Sunday, March 04, 2012

Ron Paul Draws A Crowd Of 1,100 In Fairbanks And 1,200 In Anchorage, Alaska

Update March 5th: We now have updated attendance figures. The Ron Paul Campaign says 1,100 attended the Fairbanks rally, and Michael Carey says 1,200 attended the Anchorage rally.

Ron Paul has just concluded his appearance in Fairbanks, Alaska on March 3rd and attracted an enthusiastic door-busting crowd. He also drew an impressive turnout in Anchorage. I've assembled this preliminary report based upon some Twitter posts linked throughout.

According to the #newsminer Twitter feed, Ron Paul packed the house at the Westmark with a crowd estimated at 1,100; they had to turn people away. Dr. Paul got huge cheers when he spoke out against NDAA, but the crowd booed loudly when Dr. Paul mentioned the Patriot Act. Dr. Paul said he appeals more to the middle class than any other candidate. He took questions on ending Federal involvement in education and the curtailment of operations at Eielson AFB, and met with a military couple backstage. Nikki Carvajal says she got an interview with Dr. Paul and will be publishing it later.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner has now published its own report. Paul said some Republicans have told him to soften his anti-war stance — a mention that drew a loud “No” from some in the crowd. He said it simply makes sense to reject a foreign policy driven by perpetual war. Paul said America should keep its military out of troubled Middle Eastern countries like Iran and Syria, arguing that more could be accomplished through words than bombs. To critics who call him an isolationist, Paul said the same could be said of politicians too eager to impose sanctions on countries they disagree with. He said trade relations with Cuba, for example, need to be relaxed from outdated Cold War era policies. Instead, Paul said the U.S. should work to improve itself — an effort that would do more to convince the world about American exceptionalism than military intervention does.

News-Miner gallery of 7 photos HERE.

In a related development, Ron Paul was endorsed today by Kathleen Miller, wife of former U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller. Organizational affiliations preclude Joe Miller from making public his support for any presidential candidate.

The Anchorage Daily News estimates that about 1,200 people showed up for Ron Paul's appearance at the Dena'ina Center in Anchorage (this may prove to be an underestimate). The message here was similar; America must put its finances in order and can get a good start by cutting spending overseas. He pledged to cut a trillion dollars his first year in office and says he'll do so by bringing home troops, closing foreign bases and cutting overseas welfare. Here's a video of Ron Paul interacting with the media backstage after the Anchorage rally (read accompanying Daily Paul thread):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIJX-qPhOys



Alaska Dispatch has just published a much more detailed story about the Anchorage visit. They note that Ron Paul didn't address many issues specific to Alaska in his speech, instead opting to focus on the key points of his campaign. He did say in a press availability following his speech that he supports opening federal land to lease sales for oil and gas, and doesn't think it's fair in a free market to subsidize one form of energy -- like ethanol or solar power -- without providing the same kind of benefits to other, more traditional sources of energy like oil and gas. But Paul's biggest talking point, and the reason he seems to unite Tea Partiers and Occupy Wall Streeters alike, came toward the end of his speech in Anchorage. "When government grows, the people's liberty shrinks," he said.

The support for Ron Paul is more impressive in Fairbanks than in Anchorage; Fairbanks is Ron Paul Country. In contrast, Ron Paul has to compete with Mitt Romney and, to a lesser degree, Rick Santorum in Anchorage. I continue to sense little enthusiasm for Newt Gingrich. A discussion thread has just been started on the highly-popular F2 Anon board.

2 comments:

  1. Joseph C. Keller, M. D.4/13/2012 11:41 AM

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  2. Joseph C. Keller, M. D.4/13/2012 12:51 PM

    Ron Paul's original two campaign co-chairs in Iowa, A. J. Spiker and Drew Ivers, both have betrayed Paul. When Romney supporters stole the Scott County, Iowa, convention (Davenport) (see letter by state committeeman Jeremiah Johnson, online in The Iowa Republican) Spiker illegally crushed the pro-Paul resistance and Ivers did nothing. Yet Paul supporters in Iowa remain obedient to Ivers; none of 150 delegates/alternates (about a third of whom support Paul) have responded to my own letter raising the alarm and attempting to organize some motions at the convention to deal with this situation.

    My little sister has Ivers' job in Missouri, and does it much better than Ivers: when Brent Stafford and the local police shut down the St. Charles County, Missouri, convention, which followed the same pattern as Davenport, my sister and the other Paul supporters in Missouri parleyed that into an officially approved repeat convention at which, according to journalist Paul Drockton, Paul swept).

    Also, Spiker has forbidden delegates to know the identities of the other delegates: "candidates" sometimes are allowed a full or partial list of delegates, but only if they sign a contract to share the list with no one.

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