Congressman responds by pointing out he’s been condemning the 1% for decades
November 22, 2011
A gaggle of ‘occupy’ sympathizers interrupted a question and answer session at a Ron Paul town hall gathering in Keene, New Hampshire Monday, proceeding to heckle the congressman in the form of a strange collective chant.
Taking hold of the microphone at the gathering, a man near the center of the audience stood up and declared “mic check”, before reeling off a pre-prepared speech, each line of which was collectively repeated by a group of so called 99 percenters.
“We are the 99 percent. We will be heard,” said the man. “There are criminals on Wall Street who walk free. There are protesters in jail. There is something wrong with this system.” he concluded.
The man then sat down and the commotion died down as Paul came back to his podium and asked the protesters “Do you feel better?”. The rest of the audience then broke into applause as the lead protester stood up and gestured to Paul, wagging his finger and throwing his arms out to his sides.
The Congressman responded to the protesters by stating that he has been part of the 99% for a long time and has consistently rallied against the bailouts handed to Wall Street special interests.
Watch the video:
It is not exactly clear whether the ‘occupy’ sympathizers were taking issue with Ron Paul’s campaign or simply using the event to get publicity. Some did appear to be shouting “Obama” during the exchange, however.
For these people to heckle Paul, a man who has never taken any donations from Wall Street banks, and endorse Obama, whose 2008 campaign was financed almost exclusively by the likes of Goldman Sachs displays a frightening lack of awareness.
The incident once again raises questions over who is attempting to direct sections of the protests and for what political agenda.
Furthermore, antagonizing Ron Paul’s supporters, a sizeable and hugely energetic grass roots political force, will get these particular protesters nowhere. In reality many of the protesters at occupy events across the nation are Paul supporters and advocate going after the real financial criminals in Washington and within the Federal Reserve.
Ron Paul’s full speech at Keene State College can be viewed below:
Meanwhile, in related news, Ron Paul continues to surge in the early voting states.
New polls out of New Hampshire and Iowa indicate that Paul is on course to challenge former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney for first place in the primaries.
A Suffolk/7News poll of likely New Hampshire Republican primary voters found Paul tied in second place at 14 percent with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Romney was placed in first place with 41 percent of the votes.
In the latest New Hampshire Journal poll, Paul remains a top three candidate with 16%, while Romney and Gingrich received 29% and 27% respectively.
“While others may rise and fall quickly, Congressman Paul’s support is steady and rising,” said Ron Paul 2012 National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton.
In Iowa, a Iowa State University/Gazette/ KCRG poll found Paul within reach of first place at 20.4%, just over 4% behind Herman Cain and within the margin of error.
“These numbers are a confirmation of Congressman Paul’s principled message,” said Jesse Benton. “The American people are ready for real change in the way things are done in Washington, and Ron Paul is the only candidate who will fundamentally change the status quo, by offering serious cuts in spending, bringing our troops home, and restoring our economy to bring prosperity back to America.”
These latest polls dovetail with surveys published last week indicating that Paul was statistically tied for first place in Iowa and a strong second place in New Hampshire.
Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.net, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham in England.
This article was posted: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 11:00 am