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Ron Paul attracts 2,000-plus to University of Rhode Island town hall meeting

2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul drew a remarkable 2,000-plus supporters and undecided voters to his University of Rhode Island town hall meeting.

Big crowds comprised of the university and general community greeted the 12-term Congressman from Texas less than one week ahead of the state’s Tuesday, April 24th Republican primary, and the day prior to the Paul campaign airing its celebrated television ad ‘The Plan’ to cement support in time for the Ocean State’s nominating contest.

Dr. Paul’s college campus town hall meeting took place at 7:00 p.m. ET in the University of Rhode Island’s Keaney Gymnasium, located on Tootell Road in South Kingstown, RI 02881. At the event, Dr. Paul discussed his platform of constitutionally-limited government, restoring civil and economic liberties, and elements of his path-breaking ‘Plan to Restore America.’

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this is great videojournalism CHECK IT OUT

gives you the vibe of the crowd entering the event

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFMkwl9FhNw&list=PLF6DD9B7D07...
(4min)

Video

Great event and great speech. Anyone who wants to listen to 45+ minutes of truth, here's the video I took from the event:

Part 1:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0DHt-5Qe8M

Part 2:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHzOdjJgSrM

Part 3:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HA2mxzGfocU

Part 4:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6dGlBI80eM

Part 5:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qj3oQHM_RIg

THANK YOU!!

GREAT!!

Totally met Ron!

My husband and I went to this event and it was just awesome!!1 We had great seats just to the right of the stage. After we ran to the back and waiting by Ron's SUV. He came out after a few minutes and I ran to the side of the truck to get an autograph, which he gave. He joked around about not wanting to steal my pen and he shook my hand. He was very nice. I went through the roof I was so excited.

Glad to hear the positive

Glad to hear the positive reports! Did anyone try and raise money for him there? Encourage the smart phone app? Also, if we collect money at these rally's ie set up a table, who's name is it donated in? Youth for Ron Paul? Just curious how to get it to the campaign as a group and not a personal donation.

What a great crowd

Evwryone was great, the place was practically full. When he walked up on stage me and my friends were right up front at the barrier, and he saw my homemade " America needs a doctor" sign and pointed at me and me and my
Friends had a great euphoric time tonight. So sad he didn't do a meet and greet afterward, only for the youth for ro volunteers, still great though! I will upload pics and vids soon!

Were you waiting for Dr. Paul afterward and see the wacko hater?

Were you waiting for Dr. Paul afterward and see the wacko guy hating on him in front of the camera?? Reminded me of that scene from Iowa, the lady who was hating on Dr. Paul for not signing her book, which the corporate media spread all over the place. "RON PAUL DISAPPOINTS HIS FANS".

But this guy won't be making the evening news, thanks to the Blackout. Anyway, he was off. There were evident signs of mental disability, and he couldn't control his disappointment at Dr. Paul's departure. He was foaming at the mouth and insulting everyone who told him to take it easy.

I was also disappointed that I didn't walk away with a signed 50 billion mark note I brought along.

But I did not come for a photo or signature -- but to experience OUR PRESIDENT in action, and to feel the energy of fellow supporters expressing their admiration for a true statesman.

"Cowards & idiots can come along for the ride but they gotta sit in the back seat!"

Can't see any of the links, keeps saying

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Heres all my stuff

http://www.dailypaul.com/227192/ron-paul-live-video-pics-rep...

Fall River, Bristol County, Massachusetts

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"When one gets in bed with government,
one must expect the diseases it spreads."
‎"It's not like I'm a powerful person. My ideas are."

Thanks!

Added with credit!

Anyhow just got back from the

Anyhow just got back from the Ron Paul rally at URI. I passed out about 500 "vote for me as delegate!!!!!" postcards. There was probably 2000+ people there. I brought the kids and the by now infamous Fox Watching Uncle (aka FWU) and one of the kid's friends (and mom) whose dad is in Afghanistan for the 2nd time.

Everyone was pretty impressed - especially FWU. He said, "you never really get to hear what Ron has to say on TV. They only show clips. This was good. He certainly knows his stuff." MISSION ACCOMPLISHED I got FWU to actually consider that Ron Paul was not a Jew hating, isolationist, 9-11 Truther, KKK and/or militia member, who wants to kill the elderly by shutting off Social Security while conversely killing the young by not defending Israel.

Of course, I would not be surprised to find FWU voting for Romney based solely upon his "electability". BUT at the very least bringing him cleared up a lot of misconceptions. AND he saw a very large crowd of people going absolutely ape-sh*t for Ron Paul. That, he was not expecting. At all. I'm proud of him for coming with me. And I am sooooo PROUD OF RHODE ISLAND!!!

Nice job by you and the other delegates

The delegate cards were awesome. Great to see you all putting in the extra effort. I was very impressed.

"Loyalty's worth more than wealth...in a world where...people be all for self."

FWU

Haven't we all got a few of them? LOL!

Got one of your delegate cards

Loved the photo on the front of the former Obama supporter.

Colchester, New London County, Connecticut

oh thank you!!

I did a mailing of that card to 2,000 registered Republicans.
And I did a mailing of 3,000 a little less scathing - more focused on Ron Paul and his military history and the economy with the comparison charts for the Unaffiliated / Independents in my area. I really hope I get to go to the RNC.

Waiting to see...

If the local news at 11 gives any coverage, channel 6 ABC & 10 NBC were outside before the doors opened, I was able to hand out super brochures at the door giving the youth for Ron Paul some competition.

"I, __________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oath_of_enlistment

There is no duration defined in the Oath

I went up and chatted with the FOX camera man.

They were there as the crowd was filtering in. I didn't notice them as Ron Paul was speaking.

just heard the the local FOX affiliate say

just heard the the local FOX affiliate say "hundreds in attendance".

while Channel 10 (NBC) reported "2000 in attendance".

I guess, given how they report delegate counts, this should not be surprising.

Dr. Paul Lead Story

on ABC 6 tonight

"I, __________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oath_of_enlistment

There is no duration defined in the Oath

post it to youtube please!

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Channel 12 Uploaded

http://www.dailypaul.com/227643/dr-ron-paul-holds-town-meeti...

"I, __________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oath_of_enlistment

There is no duration defined in the Oath

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Good...

...works angel.

Much support and reinforcing energies.

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Did you mean April 24th...

...as the primary date?

Totally did

Fixed, thanks :)

I was there and would also

I was there and would also guess and easy 2000 people in attendance. Actually, I was astonished at the size of the crowd upon entering the building. It created a lump in my heart to know so many had gathered in the smallest state because of shared concerns. I also saw the police clapping at times. Dr. Paul made a point to talk about the federal reserve several times. I'm glad because this is still the mother of all bad stuff. Let us all in Rhode Island VOTE April 24th.

I heard the venue had room

I heard the venue had room for 3,000. Did it fill up?

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Not Quite

it seems, but enough to start a R3volution!!!!

And more by Gawd than a Mitt Romney could draw.

I think the word needs to be spread by the campaign; make it official and make it clear: regardless of what happens in Tampa, write-in for Ron *anyway*.

Excellent Turnout

This was a fantastic turnout for a Republican in heavily Democratic RI. My husband took a short panning video that showed the place was very full. So hearteningly wonderful! Easily 2000+ I'd bet.

In contrast,a local tv station mentioned in an online article about Ron Paul speaking here tonight,that when Romney was here a week ago,his turnout was around 300.

not completely full, but very close

There were a few empty seats strewn throughout the bleachers but there was a large group standing at ground level taking up around 3/5ths of the available space. So there were a few spare seats and maybe standing room for a couple hundred more. The place was still pretty packed, I'd estimate there was easily at least 1,500-2,000 people. Probably more but I don't want to overinflate my numbers so I'll keep them on the low-end. Before people were seated I overheard an organizer say there was 2,000+ people who signed up for the early voucher alone.
Great event by the way. It was my first time seeing Dr. Paul speak in person and he did not disappoint. Very diverse age demographic, very good crowd. My non-Paul related highlights were seeing a police officer clap heavily when Dr. Paul said he wants to be the first President to remove 40,000 laws from the books, seeing an elderly woman in a wheelchair rolled in by her husband, and a little kid telling his mom he didn't need to get a sweatshirt because he had already ordered one from the website.

"Loyalty's worth more than wealth...in a world where...people be all for self."

On second thought

So I checked out the stats on Keaney Gymnasium after my post and found that it has a seating capacity of 3,385 plus standing room. Considering that most of the seats were full and that were was a large contingent standing on the floor I'd have to increase my original estimate to agreement with the OP of easily 2,500+.

"Loyalty's worth more than wealth...in a world where...people be all for self."