With the first national GOP presidential caucus looming ahead on Jan. 3, 2012, the candidates are hitting the road in Iowa looking to raise their profile, their standing in the polls and their chances of winning the Republican presidential nomination.
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Republican 2012 presidential candidate and Texas Rep. Ron Paul makes remarks at a town hall meeting in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, December 21, 2011, in advance of Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucuses, January 3,2012. UPI/Mike Theiler
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