Presidential Hopeful Paul Focuses on Liberty in Twin Falls Stop

2012-02-16T14:00:00Z 2012-02-16T18:48:07Z Presidential Hopeful Paul Focuses on Liberty in Twin Falls StopBy Julie Wootton Twin Falls Times-News

TWIN FALLS • Individual liberties need to be restored, Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul told hundreds during today's town hall meeting in Twin Falls.

"We have to recommit ourselves to what a free country is all about," Paul said.

Audience members cheered as the Texas congressman took the stage at Twin Falls High School's Roper Auditorium.

Paul said if he's elected, he'd cut the federal budget by $1 trillion during his first year as president. Paul joined fellow GOP nomination hopefuls Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum in scheduling Idaho campaign stops this week, in preparation of the state's March 6 GOP caucus.

Paul's other talking points included abolishing income tax, ending foreign wars and the U.S. regulation on drugs.

Local high school students had a chance to ask Paul a few questions after his speech.

The town hall meeting drew locals, as well as Paul supporters from across the state.

Rexburg resident Lindsay Van Allen said before the event that she thinks Paul is the best candidate to defend the U.S. Constitution.

She attended the event with her husband, Kirk, and their 5-month-old son.

Van Allen said Paul has solid stances while other presidential candidates "tip-toe around the issues."

"He actually has plans to act," she said.

Read more in Friday's edition of the Times-News.


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