
But what America needs now is a President who will not just “go along
to get along.” Instead, we must send someone who puts doing what
right above all else to the White House. That candidate is Ron
Ron Paul is the only candidate to predict the current mess we find
ourselves in economically, and he's the only candidate to offer a true
plan to cut spending and balance our budget.
He's also consistently spoken out against government spending, assaults
on individual liberties, and unnecessary trillion-dollar military
adventurism for over 30 years. Polls show he is the Republican
candidate that can take on and defeat President Obama in November 2012.
Like all true conservatives, I wholeheartedly agree with Ron Paul that
government is too big, and both parties share in the blame. We
that it is immoral to print money and pass on mounds of debt to the
next generation. We agree that life begins at conception and must
protected. We both believe that the Second Amendment must be
unwaveringly, and that there are too many wars being fought with no end
in sight and no obvious path to a defined victory.
Of course, as a state legislator, I recognize that Dr. Paul's strong
views on the 10th Amendment will enable me to fight for what I believe
in right in my own backyard instead of having to constantly wait on
one-size-fits-all "solutions" from Washington, D.C.
With the entire Republican establishment intent on smearing Ron Paul
and his dedicated supporters, I understand this decision could impact
the way people see me and my entire political career. But this is
right decision, and one in which I proudly stand behind.
To the truly wonderful people I met on the Bachmann campaign, I look
forward to working with them in the future as we further the fights for
the Right to Life, traditional marriage, and the restoration of our
Second Amendment rights here in Iowa. I personally wish her
best as she continues to battle in Congress.
As for conservatives who are rightly concerned with defeating
establishment Republicans Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and – even more
importantly – Barack Obama in 2012, Ron Paul has established himself as
the clear choice.
If you are as frustrated as I am with what's been done by the ruling
class, I urge you to join me in supporting Dr. Paul. We can send
national big government political establishment a message they will
never forget by voting for Ron Paul for President in the January 3 Iowa
Bachmann for President
on Sen. Kent Sorenson joining Ron Paul Campaign
Michele Bachmann responds to Senator Kent Sorenson joining Ron Paul
“It’s clear that this was a deliberate move by the Ron Paul campaign
to discredit our campaign and our growing momentum. Ron Paul is in
trouble in Iowa and his campaign is worried about people learning about
his dangerous stance on foreign policy and how he will make America
“Kent Sorenson personally told me he was offered a large sum of
money to go to work for the Paul campaign. Kent campaigned with us
earlier this afternoon and went immediately afterward to a Ron Paul
event and announced he is changing teams. Kent said to me yesterday
that ‘everyone sells out in Iowa, why shouldn’t I,’ then he told me he
would stay with our campaign. The Ron Paul campaign has to answer for
“We are almost through with our 99 county tour and have seen
overwhelming support all across Iowa. This is clearly an effort on the
part of the Paul campaign to throw cold water on our growing momentum.
“We are thrilled to announce that State Senator Brad Zaun is now
Iowa Chairman of our campaign. He has tremendous respect across the
state and he has worked tirelessly for our campaign. I am proud to have
him as our State Chairman.”
RELEASE from Ron Paul 2012 PCC
For Immediate Release: December
Contact: Gary Howard
In Case You Missed
Key Aide’s Statement on Sen. Kent Sorenson Defection
political director Wes Enos fires back at Mrs. Bachmann’s claim
that Sen. Sorenson’s desertion was financially-motivated
ANKENY, Iowa – U.S.
Rep. Michele Bachmann’s Iowa political director Wes Enos recently made
enlightening comments concerning Iowa State Sen. Kent Sorenson’s
defection to the Ron Paul camp from his position as Iowa Chairman for
the Minnesota congresswoman’s campaign for the presidency.
Hours ago, Sen. Sorenson resigned from his post with the Bachmann camp
and publicly endorsed Ron Paul for the presidency, committing to get
out the vote for the 12-term Congressman from Texas in the pivotal
first-in-nation voting contest.
Mr. Enos made his comments in response to unfounded allegations that
Sen. Sorenson’s defection was made due to financial incentives made by
the Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign. Mr. Enos’s comments on
matter follow, and are presented in full:
“I won’t say much about the situation or the conflicting statements
beyond this; I can say unequivocally that Kent Sorenson’s decision was,
in no way financially motivated. His decision had more to do with
fact that the Ron Paul supporters have been something of a family to
him since he was first elected in 2008 and here in the end, as it
becomes more and more apparent that the caucus cycle is coming to an
end, Kent believed that he needed to be with them as they stand on the
cusp of a potential caucus upset. While I personally disagree
Kent’s decision, and plan to stay with Michele Bachmann because I truly
believe in her, I cannot, in good conscious watch a good man like Kent
Sorenson be attacked as a 'sell-out' ….That is simply not the case, and
it was not the basis of his decision,” said Mr. Enos.