MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul has had a busy Saturday in Minnesota with a key caucus in the state just three days away.

Paul spoke to nearly 700 supporters at an event Saturday morning in Rochester.

“The item is liberty,” Paul told his supporters. “The item is freedom of choice on how we want to run our own lives.”

Paul spoke his message of personal liberty and fiscal responsibility. He is an advocate of a smaller federal government, and his libertarian-leaning views make him an attractive candidate for many young conservatives.

He followed his Rochester visit up with a town hall style meeting in Chanhassen, where about 600 supporters showed up to hear his message.

“We have to make a decision,” Paul said Saturday. “Do we want to follow the advice of the founders and the Constitution and say that the purpose of the Constitution is … to restrain the government?”

Paul also attracted a crowd of 1,500 at Bethel University in Arden Hills.

Paul skipped the Nevada caucuses to gain early support in the Minnesota caucuses, which are scheduled for Tuesday night.

Paul is scheduled to be in Minnesota on Monday for two rallies. The first one will take place in St. Cloud at the River’s Edge Convention Center at 4 p.m. The second will take place in Minneapolis at the Minneapolis Conventions Center at 7 p.m.

Rick Santorum is expected to be in Minnesota ahead of the caucus on Sunday.

Comments (31)
  1. No Reps, No Dems says:

    RP is the only candidate fit to serve this country. Too much extremism on the left an right. Too much party politics. Too much, too much. Vote Ron Paul!

    1. Joy in Jesus!! says:

      A vote for “Old Granddad” is a wasted vote. Vote for Santorum…the only truly moral candidate left.

      1. dh says:

        What is immoral about Ron Paul? Santorum voted several times to raise the debt ceiling to pass on more debt to the younger generations, which is extremely immoral. He also voted for bills that funded Planned Parenthood.

        1. Andy says:

          Joy take that bible and shove it up your religious a$$.

      2. Jesus for Ron Paul says:

        I wonder if Jesus wanted a Chicken Hawk like Santorum who said in Iowa: “The first thing I would do as President is Bomb Iran”. The only time Jesus became violent was when he kicked the money changers out of the temple. Who’s that candidate? Your Granddad that would kick Santorum’s fat ass in a bike race anyday.

  2. Veteran for Ron Paul says:

    Freedom + Liberty = America. Go Ron Paul!

  3. John says:

    There were far more than 300 supporters in Chanhassen.

  4. G Dog says:

    Ron Paul reminds me of a guy on peyote.

    Has all the answers, but has no clue about the problems.

    1. frozenrunner says:

      You are showing your age the young pups do not appear to know what peyote is. The Ron Paul supporters do not appear notice that the proposals he support decrease the GNP 7 %. , Effectively the last recession, without a plan to compensate. or the drop in GDNP.. Deep and Tread on me will not have the answers either.

      1. Ron Paul 2012 says:

        The Ron Paul haters don’t appear to understand that what you state may just be exactly what we need. Effectively a “last recession” would be a very, very good thing. Ya think?

        1. frozenrunner says:

          May the current downturn hit you. When asked what about what would happen to the workers with the cuts Dr Paul planned, he responded “let them get jobs at McDonalds” When it comes to hatred for people, look no further than Dr Paul.

          1. DEEP says:

            The market will correct with or without Ron Paul, or any of us. When the crash comes the creative nature of man will be challenged and we will get to work. Drug/ terror wars and monetary policy are far more of a threat to us as free people living in peace than a job at a fast food joint. Supporting the status quo is hating people. We are all guilty when we shop at Wall Mart (never stepped foot in a Wall Mart) or buy a happy meal(haven’t ate McDonalds in 20 years). We The People are the real problem. Blaming Bush, Obama or Paul really isn’t the way to go in my opinion. We let this stuff happen in our name… I’m just glad folks like Frozen and Military Vet’ are interacting and expressing themselves. Together we stand……..

            1. frozenrunner says:

              Sometimes I ought to write more. RP 2013 person calls people who disagree with Paul a hater. While there are a few of his ideas I am not very keen on, Dr Paul is not worthy of hate. It is curious to me why on these boards people go after government workers, especially teachers as these evil people.

              One could argue that the status quo is the statistically the rich are getting richer and controlling a larger percentage of the wealth so a true revolution is needed. One could also argue the status quo is more and more people are trying to tell us how to live our lives. Rather than accepting people as different human beings they seek to marginalize and downgrade what is not “like me”

              1. Ron Paul 2012 says:

                Your last paragraph comes right out of the Ron Paul playbook. And Frozen, you have dissed Ron Paul since the day he set foot on the stage. And…there is no way that the next economic crash will have any effect on me what so ever since I read all of Rons books and plenty others to ensure my own life liberty and pursuit of happiness. Now, I try to tell others how to do the same.

                1. Make says:

                  …unless your a black person, an atheist, or a woman. Ron Paul doesn’t care much for them. Also when he says things about how people don’t need health insurance because his church group would never turn anybody away tells me that he’s pretty out of touch. I don’t need two senile presidents named Ron ruining my country in my lifetime.

                2. frozenrunner says:

                  Great for you that you will not be harmed by an economic downturn. Many, not all, of his ideas are not very practical. I have dissed the bad ideas.When I have pointed out the flaws in his plan, you all fall amazingly silent.

              2. Ron Paul 2012 says:

                Wow, I wonder if the citizenry sat around when the founders wrote our constitution and said, “the ideas are just not practical”. Ron is practical…for very good reason.

                1. frozenrunner says:

                  OK He advocates for nuclear power with no plan for what to do with the spent rods.Impractical. He advocates you buying your own health malpractice insurance. Does not change a single problem in health care, just make OB doc like him richer. Solution for medicaid, problems cut it. This is for the people who are sick, without insurance and no money. Waiting until their chronic condition become worse and have to be charity cared at hospitals only drives costs up for everyone. Name me 5 countries that are successful with a weak central government like Paul is advocating. Paul has said to get rid of the commerce department. Part of the commerce department is patents and copyright. Wow, that is a good thing to get rid of. Get rid of the department of interior. part of that department is to manage the federal land. Sell all the land. I bet they could get a good price for the Statue of Liberty. Go on the gold standard but sell the gold and the land so you have nothing backing your currency. Read the newsletter for post on what comes out under his name for his opinions on non WASPS

                2. Ron Paul 2012 says:

                  Whoa Frozen. I don’t know if I want to type out rebuttals to every thing there but will say…nonsense! To make my point, yeah, the statue of liberty would be the first thing to go on the market or auction block on day one of a Ron Paul presidency. First, Ron Paul is not going to be president so at ease, friend. Second, I know your big thing is health care. Paul will repeal Obamacare, allow for tax credits and deductions for all medical expenses and not allow money that belongs in Medicare or Medicaid to be misused for other purposes. He will protect the privacy of American citizens’ medical records from the federal government, remove barriers for all citizens to have HSA’s and he wants to provide payroll deductions for terminal illnesses and caregivers. Ron Paul is a revolution and that’s how we roll. We won’t get it this time but I warn you…Ron has a son and I like Rand for 2016.

                3. Frozenrunner says:

                  Your candidate’s stated potion is to get rid of 5 departments.as their functions are what he believes to be not what the federal government should be doing. I point out that mistake and all the better you can come up with is to call it nonsense. If the nut doesn’t fall from the tree Rand is not going to think through his proposals any better than the old man. In terms of federal holdings of land remember it was a founding father who organized the purchase of approximately 25% of the current US soil. They founding fathers were not the rigid people that later day followers appear to be. The felt they had it wrong with the Articles of Confederation The original constitution wasn’t right, so they amended it.

                4. Ron Paul 2012 says:

                  You do realize, and I know you do, that Ron does not believe in the presidential power now enjoyed by sitting presidents and wishes the balances of power between branches to be restored. So the crazy positions (you think they’re crazy–I don’t) Ron holds would need to be followed up by CONgress and upheld by the judges. Ron wants those departments to be eradicated and the powers they hold to be held by the states. You still get your patent.

    2. Ron Paul Has My Vote says:

      What Ron Paul NON-supporters do NOT understand is that the party is over. Either we pull the band-aid off now or we lose the limb from the infection. Either we make the choice or the choice is made for us. This country is FLAT BROKE. The US government is spending more than it takes in. Honestly people, how long can that continue? Don’t me foolish, vote for the ONLY candidate that understands this.

  5. John says:

    What’s peyote G Dog?

  6. Murph says:

    He has a great presentation,but can you believe him? He has no real support among the current bigwigs and might be a bit senile.But far less so than Newt! So for Republicans not in the !% filthy,snooty and likely illegally rich.He is a viable alternative! As for me I will still vote DEM as they have tried mightily to overcome the Norquist curse! If the GOP wins,I LIVE IN THE WOODS, the riots after the public finds out the truth will not affect me that much! The rest of you once the roadblocks go up and the concentration camps start filling are on your own!Vote at your own risk.They will be checking out the ballots!When the lawless win,there are no laws!

  7. d dog says:

    Keeping us out of wars is the best thing we can do for the economy.

  8. dh says:

    If Ron Paul doesn’t get the nomination I’m done with the Republican party for good.

    1. orrest says:

      Ron Paul is by definition not a Rethuginican, but in essentially a two party system you have to choose one or the other.

  9. Military Veteran says:

    Ron Paul is the only one who knows that the only thing that makes this country great is our Constitution, without it, we’ll be another Russia.
    Americans have no clue about what’s at stake, they’ll say stupid stuff like “Romney has business experience” or “Obama is a good oratator”

    We need someone who understands the restraints of power. a public servant. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Stop texting and watching football and do your own research about the candidates

  10. DEEP says:

    The only candidate that openly talks about how the CIA deals drugs, the banks launder money, the drug war cops at as thugs! Poor people are treated unfairly in regards to the wars on drugs and terror. The only candidate that openly speaks about the history of the 16th and the Fed Reserve Act of 1013. Folks that don’t understand Dr. Paul’s message could take a course in Austrian Economics? There is a fun film to help study some of these ideas AND a way smart folks like Frozen can earn $50,000 dollars! Can any of you earn the $50k!? All you have to do is “find the law”! The film is called “America Freedom to Fascism”.

  11. Steve Wilson says:

    Some of the largest stock trades made by the Romney trust involved companies that have operated in Iran. Romney has urged toughened sanctions and military steps against Iran and has called for strategic divestment of firms that do business there. In 2007, his trustee said he had sold off Romney investments in French and Italian energy companies with business ties to Iran.

    But between mid-2009 and mid-2010, the Romney trusts made large investments in securities from BNP Paribas, a French bank with long-standing operations in Iran. The bank halted new business in Iran in 2007 but is still trying to terminate outstanding loans there. In all, Romney’s family trusts bought more than 2.6 million shares, which were all sold in late 2010 for about $2.5 million

  12. Ron Paul Has My Vote says:

    Romney = Big Government, Big Wars
    Newt = Moon bases
    Santorum = War, War, War
    Dr. Paul = FREEDOM

    RON PAUL 2012

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