The rally was held in a lead up to the Pa. republican primary election.
A small contingent from Temple University Students for Liberty withstood the elements Sunday, April 22, for a chance to hear republican presidential primary candidate Ron Paul speak at a rally on the center lawn of Independence Park.
Led by Michelle Montalvo, a freshman communications major, three other students joined in the rally, holding up signs of support for one of the few candidates remaining in the race for the republican nomination.
“Hopefully by coming out to this rally we can show people that he has support and we are people not to be ignored,” Montalvo said.
Members of the Students for Liberty group, which recently changed its name from Temple Libertarians, said they support Paul, a congressman from Texas, because he stands out from other politicians.
“Ron Paul is basically the one politician I can trust now to be reliable and consistent with the message,” said, Aleksandr Fisher, a sophomore history and political science major. “I love liberty and I think he is the only politician that represents that right now.
Nick Brown, a freshman political science major, believes that the reason Paul is popular amongst younger voters is because they often feel disillusioned with the current political system.
“So many college students who know anything about the political system realize how messed it is, and needs more politicians like Ron Paul,” Brown said.
The rally, which was held on the lawn overlooking Independence Hall, featured several guest speakers who rallied around themes of foreign policy, an end to the Federal Reserve and national debt, the War on Drugs, and the need of politicians to adhere to the Constitution.
Michael Scheuer, the head of the CIA Bin Laden team, gave the opening speech in which he praised Paul’s non-intervention based foreign policy, and called the Obama administration’s actions in Sudan as “stupid.”
In his speech, Paul compared the current government with the “British tyranny” that led to the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the Revolutionary War. Paul also likened his campaign to a “revolution” saying “[people] are looking at us to lead the charge back to liberty.”
“Young people like believing, feeling that they are part of a revolution,” Fisher said.
Paul also spoke about what he said was the “failure” of the War on Drugs, “if it is your own business, your own body, then it is up to you…if there is danger in something, you’re the one to decide upon that danger, not the government,” Paul said.
Paul’s speech was frequently interrupted by loud chants of “end the fed,” and “President Paul.”
Paul, who trails all other candidates in number of delegates with 63, emphasized that his campaign was not finished, stating that the large crowd gathered in the rain was a sign that there was a lot of life left.
“I thought the speech was powerful, he said everything he needed to say, all about liberty, all about markets, everything was good stuff,” Fisher said afterward.
Today, April 24, Pennsylvania will be holding its republican primary along with four other states. All but two delegates in the state are left undeclared, according to the New York Times.
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