Ron Paul, who is projected to take second place in the New Hampshire primary, spoke to an audience at his campaign headquarters shortly after Mitt Romney made his victory speech. Mr. Paul criticized the media and political establishment for “ignoring” his campaign, but assured his supporters they’ll still succeed in their quest to “restore freedom to this country.”
“I called Governor Romney a short while ago before he gave his talk and congratulated him, because he certainly had a clear cut victory, but we’re nibbling at his heels!” Mr. Paul said. Mr. Paul began his speech by thanking his staff and supporters. He also gave a sarcastic acknowledgment to the New Hampshire Union Leader newspaper, which endorsed his rival Jon Huntsman.
“There was one other acknowledgment I wanted to make, I wanted to thank the Union Leader for not endorsing me,” Mr. Paul said.
Despite his loss and not getting the media response he wanted, Mr. Paul said he was confident he and his supporters scored a victory for their cause.
“There is no doubt that this whole effort that we are involved in will not go unnoticed. Let me tell you, I think the intellectual revolution that’s going on now to restore liberty in this country is well on its way and there’s no way they’re going to stop the momentum that we have started,” Mr. Paul said.
Mr. Paul said the one thing the media and political establishment have done right is describing him and his followers as “dangerous:”
“We don’t always get the coverage or the interest shown on what is going on, because if they did they wouldn’t be ignoring so much of what we’re doing. But, you know, I find it sort of fascinating when they finally get around–and this is different people it could be in the media, it could be our opponents, or whatever, but I sort of have to chuckle when they describe you and me as being dangerous. That’s one thing they are telling the truth–because we are dangerous to the status quo of this country and we will remain a danger to the Federal Reserve system as well.”
Mr. Paul used much of his speech to discuss the economy, monetary policy and his desire to “end the Fed,” but he also addressed his opposition to America’s foreign wars.
“They claim it’s a moral responsibility to take our young people, put them into the military, and send them hither and yon around the world, policing the world and using up the money,” Mr. Paul said. ”If we continue to do what we’re doing the results are that the dollar is destroyed, and the whole thing comes apart and it’s going to be a worldwide phenomenon.”
In the end, Mr. Paul said the presidential race is all about “the protection of liberty.”
“Overall, you have to ask once again, as our founders did, what should the role of government be in a free society. The role should be very simple; the protection of liberty,” Mr. Paul said. “Liberty means you have a right your life, and your privacy, and the way you want to live your life as long as you don’t hurt people, and you have a right to keep and spend your money as you want to.”