GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann's Iowa state co-chair, Sen. Kent Sorenson (R), left her campaign to support Ron Paul.
According to the Washington Post, Sorenson did not tell Bachmann about his decision until he was en route to the Paul campaign rally, where he spoke in support of the Texas representative. The Post quotes Bachmann as saying that Sorenson left her campaign for financial reasons, but the Paul camp says it is not paying Sorenson. Sorenson is reportedly a longtime friend of Paul and received support from Paul when he was running for Senate.
At a Paul campaign rally with veterans in Des Moines, Sorenson told the crowd, "I'm going to do everything I can in the next few days to help in Iowa and beyond, and we're going to take Ron Paul all the way to the White House in 2012."
Republicans are fighting for the Christian conservative vote in the Iowa caucuses to be held next week, signing pledges issued by religious right groups. Five of them — Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Michelle Bachmann, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich — have signed the latest, a pledge by Personhood USA stating that they will support personhood amendments on state and federal levels. The amendments will recognize the constitutional rights of zygotes (fertilized human eggs), possibly ban forms of birth control, require that fetuses be carried to term, no matter their health and viability, and force victims of rape and incest to carry their pregnancies to term.
Paul is the only GOP presidential candidate who opposes war and promises to cut expenses and deployments to military bases worldwide. As of July, PolitiFact confirmed that the Paul campaign has received more financial contributions from military members than the other GOP candidates have received.