The primary elections in Iowa are more than eight months away, but Ron Paul is in the state on his 2012 campaign trail, with a meet-and-greet scheduled for Tuesday marking the fourth time in the last month he visits.

Paul recently announced he was running for the Republican Party's presidential nomination, saying the time was right for his message of fiscal conservatism. In the past several months, Republicans in Washington have been pushing for federal budget cuts with some degree of success, although Democrats which still control the U.S. Senate and the White House have limited the extent of cuts.

Having a Republican in the White House would speed through an agenda which resonates with Paul and Republicans.

One example of the log jam that could be mitigated were a Republican in power at the White House would be the latest 2012 budget negotiations.

Republicans are attempting to tie steep spending cuts to an increase in the U.S. federal debt ceiling in the next several months.

Such bargaining tactics are expected to continue until the political landscape changes. With veto power, the U.S. president has the ability to reject legislation passed by Congress. However Republicans will also need to take control of the Senate if they wish to fast track new legislation.  ,

We are tremendously excited to have Ron Paul here in Mason City, said James Mills, Paul's co-chair for the 4th district for Iowa in a press release. Ron Paul has shown he is willing to spend time in Iowa and meet with voters to listen to their concerns.