Just before 8:00 p.m. in an auditorium packed to the rafters, a well-dressed local GOP leader stood in front of over 2,000 anxious and animated Idahoans and declared, “The Ron Paul Revolution is a revolution whose time has come!” The thunderous applause and chants of “End the Fed!” swept the good doctor onto the stage and the din grew to an impressive ear-drum-bursting boom.
With neither TelePrompTer nor notes, Dr. Ron Paul (R-Texas) addressed a standing-room throng of very young, very vociferous voters who see his candidacy as the only hope for restoring our Republic to its constitutional foundations.
When asked by this reporter why they came out to see Ron Paul, two high school students responded with a typical teenage matter-of-fact (“duh!”) tone: “‘Cause he’s the only one who cares about the Constitution.”
After finally calming the crowd, Dr. Paul introduced his wife and granddaughter before launching into a stump speech that bore plain witness to the truthfulness of my youthful interviewees’ assessment of the presidential candidate.
First, Paul proclaimed that he is the conservative choice among the four Republicans running for President. “You can’t grant to the title of conservative to those who keep voting to spend money,” he explained.
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Photo: Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul speaks at a campaign event at the Bonner County Fairgrounds, Monday, March 5, 2012, in Sandpoint, Idaho: AP Images