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Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Nicole Kozlack, 16, attends Blake School in Minneapolis. She bused in to support Ron Paul's White House bid even though her parents are Obama supporters and she is not old enough to participate in Tuesday's caucuses.
She is staying at the Holiday Inn with four chaperones and 20 students who all wanted to be part of the Iowa contest.
"This is the first chance to see who can possibly become the next leader of the country," she said. "I was attracted to Paul by his foreign policy, that we need to get our national security together first, not be the policeman of the world."
The one area where she disagrees with her own candidates - and the others - is gay rights.
"I believe that gay marriage should be legalized. Everyone should have a right to be loved," she said. She would ask them: "Why do you believe that gay couples shouldn't have the chance to be equal to others in society."
She would love to get into politics some day.
I know a guy who said that he was at first a Republican and then he became educated and a Democrat. I don't know that these kids really understand what is going on and that Ron Paul would let them die in alone because there is no charity that can support them. There is more being done by the federal, state and local government than these people know and are willing to acknowledge.
I guess her parents must be stupid as well!
Smart kids glad to see that today's youth are not all brainwashed
Everybody knows that teenagers will do the exact opposite of what their parents think best, even if they know they are making a stupid mistake, just to prove their independence. Perfect example here.
I doubt they are "stupid" if they have a 16 year old interested in government and politics. Can you imagine if all teenagers had an interest in the important things?
I am still waiting for Ron Paul stand in front of a crowd of rural Iowans and tell them how he would end farm subsidies and rural development grants and low interest loans. Has this happened yet?
A good number of Paul supporters will be young because the message is simplistic. He offers solutions an unsophisticated person might consider reasonable. For example, Paul said America has no need for a powerful military and could be defended with four submarines. Sound good? No money spent on wars and no requirement for military service? Great except for one fact – four submarines means the only option left for America's miitary is strategic nuclear war. Sure, those boats carry huge boomers... but is that how you'd stop an invasion if Mexico went rogue? How about leaving environmentla protection up to industry and regulated at the state-level? How would the oil-funded Republicans in Texas regulate pollution from the oil industry? The man is an anarchist. His a relic from an age that never really existed – when everything was fair and hard work was always rewarded. He's an old fool.
Sorry Mike in Miami, but brainwashed is exactly the word I would use to describe a Ron Paul supporter. In one of his books he states that no group should have special rights, including children. Yeah, he wrote that. To support someone with such contempt for living in a civilized society is just, well… uncivilized.