Michigan debate: Paul supporters dominated the event + R.P. speech @ debate partySubmitted by David A Dudenhoefer on Thu, 11/10/2011 - 08:01
The day for many of us started out early, and rainy. We had so many supporters from around the state coming in by bus or carpooling, that we had to set up 2 debate viewing parties within a few blocks apart near the campus. We hit all the freeway overpasses, on ramps, intersections, entrances to the campus with signs and handed out fliers to students and attendees of the event.
Then came time to get together to welcome Dr. Paul, there were pictures and video taken of a half mile long line of supporters with signs and enthusiasm there to greet Dr. Paul...and all the other candidates who all had to be brought in on the same route to be dropped off. No other supporters of candidates were around and later we heard that other candidates were approaching Dr. Paul to compliment him on the level of support that he has.
I had the honor of being present in the debate and was thrilled to greet Dr. Paul on stage after the debate along with Michigan congressman Justin Amash, who endorsed him earlier this year.
Dr. Paul proceeded to one of the viewing parties where all supporters gathered to hear him address us for a few moments before boarding his plane onto New Hampshire. I was told when he landed in Michigan that he was not in the best of moods, but quickly snapped out of it after seeing the outpouring of support and total dominance of our presence all over the event area.
Remember, we energize him, he needs us in ever city and event he participates in, lets keep it going gang!
Special thanks to Adam, our state coordinator, the state team, Dave and Vince....and Christee, our event organizer as well as all who helped and showed up.
Here are some photos, thanks to Dave Lamarand for his always professional work.
Videos from "sneakysteve" thanks man
This is a portion of a state wide letter we just recieved from our state coordinator, Adam DeAngeli
Michigan for Ron Paul 2012
Dear Michigan Patriots,
I don't know how to describe what a fantastic job you did last night, welcoming Dr. Paul to the Michigan Republican Debate.
But his advance and events team, his closest staff that follow him at every event, described it very well to me.
Categorically, they said it was the best reception Dr. Paul had received before any debate. He was absolutely ecstatic to see the massive row of people—well over 200 people—line up over a quarter mile as he arrived at the debate entrance, then running behind him all the way to the building, where the line became a massive crowd of supporters.
It fired him up for a great debate performance. (link to video of debate highlights)
And it stood in total contrast to with the other candidates, who had nobody.
Ron Paul signs of all sizes decorated the campus and the surrounding areas everywhere you looked, yet there wasn't a single sign for any other candidate--anywhere.
Backstage sources report even Romney himself was talking about it. The other candidates had to drive by the same giant crowd and wonder why nobody was doing the same for them!
You have to wonder if that was the reason Ron Paul was on Rick Perry's mind during the debate. (If you didn't see the debate, Perry stumbled over himself trying to compete with Dr. Paul's courageous stance to eliminate worthless federal departments, couldn't name three he would cut, and sheepishly turned to Dr. Paul for his line.) (Video)
And our campaign's pollster, who was riding in the vehicle behind Dr. Paul's, dropped his jaw when he saw us out there. (He's new to Ron Paul Revolution, ha.)
And of course there was the jam-packed events at Buddy's Pizza and the Red Ox Tavern for the debate-watching parties. Click here to see some great photos (and please send me links to your own photos and videos of the events!)
I had a rare opportunity to speak with Dr. Paul before the debate, to brief him on current events in Michigan that might have come up. He didn't seem too excited to be at the start of an arduous segment of the campaign—a debate tonight, flying to New Hampshire immediately afterward for two days of campaigning, followed by a flight to South Carolina for yet another debate.
I'd say we cheered him up, all right.
As he drove back to the airport, he talked constantly about how great his supporters were in Michigan and how he'd need to be back soon. He mentioned to his staff, who didn't know, that it was when he was at the University Michigan in 2007 where the crowd's chant, "End the Fed," gave him the idea for the title of his book (it's actually mentioned in the book, right at the beginning.)
here is his speech