Congressman Ron Paul has delivered his own "state of the
union" style address to update supporters on the progress
of his presidential campaign and highlight the achievements made
over the last year.
"I've always admitted I was a reluctant candidate
because I didn't know for sure what was going to happen."
"This has gone much better than I ever dreamed
because my reluctance was that I didn't know how the young people
would respond and I didn't know if there would be enough people
out in the country that really cared about preserving freedom
and the Constitution. But now that a year has passed I have to
tell you that I am much more optimistic than I ever dreamed I
Dr Paul highlighted the successes of the campaign
including the two second place finishes in Nevada and Louisiana,
adding that he believes that if all votes had been properly counted
in Louisiana, he would have won
the caucus there.
The Congressman also praised the grassroots support
the campaign has benefited from:
"The number of meetup groups that have been
formed all over the country is unbelievably amazing, and the fact
that fundraising has been spontaneously organized on the internet
and we had three separate days where we raised over $12 million
and probably broke all kinds of records tells you have starved
people are for this message." Paul states.
Paul also emphasized that the message of the campaign
is not "Ron Paul's message" it is the message of the
constitution and of freedom. Paul also admits that he underestimated
the appeal for this message and believed it would take another
decade or two to make the inroads his campaign has.
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The Congressman reemphasized the fact that he wishes
to stay in the race all the way to the convention and stated that
he would keep fighting for those who have given him so much support
over the last year, while also reminding his base of the challenge
the campaign has taken on:
"I think we've achieved a lot more than even
the optimists believed, it certainly is a lot more than I ever
though would happen, so this is the reason that I don't close
the door to anything. At the same time we have to realize what
we have taken on. We have taken on the establishment, so it is
not easy to overcome this, whether we take on the military industrial
complex, the medical industry, the banking industry, the foreign
policy industry. This is truly a revolution, it is not just tinkering
round the edges."
Paul also states that there is no doubt in his mind
that the fight for freedom will continue beyond his campaign.