Paul hits the bike trail
September 2nd, 2011
04:25 PM ET
11 years ago

Paul hits the bike trail

Lake Massabesic, New Hampshire (CNN) - Politicians often seek to portray youthful vigor, but at age 76 Congressman Ron Paul may have to work harder than others.

He showed Friday he's up to the challenge.

Paul, who famously rides his bicycle for exercise throughout the sticky, sweltering summers in Houston, Texas, invited some New Hampshire staffers and reporters on an hour-long bike ride around scenic Lake Massabesic outside Manchester, New Hampshire Friday afternoon.

The sun was shining, a breeze was blowing, and the temperature in the North Eastern state was a temperate 72 degrees.

"It looks like the temperature's about perfect," Paul said, when a reporter asked if he missed the Houston humidity, though he noted summer workouts weren't all bad. "I think when you ride in all the heat and humidity you burn calories faster."

The wiry fiscal iconoclast tries to walk three or four miles in the morning and ride ten to 15 miles on his bicycle in the evenings. He reported his resting heart rate was 58 to 62 beats per minute and his blood pressure was 120 over 70 or 65.

Before kicking off, Paul spoke to a small group of reporters who were not dressed for riding. The long-time congressman, who hosted a town hall in the first-in-the-nation primary state Thursday night and has spent time retail politicking here, said he welcomed the visit of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Labor Day.

"The more the merrier," he said. "They just divide up all the opposition. They don't take votes from me."

He said he was surprised and encouraged by the groundswell of support for his campaign in New Hampshire.

"Each time I come up here we get new people, new support," Paul said. "The crowds get bigger. We always plan to have a little gathering, get 50 people together, and sometimes we get hundreds of people together."

After the ride, Paul careened back into the parking lot without having broken a sweat. He joked that during the hour ride he'd covered 32 miles (it was actually about 7.4).

Asked by the media if the ride might serve a metaphor for his campaign, Paul happily obliged.

"We're in good shape and ready and raring to go," he said.

Filed under: 2012 • New Hampshire • Ron Paul
soundoff (151 Responses)
  1. Dynan3

    His ideas confound many people because they don't understand what SANITY looks or sounds like.

    Simply put...RON PAUL 2012 !!!!

    September 2, 2011 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  2. jim dollinger

    staying healthy is just another sign of accepting personal responsibilty.

    join the Revolution... I did. Ron Paul 2012!

    September 2, 2011 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  3. FM

    Ron Paul has difficulties to walk properly, and now he jumps on a bike? Does he understands that the consequences are very severe in case he falls down!

    September 2, 2011 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  4. debra reddish

    No one will ever convince me he is unelectable....this IS the age of Ron Paul!

    September 3, 2011 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  5. Jeff in Brooklyn_NY

    Ron Paul has my vote. And anyone who lumps him in the same bucket as other republicans is clearly not paying attention. People criticize him for wanting less regulation like those other republicans. But the difference is he wants to eliminate the source of the problem, which is 1) the manipulation of money and credit by the Fed, which results in artificially low interest rates. Artificially low interest rates hurt savers and send false signals to the markets. 2) the moral hazard created by a system that bails out companies that should go bankrupt. As he has said, he believes in a stricter regulation, but that regulation should come mostly from the market, not from bureaucrats. When it's mostly from gov't, special interests have too much influence. Remember, it's regulations that put S&P and Moody's in the position of power that they have now. They were instrumental in the collapse, because they were handing out AAA ratings when clearly those investments were garbage.

    September 3, 2011 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  6. Mke S

    If anyone actually read what Ron Paul has said about the economy etc I don't think anyone could argue with him. From many of the comments I can tell many of you are basically regurgitating what the liberal and conservative media like to say. He was way ahead of the curve on housing collapse but no one would listen. i don't expect the Libs to understand it, they can't see past their own agenda, but for republicans to deny him the nomination just proves they are all on the corporate payroll. I truely believe he would lead us out of this mess.

    September 3, 2011 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  7. RPTwentyTwelve

    Looking forward to vote Ron Paul in 2012!

    September 3, 2011 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  8. Randy

    Ron Paul is the only choice if we're interested in repealing tyranny and re-legalizing freedom. Freedom is for big boys and big girls though, are we TRULY ready to grow-up as a nation? Or do we need spankings and treats from overlords still? Hmmm... We'll see, won't we...

    September 3, 2011 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  9. jeff

    Someone is lying msnbc reporters said it was 6 miles

    By NBC's Jo Ling Kent

    MANCHESTER, NH - Ron Paul briefly traded the campaign trail for a bike trail on a beautiful sunny Friday here in Granite State. The congressman from Texas, who recently celebrated his 76th birthday, took reporters on a 6-mile bike ride through the woods and claimed his health is just fine

    September 3, 2011 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  10. Tim

    Deregulation causes corporation to destroy people's lives? Do you not who writes the regulations? It's corporate lobbyists or special interest groups who want more regulation to screw all the small to medium businesses in the country. Big corporations like big pharma/military industrial complex/big banks want more regulations, not less. The small to medium business owners are the ones getting messed up by the authoritarian federal government. We really need the FDA to tell people in California to not drink raw milk or have the Fed raid Gibson Guitars for buying certain woods and not outsourcing. Are you kidding me?

    September 3, 2011 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  11. Jeruel Canales

    You don't get to understand Ron Paul by reading mainstream media write-ups about him. Youtube is a much better help. But then you need an average IQ to understand him. If you think its your business to stop communism or other forms of government unlike the US form of government thousands of miles from the US, then he is not for you. Go drink your government koolaid americans. Why you need to have a military base in Iceland is beyond me.

    September 3, 2011 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  12. Jeff

    RON Paul 2012

    He is the last hope for a free America.

    September 3, 2011 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  13. bp

    I give Paul credit – people talked about how Reagan was not as sharp in his second term due to his age/Alzheimer's (Reagen was 78 when he left office) and in 2008 some questioned whether John McCain at 72 years old could be any more than a 1-term President. Ron Paul would be over 77 if he became President in January 2013 and nobody mentions it. Good thing the Presidency where age doesn't matter. If he doesn't win next year, then Ron Paul in 2016 at age 81!

    September 3, 2011 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  14. David

    He must be awesome to be able to only go 2.5 miles an hour for a full hour. I would be falling down the whole way.

    September 3, 2011 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
  15. Patrick

    wait...Ron Paul got media coverage?...oh it's a little trivial story about him bike riding..nevermind.. RON PAUL 2012

    September 3, 2011 02:34 am at 2:34 am |
  16. Breaks

    Rick Perry is the Globalists choice for 2012.

    Ron Paul is the peoples choice for 2012.

    Dr. Ron Paul is the true candidate in this race, Not Perry, Bachman, Romney or anyone else. Ron Paul has the ability to truly challenge Obama on a level that these other candidates could only wish.

    Rick Perry is a major, major flip flopper.

    Don't be fooled and Don't let the media make the choice for you.

    Ron Paul 2012.

    Nuff said.

    September 3, 2011 02:48 am at 2:48 am |
  17. Breaks

    Everyone on this blog/board needs to start spreading the word about Ron Paul.

    Rick Perry is up 23%! Really? It makes me feel so sad that the great people of the United States are going to make a big mistake and vote for more of the same; No jobs, more taxes, inflation and most of all, more wars. The globalist want to invade Syria, Iran, Sudan and Somalia. Rick Perry will just continue down this path, just Like Obama....spreading wars.

    It's going to hit the fan really soon in our country but by then it will be too late for everyone.

    September 3, 2011 02:57 am at 2:57 am |
  18. micah phelps

    Ron Paul is the future. Our federal government is out of control and needs reminded that it must follow the constitution. The first 10 amendments are the laws of free men, and to pass any law in defiance to those laws is stripping the rights of free men. We need to abolish any law that impedes on those rights and readjust our government to its principals and that's not denying Americans of freedom. Ron Paul 2012

    September 3, 2011 03:06 am at 3:06 am |
  19. 66Biker

    Ok, so he rides a bike. That isn't enough to get me to change my mind about him. I thought he was a flake when I first heard of him, and all these years later I still think so. Even more so now days... I am not the only one who thinks that either, and as a result of that, he will never get elected President. Not in a million years.

    September 3, 2011 03:37 am at 3:37 am |
  20. bill johnson

    Anybody please. NoBama!..Nobomo!..Nobembo..

    September 3, 2011 03:49 am at 3:49 am |
  21. Robert

    Ron Paul For President in 2012: YES!! S. Palin for anything remotely near gov.... NO!!!! Please, Don't Do It! Ask Huntsman.... tell him the Paul side has bike rides!!! PLEASE!!!!

    September 3, 2011 04:29 am at 4:29 am |
  22. thecardiak

    Ron Paul reminds me of Kato the Elder fighting to save the roman republic. When he dies, so too dies our republic as it is obvious nobody else gives a shit that we continue to ignore our constitution or find bogus way to work around it.

    September 3, 2011 04:46 am at 4:46 am |
  23. ron pavlov

    Paul > Perry > Romney = Obama

    President-elect Ron Paul.

    September 3, 2011 04:50 am at 4:50 am |
  24. Josh

    Like endless wars and dwindling freedoms? Want to keep the drug cartels in business? Do you love corporate handouts and multi-trillion-dollar deficits? If so, then by all means, vote for Obama!!! After all, he sure is young, and if we give him another term he would probably escalate each and every one of these great policies! Even better, he'll sign more regulations into law which will save our economy and root out corruption, only this time they'll actually work! yayyyyyyyyyy

    September 3, 2011 04:59 am at 4:59 am |

    He's the 6% man when the voting starts, always has been. Wingnuts like to toy with him.

    September 3, 2011 06:21 am at 6:21 am |
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