Speaking to a cheering crowd, Congressman Ron Paul hit on some key points of his campaign. He noted the large amount of energy that his campaign found on college campuses around the country, and he charged that the Federal Reserve was "taking care" of the "military-industrial complex" and financing more deficit spending by the government. He said that the "liberty movement" had brought forward the issues of "funny money" and the cost of acting as the "policeman" of the world. Paul closed his speech by saying "we will restore freedom to this country."
Amid occasional chants of "President Paul," the crowd milling around the Ron Paul election night party is upbeat, though some faces are glum. The news of some networks calling second place for Ron Paul has not spread through the whole crowd, but those that have heard are not surprised. Many admit that they were hoping for first but expecting second.
A stream of relatively young people moved into the hall at 7:45PM, when the Paul staffers opened the doors to the crowd. Among the chatter in the entering crowd was talk of a second-place finish and speculation surrounding exit polls. Some were glued to their phones, looking at or listening to results. Conversations also included talk about campaigns gone by, including the Giuliani campaign, and one Paul pin-adored supporter remarked that he had been driving people to the polls all day.
Ron Paul election night headquarters is full primarily of journalists, but that will change soon. Paul supporters have filled the lobby outside the main event room. The Paul staff was originally not going to open the doors until 8 PM, but they have decided to let the Paul supporters in earlier.
The Paul Campaign says that there are at least 40 journalism organizations here, ranging from familiar names like Fox News and NPR to far flung organizations, including Suddeutsche Zeitung from the south of Germany.
The floor of the election night headquarters of Texas Representative Ron Paul still has a lot of open space, but more people are entering the room each minute. The Paul staff appears exhausted, and some young men sitting in front of the main stage do not look very animated.
The Paul Camp has a very strong media contingent, with a phalanx of camera crews and journalists spread across the entire back of the mid-sized room. Media crews from as far away as Denmark have gathered to cover Congressman Paul's address.