The cheers went up even before Ron Paul stepped onstage to greet his adoring fans. “End the Fed! End the Fed! End the Fed!” they shouted, stomping their feet and yelling about a coming revolution.
In the run-up to Tuesday’s presidential primaries in Maryland and the District, Paul — down in the Republican delegate race but a cult hero among many — brought his bold and folksy message to a packed auditorium at the University of Maryland.
His platform of lowering the national debt and ending the Afghan war has caught on among college students, who could play a crucial role in helping the Texas congressman remain a factor in the race.
If he can actually get them to the polls.
“I don’t know everything about Ron Paul, but what I do know, I like. I don’t side with conservatives or liberals, and he seems to be right down the middle,” said Charlie Spence, 19, of Frederick. “He is the most intriguing candidate for young people.”