'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. Tee Rar

    He handled it very well, and the OWS people seemed to cheer him on.
    CNN's headline was inaccurate. It should have said that Ron Paul fielded comments from the OWS people skillfully.

    November 22, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  2. Thinkforyourself

    Ron Paul was simply being tested, and passed the test. Well done!

    As opposed to Michele Bachmann, who, under the same situation, had to be huddled around by her handlers and escorted out of the building.

    November 22, 2011 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  3. Dave, Central Illinois

    More proof that OWS hippies have no clue what they are protesting.

    November 22, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  4. Brandon

    I'll only vote for Ron Paul if he wears a powdered wig to the next debate.

    November 22, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  5. Sarah

    The fact that this man can bring our country together with respect and unity is enough reason for me, even if I didn't have a thousand plus other reasons to vote for him.

    November 22, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  6. JoeCorrao

    How was he heckled?...end of speech they did the people's mic thing...and then he educated them a bit.

    November 22, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  7. justthefaxpleez

    RON PAUL 2012 ! ! ! ! ! A REAL PATRIOT

    November 22, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  8. P8Triot

    He's is the ONLY Republican who actually understands OWS and doesn't bad mouth them. Haven't they been paying attention to his message ? He's not a Corporate hand puppet and hence why the Establishment hates him.

    November 22, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  9. snowdogg

    This is a non-story for sure... published here to inflame the conservative base

    November 22, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  10. GRofPA

    Just another right-wing nut job pretending to be something else. Smoke & mirrors.

    November 22, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  11. TK

    I don't think the protesters were targeting Ron Paul, just voicing their opinion.

    November 22, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  12. Texan with a Brain

    Ron Paul is not the answer. His ideas are too extreme. Also, you have to wonder about any person who raised a son like Rand. That is a direct example of what his thoughts and policies bring to fruition.

    November 22, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  13. JEANNE

    BUT – does Ron Paul agree that the 1% should pay higher taxes!!!!!

    November 22, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  14. joe smith

    foreign aide, troop withdrawal, and defense cuts, and an effort to curb student loan interest rates to 1%, will put millions of dollars into the economy..too bad the super committee can't see the forest for the trees..

    November 22, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  15. Eric

    Could be that they were helping draw attention to him. What other "hecklers" wait until it is announced to be only one more question? Sounds like a smart move to me.

    November 22, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  16. Me

    I want to know how fast he would ship the commie OWS people to North Korea or China..

    November 22, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  17. babs

    Ron Paul is the illegitimate love child of Ayn Rand and L. Ron Hubbard.

    November 22, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  18. mizh

    I'm seriously thinking about voting for this guy. BUT, anyone can talk the talk — just wait until they get into office and see how many promises are kept....

    November 22, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  19. Hoss

    @Larry – The only hope of getting and keeping your social security is with a vote for Ron Paul. His return to sound money and cutting the military war machine back to reasonable defense levels, is the first step towards fiscal responsibility. The national debt is in the multiples of trillions of dollars, and much of it caused by war spending over the last 30 years built up. Keeping the war machine going so we can invade countries and overthrow their leaders for resources, is what the other candidates are sure to do, and what will surely put America into 3rd world oppression.

    November 22, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  20. Cindy

    @ It is sad – Where is your proof he "ships people in to straw polls?" The only way I have ever known of was for people to get there on there own at their own expense – which they gladly do. The same way they will respond come voting day. The one exception may be the Iowa Straw Poll. I did phone banking for that and infomed people that the campaign was providing bus transportation from different points around the state. But, everyone who was going said they were going on their own since they didn't want to mess with a bus schedule. Oh, and by the way, if anything the whole idea to do that came from Romney doing it in 2007.

    November 22, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  21. US2US

    I will be voting Ron Paul in 2012. You sheep do the same old play. They love you.

    November 22, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  22. Sue

    Hmmm....Interesting.....I just read an article that said that Obama was just now heckled in New Hampshire as well. WHERE of where is CNN's article about this?

    November 22, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  23. Jay Gorrell

    Jean Sartre: You are so very blind. You're right the majority of the time with that statement but you are as wrong as can be when you apply that generality to Paul.

    November 22, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  24. Cindy

    @ REG in AZ – If you have looked over his "Plan to Restore America," I can't imagine how you can claim "doing practically nothing about anything". His plan is the best on presented. Once the military-industrial complex and evil banking cartel is brought under control, your claim about who has control is mute.

    November 22, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  25. stevie

    Take a bath. Get a job.

    November 22, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
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