The View From the Ron Paul Town Hall (PHOTOS)

I mingled amongst the masses at the Ron Paul rally at UC Davis and took these photos with my iPhone.

If you were at the rally, upload your own photos or vidoes above. 

Quite honestly, if any other Republican presidential candidate were to have stopped by the UC Davis quad to give a campaign speech yesterday, there's little doubt in my mind that it would have been overshadowed by some form of protest. 

We're talking about the same quad where non-violent students were pepper sprayed by campus police as the Occupy movement took hold last November, turning the location into a symbol and a gathering point. 

To put it bluntly, the Occupy movement and the Republican Party don't exactly line up in agreement on many issues.  

Ron Paul's stage was just a couple hundred feet from where Lt. Pike did his pepper spraying, and although there were protesters among the crowd, there was no attempt to disrupt the event or logjam Paul’s speech at all. Just a collection of people holding signs and exercising their freedom of speech. 

With that said, his economic views are the total opposite of anything resembling socialism, but he's also against wars, bailouts, and the Fed. He's different, which is why his following -- as demonstrated yesterday -- is so dedicated. He has no chance of winning, and yet the masses show up and get excited. 

The crowd at the event was very diverse, both in terms of age and ethnicity. The same cannot be said for Romney and Santorum events, for the most part. That’s just the truth.

You could even smell marijuana in certain spots. In others, people were playing hacki-sack. 

It’s no secret that Paul -- a staunch Libertarian -- does not march in lockstep with the mainstream Republican candidates, as this Huffington Post article explains.

I’ll stop short of inserting my opinion – mostly because I don't have a particularly strong one -- and I’ll leave that part up to you.

  • What do you think of Ron Paul?
  • How would yesterday have looked if it were Romney or Santorum speaking? 
  • Also, since he was speaking at a university, it's worth including Paul's stance as it relates to federal student loans, which this article touches on. Ron Paul addresses the subject directly on his website: Ron Paul is Not 'Ending' Student Loans

Note: Rather than duplicate coverage of this event, I decided instead to simply share what I observed as a 28-year-old in the crowd snapping photos with an iPhone. This is not an opinion piece, nor is it journalism. 

windwardtack May 04, 2012 at 06:11 PM
You inserted your opinion and it was an incorrect insertion so I hope you will reverse it. PHILOSOPHICALLY Ron Paul is against student loans because they drive up cost of education and leave kids indentured on graduation. But his 3 year budget (which balances in three years without touching social security, medicare or veteran's benefits, and with block granting welfare programs to the states) doesn't cut student loans because he understands there needs to be a better option before they end. Here is his position on student loans: http://www.ronpaul2012.com/2011/10/24/ron-paul-is-not-ending-student-loans/ Here is his budget plan that preserves priorities for the people rather than raiding social insurance 'trust funds' to spend on special interest programs: http://www.ronpaul2012.com/the-issues/ron-paul-plan-to-restore-america/
Justin Cox May 04, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Thanks, windwardtack. I just clarified that final bullet point, which was more a link to another story than an insertion of my opinion. You're right, though. It came off as such. I just rephrased and included the link to Paul's website. Appreciate the attention.


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