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Christmas vacation with Ron Paul

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul’s campaign is increasing its efforts in early voting states by recruiting college-aged supporters to spend their "Christmas Vacation with Ron Paul" as part of a get-out-the-vote program. The campaign is asking students to devote their holiday break working for the campaign in Iowa (Dec. 27 - Jan. 4, 2012) and New Hampshire (Jan. 2-11) while providing meals, lodging and transportation.

A fundraising email sent to supporters after Thanksgiving calls the campaign's official youth effort "Youth for Ron Paul" its "Secret Weapon" -- one they say, "no other campaign will be able to duplicate. That's because no other campaign has the level of support and enthusiasm among young people that [their] campaign has."

The initiative hopes to organize “500 young activists knocking on doors and making phone calls ... to work all day and night to help" Paul succeed. The campaign claims it will cost "over $20,000 per day to put 500 young people on the ground in Iowa and New Hampshire," which means "a new expense of $600,000."

And the plea for donations includes a message meant to appeal to fiscal conservatives.

"I know that sounds like a lot, but actually, that is only $45.00 per person! I think you will admit that is a bargain!"

As part of the selection process, an online questionnaire asks applicants their views on public policy positions using a rating scale of 1 - 5 (from strongly agree to strongly disagree) answering statements like: The 9/11 attacks were carried out by Islamic extremists connected to Al Qaeda who were the sole perpetrators of the damage that day; after a complete audit of the Federal Reserve, the Fed should be abolished; cannabis should be legalized for recreational use; and preemptive, unilateral military action is never an appropriate policy for the U.S.