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The money to buy the blimp — nearly $2000, plus an additional $150 for the helium required for filling it — was raised collectively by the group.

“I think that it is very effective. Probably tens of thousands of people see it every day. I think that it is the best location for it in San Diego.”

Although San Diego supporters are doing their best to spread the word about Ron Paul, their enthusiasm and energy may have given them a false sense of optimism. Ron King, chair of the political science department at SDSU, is brief but emphatic regarding Paul’s chances of getting the Republican nomination or the presidency. There have been “no successful grass roots presidential candidates in the recent era,” he says via email, and there is “no possibility of a grass roots national-level candidate today.”

Even some of Ron Paul’s supporters agree that the Paul campaign doesn’t have much chance for success, though for different reasons. Abby Martin, the 23-year-old organizer of the San Diego 9/11 Truth group, says, “The last two elections have had serious vote fraud, and I don’t think this election will be any different. Ron Paul would never be allowed to win the presidency. There is too much at stake with all of our control and policies that have been implemented to let Paul in and create revolutionary change.”

The group remains energetically optimistic. Most supporters are convinced that Paul will run as an independent if the Republican nomination does not pan out. The events calendar of the San Diego Ron Paul campaign is filled six days a week.

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creator Feb. 1, 2008 @ 10:54 a.m.

Hello Dorian,

I just wanted to say "Thanks!" for a very informative article about this local phenomenon.

For readers who may be interested in more news and views about Dr. Paul, I recommend http://www.nolanchart.com for much information and opinion available nowhere else.

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investments619 Feb. 3, 2008 @ 4:46 p.m.

PRESIDENT RON PAUL!!!!

We love and support you. I have never supported any politician with this much passion. Ron Paul is intelligent, well versed and genuine.

NO to Corruption (Bush, Chene - All private interest, elite, un-American criminals)

NO to IRS (Which is NOT a government agency)

NO to Income Taxes (Illegal & unconstitutional and goes against the 16th Amendment)

NO to NAFTA

NO to NAFTA Superhighway

NO to RFID chips in passports

NO to Universal ID (Which will have RFID chips to track us all)

PRESIDENT RON PAUL!!!!

True Constitutionalist

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EricDobbs Feb. 1, 2008 @ 6:59 p.m.

Great to see sooo much support and enthusiasm for Ron Paul in San Diego!!! I look forward to attending the event at Balboa Park on February 2.

Eric Dobbs

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supervoter Feb. 17, 2008 @ 12:04 p.m.

RON PAUL = KKK

I cannot believe you bought into the conspiracy garbage Ron Paul has been using to trick people into voting for him. It has all been debunked. The map Ron Paul shows of the scary NAFTA Superhighway is a real-life map of how the highways in the US stand TODAY. And I do not want some answer back about how the media and every other candidate is controlled by the Bildeberg group. Why is Ron Paul the only politician in the world that is not controlled by this secret group? Typical politician scare tactics.

http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/wrong_paul.html

Read Ron Paul's own website and tell me he is not the definition of RACIST. There is a mountain of evidence that points to his involvement in the KKK.

http://www.ronpaul2008.com/issues/racism/

http://blogcritics.org/archives/2007/11/27/011749.php

http://www.mediamouse.org/features/072007michi.php

http://phenry.dailykos.com/

On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Agree, as Amen 04/25/2007 House Roll Call No. 259 110th Congress, 1st Session

Passed: 425-1 (see complete tally)

H. Con. Res. 7, amended, to call on the League of Arab States to acknowledge the genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan and to step up their efforts to stop the genocide in Darfur, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 425 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 259

Your beloved Ron Paul voted nay. You think he is a good guy? Think again.

I got this source from www.congress.org.

I could go on and on, but I do not think it is necessary.

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