(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul rallied a sold- out crowd of more than 1800 of his most ardent under-thirty-year-old supporters in New York City Monday night.
Tickets to the event cost $20-25. It was originally scheduled to take place at the famed Webster Hall's Marlin Room, but, the event had to be moved to a room twice as large at the last minute due to an overwhelming response. The final setting was in the Grand Ballroom, which has hosted celebrities to the scale of Mick Jagger and Madonna.
"We are seeing a level of enthusiasm for Ron Paul that can be compared with President Obama in 2008", said Eric Brakey, Media Coordinator for NYC Liberty HQ, the grassroots organization hosting the rally for the candidate. "Congressman Paul's youth support is different now than it was during his last presidential campaign. It's more organized and it's picking up steam and continues to grow".
As the longtime congressman from Texas stepped onto the stage, the crowd screamed with enthusiasm. The audience's biggest reaction came when he spoke about ending the Federal Reserve. "The country has changed in the last four years, but my message hasn't changed" Paul said. "The country is ripe for a true revolution".
Responding to an earlier interview with Jon Stewart, he told the crowd that he is largely ignored by the media for a couple of reasons, one being that "people in charge don't want to hear our message".
Paul, who's making his third bid for the White House, devoted the final moments of his speech to President Obama. "Obama thinks he is going to spend a billion dollars on his [re-election] campaign", but "when truth prevails you don't need a billion dollars".
And to that, the audience burst out chanting the candidate's name and didn't stop until long after he excited the room.
Hilarious seeing you guys bash Ron Paul, keep letting the media tell you what a viable candidate is!!! Maybe take a second to youtube Ron paul before bashing the TEA party ( which you all know nothing about, nor have you been to a gathering)
So in reality anyone that bashes the TEA party without going to a meet is just a hypocrite
It is painfully obvious that some people making comments have not researched Ron Paul at all. If you really care to learn anything abou this guy do yourself a favor and google the following: RON PAUL PREDICTIONS.
What if there had never been an original Tea Party??
God Bless Ron Paul and the TEA Party Movement. Only the uneducated...or those with an agenda...disagree with him.
Liberalism always attracts the younger crowd most of whom get all excited over the idea of legalizing drugs. As the crowd gets older and takes a more careful eye at the tenants of liberalism they realize pretty quick how much of a drag it really is as a political choice. Ron Paul is a just a better version of Ralph Nader. He'll keep showing up every election cycle until he gets too old and fades away.
What if there had never been an original Boston Tea Party?? Maybe we should forget that because it was OLD..
Is it just me or does drawing a crowd of 1,800 in a city of 18,000,000 seem fairly insignificant...?
This is the sort of foolish talk that energizes the crazies out on the rightr-wing's fringe – the militias and the hard-core hate groups. Ron Paul is irresponsible for using these terms to get attention. I'm certain at this moment groups of ultra-right-wingers are checking their caches of ammunition and ordering another magazine for their semi-auto. Ron Paul is a complete fool who offers America nothing but unworkable solutions. Americans don't want threats of revolution or secession – just ask another Republican moron – Rick "Good Hair" Perry.
If anything would ever drive this Nation toward revolution it would be the ever-increasing gap between rich and poor. Historically, when poor people get to the hopeless stage they go after the elite class who created the uneven playing field. The class is represented by the Republican Party and their handlers, like the Koch brothers and Rupert Murdoch.
Everyone should just keep a cool head and use their brain to THINK about the power of suggestion. Mayor Bloomberg spoke about a riot on Wall Street, and guess what? If not for the police, some of those nut cases would do what they do best.....go nuts. Now we have Ron Paul suggesting a revolution, and those same nut case rabbel rousers would be first to start that. THINK.......do we want more expense for our country? I agree that GREED is the real problem in this country (and other countries), but taking to the streets here is not the answer. There are more civil ways to make changes.
Thanks, CNN, for a fair story about this event.
A sold out crowd of 1800....that made me chuckle.
All the political parties and Ron Paul have the same objective– the take America into the 90's again:
* Democrats want to take us back to the 1990's of economic boom times and balanced budgets
* Republicans want to take America back to the 1890's where corporate robber-barons exploited men and resources to the benefit of only the wealthiest CEOs
* Ron Paul wants to take us to the 1790's when the Unites States was a plural term, and the Articles of Confederation were still considered relevant; oh, and slavery or whatever else tyrannical majorities pleased was a good thing.
* The Tea Party wants to take America to the 1690's, when it was common to burn books and people.
Sold out crow of, what? 1800. Big deal. My dog can pack that many in.
I love the probably unintended double entendre in the last sentence: "And to that, the audience burst out chanting the candidate's name and didn't stop until long after he EXCITED the room." The author of the article might have thought she was writing EXITED, but in this day of rampant misspellings, I'm inclined to think that this was yet another one, serendipitous as it may have been, a misspelling nonetheless. What's the verdict, Karrah? If it WAS intentional, then accept my congratulations, and my apology, as you are masterful!
Go Ron Paul 2012!!!!!!
@jimbo The event was sold out...How would they have fit more than 1,800 into even if they could have?
For all who have been led to believe the Tea Party Movement has anything to do with racism, you have been so easily manipulated by the press. In these times it is imperative to do your own research regarding any politician, movement or proclamation. Look behind the scenes and ask who is benefitting from putting these sound bites out. You might find you are being led down a path you don't want to go. Think for yourselves.
If there is some kind of civil war in this country it will start as a race war. You can see it already with blacks in cities and some suburbs in gangs beating white people. CNN doesn't even report these stories when they happen and they've been happening once a week. When the whites decide to fight back it will be massive with a whole gang of blacks being wiped out . That's when it will begin because more and more whites are buying guns and more and more illegal guns are taken off the streets.
It's sad to see so many people still fighting amongst themselves with all of this Republican this, Democrat that, Tea Party, blah, blah, blah. All of the career politicians put on a show to get you all angry and focused on "the enemy" so you aren't focused on them. And then while you're busy, they are all working together to funnel money from you and into their friends' pockets. R and D mean nothing in Washington. They are just a marketing image. We need to all come together and take the country back by believing in our ability to vote and effect change. Washington is not America, WE are America.
Those who assassinate his character do so out of a lack of substantive argument. I would also remind some of those saying horribly violent things that secret service protection extends, naturally, to Presidential candidates as well as the President himself. Aside from the real questions such statements provoke about the character of those making them, those statements could earn you a visit from the Secret Service. FYI...
Ron Paul is correct in so many ways. And all of you knuckleheads who think he represents the Tea parties, you couldn't be more wrong. DO some research before you spew your verbal diarrhea all over the place.
Ron Paul say the country is ripe for revolution, and he is correct. Did he say violent revolution? NO.
Obama ran on HOPE AND CHANGE, isn't that what revolution is based on? And Obama is out there calling for VIOLENT revolution! Are you people blind? Or just STUPID?
All those of you who think Ron Paul's views are radical, is 10,000 pages of federal laws a good thing?
@1crusader: the idea of states rights was older than the civil war, and actually an integral factor in the forming of the country. The more local the power is, the closer it is to the people it affects and they have a better chance of being heard.
I would suggest everyone research this guy more before writing him off...he certainly believes what he says since lobbyists don't come to his office anymore
Ron Paul is not electable. facts are facts and thats that.
I can't wait for the real revolution to start so we can start hanging liberal vermin from lamp posts and poke their twitching corpses with pointy sticks.
Wow, a staggering amount of ignorant comments on here OR a bunch of trolls. None of these anti-Ron Paul comments have any substance. The overwhelming amount of government dependent people here are scared and should be because they need to finally realize that Democrats are on the same team as the current Neo-cons. I voted for Obama and regret it more and more when I research Ron Paul's positions