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.