Ron Paul Visits Elko Gymnasium

Elko, Nev. – Ron Paul delivered his typical stump speech during his only northern Nevada appearance last night before a crowd of over 300 inside the Elko Indian Colony Gymnasium. While touching on subjects like the Federal Reserve, eliminating the income tax, slashing the federal budget, restoring civil liberties, and scaling back America’s intervention in foreign affairs, Paul often sounded, and appeared, like a professor giving a Libertarianism 101 lecture. The crowd did not treat it as a lecture, though, and frequently cheered and applauded. At one point late in the speech the crowd even broke into a “President Paul!” chant.

“Believe me, if you defer to the government and think that they should tell you how to run your life and how you should spend your money, then, I’ll tell you what, we’re not going to get over this. It should be in a free society, it should be the people’s decision on how they run their life and how they spend their money,” said Paul.

“Yeaaah!”

The crowd was very favorable to Paul but a series of interviews conducted before the speech indicated that there were several undecided voters in the gymnasium.

“I am not sure about Ron Paul and some of his stances. Particularly the border, how he would deal with illegal aliens,” said William Graunke, 66, a retired civil engineer who is leaning towards Romney, but appreciates the fact that Paul served in the military. 

Paul did not touch on any local issues during his speech here, instead focusing on larger national issues. This played well with Tyler Cummings, a local gold miner. “The Federal Resreve is able to print money without any accountability to anyone, [that] is kind of disturbing to me,” said Cummings, 24. "I’d like to see the Federal Reserve audited." 

After Paul finished speaking he signed some autographs and spoke to the handful of reporters there. The press gaggle was local except for me and former Reason writer Dave Weigel. A boisterous group of Idaho voters that traveled here to see Paul shouted to him frequently while he answered questions.

I asked Paul two questions, both local. One was about his thoughts on the controversial Travel Management Plan for the Humboldt/Toiyabe National Forest. This was a subject that came up frequently during my interviews with Paul supporters here. Paul could not answer specifically about the plan for the forrest but he said he thinks the state should make the decision, not the US Forest Service. "I don't want the federal government dictating to the state of Nevada. Period," he said.

The other local question I asked him was if he would strip funding for the Cowboy Poetry Gathering, an annual event currently going on in Elko that became a national story after Harry Reid referenced it on the floor of the Senate early last year. The event recieves a very small amount of federal funding but its supporters contend it never would have got off the ground almost 30 years ago without federal start up cash.

When I described it to Paul he said it was not something that he would be in support of but that it was minor. "Some of these programs that might be small in amounts and seem to be wonderful they don't motivate me to run for congress or president. I'm motiviated to stop hundreds of billions of overseas spending," he said.

"These are minor programs but philosophically, no, I would not support it," he said. 

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  • sarcasmic||

    before a crowd of over 300... At one point late in the speech the crowd even broke into a “President Paul!” chant.... there were several undecided voters in the gymnasium

    ?

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  • Trespassers W||

    The event recieves a very small amount of federal funding but its supporters contend it never would have got off the ground almost 30 years ago without federal start up cash.

    I thought Cowboy Poems were free.

    http://www.amazon.com/Cowboy-P.....B00004WKB5

  • mr simple||

    its supporters contend it never would have got off the ground almost 30 years ago without federal start up cash.

    So what? I want a new TV, but I'm not going to make them pay for it.

  • ||

    Paul can get every last vote in Northern Nevada and still come in fourth.

  • Bee Tagger||

    The press gaggle was local except for me and former Reason writer Dave Weigel.

    The more things change, the more they stay the same.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    "Congressman Paul, can you tell us why the Humboldt National Forest Management Plan they put together is wicked retahded?"

  • HLM||

    Is Quinn a Ron Paul staffer? He should be on the payroll as it is one obsession. Even when he was covering Florida, where Paul was not campaigning, he managed to turn the reports into being about Paul. That isn't journalism, it's PR.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    And then there would be nobody reporting on the Paul campaign.

  • Almanian||

    You can say THAT again

  • CE||

    He did. See below.

  • HLM||

    Is Quinn a Ron Paul staffer? He should be on the payroll as it is one obsession. Even when he was covering Florida, where Paul was not campaigning, he managed to turn the reports into being about Paul. That isn't journalism, it's PR.

  • ||

    Ron Paul was in Reno yesterday.

    there was about a thousand people there to see him, and cheer for him.
    If everyone of them vote for him, he'll probably take Reno.

    He most likely will take Elko too.

    Ron Paul gave a good speech, I think. He nailed all the points that I care about:
    Foreign policy,
    the drug war
    economic policy
    individual freedom.

    I wish he was as good in the debates as he was last night.

    I got to shake his hand after the event and talk to him in person.
    I was pretty stoked.

  • ||

    leaning towards Romney, but appreciates the fact that Paul served in the military

    God damn, voters are stupid. They really do decide based on stuff like this, don't they? How does "was in the military" at all correlate to "would be good as President" or more importantly "I agree with his policies." But that would require some thought, so straight to essentially meaningless heuristics we go.

  • Almanian||

    Dagny, why do you hate our WAR COMBAT MARINE ARMY AIRPLANEZ HEEROEZ?

    Wait, you're Canadian - I forgot...:)

  • ryan||

    I've never quite understood how people like that work. I have some theories, but they're depressing.

  • Almanian||

    Ron Paul Visits Elko Gymnasium

    What the fuck - did I type in "Four Square Dot Com" by accident or something.

  • CE||

    Seems to me that cowboys could gather to recite poetry anytime and anywhere they wanted to, even without federal funding.

  • Billionairechronicles||

    Now even Ron Paul gets a little billionaire love.
    http://www.billionairechronicl.....-supporter

  • ||

    ENOUGH IS ENOUGH?

    Nevada--has the same problems as the Sanctuary state of California, Arizona that has been overwhelmed by poverty from the large influx of illegal aliens. The only difference is the legislators in California and Nevada disregard their resident’s pleas for help and still pander to foreign nationals. That's why all Governors, Mayors and every official, who supports this never ending plague must be removed from office. Every person who wants the 2006 real double fence, The Legal Workforce bill, recognized as E-Verify and The Citizenship Birthright Act amended should join the Tea Party or other strong advocates on this matter. Illegal immigration costs California $10.5 Billion annually, with Nevada annual fiscal burden of immigration to be approximately $630 million as according to the Heritage Foundation. Powerful interests in the state garner the benefits, while the average legal California family gets handed over nearly $1,200 annually. So what’s the real cost in Alabama, Georgia, Utah, South Carolina or any of the other 43 States?

    Fortunately it just goes to show that legal immigrants especially generations of Hispanics are against illegal immigration and are for enforcement, by their positive vote in Florida for Mitt Romney. They too are suffering from the indignation as being blamed from the 500.000 that illegally enters America. Of course Nevada has its own set of problems, for it also has been flooded with illegal aliens. They have infiltrated the service industry, entertainment and worse hit of all—construction. Taking jobs from bonefide US citizens and legal residents, who were rejected as Contractors and sub-contractors could make more money from discount labor. They didn’t have to offer benefits to foreigners, who swarmed into Nevada during the height of the real estate boom. Other then Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, Gingrich and Paul cannot be trusted with their promises to the foreign nationals, as they are against the fence and are calling with a Path to legality--that is not what the general public want?


    In one of the latest polls State of Maine voters were asked about their views on legal immigration. A substantial majority of respondents, 59 percent, judge that overall levels "are too high and should be reduced," while only 6 percent believe immigration should be increased.

    Among the key findings of the poll:

    65% believe that illegal immigration negatively affects Maine.
    78% oppose in-state tuition subsidies and/or admission of illegal aliens to public universities.
    65% support state involvement in immigration enforcement, similar to policies enacted in Arizona and other states.
    43% believe illegal immigrants take jobs from American workers, while only 32% believe they fill jobs Americans will not do.
    59% support reducing overall immigration to the U.S., while only 6% support increasing immigration.

    I'm thinking we should take a leaf out of the British Islands immigration book, that makes a lot of sense:

    Immigration Minister Damian Green has outlined the principles behind the Government's new ''selective'' immigration policy that will give preferential treatment to investors, entrepreneurs and world-class artists, dancers, musicians and academics.The Minister said, “We want people who can benefit Britain, not just benefit from Britain?


    In California and Nevada millions of jobs that should be in the hands of citizens, instead have been stolen by people from across the globe. Huge amounts of expenditures have been growing, because of careless use of Taxpayers’ dollars by politicians. Specific to Border States is the spiraling high cost of millions of illegal aliens pouring in, demanding equal rights to US citizens. 22 million Americans are out of work and President Obama has passed executive orders, so hundreds of thousands of unlawful migrants and immigrants without a criminal record can stay here. Farmers want the cheap labor, as they remain exempt for paying their medical issues or even their children's schooling. Many farmers even charge their workers rent for the room and board they live in on the property, which is illegal. The Guest Worker programs are a subject of fraud by the agricultural community, specifically by recruiters who represent the farmers. These people are often hired thinking they are going to award a Green Card, but are eventually told this is temporarily employment?

    Democrats will look the other way in all elections, as illegal aliens are voting and will again through 2012. These are two unfunded mandates that the US government pays nothing towards, and state compliance laws is mandatory and forced upon Americans by the courts. The low estimate for paying for all these unfunded mandates annually is $113 billion dollars. Except to stay here, you have to have food, medical care and for their children and education. Staying here it means you have to commit a felony, as to find employment you must possess a legitimate Social Security number, unless the employer is committing an illegal act themselves. Therefore using some persons SSN is a victim of identity theft and that is a –FELONY.


    As a patriotic American people we cannot afford to stop pursuing full, mandated “THE LEGAL WORKFORCE ACT” or mandated nationwide E-Verify. Without it our countries businesses will be overrun by illegal workers in every sector of industry. The circumstances have now become so critical, owing to the millions of jobless citizens, legal residents that our government needs to insist full operation of the computer based application. E-Verify is a valuable tool that has expanded to a growing number of honest businesses that have participated in the removal of foreign nationals.


    There is toxicity amongst the Democrats and Republicans, who have an irrational view and are eager to destroy any immigration enforcement at our undermanned border or tourists who overstay deliberately. As it stands a path to citizenship, espoused as Immigration reform wants to legalize all those already here. Can anybody imagine if foreign countries supported their citizens that America would not be suffering the problems of foreign workers and their families crowding the emergency rooms of major cities, educating their children and feeding off the limited benefits afforded the US population? E-verify must not be undermined or thrown into the waste pit of good immigration bills?


    Phone 202-224-3121 is the Washington center switchboard, to express your infuriated feelings and anguish at Senators and Representatives of both parties. Obamacare for all Americans will be inundated with illegal immigrants and will just drive more of them into our nation. They keep declaring no health care treatment for any illegal people, but unl ess the mandated federal bill such as E-Verify is operational, then how can we distinguish from the legal population and those who have broken immigration laws? Under such a Congressional law, the long trek home will begin if illegal workers cannot find a job. Those business owners who fail to comply could end up in prison or fined millions of dollars? All immigration bills need to be passed before Obama tries to pass another failed amnesty, as in 1986.


    DON’T WAIT, MILLIONS HAVE NOT?
    YOUR VOTE IS THE MOST INFLUENTIAL OPINION AGAINST ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION? SEE
    THROUGH THE LIES AT NUMBERSUSA, JUDICIALWATCH.

  • Jackson Baer||

    I'm a big Ron Paul guy but it's a little disheartening to see him polling so low after flirting with victory early on. To me it's simply the Republican party that is holding him down and yet promoting his message at the same time. I really hope he runs 3rd party after Mitt buys the nomination. RON PAUL 2012

    http://www.whatthehellbook.com/the-book/

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=262l6tbHSlU

  • ||

    1. Why would a gold miner back Ron Paul?
    2. How long is his beard? (The gold miner's.)
    3. How long until the twentieth century?

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