U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, brought his presidential campaign to Concord last week, making stops all around the city. Those stops included a talk with employees at Lincoln Financial, a bike ride through East Concord, and question and answer session with residents of Havenwood-Heritage Heights, a retirement community located in the eastern part of the city.
"Paul, who met with the Monitor editorial board yesterday, speaks with a candor unheard of in a presidential candidate. But unlike so many of his Republican rivals in the primary, he doesn't speak meanly and he doesn't personalize disagreements. Such qualities make him a delight to be around, but they won't make him president, nor - if elected - would Paul be able to govern. His fidelity to his many deeply held principles allow him to build coalitions with people who share his beliefs but forbid him from making the compromises that are necessary to achieve a majority."