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Ron Paul, a Write-In Candidate

A note in support of Dr. Paul.

While the presidential campaigns are sending out reams of colorful fliers and slick brochures, some residents in Iowa and New Hampshire were surprised to discover the neat cursive handwriting of Janice Kramer on an envelope in their mailbox.

In a move reminiscent of former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean's 2003 grassroots letter-writing campaign to Iowans, Kramer -- a registered nurse from Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin, just across the Iowa border -- is one of scores of people who have been mailing handwritten letters to Iowans on behalf of Ron Paul.

Writing on the front and back of a piece of notebook paper in light blue ball-point pen, Kramer told one prospective caucus-goer that she has been married 36 years, has 11 children, and is convinced that Paul would make the best president. "Please consider voting for Dr. Paul at your Republican caucus on January 3, 2008," Kramer wrote.

Kramer said in an interview that her daughter asked her to get involved and "write a couple of letters" on behalf of the campaign, though she was already favorably disposed to Paul.

"I feel we should do what we can to get him in," she said. "I don't agree with national healthcare. I don't think we should give illegal aliens citizenship. I am pro life. I've followed Ron Paul, and I think he's the only one of these candidates that understands the Constitution."

Asked about the homespun letter writing effort, which she said was guided by material supplied by the campaign, Kramer said she believes it is just one more reason that people should get on board with Paul. "It shows he uses his money wisely," she said.

--Matthew Mosk

By Washington Post editors  |  December 11, 2007; 4:31 PM ET
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