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08-18-2008, 06:25 AM
Ron Paul supporters arrive from Green Bay

After setting out from Lambeau Field on Aug. 11, a small group of political activists promoting the ideas of Ron Paul made their way into Wausau on Sunday.

Carrying American flags and giving away copies of the Constitution, participants in The Great American Walk for Freedom are holding a series of town hall meetings as they walk across Wisconsin. They are on their way to Minneapolis, where they will attend a political rally in support of the Texas Republican. The rally will be held concurrently with the Republican National Convention in St. Paul.

Steven Vincent, 44, of Los Angeles is one of the walk's organizers, and he will be a moderator at a town hall meeting held today at the VFW Post 388 in Wausau.

"We encountered a general sense that we're not living up to the vision the founding fathers gave for America, and there's a concern about getting back to that," Vincent said.

Like many Paul-supporters, Vincent said he had stayed on the sidelines of politics before Paul's campaign.

"I never really identified with the existing political parties," he said.

Paul promoted a non-interventionist foreign policy and was the only Republican candidate to oppose the Iraq war. He also actively opposed many government programs that he argued were unnecessary or not authorized by the Constitution.

Paul's candidacy drew a wide range of supporters from across the political spectrum. But the impact Paul's supporters will have on the presidential election is uncertain.

"I hope they'll stay loyal and write in Ron Paul, or else I hope they will vote for the Libertarian candidate Bob Barr," said Sandi Kelch, 42, of Wausau, an independent voter who voted for Ron Paul in the presidential primaries.

Chris Rye, 36, of Hancock produced nationally aired political advertisements supporting Paul during the primaries. He is working on a documentary about the walkers and plans to join them near the Minnesota border.

"The rally is just kind of to say 'We're still here!' to the Republican base," Rye said. "And we're not going away."

They have a comments section and wrote a nice article....

08-18-2008, 07:01 AM
A short article that has ten references to Ron Paul. The walk is so much more than that.

It is true it would probably not be happening if it were not for RP, but the message and presentation from the walkers is about the Constitution and getting back our government through involvement of the people.