'Occupy' protesters disrupt Paul town hall
November 21st, 2011
06:09 PM ET
11 years ago

'Occupy' protesters disrupt Paul town hall

Keene, New Hampshire (CNN) - A handful of Occupy Wall Street activists disrupted a well-attended town hall hosted by Rep. Ron Paul at Keene State College Monday.

After a moderator announced Paul would be taking his last question, a man in the audience stood up and yelled "Mic check!"

Programming note: GOP presidential candidates face off at 8 p.m. ET Tuesday, November 22, in the CNN Republican National Security Debate in Washington, D.C.

About 15 people chimed in, repeating a few lines:

"There are criminals on Wall Street who walk free. There are protesters in jail. There is something wrong with this system."

Paul listened to the chant and chatted with an aide as the protesters dominated the room. Then he leaned into the mic and asked: "Do you feel better?"

Paul explained to the audience he was "very much involved with the 99."

"I've been condemning that 1% because they've been ripping us off," he said. "The people on Wall Street got the bail-outs and you guys got stuck with the bills. And I think that's where the problem is."

The audience of several hundred, mostly students, applauded in Paul's defense.

Organizers of the event had originally set out 200 chairs but had to wheel in stacks of extra seating when students continued to pack into the hall. Dozens stood during Paul's speech.

They applauded many of the rallying points of Paul's message, including his belief United States troops should come home, and his advocacy for changing drug laws.

Filed under: 2012 • New Hampshire • Occupy Wall Street • Ron Paul
soundoff (87 Responses)
  1. Anon

    What is described in the article is not much of a disruption; Were people removed? Did they prevent RP from speaking?

    If I were to plan such an activity in order to show that Ron Paul was the closest Republican to the 99%, it would go just like it that did.

    November 22, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  2. justin

    Im sure the protesters know who Ron Paul is.... In my opinion they did this just to show that Ron Paul is on their side to the public.

    November 22, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  3. Alex

    This just proves what the Occupiers really want. Socialism. Ron Paul wants an honestly level playing field by simplifying the tax code and eliminating loopholes. The Occupiers don't want this though. They don't want fair taxation, they want massive taxation of the few to pay for the needs and wants of the many. In the United States, individual rights trump collective "rights." That is what Ron Paul and all REAL Conservatives (Not the big government Neo-Cons cheered on by Fox News), believe. Ron Paul is the smartest guy in this race, followed by Jon Huntsman. Many of these other guys have some good points, especially on domestic issues, but for the most part they are all still in the pocket of the military-industrial complex, and the globalist police the world Neo-Cons.

    November 22, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  4. MMallon

    There are a handful of legitimate points OWS has made since their movement began, and Dr. Paul is more than willing to accommodate them on those grounds. "Freedom is popular," as he says so often, and liberty is a very big tent under which there is room for everyone. But you need to let go of contrived political spin about "conservatives" and "liberals" and see what is really going on here. Is Ron Paul radical? Yes. But only because truth is treason in the empire of lies.

    November 22, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  5. Phil

    Hey LARRY!

    Paul isn't getting rid of SS and Medicare. Do your research.

    November 22, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Phil wrote:

    Hey LARRY!

    Paul isn't getting rid of SS and Medicare. Do your research.
    Yes, he is. Or would you care to explain what his position is for us?

    November 22, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  7. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    I want to hear Willard and the Grinch get heckled. Tell OWS to take a bath to their face Newt!

    November 22, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  8. Merle

    the 'protesters' were NOT protesting Ron Paul, they were getting their message out.

    November 22, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  9. Brian

    He's part of the 99% and yet the policies that he advocates for directly benefit the 1%

    November 22, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  10. Davis

    See the misleading headline on the CNN site that Paul is heckled when if anything he supported these peoples complaint. And they should be attacking the Federal Reserve while they are at it.

    November 22, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  11. SecedingfromTexas

    I was thinking the same thing, just add he didn't pepper spray them either.

    November 22, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  12. James C

    I love how people are on here trying to link Ron Paul to the concerns of OWS crowd. Paul favors policies that would make income inequality worse by eliminating low interest aid for educationm, ending the federal reserve and favoring gold, and so on. Paul's libertarian economic views were awful in the 1830s just as they were from 1920-1929 and just as they have been from 1980 until now. When you shrink the role of government and lower taxes on the wealthy the rich get richer and the 99% get worse.

    November 22, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  13. JRuss

    Brian....please explain. Thank you.

    November 22, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  14. Draxta

    Ok, so the vast majority on this board can recognize that RP is the one to put in the White House in 2012. How then can we best get the rest of the country on board with all of us and get the only real hope of fixing the countries problems into the White House?
    We have heard every other politician speak the same nonsense time and again. Ron Paul is the only person that has spken about the real ills that are wrong with our government yet he only gets about 15% of the vote. When are people going to wake up in this country and realize that without Paul, it's going to be the same old crap all over again??

    November 22, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  15. Maltheus

    Kind of silly, but they waited til the end and Ron Paul handled it well. Let's not forget, that this is the only candidate who say we shouldn't be blaming OWS. We should be arresting those responsible for this mess.

    November 22, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  16. Voter

    They "Occupy" the potential president who is "for" them.


    November 22, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  17. Jean Sartre, Milwaukee, WI

    So, Ron Paul is the most "honest politician in America?" What an oxymoron!

    There is no such thing as an HONEST POLITICIAN!

    November 22, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  18. LacrosseMom(real one)

    Good! Ron Paul will never be nominated by the GOP/Teas, don't you folks get it?

    Ron Paul would not be good for America.

    OBAMA 2012

    November 22, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  19. REG in AZ

    Ron Paul attracts attention and generates enthusiasm with criticisms of everything and messages advocating drastic change amounting to "letting everything find its own level" of "doing practically nothing about anything". Now that would seem to initially save money and be a "smaller government" but really it could never be considered as establishing a "level playing field" or as being fair. Those with the money, power and influence would be immediately put in a commanding position allowing them to take even more advantage. Today we see the drastic and costly results of a permissive government having continually pushed deregulation, lax enforcement and little oversight that encouraged run-away greed, gross dishonesty and self-indulgence by those few with the advantage – now the question for Paul is, where would his policies prevent that and not just be giving "the few" Carte Blanche?

    November 22, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  20. Rob

    @James C. The Great Depression was cause by the expansion of the money supply by the federal reserve. This created a credit bubble that burst in 1929. The expansion was then made worse by confiscation of gold and increased spending during the 1930's which lead to the prolonged depression. Ask yourself if I had why we have inflation and how that directly hurts the poor and fixed income people of this country.

    November 22, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  21. ScottA

    He handled that better than Bachmann, that's for sure.

    November 22, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  22. us1776

    Ron Paul 1890


    November 22, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  23. WhereIsPalin

    Ron Paul is an extreme, 30+ year politician. Paul-bots have been duped.

    November 22, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  24. It is sad

    I guess I read this wrong. Sounds to me like at the end of his comments they applauded. Wonder if this was a "set up" so he could seperate himself from the other GOP candidates. This is the same man who ships people in to win straw polls.

    November 22, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  25. Mr. S

    Ron Paul is the only one in the whole campaign who isn't a corporate clone.
    If you end up with Obama vs Mitt.......it's Wall St vs Wall St.

    Vote Ron Paul, anit bailouts since the 70's.

    November 22, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
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