Local Ron Paul Supporters Remain Optimistic

Those who favor the Texas congressman gathered at the Copper Top Pub in Temple Terrace to watch the election results.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney might have taken Florida, but that doesn’t mean Ron Paul supporters are counting out the Texas congressman.

Paul Fosse of Citrus Park compared Paul’s campaign to a football game.

“Very few football teams quit after the first three minutes,” he said. “They keep going. It seems kind of silly to give up after four states.”

Fosse helped organize a Tuesday evening at the in Temple Terrace using meetup.com and Facebook. About 50 people watched TV news stations report Florida’s election results. Paul hovered around 7 percent of the vote.

“We’d be happier if he was in double digits,” Fosse said, “but what’s great is to see the enthusiasm of the supporters.”

Young and old, those at the Copper Top seemed eager to share their opinions on Paul and why they favor him.

Bob Rocco, 60, of Temple Terrace said he’s been following Paul for almost 20 years in the House of Representatives. He said Paul has never voted for an increase in taxes.

“I truly believe he’s our last hope in the country,” Rocco said.

David Peters, 27, also of Temple Terrace, overheard Rocco’s sentiments and added the Internet has helped the younger generation learn about Paul.

“That’s why this is taking place,” Peters said, gesturing to all the people in the room.

Dave Jones, who is from Nebraska and living temporarily in Westchase, said he was pleased with Paul’s showing so far. He said he was at the during the on Jan. 23, waving signs for Paul.

“For me at this point in time, the voting results don’t really matter,” he said. “It’s not about the guy, it’s about the cause.”

That cause is liberty and protection of the constitution and freedoms, Jones explained.

Lea Rashka, who used to live in Temple Terrace and now resides on Davis Islands, said Paul just makes sense to her.

“I like his economic policy, his foreign policy and his thoughts on non-intervention,” she said.

Rashka helps organize the meetup.com and Facebook groups.

“One of the things I like about this is I’m meeting people of like minds,” she said.

Paul supporters also used social media to organize a meeting after the USF debate at the Copper Top, which . Fosse said the group originally chose to meet at the Temple Terrace pub because it seemed enthusiastic to host them.

And enthusiasm is important to Paul supporters, Fosse said. Their enthusiasm for Paul is something supporters of other candidates’ can’t match.

“I’m enthused about my candidate, as you can see many of us are,” he said. “It’s pretty hard to find an ex-Ron Paul supporter.”

Autonomy4ALL February 01, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Fort Lauderdale Tea Party group is the scourge of Florida. The following was posted on redstate.com paul is just a loon mikeymike143 (Diary) Monday, January 9th at 12:29PM EST (link) he wont win a single state. Senior Media Director, Tea Party Fort Lauderdale, America’s Longest Running Tea Party. http://www.teapartyfortlauderdale.com/ I also own the largest anti Ron Paul page for conservatives on Facebook.
Nay Eite February 01, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Ron Paul visited Northern Colorado on Tuesday at CSU where some1,200+ people packed the ballroom, with nearly another 100 people who sat through the choppy live streaming video feed just to hear this man talk .. Could you imagine any other Republican Candidate generating this kind of enthusiasm­­!? Not Newt! He has to cancel events because nobody shows! And Santorum who spoke the same day in Colorado could only draw in 200 people! In a recent USA Today/Gall­up Poll Ron Paul is the only other Candidate who is in a dead heat tie with Obama, the only other guy is Mr. Romneycare­. It's increasing­ly obvious that this is a two man race with only two men on all the ballots and with enough of a campaign to last until the end, and Conservati­ves are going to have to make the choice between a real Conservati­ve or a Big Government Obamacare sponsoring Liberal. Wake up GOP! You REALLY want to beat the billion dollar puppet Obama? Ron Paul is your ONLY HOPE! www.RONPAU­­L2012.com
Stephen Schweter February 01, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Hello The elites will either try to give Us Obama or Mittens and will will Have same same Dr.Ron Paul would be the real one for us. How he votes in congress Matches his Talk. CIA for dr.Paul http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aiz85NejIyE&NR=1&feature=endscreen A general for DP http://video.foxbusiness.com/v/1416667123001/ron-paul-best-for-defense and Http:ladyliberty1776.blogspot.com Enough for now Peace Google "orwell Rolling In His Grave" Media Exposed Stephen
KittenJuggler February 02, 2012 at 12:39 AM
I'm voting for Ron Paul bc he's the only one I'd want to be my President. My vote is not a bet on who will be the winner. My vote is my choice for President w/ no other considerations.
Brian Maday February 23, 2012 at 02:15 PM
KittenJuggler, I share your feelings about RON PAUL, the only candidate who has read and believes in the United States Constitution. HOWEVER... If he is NOT selected as the Republican Candidate for the General Election.... realize that your vote will likely be "One less for Republicans, one more for Leftist Democrats - NO ONE will notice your (Valid) objection to "the way it is". I seriously ask that you reconsider voting for THE LESSER OF TWO EVILS (???) and NOT add to the Dems vote count - they already have too many DEAD people voting, as well as Obama's "African-Americans for Obama" web site. PRETTY PLEASE?


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