Meredith, New Hampshire (CNN) - In a packed town hall meeting here Sunday, GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul said he will head to South Carolina, the next early voting state, just hours after learning the results of Tuesday's New Hampshire primary.
Paul said he would make the trip south "probably within 12 hours of knowing how we do up here," adding that he will continue using the same strategy past New Hampshire.
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"I do the same thing over again," he said. "My job is to understand the issues, understand the philosophy, understand American history, understand economic policy and explain it to people so they know what to expect."
He also said more emphasis will be placed by his campaign on caucus states.
As in the past, Paul invoked his strong stance on eliminating foreign aid, including to Israel, stating, "I do not believe that I should take money from anybody here and send money to Israel," which was met with enthusiastic applause.
He pushed a bit further in his contention that U.S. money holds Israel back.
"If we give money, that implies we own you, and second, is if you cut out all foreign aid, Israel comes out ahead, because their neighbors get about five times as much assistance than Israel gets."
Paul predicted he will do well in New Hampshire because of his appeal among independent voters who make up 40% of the electorate.
"I think the people here in New Hampshire are very independent minded and I have a strong appeal because I have challenged both the Republican and Democratic Party leadership and that means they want a message of cleaning house," he said.
The latest tracking poll released Sunday by Suffolk University shows Paul closing the gap, though he is still 15 points behind front-runner Mitt Romney.
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Ron Paul better win, because without him, we're stuck with Obama or Romney, and that would be sick.
nOW THAT WE ARE past the looses in NH may be we can get to a state with common sense.
Legalize Liberty, Ron Paul 2012!!!
Ask the folks in South Carolina how they'd like defending America with "four submarines" as stated by Paul. Ask them how they'd like seeing Social Security and Medicare handed over to industry. How well has the financial industry and health insurance companies treated Americans in the past? How would our national infrastructure look after he scraps every agency in government responsible for national parks, highways, harbors, commerce, environmental pollution, mining, forrests, oil exploration, education and many, many other functions? We'd be like Somalia – his model as an anarchist.
The story should probably add that Ron Paul would cut off foreign aid to ALL countries, not just Israel.
Ron Paul vs the Warmongers! who also happen to be Chicken Hawks (too chicken to serve but still warmongers). I served 4 years active duty and the troops and vets are sick of these Chicken Hawks that want to play at Commander In Chief like Santorum, Romney and Gingrich. They're playing with other people's lives. Only Ron Paul is pro-peace, pro-liberty and anti-bailouts
Ron Paul a 12 term congressman whom has NEVER ONCE voted to increase taxes, has had consistent policy positions from the start. The other candidates simply say what the voters want to hear. Ron Paul warned us about the housing bubble, the debt crisis, the collapse of the US dollar, the high employment and recessions; basically, the entire collapse of our economy. He is the only candidate who can get us out of our mess.
Ron Paul is a patriot who has honorably served his country as a flight surgeon, defends both the constitution and civil liberties, and is for peace and prosperity. Paul has the wisdom, foresight, honesty and integrity to be president.
Mitt Romney does not where he stands on any issue; Rick Perry does not know very much; John Huntsman has worked for Democrats for many years; Rick Santorum is an extremist; and Newt Gingrich is philosophically unanchored, an unstable element.
America Needs Ron Paul.
I hope he can do more then close the gap... If the people pick anyone else other then Ron Paul, that means eveyone likes to complain but they wont ever do anything for real change!!!! Go RP 2012
Seriously, do RP supporters think he's up to the grueling job of president? Even IF he were to win and last the first four years there is NO way he could last another four (does Reagan come to mind)? IF this country elected a 35 year old to the position and (I doubt that will ever happen) – the job would still take it's toll on that person. All the traveling, appearances, and campaigning required would completely exhaust him. I want a president who appears he can go eight years not four. It just doesn't make sense.
Paul doesn't understand the whole constitution. If he did, then he would know about the sections that establish Congress (both houses) and what they do. I don't think that he fully understands that we help out allies like Israel. I don't understand how money holds them back. He doesn't explain that at all well.
We could very well see the first Ron Paul victory, and in a much more relevant state.
At the very least it should harken the end of the flavor of the week that was the Santorum craze.
Just so you know, the Paul Supporters in the neighboring states of SC are ready to suport in whatever way we can. We are lining up for SC sign wave. I am one of them.
Congressman Paul has his work cut out for him. He is presently running a poor fourth in South Carolina, behind Romney, Gingrich and Santorum.
Thanks for posting this objective artice, Laura.
This an angry little man with a little mind