Young crowd greets Ron Paul in Warrenville

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WARRENVILLE — It was the same venue, but it wasn’t the same crowd.

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Kyle Tellier (from left), David Holton and Ellie Benson cheer during Ron Paul's campaign stop at Bobby's Bar-B-Q in Warrenville.  ZACH BOYDEN-HOLMES/STAFF
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Kyle Tellier (from left), David Holton and Ellie Benson cheer during Ron Paul's campaign stop at Bobby's Bar-B-Q in Warrenville.

When Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul walked into the banquet hall at Bobby’s Bar-B-Q in Warrenville, supporters leaped to their feet and cheered, much like people did when they met Newt Gingrich at the restaurant two days before.

There were also plenty of cameras and reporters, political slogans and buttons, and a patriotic music soundtrack to boot.

Tom Davis, however, could see a difference in Friday’s crowd.

“Look at all these young people,” said Davis, a South Carolina state senator from Beaufort. “This is the future of our party.”

The average age in the room did seem to skew quite a bit younger than the crowd that came out for Gingrich, although no one was checking IDs at the door.

Davis, one of four state senators who have recently endorsed Paul, said the Texas congressman’s ideas about liberty resonated with a younger crowd and in general “appealed to basic passions of Americans.” He said Paul supporters were unconcerned about where he stood in opinion polls.

“If you are a Ron Paul supporter, you don’t look at polls or care about the political trade winds,” he said, “They believe the message.”

Paul’s message emphasized responsibility, both per­sonal and public, and he began by focusing on the United States’ mounting debt and the lack of urgency he saw among those with the power to remedy the problem.

“They are in total denial in Washington,” Paul said. “Quite frankly, the country is now bankrupt, and we have to deal with it. We can’t delay any longer.”

Paul said the government can no longer pay lip service to its financial problems. Real and substantial spending cuts must begin. He would cut $1 trillion from the budget his first year in office as president, beginning with ending foreign aid and “illegal and wasteful” foreign wars, he said.

He also said the country must return to following basic tenets of the U.S. Constitution.

“We simply should follow the Constitution,” Paul said. “Our government was designed to protect liberty, not to run the economy and the world.”

Paul said freedoms guaranteed in the Consti­tution give a wide berth for all people to live their lives without government intrusion.

“I am convinced freedom brings people together. It does not divide us,” he said. “Even though people may use their freedom in different ways, it doesn’t mean you have to endorse what they do.”

The message was music to Charles D. Rodgers Jr., who drove from Thomson to see Paul.

“This is better than Christ­mas,” Rodgers said. “Who is not for peace, liberty, freedom and sound money?”

Rodgers said he thought Paul was a straight-shooter. He derided the political rhetoric of the other Republican candidates, such as Gingrich, who also emphasized fiscal responsibility and personal liberty.

“I can tell you that I am Mary Poppins, but that doesn’t make it so,” Rodgers said. “This man has 30 years of proof of what he believes in.”

Seth Miller said he was impressed by Paul’s sincerity and conviction. The 29-year-old Aiken County resident said he had become disenchanted with politicians who make promises on the campaign trail and don’t follow through after they are elected.

“I worked for the Demo­cratic Party in 2008 and 2010,” he said. “It’s been very disheartening to see what has happened.”

Miller said he supports Paul even though he doesn’t agree with all of his platform. He hopes Paul will do well in today’s South Carolina primary, but he knows the front-runners will likely further cement their leads.

“Either way, it would be a start,” Miller said. “If he has a strong showing it will send a message that the people are tired of the same-old, same-old.”

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Cdr4500
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Cdr4500 01/21/12 - 12:59 am
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In the S.C. debate, Ron Paul
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In the S.C. debate, Ron Paul said that in the early 1960s, before Medicare/Medicaid, health care "worked rather well, and there was nobody out in the street suffering with no medical care."

Mr. Paul, back in the early 1960s most people were making a nice living working in factories and offices. A high school graduate or even dropout could go out there and make a good living...and the smarter ones could start new empires.

Back then people could afford things because they made more money. Yes, we had rich people, but not the insane division of wealth we have now.

Don't pull out the "good ol days" and think it can apply to the modern day. Fix that wealth gap and get average joes working again where families can live on one income...then we'll talk about if we need social help programs or not.

As for Paul in reality, he can't do much of anything that he promises anyway. People keep thinking the president is akin to a king, but he isn't. The rest of the government is not going to back him up anymore than they back up Obama. Compared to Obama, Paul is a three eyed alien.

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briman4031 01/21/12 - 01:52 am
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With all do respect sir or

With all do respect sir or madam... you have just proven Paul's point. Since the 1960's the growing Federal intrusion in both the private sector and healthcare has both lessened the quality of life and the quality of healthcare. The corporate cronyism and backroom deals made between corporations and Washington have given favorable position to those wealth off while simultaneously chasing off competition. Increased government regulations designed to increase the powers of the nanny state have contributed to sending business overseas and keeping it there. We are a sick nation, and Ron Paul is the only doctor willing to make the unpopular diagnosis instead of putting a bandaid on top of a leg that needs amputated. Paul's support comes from the people, and just like you saw the politicians cower over the SOPA blackout... they will be made to respond to fiscal responsibility or they will loose their jobs. It's time that the government started working for the people again. Not visa versa.

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NathanielH 01/21/12 - 03:07 am
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Cdr4500, in the words of

Cdr4500,

in the words of Gingrich to his children and everyone else he's ever met in his life and much like Bill Clinton in the mid-to-late 1990's, "That is simply not true".

Factually, if they don't go with Paul's ideas and Paul's ideas are good, it's okay. We need A. A president with Veto (check) and B. If they don't go along with him, VOTE.THEM.OUT. You're a citizen being represented!

If your representatives aren't going with what you want, vote them out. Simple as that.

green8765
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green8765 01/21/12 - 03:45 am
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In God We Trust Ron Paul for

In God We Trust

Ron Paul for President

follower
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follower 01/21/12 - 10:19 am
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I agree with Paul's stand on

I agree with Paul's stand on fiscal responsibility, but as we are a part of a global economy, we CAN NOT be isolationist.

It may sound good on the surface, but is unrealistic. I can only pray Paul doesn't do something stupid like running as an independent, assuring another 4 years of disaster.

Bruno
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Bruno 01/21/12 - 10:30 am
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Ron Paul is the Ross Perot of

Ron Paul is the Ross Perot of this election. hmmm RP and RP... coincidence!?

jcmurdock
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jcmurdock 01/21/12 - 10:46 am
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@follower, Ron Paul is not

@follower, Ron Paul is not calling for isolationism. He wants to open up and keep free trade with all parts of the world. Refusing to bully other countries we don't agree with is not isolationism. Calling Ron Paul an isolationist is like calling your neighbor a hermit because he doesn't come over to your house and break your windows.

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stillamazed 01/21/12 - 04:06 pm
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Thank you jcmurdock....I

Thank you jcmurdock....I support Ron Paul and I feel he is by far the best and most honest the Republican Party has running. As a counrty we are in debt, when will people see that the spending and the borrowing has to stop? We need jobs for people in this country, long term jobs, not short term promises like Obama has been throwing at us. Slick talk is just that.....we need to put a stop to the dependency on our government and dependency on China, and put US citizens to work. We also need for our basic rights to stop being stripped away. This is still the United States, not China.....

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follower 01/21/12 - 05:07 pm
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Written by a former

Written by a former congressional aide about his former boss, Ron Paul:
www.theglobeandmail.com search Ron Paul

"In his 2011 book Liberty Defined, for example, Mr. Paul cites Israel as a racist state that threatens American freedom. In a Boxing Day blog, former senior aide Eric Dondero – just fired for insubordination after 12 years of service – elaborated: Mr. Paul “most certainly is anti-Israel, and anti-Israeli in general. … His view is that Israel is more trouble than it is worth, specifically to the America taxpayer. He sides with the Palestinians, and supports their calls for the abolition of the Jewish state, and the return of Israel, all of it, to the Arabs.”

He sides with the "so called" Palestinians? There is no Palestine. They are displaced Arabs, and their former countries won't give them land or allow them citizenship. The are politcal pawns, used by Islam, in it's quest to iradicate Israel from the earth. And Ron Paul thinks Israel isn't worth the trouble? He believes we shouldn't have gone to war with Nazi Germany? Had he been President at the time, there would be no Jews, and we'd probably be speaking German.

Since these were his views in 2011, I'll assume they are his views now.

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ken8375309 01/21/12 - 06:36 pm
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"Since these were his views

"Since these were his views in 2011, I'll assume they are his views now."

Those were his views according to a disgruntled mentally unstable former aid.. Don't assume...

stillamazed
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stillamazed 01/21/12 - 07:50 pm
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Follower, let's not forget

Follower, let's not forget that Obama just sent $400 million in aide to Palestine.....we have hungry children here at home and families struggling and he sends 400 million to aide Palestine. Money needs to be kept here at home and the borrowing and dependency needs to stop.

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