Updated 04/19/2012 06:12 PM
Ron Paul finds support in Ithaca
A Republican presidential hopeful makes an unexpected stop less than a week before the primary. Ron Paul is paying a visit to Cornell Thursday night. Our Tamara Lindstrom tells us why the candidate chose this left-leaning community.
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ITHACA, N.Y. -- In a city known for its largely Democratic voting population, a conservative candidate finds a following.
“They've all tried to present themselves as conservative, but Ron Paul stands the most for limited government. He has a record that shows he stands for limited government. He doesn't need to make excuses for things that he's done in the past because he's stuck with that," said Jessic Reif.
The 4,000 tickets went fast when students announced the Republican presidential hopeful would hold a rally on the Cornell campus.
"I support Ron Paul because Ron Paul, I think, is one of the only honest politicians who really hasn't changed his views just for the sake of getting elected. He is re-elected simply because he represents a movement rather than a party, rather than an individual," Jacob Arluck said.
"It's not about Democrat or Republican. It's about looking at the candidate and making sure they're telling the truth. Ron Paul is one that you can look at his record and see that he's telling the truth," Mark Tardugno said.
The Ron Paul club on campus has more than 1,400 students, many of them with differing political affiliations. But the students we spoke with all had one thing in common: An interest in personal freedoms.
"He represents a strong movement for individual liberty, for ending the drug war, for ending the overuse of American military might abroad. I think that he represents a lot of issues that college people like me think are really important."
Although he won't win the majority of the votes inside these political lines, he will walk away with fierce loyalty from this group of supporters.