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.
Programming Note: Watch the ABC News/Yahoo News/WMUR New Hampshire presidential debate Sunday night on CNN at 8 p.m. ET.