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Nicholas Perrino
Young Americans for Liberty

Last modified: Thursday, October 14, 2010

Congressman Ron Paul to speak at IU Bloomington on Oct. 25

Oct. 14, 2010

Editors: Ron Paul will be holding a press conference prior to his lecture. The press conference will begin at 5 p.m. in the balcony lobby of the IU Auditorium and is open only to the media who register in advance with Nicholas Perrino, whose contact information is included with this release.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, will be at Indiana University Bloomington on Oct. 25 to speak and present a "Case for Liberty."

Ron Paul

Ron Paul

The event will begin at 7 p.m. at the IU Auditorium, 1211 E. Seventh St., and is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the IU Bloomington chapter of Young Americans for Liberty (YAL at IU).

"We are very honored and excited to have Congressman Paul come to campus," said Sam Spaiser, president of YAL at IU. "Congressman Paul's message of limited government, sound monetary policy and a humble foreign policy has resonated with people all across the country and we look forward to him bringing his message here to the Indiana University and Bloomington communities."

Paul's speech will last an hour and will be followed by a short period of questions and answers.

YAL at IU was given the opportunity to have Paul come speak on campus following a petition drive in which the group garnered more than 1,000 signatures.

"Our group has been very active on campus and in the community during the past three years," said Spaiser. "Last year we decided that we'd like to try and get Congressman Paul to come speak here on campus. So, after talking with YAL's national headquarters, we figured out that sending a petition to Paul's office would be our best bet. We managed to get over 1,000 people to sign our petition and then we sent it over to his office.

"Congressman Paul was impressed with the work we have done here in Bloomington and decided that he'd like to come speak to the community in person."

In an interview published in the Indiana Daily Student on Sep. 8, Paul talked about why students in particular have been receptive to his message. "Young people are starting to realize what they are inheriting is a mess," Paul was quoted as saying in the article. "I've been very pleased that so many college kids are interested. There is a lot more interest today because of the financial crisis."

"It's important for students to get interested and deal with problems," Paul told the IDS. "I encourage education. It's an educational problem. I emphasize the understanding of economic policy, the Constitution, the role of government."

Paul began a career in politics in 1976 and ran for president in 1988 and 2008. He has developed a strong following among those holding libertarian and constitutional values. Many current media pundits credit Paul with starting the current Tea Party movement, which has been sweeping the nation with its message of limited government and fiscal responsibility.

There is speculation that the 11-term congressman will pursue a third presidential run in 2012. An announcement is expected early next year.