Ron Paul event moved to Huff Hall
CHAMPAIGN — Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul's Wednesday evening appearance at the University of Illinois has been moved from Foellinger Auditorium to Huff Hall because there weren't enough seats at Foellinger to accommodate people expected to attend.
Phil Bloomer, a spokesman for U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson, who is a Ron Paul supporter, said the event is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday at Huff Hall, 1206 S. Fourth St., C.
Doors are scheduled to open at 6 p.m.
According to Bloomer, Johnson is scheduled to introduce the presidential candidate, who will then lead a town hall meeting.
"Hopefully there will be time for questions from the audience," Bloomer said.
Bloomer said the site was changed from Foellinger to Huff because all 1,500 seats at Foellinger were claimed within hours on Sunday night.
Since Huff Hall has a seating capacity of about 4,500, Bloomer said tickets would not be needed for the event.
"I am honored to call Ron Paul my colleague and most importantly my friend," Johnson said in a written statement.
"I have always admired Rep. Paul, but my respect for this great man's leadership grows more all the time. He is one of the most principled men I have ever met. Whether it be advocating for troop withdrawal, reducing the reach of our government or reforming the tax code and our health care system, Ron Paul has been unwavering and an ideological champion for all of us. The Ron Paul revolution has indeed taken hold in this country, and I am proud to be able to stand together with this great American at my alma mater, the University of Illinois."