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October 20, 2014, 6:18 am
970 WMAY News

Ron Paul visits U of I

In the aftermath of the Federal Emergency Management Agency denying aid to Tornado Ravaged Southern Illinois, one republican presidential candidate says the agency should operate more efficiently.


Video highlights, plus the uncut press conference afterwards. See more video on WMAY's YouTube channel

Days before Illinois' Presidential Primary, Texas Congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul made a stop at Huff Hall n the campus of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where he spoke to a crowd of up to four-thousand people.


The candidate talked about his non-interventionist foreign policy, repealing the Patriot Act, the need for sound money and how America should live within its means. He says the same applies for FEMA.


Paul says he would not vote for any more funding for FEMA but he would vote to cut overseas spending to devote those funds to infrastructure improvements in the US. FEMA Denied providing aid to southern Illinois after a tornado swept through the Harrisburg area killing seven people. State officials are hoping to get FEMA to reverse their decision.


And it was like a rock concert with a large enthusiastic crowd chanting the lyrics to their favorite songs, but this wasn't a rock concert, it was a political rally for presidential candidate and the chants were "end the fed," "end the wars," and "bring them home."


With days before Illinois' primary, the Texas Congressman remains in the race even though some poll numbers suggest he is not the front runner and he has yet to snag a top spot in other state caucus and primaries.


Paul says he came to Illinois because young people understand his message and their enthusiasm energizes his campaign.


The crowds turn out to hear Ron Paul. Wednesday evening's event at U of I Urbana-Champaign was originally scheduled for an auditorium with a fifteen-hundred person capacity but that quickly changed as thousands RSVP'd for the free event.


Organizers then decided to move the event to Huff Hall with a forty-six-hundred person capacity and that quickly filled up.


One thing that brings out the crowds is Ron Paul's stance on foreign policy. Paul wants to bring the troops home immediately. How would he do it? "By boat," the congressman said to reporters.


Paul says he is in the race for the long haul to gather as many delegates as possible heading into this summer's national republican convention in Florida. Ron Paul has a full slate of delegates and alternates across Illinois' eighteen congressional districts.

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