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Paul gets ex-Bachmann chairman's backing

Republican Presidential candidate, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. meets with patrons at the Nodaway Diner during a campaign stop, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, in Greenfield, Iowa.
AP Photo/Evan Vucci
Republican Presidential candidate, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. meets with patrons at the Nodaway Diner during a campaign stop, Dec. 28, 2011, in Greenfield, Iowa.
AP Photo/Evan Vucci

In a blow to Rep. Michele Bachmann's already-sagging Iowa campaign, her state chairman there said Wednesday he is switching his support to Rep. Ron Paul.

"There is a clear top tier in the race for the Republican nomination for President, both here in Iowa and nationally," said Iowa state Sen. Kent Sorenson in a statement. "Ron Paul is easily the most conservative of this group."

Sorenson also said that 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."

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