(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.
The way I see it, We have several paths to take as a country. Socialism from the democrats, Fascism from the republicans, and freedon from Ron Paul. Take your pick.
Ron Paul opposes equal rights for gays.
"And to that, the audience burst out chanting the candidate's name and didn't stop until long after he excited the room."
That's cute, but didn't he excite the room by inciting a revolution?
With the FREEDOM Ron Paul espouses comes RESPONSIBILITY...It's time for America to grow up and rid itself of the nanny state.
Ron Paul is actually a highly intellectual man. He has the majority of the US Pop on his side over the other candidates. The media is trying to destroy him. He wins most straw polls and online polls, yet the media claims him as the "other" candidate. Please people, get real, this man will help bring this country back instead of continuing to cripple us like Obama has, or like Perry or Romney would. Actually listen to him speak, most conservatives and liberals would love this guy if they actually researched him. He is like the new age Thomas Jefferson. Hell, I would advocate a revolution too. Take this country back from the bankers.
No, Mr. Paul. It's more like the country is ready for career politicians like you to retire.
Dr. Paul is a great American. Namecalling and middle finger waving won't faze this man.He's not some rightwing extremist at all. I have to wonder where you all get your marching orders from....
Historically – When nations try to go out all over the world and police it, they fall apart. Historically – When governments get to large and have their hands in everyone's business the nation then falls apart. Government solutions, historically, have NEVER worked. So historically speaking, Ron Paul would literally be the BEST choice for this country in 2012 since he has held his position for over 25 years and has predicted to a "T" what would happen in this country economically. What other candidate can lay a claim to this – NONE.
I was there and I am 50 years old. There were all ages from 18-99 there. It was awesome to see a Capitalist getting cheered in a city of democrats, hippies, communists, socialists and feminazis. People are realizing that we need REAL change. Romney, Perry, Bush, Obama are all the same. For God's sake, we should try ANYTHING and ANYONE who is different than the rest of these people. What do we have to lose ?
Ron Paul is going to bring the troops home
Ron Paul is going to veto bad laws
Ron Paul is going to investigate the crooks
Ron Paul is going to bring retirement choice to young people while keeping the promises to the old
Ron Paul will veto unbalanced, pork laden and thereby end corporate welfare
Ron Paul will close GITMO
Ron Paul will End the Fed, eliminating the largest source of corporate welfare in the country and the main way the rich steal from the poor
Did I mention he will bring the troops home from Germany, South Korea and a hundred other places saving lives and many hundreds of Billions of dollars every single year?
Vote Ron Paul 2012
Dianne, would you please posit an example of Tea Party violence? Thanks in advance
I'll save Dianne the trouble: remember the Rand Paul supporters in black T shirts who pushed a stomped a woman at one of his ralles last year? One was a regional TP leader and Rand Paul canpaign coordinator, who demanded an apology from the woman he assaulted for making him lose control ( reminds you of how men in the Muslim world justify attacking the innocent, doesn't it?). How about bringing weapons for the purpose of intimidation? How about those? There are plenty more.
Ron Paul 2012!
He has my vote!
All you people going on about "tea party" should read a little instead of your hysterical knee-jerk hyperventilation . The tea party hates Ron Paul because he is opposed to the military industrial congressional complex. The tea partiers are warmongering neo-cons. Have you never read the attacks on Ron Paul by the tea party?
It is sad that the US is past time when his common sense approach will help. The march to socialism is too far advanced to turn back the clock. We will be the next Greece by 2016.
I've listened to what he has to say, and its not a realistic way of governance. There is an idealised world, and there is the reality of governing. Ideology is what drives him, not solving problems, and as long as ideology drives him, he will have achieved NOTHING for his decades of being on the public payroll and reaping the benefits of his position. His ideology would be a disaster in practice: he's just too arrogant to admit it.
DEMS/REPUBS...both garner huge donations from lobbies and corporations. In most cases, the same corporation donates to both parties equally. Everyone is guilty. The ONLY solution is a cap on campaign finance that funds each candidate euqlly after their respective primaries. ALL national elections should be allowed the same amount of money to be spent in any way each candidate chooses. Free airtime or any other outlet would be required to give equal time in length and timing. Too easy.
yeah a revolution agianst the politicians who put wal-mart and exxon over the PEOPLE and who do nothing to protect our civil rights.. we know who they are.
But in the end, Ron Paul will just be another retired Congressman drawing a pension. A few years after that he will be forgotten. Ron Paul will never be President. He has already struck out twice, this will be his third strike and he is out for good.
Ron Paul is one of the only congressmen to "OPT OUT" of the congressional pension. He is the real deal people.
Someone who wants to abolish the Federal Reserve is someone who does not understand how the financial system in this country works. For 100 years, it has kept interest rates stable, protected many small banks from failing, and prevented the entire financial system from collapsing many times over. If it were abolished today, the banks would come and put it back together tomorrow.
Sure is! Tossing the Tea Party out.
Yes! Ron Paul in 2012 we love you Dr. Paul!!!
This guy has gone an dun it! He was sent down to the barn to milk the cow and bring back the milk. But when farmer Perry got there he was just about to get the creme from the 'BOY COW (bull). :-)
Ps- Ron Paul is not really affliated with the tea party. He has his own message.
Ok, LENIN, tone down your revolutionary rhetoric.