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Ron Paul’s hopes boosted in Iowa by youth vote

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Ewen MacAskill
London Guardian
December 10, 2011

He is a veteran candidate, with an isolationist and libertarian agenda perhaps more suited to a bygone era. But Ron Paul, one of the fringe Republicans, might just be capable of producing a surprise upset in the first of the Republican primary elections in Iowa, thanks to support from a unlikely quarter – the young.

His anti-war message, calling on America to stop acting as the world’s policeman, is resonating, with more than 1,000 young people gathering in the Great Hall in Ames, Iowa, on Thursday night to cheer him repeatedly as he called on US troops to be brought back not just from Afghanistan but from Germany, Japan, Korea and 120 other countries round the world.

They cheered too as he opposed war in Syria or Iran, describing the nuclear threat posed by Tehran as overblown. More than 200 people, mainly students but also young people from round the state, including serving soldiers, stood in line afterwards to have their picture taken with him. It is one of the oddities of this campaign that the candidate attracting the youth vote is the oldest in the field, aged 76.

Paul, a long-time Congressman from Texas, said he does not know why he is proving popular with the young, beyond saying he may be old but he has “youthful ideas”.

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