September 5th, 2007
09:15 PM ET
14 years ago

Paul supporters out in force

The Republican presidential candidates took the stage in New Hampshire on Wednesday.

DURHAM, New Hampshire (CNN) - Supporters of Texas Rep. Ron Paul were out in force Wednesday, as eight GOP candidates took the stage for the second presidential debate in this important primary state.

While some people chanted "Ron Paul, Ron Paul" others waved signs that read, "New Hampshire Says Live Free with Ron Paul or Die." In the air, a visible Ron Paul banner circles the University of New Hampshire's Whittemore Center, the site of the debate.

One Paul supporter, Paul Palazzolo, a 22 year old graduate degree student at UNH, has made every effort to promote Paul throughout a campus with 16,000 undergraduates.

"Last night, my friend and I chalked the entire campus with Ron Paul's name for three and half hours. " Palazzolo said with enthusiasm.

His friend, Stephen Campbell, does not even attend UNH. Campbell is currently a student at UCLA and plans to bring Paul to campus when he starts in a month.

"Ron Paul never flip flops, never works with lobbyists," Campbell said. "He's about principles and that's what we need."

Meanwhile, a smaller group of Rudy Giuliani supporters, held signs to show support for the former New York City mayor.

In addition to the political supporters, advocacy groups sought to bring attention to their individual causes.

Around the building, police remain tight lipped on security, Lt. Sean Kelly,of the Durham Police Department, who has been to many primary events, tells CNN that the University police department is the lead agency on security tonight, but state and local authorities are also present.

Is this crowd anything out of the ordinary?

"This campaign crowd size is very typical," Kelly said. "They are always enthusiastic and we are always interested in letting them do it."

- CNN New Hampshire Producer Sareena K. Dalla

Filed under: New Hampshire • Ron Paul • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. xtina chicago IL

    I love Ron Paul for many reasons. He's a great example of the renegade Texas spirit. But in the end, I think the American people are afraid of that spirit and liberty. They really do want to be led around by the nose by their party, and sadly I don't think we'll see an independent candidate win in our lifetimes.

    September 5, 2007 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  2. Dan (Baltimore, MD)

    I hope no one is fooled by these Ron Paul supporters. He's polling at between 1-2% among Republicans. Just being loud and frequently posting on the internet is not going to win the nomination.

    September 5, 2007 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  3. Bob Earl, Englewood, Florida

    Englewood Florida held its 51st annual Pioneer Days Parade on Labor Day. Over 150 people and 25 vehicles and floats participated in the parade in support of Dr. Paul. His message of freedom, liberty, and prosperity for all American citizens rings true in Florida as well as New Hampshire.

    September 5, 2007 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  4. Christian, Tampa FL

    It was extremely refreshing to see that members of my generation were exerting their voices through cheers and applause for Rep. Paul.

    I was pleased to see Ron Paul, who was the only candidate making any sense on Iraq and the only one who stands for the true wishes of the American public. He stood strong and was a great presence in the debate amongst a number of truly foolish candidates.

    September 5, 2007 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  5. Joe in L.A.

    Ron Paul is the people's President.

    His support is shocking. Just within the last few weeks the Ron Paul Meet-up volunteers has grown from 37,000 to over 40,000 and 5,000 more interested.

    Ron Paul has finished in the top three in 17 straw polls held in states all across the country. He had six first-place finishes as well as five second-place finishes. He won Maryland yesterday and yet the main stream media ignore his victories and his growing legion of supporters. I hope it continues because the more he's ignored... The more we roar!!

    This revolution will not be televised... it will be downloaded!

    September 5, 2007 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  6. Brandon Howell

    Dear CNN thank you for your positive view on things and fair news unlike fox! They attacked Ron Paul Tonight and this was all staged!!!

    RON PAUL 2008!!!!

    September 5, 2007 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  7. Sage, Poulsbo, WA

    Thank God for Ron Paul. I will be casting a vote for a Republicrat for the first time in my life. Go Ron Paul!

    September 5, 2007 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  8. Louis, Minneapolis, Minnesota

    This is truly great to hear. Ron Paul Awareness needs to increase. I know exactly what to expect from Ron Paul, he sticks to his values. American needs change, American needs Ron Paul.

    September 5, 2007 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  9. John Thomas, Edina, MN

    You can't deny Ron's support any more!! He clearly was the front-runner tonight, out witting/arguing anyone in his path. He especially destroyed Huckabee and his sentimental BS.

    GO RON!!!

    September 6, 2007 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  10. Nicholas Michelewicz, Keene, NH

    I was there with the other Paul supporters. Romney's people came in second for numbers and Huckabee's came in second for zeal. Paul's came in first on both.
    New Hampshire does love Ron Paul. This is the Live Free Or Die state. Our GOP leans libertarian and I have met many people who will vote for Dr. Paul.

    September 6, 2007 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  11. Scott, Raleigh, NC

    That is awesome to see. He is gaining more and more support everyday. People can see his integrity every time he speaks.

    September 6, 2007 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  12. Mitch, Dunwoody GA

    We are always out in force 🙂 Thanks for covering it!

    September 6, 2007 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  13. William, Columbus, Ohio

    Ron Paul makes some very strong arguments against the mainstream republicans. I really like the fact he offers an opposing view to these clones that follow the ever failing Bush administration. I think we need to echo the last elections and send republicans another message from the american public.

    September 6, 2007 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  14. anonymous

    Ron Paul has pointed out that this war should have been declared by congress, which is the only lawful way to go to war, authorized by the constitution. Now, there were other candidates who finally began using Paul's language about their oath to uphold the constitution, witch Paul has reminded us all of repeatedly. Why didn't Chris Wallace bring that up or question the other candidates about that fact rather than erroneously trying to accuse Paul of taking our marching orders from Al-Qaida? Paul responded perfectly, "NO" he said " We should take our marching orders from the costituion"! Did we declare it constitutionally? Please, other candidates, answer this. Ron Paul is steering the debates. Huck, we should stand together as one nation, remember 70% of the American people want a change. More troops gave to Ron Paul's campaign than any other candidate. Next time lets declare the war the way we are supposed to and get a mandate from the people. Lets all stand together as Americans, no matter what your party, or which candidate you are, lets all stand for the

    September 6, 2007 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  15. Jenkins

    Isn't it interesting that the oldest candidate has the most young supporters?

    September 6, 2007 02:42 am at 2:42 am |
  16. Jon, Sacramento ~ Ca

    I admire the ferver his supporters display. Alas, all the cheerleading in the world can not change a flawed candidate that sounds more liberal than conservative. The only conservative area for Ron Paul is fiscally – lower taxes at the cost of practically ALL government agencies.

    He is too extreme to be taken seriously.

    September 6, 2007 02:45 am at 2:45 am |
  17. Ryan New York NY

    Not just the internet anymore I see.

    September 6, 2007 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  18. Jess, Madisonville, KY

    Woohooo,, OMG.. an article about Ron Paul on Cnn!?? I never thought I'd see the day~!

    September 6, 2007 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  19. Matt, Coppell, TX

    Wow! Ron Paul gets acknowledgement from CNN! Thats better then nothing i guess. Im glad Ron Pauls supporters are out in full force. He is founding father material and we as a country have forgotten that our allegance is to the constitution of the United States, not to corporations, ideologies, a bankrupt forigen policy and rhetoric from a bunch of "Me too" republicans with flip floping stands and spotty voting records. At least Ron paul has the comon sense to speak the truth as only a true patriot can.


    September 6, 2007 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  20. Danny C of Knoxville Tennessee

    CNN is finally realizing Ron Paul's more than just some second rate candidate. He is the only man for the job. Hes gotten my vote. He isnt afraid to tell it like it is. As proven last night on faux er I mean Fox's debate. Great job Dr. Paul. Throw out all the Neo Cons. Vote for change, Vote Ron Paul!!!

    September 6, 2007 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  21. James, Phoenix AZ

    The problem with Ron Paul getting more and more attention... people begin to understand this guy is a kook! He's NOT a Republican – he's a libertarian.

    Ron doesn't want smaller government. He wants NO government (eliminate FBI, CIA, Homeland Security, Dept of Education, etc).

    Ron has as much chance of getting the Republican Party nomination as does Ralph Nader or Dennis Kucinich.

    September 6, 2007 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  22. James, Phoenix AZ

    Ron Paul = Loony Libertarian that takes his marching orders from Al Qaeda.

    Eliminating the CIA, FBI, Homeland Security, Department of Education, etc??

    He has NO chance of ever getting the Republican nomination.

    September 6, 2007 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  23. Kevin, Greenville NC

    Ron Paul...idiot idealist for the idiot voter. He's the man for the job alright, just not sure what job that is just yet. Maybe he could write material for Alex Jones.

    I know what job he isn't the man for. And, with his impressive 2%, so do most other voters.

    September 6, 2007 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  24. hawnstyle

    Way to go Papa Mike!!! His supporters are so obnoxious, it's a turn-off. They cannot take criticism, they spam, and they pad the voting. He's a good man, but he has no chance.

    September 7, 2007 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
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