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Madison Politiscope: Ron Paul supporters notably young and male

Jack Craver joined The Capital Times as a political reporter in January 2012. As a UW-Madison student, he founded a local political blog, The Sconz, which became a popular source of news and commentary on campus, city and state issues. Madison Politiscope offers updates and insight into the world of politics, from the local level to state government. Follow his Politiscope blog for the latest on local government news in the Madison area.

The large crowd that welcomed presidential candidate Ron Paul to the Memorial Union Terrace Thursday night illustrated two defining characteristics of the 76-year-old libertarians followers: They are young and they are male.

Pauls popularity among Americas youth is perhaps not a surprise. Questioning authority, from military engagements abroad to the war on drugs at home, is the defining theme of his political persona.

In fact, Paul is the only Republican candidate who seems able to get young people to his rallies. At a recent rally of conservatives in Milwaukee that featured Rick Santorum, only a smattering of hands were raised when talk show host Tony Katz, 39, asked how many people in the crowd were younger than him. Thats a problem, Katz replied.

But why does Paul’s message resonate so much better with men than with women? Although women tend to lean Democratic more than men do, most GOP candidates at least attract a fair number of women to rallies. Not so for Paul.

I tried to talk to most of the few women at Paul’s rally to understand why their sisters of the world were uninterested in, say, returning to the gold standard. For the most part, they were baffled as well.

I have no idea, said Heather Rehm, a recent UW-Madison graduate who says she was a socialist until she realized that that philosophy did not promote liberty. Rehm says her attempts to get her female friends involved in libertarian activism have been in vain.

Amy Hagerstrom, a yoga instructor visiting from Chicago, had a better idea, however.

Most women are not libertarians. Theres this false belief that being libertarian means you only care about yourself, and most women are caring.

But there is also a strong possibility that young women, like older people, tend to have a greater appreciation for the government programs that will one day help support their children and families.

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Ron Paul says Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker making positive changes

MADISON, Wis. – Republican Texas Rep. Ron Paul used his only planned campaign stop in Wisconsin on Thursday to speak to a receptive crowd largely composed of college students who braved chilly temperatures to cheer on his message of personal liberty on the campus of the University of Wisconsin.

With temperatures in the mid-40s, Paul urged a couple thousand supporters outside the student union not to give up before Tuesday’s primary. Paul said at a similar stop Wednesday at the University of Maryland that he has no plans to drop out of the presidential race even though he is running a distant fourth.

The Wisconsin crowd rewarded him with cheers of “President Paul!”

Playing to the Wisconsin crowd, Paul said he was so committed to personal liberty, “I would even let you drink raw milk if you wanted to.” Whether to legalize the sale and use of raw milk has been an ongoing debate in Wisconsin, which is nicknamed “America’s Dairyland.”

After his comments, Paul praised embattled Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who faces a recall election after effectively ending collective bargaining last year for most public workers.

“He’s trying hard to change things, I think, in a positive way,” Paul said.

While the 76-year-old Paul has appealed to young people, that support has not translated into a surge at the polls. Exemplifying his challenge were two high school classmates who drove about two hours from northern Illinois to hear the speech in Madison, but at

Still, they held out hope that Paul could prevail in the GOP primary where former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is leading but has not captured enough delegates to clinch.

“I don’t think anybody’s going to get the nomination at this point,” said Kevin Mulcrone, of Western Springs, Ill., who leads his high school chapter of young people for Paul. “I think we’ll have a good brokered convention in August.”

Echoing that sentiment was Sal Strehlow, 28, a banker from Milwaukee who said he planned to vote for Paul and hoped he’d find a way to pull out the nomination.

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Army Reserve Reprimands Soldier who Backed Ron Paul

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) A soldier who went on national television in his military fatigues to endorse Ron Paul’s presidential campaign after the Iowa caucuses has been reprimanded but not dismissed from the Army Reserve, a spokeswoman said Friday.

The Army determined that Jesse D. Thorsen violated policies that bar soldiers from participating in political events in their official capacities or while in uniform. Experts say a reprimand may become a problem if Thorsen seeks a promotion or could be used to justify more serious punishment if he gets in trouble again.

U.S. Army Reserve spokeswoman Angel Wallace said a letter of reprimand was placed in Thorsen’s official personnel file. Thorsen, who learned of the punishment following a two-month investigation, declined comment when reached by email. His supporters praised the news on a Facebook page dedicated to him, noting it could have been worse.

Thorsen, 28, showed up in his uniform Jan. 3 to Paul campaign’s caucus night celebration at a suburban Des Moines hotel ballroom. There, he gave a live interview with CNN saying he supported Paul’s plans “when it comes to bringing the soldiers home” because he’d served for a decade in the military during wartime.

CNN cut off the interview after technical difficulties and some Paul supporters accused the network of silencing Thorsen. Paul then called him to the stage so he could finish his thoughts before giving remarks after finishing a close third in Iowa’s first-in-the-nation Republican presidential nominating contest.

“We don’t need to be picking fights overseas. And I think everybody else knows that too,” Thorsen said while on stage. He said being with Paul was “an incredible moment … like meeting a rock star” and urged supporters to organize to make sure Paul was elected president.

The military’s reaction was swift.

The Army Reserve said Thorsen “stands alone in his opinions reading his political affiliation and beliefs” and launched an investigation. The Army soon learned from news reports that Thorsen was convicted in connection with breaking into a home in December 2004 in Fort Myers, Fla., to steal a shotgun and other items.

The statement released Friday by the military didn’t address the criminal record of Thorsen, who learned of the reprimand earlier this month.

“If you’re an officer, a letter of reprimand is a career-ender. In the lower ranks, you can sometimes overcome it,” said Greg Rinckey, a former Army attorney whose Albany, N.Y., law firm often represents soldiers and veterans. “The bigger issue is, you don’t go to political rallies in your uniform. It has to be addressed because it’s not appropriate.”

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Army Reserve reprimands soldier who spoke in uniform at Ron Paul rally

IOWA CITY, Iowa A soldier who went on national television in his military fatigues to endorse Ron Paul’s presidential campaign after the Iowa caucuses has been reprimanded but not dismissed from the Army Reserve, a spokeswoman said Friday.

The Army determined that Jesse D. Thorsen violated policies that bar soldiers from participating in political events in their official capacities or while in uniform. Experts say a reprimand may become a problem if Thorsen seeks a promotion or could be used to justify more serious punishment if he gets in trouble again.

U.S. Army Reserve spokeswoman Angel Wallace said a letter of reprimand was placed in Thorsen’s official personnel file. Thorsen, who learned of the punishment following a two-month investigation, declined comment when reached by email. His supporters praised the news on a Facebook page dedicated to him, noting it could have been worse.

Thorsen, 28, showed up in his uniform Jan. 3 to Paul campaign’s caucus night celebration at a suburban Des Moines hotel ballroom. There, he gave a live interview with CNN saying he supported Paul’s plans “when it comes to bringing the soldiers home” because he’d served for a decade in the military during wartime.

CNN cut off the interview after technical difficulties and some Paul supporters accused the network of silencing Thorsen. Paul then called him to the stage so he could finish his thoughts before giving remarks after finishing a close third in Iowa’s first-in-the-nation Republican presidential nominating contest.

“We don’t need to be picking fights overseas. And I think everybody else knows that too,” Thorsen said while on stage. He said being with Paul was “an incredible moment … like meeting a rock star” and urged supporters to organize to make sure Paul was elected president.

The military’s reaction was swift.

The Army Reserve said Thorsen “stands alone in his opinions reading his political affiliation and beliefs” and launched an investigation. The Army soon learned from news reports that Thorsen was convicted in connection with breaking into a home in December 2004 in Fort Myers, Fla., to steal a shotgun and other items.

The statement released Friday by the military didn’t address the criminal record of Thorsen, who learned of the reprimand earlier this month.

“If you’re an officer, a letter of reprimand is a career-ender. In the lower ranks, you can sometimes overcome it,” said Greg Rinckey, a former Army attorney whose Albany, N.Y., law firm often represents soldiers and veterans. “The bigger issue is, you don’t go to political rallies in your uniform. It has to be addressed because it’s not appropriate.”

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Ron Paul pitches his economic policies to Wisconsin voters

MADISON, Wis. – U.S. Rep. Ron Paul made his first stop in Wisconsin Thursday in advance of Tuesdays presidential primary in the most unlikely of Republican venues – the University of Wisconsin, Madison campus.

Paul told the thousands gathered at a “town hall meeting” at the Memorial Union Terrace that he is often asked why young people are interested in him.

“One reason – theyre getting a bad deal,” he said, citing the debt they are inheriting from past spending decisions.

A doctor and congressman from Texas who ran on the Libertarian Party ticket for president in 1988, Paul advocated Thursday for cutting spending by $1 trillion, ending the income tax, withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, repealing the USA Patriot Act and advancing a much smaller federal government to preserve personal liberty.

“What if we had only people in Washington who had actually read the Constitution and obeyed the Constitution?” he said to roars of approval.

And Paul discussed at length his pet cause of returning to the gold standard and dissolving the Federal Reserve. The central banks printing of money “debases the economy” and leads to boom-and-bust economic cycles, he said.

The crowd greeted his idea with chants of “End the Fed! End the Fed!”

Paul drew 2,500 to the event, according to estimates by UW Police. It came after former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania spent several days campaigning around the state, and on the same night former House Speaker Newt Gingrich spoke at Marquette University in Milwaukee.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who has led recent polls in Wisconsin, has had a heavy presence on the air and will make his first primary visits to the state on Friday, with stops in Appleton and Milwaukee.

Although down in the polls, Paul indicated he planned to stay in the race for the long haul.

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Ron Paul: Romney Listens to Me – But We Disagree on the Issues – Video


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Ron Paul Wants To Debate As Long As Possible

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) – Texas Rep. Ron Paul said Wednesday he has no plans to drop out of the Republican presidential race, despite the fact that he is way behind in last place in the four-man contest.

Paul, speaking to reporters after a speech at the University of Maryland, said he wants to debate as long as possible, as long as theres a primary. He shrugged aside any pressure to drop out in order to unite behind frontrunner Mitt Romney.

I want to talk about the Fed, Paul, who is a critic of the Federal Reserves policies. I want to talk about personal liberties. I want to talk about the war, and theyre not talking about it, so unity is very secondary to debating issues in a serious way.

Romney is the leader with 568 delegates, based on a tally by The Associated Press. That is slightly less than half the needed 1,144. Rick Santorum has 273, and Newt Gingrich has 135. Paul has 50.

Paul spoke Wednesday night to a capacity crowd at the University of Maryland, College Parks Ritchie Coliseum, where the fire marshal estimated about 1,780 people attended, including middle-aged spectators as well as students from the states flagship university. Scores of students lined up outside were turned away due to lack of space.

Paul, who is 76, appeared to be enjoying the attention as he energetically touched on anti-war and personal liberty themes as well as underscoring the need to shrink federal government. The audience responded enthusiastically as well, standing, applauding and chanting President Paul.

Supporters described him as a civil libertarian with consistent views.

He backs the Constitution, said Richard Smith, who drove from Chambersburg, Pa., with his wife, Joan for the event. Hes never swayed at all in any of his feelings or his stance on any one of the issues.

Maryland is drawing candidates this week in advance of the states primary on April 3.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was in Annapolis on Tuesday. Mitt Romney was in Arbutus last week.

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Ron Paul speaking with students on UW campus Thursday night

Posted on: 5:10 pm, March 29, 2012, by Ben Handelman, updated on: 05:55pm, March 29, 2012

MADISON Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul is hosting a rally on the UW-Madison campus Thursday night, March 29th.

The event was supposed to be held at the Stock Pavillion on campus, but was moved at the last minute to the heart of campus at UW-Madison the Memorial Union Terrace.

The event is part of what can only be described as a campus tour for the congressman from Texas.

Ron Paul has been speaking on college campuses all across the country, and has scheduled 30 more campuses over the next two months. Paul has fiery support from young voters who are energized by his anti-war policies.

However, that energy has not equaled votes. Paul has picked up only 50 delegates thus far, leading many to ask whether Wisconsin will be his last stop. Supporters say they hope not. They say if this goes to a brokered convention, its anyones game, and they feel Paul support is growing.

Thursdays event is open to the public, and begins at 7:00 p.m. at the UW campus Memorial Pavilion.

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Ron Paul Endorses U.S. Senate Candidate Rep. Kurt Bills of Minnesota

LAKE JACKSON, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul endorsed today Minnesota State Rep. Kurt Bills, candidate for U.S. Senate. Rep. Bills, an advanced economics professor who eschews the label of career politician, is a family man, wrestling coach, involved community member, and man of integrity.

Rep. Kurt Bills is precisely the kind of Republican who can defeat incumbent Senator Amy Klobuchar. He appeals to both conservatives and independents with his support for balanced budgets, free markets, civil liberties, and a commonsense foreign policy, said Ron Paul.

I am proud to wholeheartedly endorse Kurt Bills for United States Senate and hope all of my friends and supporters will help him go all the way to Washington, added Dr. Paul.

Kurt Bills is a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. While serving in the Minnesota Legislature, he continues to teach economics at Rosemount High School each morning before heading to the capitol building. His teaching duties over the last 15 years include advanced courses in micro and macroeconomics, and American government and politics.

Kurt and his wife, Cindy, have been married for 17 years and are parents of four children ranging in age from five to 14. Kurt and Cindy also own and operate a home daycare. The Bills family is active in their church community as members of Christ Church in Apple Valley, Minnesota.

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Ron Paul Statement on House Passage of Paul Ryan Budget

LAKE JACKSON, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul released the following statement concerning Rep. Paul Ryans budget.

Rep. Paul was unable to make the vote on his colleagues budget legislation because he was en route to an event in Wisconsin where thousands of supporters were waiting to hear him speak about issues that include fiscal restraint. Below find comments from Rep. Ron Paul:

Our nation is in dire fiscal crisis to the extent that if reforms are not instituted through the regular process of Congressional budgeting, then they will have to take place in a scenario closer to the reforms now addressing European fiscal crises.

That is, if we dont make real reforms today, tomorrow we will face the threat of unfunded obligations, an inflation tax that hurts low- and fixed-income Americans, and the emergency implementation of painful austerity measures not yet experienced in our nation.

I sympathize with my friend Rep. Paul Ryans aim in reducing federal debt, reforming entitlements while protecting those who currently depend on them, and reducing taxes. Unfortunately, Mr. Ryans budget assumes that the federal government can and should continue all its current activates, the welfare state just needs to be run in a more efficient manner.

The Ryan budget reduces the federal governments debt burden by trillions of dollars yet it does so in decades and not immediately, as our severe debt crisis warrants. Washington has a debt problem because the federal government spends too much, and the federal government spends too much because it tries to do too much. Any budget plan will fail to make the serious and timely spending cuts needed as long as it accepts the premise that Washington should run the economy, run our lives, and run the world.

It saddens me to see Rep. Ryan and his plan targeted for demagoguery by those on the left since the reforms he is proposing to the full Congress are rather insignificant. Attacks of these kinds have a chilling effect on the many voices calling for fiscal restraint, and it is unfortunate that criticism of this kind gains attention while our fiscal house is in disorder and future generations prosperity is jeopardized.

I, however, will not remain silent about our spending-fueled debt crisis. In fact, condemning the outsize growth in government that perpetuates spending and borrowing in the first place is a prominent feature of my candidacy.

My Plan to Restore America is an economic blueprint that cuts federal spending by $1 trillion in year one, and balances the federal budget in year three. The plan provides a roadmap for authentic reforms by curtailing unnecessary spending the nation simply can no longer afford.

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