Paul stops downtown before campaign appearance

Paul stops downtown before campaign appearance

CHAMPAIGN - It's not every day a candidate for president comes to town. It's even less frequent that he or she will make a detour into downtown Champaign.

But Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, R-Texas, and his U.S. House colleague Tim Johnson, R-Urbana, grabbed a quick bite at Merry Ann's diner in downtown Champaign on Wednesday evening, where they also met with supporters Christina and Tony Pomonis.

Paul was in town to speak at Huff Hall on the University of Illinois campus. Johnson has endorsed him in the GOP presidential primary, for which Illinoisans will vote March 20.

None of the other remaining GOP candidates - Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich - has been to Champaign-Urbana during this election cycle. Gingrich started campaigning in Illinois on Wednesday with stops in Chicago's suburbs.

Paul has won the fewest delegates in primaries so far, but has vowed to remain in the race.


Comments embraces discussion of both community and world issues. We welcome you to contribute your ideas, opinions and comments, but we ask that you avoid personal attacks, vulgarity and hate speech. We reserve the right to remove any comment at our discretion, and we will block repeat offenders' accounts. To post comments, you must first be a registered user, and your username will appear with any comment you post. Happy posting.

Login or register to post comments

JohnBalzer wrote on March 14, 2012 at 9:03 pm

We need great Libertarians like Ron Paul and Gary Johnson to keep the ideals of the party in the public eye. We have great expectations for both these candidates. If Ron Paul gets derailed in the Republican Party, Gary Johnson will still be on the ticket for the Libertarian Party and take the fight right to the November election. Did I mention the name Paul has been talked about for VP on the Gary Johnson 2012 ticket?

asparagus wrote on March 14, 2012 at 10:03 pm

Paul came here because it is a center of power for him in the state.  He has many supporters amongst the young and educated.  It is great to have him here.

I find Pauls dedication to personal liberty and his pragmatic approach to foreign policy to be refeshing.

Ron Paul represents the true heart and soul of America.  He believes that individuals should be free and markets should be free, BUT only to the extent that they do not harm others.  Note, harm does not equal the tenets of political correctness but rather "real harm" as in damage or "threat of."

The way of socialism is the way of concession of our morals and ethics to some government body.  Many of the "learned" are convinced that they know better and need to be in control for the good of all.  But, inevitably, power corrupts.

The lesson here is that consolidated power breeds corruption.  That is why the founding fathers designed a highly disfunctional government.  It was never intended to run smoothly. That is part of our protection from totalitarianism.