Phil Sletten

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Paul
9:51 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Paul Speaks to an enthusiastic crowd

Erik Swenson for NHPR

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." 

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Paul
9:07 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Paul Speaking to a Packed Room

Congressman Ron Paul got up to speak at 8:59PM.  The crowd was enthusiastic and let loose many cheers in reaction to Congressman Paul's speech.

 

 

Paul
8:50 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Ron Paul Speech Beginning Soon

The lights have dimmed at the Ron Paul camp, which mean the speeches will begin in about ten minutes.  Three speakers are slated to go up before Congressman Paul.

NHPR's Jon Greenberg is ready to cover the event.

 

 

Paul
8:41 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Paul Camp Reacts Positively

Paul supporters in front of the main stage.

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.

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Paul
7:57 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Paul Supporters Crowd the Room

The crowd streams in past the journalists.

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.   

Paul
7:41 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Supporters, News Organizations Keep Paul Camp Company

A crowd waits at the door to be let in to Ron Paul election night headquarters.
(Phil Sletten for NHPR)

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.

Paul
7:07 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Slow Start at Paul Camp

(Phil Sletten for NHPR)

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.

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