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Ru Paul Is Not Ron Paul: VIDEO

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Like Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, et al, Ru Paul is now campaigning in New Hampshire. From Politico:

I'm going to NH on a mission to spread love and set the record straight: contrary to recent reports, I am NOT Ron Paul. And I am not running for president of the United States. I hope to meet Ron Paul in person so we can be seen together to put the rumors to rest once and for all. And to remind Mr. Paul and all the Republican presidential candidates: "If you can't love yourself, how in the hell are you going to love somebody else. Can I get an 'Amen'?"

AFTER THE JUMP, watch Ru Paul explain himself to a group of delighted New Hampshire diners.

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The Candidates Talk About The Gay Problem

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Last night's GOP debate on ABC was a thoroughly enjoyable bit of absurdist political theater -- unless you're LGBT, a peacenik, or else just not madly in love with Mitt Romney, in which case it was probably pretty dispiriting.

Think Progress has done us all the favor of compiling the candidates' statements on the LGBT communities into a single, easily digestible vid. The editing's a bit weird, but it's easy enough to catch the drift. Watch, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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Sinead O'Connor calls off divorce after "beautiful evening of love making with nine (sic) other than husband".

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RoadJames Franco publishing a novel.

RoadRon Paul, secret winner of the Iowa caucuses? "That's because Paul's massive organizational push in Iowa focused on both winning votes, and also on making sure that Paul supporters  stuck around after the vote to make sure they were selected as county delegates — the first step towards being elected as a delegate to the Republican National Convention."

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A Snapshot Of Iowa's Gay Conservative Voters

LGBTiowaTraveling around Iowa to cover today's caucuses, Washington Blade journalist Chris Johnson met up with some often overlooked voters: young gay men willing to confess Republican-leanings. Well, five of them, anyway.

"I come from a farming family, so it’s conservative or Catholic," said a 21-year old, Bryan Pulda. "Our personal views are more reflected in the Republican candidates.”

Ryan Schrader also traced his political leanings to his family, saying, “I come from a very conservative background myself. My family is very conservative Baptists." Like Pulda and so many other Iowa voters, Schrader's faith also influences his political preference. In this case, Ron Paul. "His views are more towards letting the people, which would be all of us, make the decisions to shape our country."

Another gay Paul supporter, 21-year old Dereck Plagmann, pointed to the candidate's calls for strict constitutional originalism, "I think it’s something that we’ve definitely drifted away from."

"We need to get back to it basically," he said. "Other presidents, everybody’s trying to make changes to it. They’ve lost focus on what really made this country, and what made us who we are.”

Mitt Romney is also getting some love in Iowa. CJ Peterson, 21, tells Johnson he's impressed by Romney's emotional evolution since his last campaign in 2008. "If you compare the YouTube videos from ’08 to now, he seems a lot less robotic and choppy and nervous," he explained. "I think he seems a lot more relaxed, and almost presidential, ready to be a leader.”

So, why would openly gay men support candidates like Romney and Paul, neither of whom have stellar records when it comes to equality? Pulda says he supports the GOP, yet no specific candidate yet, because he has worries other than inclusion. "I would find it almost selfish for me to go out and say, ‘I vote for this person simply because they want same-sex marriage,'” he explained. “There are so many more problems in this country affecting more people than just me.”

I guess that's fair enough, but then one has to ask themselves whether the Republicans have all the answers on corporate regulation, global warming or other issues as important for the nation's future. Clearly these men think they do, and many other LGBT people probably do, too. But isn't voting for someone based on their religion just the same?

It is worth noting, however, that none of these men showed support for the most anti-gay candidates, including Rick Santorum, Rick Perry or Michele Bachmann, so clearly there is some LGBT interest afoot.

In other gay election news, Google interviewed Johnson to get his perspective on Iowa, the race as a whole and where the GOP stands on LGBT equality. Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Towleroad Guide To The Tube #1033

RIP VADER: Bob Anderson, the Olympic fencer who played Darth Vader, has died. (Note: Anderson was simply Vader's lightsaber-wielding stunt double, but still cool.)

MARRIED, KNOW IT: Entertaining activist Sean Chapin reworks "LMFAO" track "Sexy and I Know It."

UPSIDE DOWN: New trailer for "romantic thriller" starring Kirsten Dunst and Jim Sturgess. Visually arresting and disorienting. (WB took down the English-language version, so have replaced with the French.)

EXCESSIVE OR ENLIGHTENING?: Ron Paul-supporting PAC releases video starring African American patient who tells a tale of Dr. Paul's compassion amidst racism.

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