September 5th, 2007
09:15 PM ET
7 years ago

Paul supporters out in force

The Republican presidential candidates took the stage in New Hampshire on Wednesday.

DURHAM, New Hampshire (CNN) - Supporters of Texas Rep. Ron Paul were out in force Wednesday, as eight GOP candidates took the stage for the second presidential debate in this important primary state.

While some people chanted "Ron Paul, Ron Paul" others waved signs that read, "New Hampshire Says Live Free with Ron Paul or Die." In the air, a visible Ron Paul banner circles the University of New Hampshire's Whittemore Center, the site of the debate.

One Paul supporter, Paul Palazzolo, a 22 year old graduate degree student at UNH, has made every effort to promote Paul throughout a campus with 16,000 undergraduates.

"Last night, my friend and I chalked the entire campus with Ron Paul's name for three and half hours. " Palazzolo said with enthusiasm.

His friend, Stephen Campbell, does not even attend UNH. Campbell is currently a student at UCLA and plans to bring Paul to campus when he starts in a month.

"Ron Paul never flip flops, never works with lobbyists," Campbell said. "He's about principles and that's what we need."

Meanwhile, a smaller group of Rudy Giuliani supporters, held signs to show support for the former New York City mayor.

In addition to the political supporters, advocacy groups sought to bring attention to their individual causes.

Around the building, police remain tight lipped on security, Lt. Sean Kelly,of the Durham Police Department, who has been to many primary events, tells CNN that the University police department is the lead agency on security tonight, but state and local authorities are also present.

Is this crowd anything out of the ordinary?

"This campaign crowd size is very typical," Kelly said. "They are always enthusiastic and we are always interested in letting them do it."

– CNN New Hampshire Producer Sareena K. Dalla


Filed under: New Hampshire • Ron Paul • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. O. Echevarria, New York City, New York

    From what I have seen thus far, Ron Paul has changed my way of thinking of what a Republican truly is. In regards to the issues, he is very consistent and does not flip-flop. Definitely this election year, if he continues to stay consistent throughout the campaign, he will have more than just my vote, but my support.

    It was during the first and second Republican debates that he caught my ear. I researched almost everything he said, and sure enough, he was on the money or at least consistent with what he said. You hear all these candidates speak on how they wish to represent our country, but yet, you never ever hear them about upholding the Constitution as Ron Paul has. You never hear a peep out of any of the candidates about upholding the very things that make our country the greatest country on Earth, our Constitution.

    September 7, 2007 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  2. Proud American

    Ron Paul's message is spreading. People are gathering anywhere he goes and places he isn't even at. Down here in Englewood, FL, over 120 Ron Paul Patriots joined together over Labor Day for a parade and picnic. Watch the YouTube Video. It is no surprise that NH is rocking as well.

    September 7, 2007 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  3. Bob, Long Beach, CA

    Ron Paul is a spineless turd who came running back to the Republican party when things got too hard for him.

    September 7, 2007 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  4. James, Phoenix AZ

    Ron Paul – when unknown to the American People was a 2nd tier wanna-be. As America hears Ron Paul they UNDERSTAND why he is a 2nd tier wanna-be.

    He wants to "protect" our country by eliminating the FBI and CIA.

    Ron Paul is a nut!

    September 7, 2007 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  5. Jon, Sacramento ~ Ca

    Eric, Sacramento

    You wrote, "Jon, Sacramento you are a HACK. You need to look up what a real conservative is before you criticize Ron Paul."

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    Please DO tell Eric, since you're the self-proclaimed expert on "real conservatives" and others like me are "hacks"... WHERE has ANY conservative (non-libertarian) called for the elimination of the FBI, CIA, and Homeland Security?

    Ron Paul ran for President in 1988 for the Libertarian Party. Ron Paul is an isolationist of the Patrick Buchanon brand (all military brought back to the US shore, withdraw from NATO, opposes the WTO, etc). Ron Paul is staunchly against Capital Punishment and opposes our countries efforts with the War on Drugs.

    In 1992 Ron Paul's newsletter said Bill Clinton fathered illegitamte children, used cocaine, called Representative Barbara Jordan a "fraud" and "half-educated victimologist". Further is said, "95% of black males in Washington DC are semi-criminal or entirely criminal."

    Something to be proud of?

    September 7, 2007 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  6. Aaron Kinney, Los Angeles CA

    Eliminating the FBI and the CIA would be great for this country. Its organizations like those that get the world to hate the US in the first place.

    Selling weapons to various groups, getting them to fight each-other, will totally backfire once they realize what we are doing to them. The CIA even admits-REPEATEDLY-that this meddling in foreign affairs is why these grops wanna blow us up.

    Since when did non-interventionism and keeping our troops at home to protect your border become a bad idea?

    Currently, things in this world are going very badly. A vote for Hitlary/Obama or a vote for Fred/Mitt/Rudy will bring more of the same: bad news for the US.

    Time for change. Time for hope. Time to try something a little different. Some people think that Ron Paul's ideas are crazy, but if you look at whats happening today, its clear that its the STATUS QUO that is crazy.

    There is NOTHING crazy about constitutionalism. There is NOTHING crazy about sticking to the principles envisioned by our founding fathers, and no more.

    Ron Paul is the only candidate who ISNT crazy, who doesnt capitulate to public opinion, and who doesnt take his orders from God or from lobbyists or from opinion polls or from his father or from his spouse or from anyone else.

    He gets his orders from the constitution.

    Its been too long since we had a president who did that. Time to give it another shot.

    Time for Ron Paul! Say yes to Dr. No!

    September 7, 2007 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  7. Jon, Sacramento ~ Ca

    "Eliminating the FBI and the CIA would be great for this country. Its organizations like those that get the world to hate the US in the first place."

    ----

    So Aaron – you would like to dismantle the agency which prosecutes the Mob, Drug rings, home-grown terrorists like Tim McVeigh and the Unibomber, etc?

    You would rather Operation Bullpen – which brought down one of the largest network of forgers, authenticators, wholesalers and retailers – didn't happen. Instead we could have organized crime running circles around local law enforcement agencies.

    Yeah – I'm SURE you'll get tons of support for removing the FBI, CIA and Homeland security so that Al Qaeda likes us more!

    September 7, 2007 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  8. Mary Columbus, Ohio

    I would like a President who always follows the Constitution because it's what keeps us "one nation under God." He/She would believe as I do that our government's role is to protect us with a strong defense and enforced borders. I would like a President who is not isolationist, meaning one who would trade with other countries. I would like a President who wants to eliminate wasteful FEMA-like government agencies. I would like to live free with my habeous corpus rights restored, the ones my Dad fought to defend. I want the children of this nation to know what habeous corpus is, and maybe thank me someday for voting for a President who would restore those rights. Maybe you already know who I'm voting for...

    September 8, 2007 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  9. One Pi$$ed American Patriot

    This is to James in Az and the likes. Look, if we vote any but Ron Paul what are we gonna get? A lot of the same old same old bs. Our administration is totally blind by greed and power. The C.I.A and F.B.I are the ones who terrorize our own citizens you idiot. I guess giving military personell LSD was ok right? Or doing drills where we all are imprisoned in internment camps is the american way right? Taking our guns aways must be okay too right? Dead Wrong buddy. You are just like all the rest who are to blind to see the writing on the wall. Its time for a change, a change for the better. Are we going to sit by and let more of our god given liberties be taken away in the name of fear mongering??? No body in their right mind would pass unconstitutional laws who truely love their country. I guess being a world police is okay too. Hmmm. At least Ron Paul hasnt forgotten we have a bill of rights and Constitution. GW suffers from memory loss and disregard for our laws. Because as he once said "Dictatorship wouldnt be so bad, as long as I was the dictator" Say no to the status quo, Vote Ron Paul 08'. Peace to all and all a good day fools.

    September 8, 2007 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  10. Stephen Campbell, from Newfields NH (mentioned in article)

    Jon, Sacramento

    Please DO tell Eric, since you're the self-proclaimed expert on "real conservatives" and others like me are "hacks"… WHERE has ANY conservative (non-libertarian) called for the elimination of the FBI, CIA, and Homeland Security?

    Conservatism is about small government. Since when is adding a giant bureacracy conservative? How is increasing the size of government conservative?

    Ron Paul ran for President in 1988 for the Libertarian Party. Ron Paul is an isolationist of the Patrick Buchanon brand (all military brought back to the US shore, withdraw from NATO, opposes the WTO, etc).

    He's not an isolationist. He's a non-interventionist. He only supports military action if we have a REAL threat or in self defense. He doesn't suppor nation building, or getting involved in other countries' internal affairs. Haven't you learned anything from history? Our foreign policy has MANY unintended consequences.

    We supported and funded both Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden initially! They were enemies of our enemies, and now they are our enemies. We make ourselves less safe, and we destabilize the world. And we can't keep fighting terrorism forever... we need to eliminate the root causes of terrorism.

    Ron Paul is staunchly against Capital Punishment and opposes our countries efforts with the War on Drugs.

    The War on Drugs is horrible. Morally AND financially. First of all, what right do YOU have to tell me what I can and can't do, when it has no effect on you whatsoever? There's no moral basis for it.

    Secondly, IT IS A WASTE OF MONEY. Regardless of the drug issue... we are spending tons of money with zero results. Drug use has not gone down. We are simply giving drug dealers and gang members HUGE profits from the sale of drugs. Brilliant.

    And secondly, we actually HARM people with a medical problem (addiction). Why should we throw all these productive Americans in jail? What do we gain from penalizing good citizens who happen to smoke marijuana? Nothing. It harms our society.

    In 1992 Ron Paul's newsletter said Bill Clinton fathered illegitamte children, used cocaine, called Representative Barbara Jordan a "fraud" and "half-educated victimologist". Further is said, "95% of black males in Washington DC are semi-criminal or entirely criminal."

    Something to be proud of?

    He didn't write those. It has already been debunked. Sorry. And I find it sad that that is the only thing you can cling to to try to damage Dr. Paul's message of libery and peace. What do you have against the man? All he wants to do is restore your liberties.

    Habeas Corpus is dead. The Fourth Amendment is dying. The government can wiretap you without warrants. They can detain you without charge.

    Why do you sacrifice all of your liberties like this? Do you really think it makes you safer? Do you think you'll ever get them back? Do you think one day, the government will say "okay, we won the war on terror! Terrorism is done forever! Here you go, you can have your rights back."

    No. Getting back your civil liberties is significantly more difficult than surrendering them was. And once you give a little bit, the government will just try to take more and more. It started with the PATRIOT act, now warrantless wiretapping and spying on Americans... when does it end?

    September 8, 2007 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
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