WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Texas. Rep. Ron Paul is promising to take his outsider bid for the GOP nomination into independent-minded New Hampshire.
Paul told cheering supporters in Des Moines that his momentum will continue. He said there were "essentially three winners," referring to himself, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum.
Paul's top-tier performance was a marked improvement on his fifth-place finish four years ago. He waged a far more structured campaign in his second bid for the nomination, raised more money and advertised aggressively on television.
Paul's calls for strict spending cuts and the abolition of the Federal Reserve are popular rallying cries for conservatives. His opposition to foreign military intervention and desire to close overseas military bases appeal to younger voters.
But his opposition to a military strike against a nuclear-armed Iran has prompted sharp attacks from some of his rivals.