Defiant, Ron Paul Faces Another Winless Day

Ron PaulRepublican presidential candidate Ron Paul
remained defiant Tuesday night in the face of no primary wins, rallying
his fervent supporters to his signature causes of civil liberties and an
overhaul of the country’s monetary system.

Pictured: Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, signs a campaign poster for supporters before he addresses a crowd at the North Dakota caucus Tuesday, March 6, 2012, in Fargo, N.D. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)


Paul gave no
definitive statement of how long he’d continue his campaign. But he told
supporters in Fargo, N.D., that his campaign has sent a clear message
to voters that government grows endlessly, ignores personal privacy and
spends too much money.

“If we set a standard
of individual liberty, the rest of the world will notice,” Paul said as
he competed aggressively for caucus wins in three states. “It’s much
easier to promote our cause through peaceful deeds than through war.”

Earlier
Tuesday, Paul campaigned in Idaho, another caucus state, promising a
smaller federal government, $1 trillion in federal spending cuts and an
administration dedicated to liberty.

Paul said
he chose to spend Super Tuesday in Idaho because it’s one of the states
where poll numbers show his campaign is strongest.

“We’re
going to do well and that will excite us going forward,” Paul told
reporters after addressing about 500 people during a noon event in this
southwestern Idaho town. “I think it’s a super-good opportunity for us
to get votes and a chance to win the states.”

About
1,200 people showed up to see Paul in northern Idaho’s Sandpoint on
Monday and roughly 2,000 attended an Idaho Falls event at which he
appeared Monday evening.

The Texas congressman
hoped for victory in at least one of the Super Tuesday caucus states:
Idaho, Alaska and North Dakota. Paul apologized for being unable to take
questions in Nampa and said he had to get on a plane for a campaign
stop in Fargo.

The Nampa crowd applauded Paul
when he panned the nation’s “entitlement system,” which he said bailed
out big corporations better than it did average Americans.

“The
difficulty and the real challenge is people don’t want to cut any type
of funding. This idea of the entitlement system – anybody who wants
something or needs something or demands something has a right to it –
that’s not true,” he said. “You don’t have a right to other people’s
income. You have a right to keep your own.”

Paul
also drew cheers for his plan to balance the nation’s finances. He said
he could achieve the feat within three years by cutting the federal
government and taking $1 trillion out of its budget.

Boone reported from Nampa, Idaho.

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