East Tennesseans assemble, parade for Ron Paul

Knoxville (WVLT) -- Dozens of Ron Paul proponents took to the streets of Knoxville on Saturday in support of the presidential candidate.

With the Iowa caucuses behind us and the New Hampshire primaries coming up, the grass roots efforts goal was to get their candidate's name out there.

But for many, the Ron Paul Liberty Parade was simply a way to exercise their constitutional right assemble.

"He's a strict constitutionalists,” said supporter Dustin Rush, “he follows the constitution"

Rush was among the parade goers that kicked it all off at 10:30 AM with a public reading of the US Constitution on Market Square.

When the reading concluded, they started a four mile march, starting in the heart of downtown and continuing down Gay Street.

"Hopefully people will notice us and be inclined to Google Ron Paul and find out what he's about," said Bryan Howard, another supporter.

Paul is a republican congressman and physician from Texas who has gained supporters of all ages from around the nation, including East Tennessee.

"There's lots of people in the race who aren't as honest as he is," said Rush, who has seen Paul three times, once in Nashville and twice in South Carolina.

As they marched, parade goers held similar signs, all trying to spread the same message about the 2008 presidential candidate.

“To let this town know there's an alternative to big corporations and popular politicians," said Jeremiah Dixon of his own.

For some people it was a chance to get out and exercise their first amendment rights, such as Joy Chaffin’s who brought her two young children along.

"If he doesn't win, at least we got people to open minds and think about what's going on," she said.

Paul finished fifth this week at the Iowa Republican Caucuses with nearly 10 percent.

He beat out former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and finished about three points before both John McCain and former Tennessee senator Fred Thompson.

Mike Huckabee led the field with 34 percent of the votes.

Paul will square off against 6 other republicans in Tennessee's primary on February 5th.

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  • by Bobbie Location: Morristown on Feb 1, 2008 at 12:29 PM
    Thanks WVLT! Ron Paul is an honest candidate and would bring our troups home now. We would save billions of dollars and thousands of lives. We would get our rights back and we would regain our respect in the world by again living by the morals we are so proud of in our Constitution. It's hard to believe that anyone who has heard his message would not want to join him in taking America back.
  • by Carol Location: knoxville on Jan 16, 2008 at 04:28 PM
    Is no one even going to report on Dennis Kucinich not being alloud to speak? It is starting to seem unfunny the way no one mentions him, good or bad. It's like he doesn't exist. SCARY!
  • by Dustin Location: Corryton,TN on Jan 6, 2008 at 10:44 PM
    Thanks to Brandon and all the UT students that got this parade organized. Thanks to Terri for getting this on our meet-up page and naming it the Liberty Parade. Thanks also to ALL the members of The Knoxville Ron Paul 2008 Presidential Meetup Group(#98) and all the people that our members brought along with them. And thank all the people that joined us along the way! You all were great! We had a GREAT turn out and hope to do this again soon. We need to get Dr. Paul's name out there and this was a great way to do it. Anyone that is reading this and wants to join The Knoxville Ron Paul 2008 Presidential Meetup Group, you can follow this link: http://ronpaul.meetup.com/98/?gj=sj3
  • by Andrew Location: Mesa, Arizona on Jan 6, 2008 at 11:09 AM
    I've been following politics for over 30 years, and I've never known of a 'politiciam' who more accurately or unabashedly speaks the truth about government; ours in particular. Thank God for men like Ron Paul. They are few indeed. The media may ignore him, snub him, write him off as 'too radical', whatever. But his message is getting out, and that's what's important. The truth is that if we don't take our lives back from the IRS and the 'Tax and Spend' welfare/warfare establishment in Washington, we are doomed as a culture. God bless Ron Paul.
  • by Jeffrey Location: Moscow, ID on Jan 6, 2008 at 03:55 AM
    Way to go Knoxville!
  • by John Location: colorado on Jan 5, 2008 at 11:29 PM
    Nice article on Ron Paul's supporters. Way to go WVLT!
  • by Mike Location: Texas on Jan 5, 2008 at 10:25 PM
    Go Ron Paul!!
  • by Chris Fortner Location: Dandridge, TN on Jan 5, 2008 at 09:54 PM
    Lauren, thank you for covering the event. I met Paul when he visited Nashville. I'm glad to be working on his campaign.


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