A beaming Ron Paul told supporters on Tuesday that his third-place finish in the Iowa caucuses is the sign of something bigger: growing popular support of libertarian principles.
“The economy is in trouble. Our civil liberties are being trashed. Our foreign policy has been a mess and drains us both economically and our military forces. But at the same time people are coming together and we had the task, which where we are very successful, is reintroducing some ideas Republicans needed for a long time,” Paul said. “And that is the conviction that freedom is popular.”
Paul acknowledged how important his devoted followers have been to his campaign. He spoke to caucus attendees in Ankeny, Iowa, and said having supporters "who believe in something" makes all the difference.
Paul pointed to a recent national poll that showed the majority of Americans support a return to the gold standard, and growing war-weariness among the American people.
“Those are the issues that we have brought front and center. They're out there. They're not going to go away and we have -- and we have tremendous opportunity to continue this momentum,” Paul said, pledging to move on to another strong showing in the New Hampshire primary next week.
“This movement is going to continue and we are going to keep scoring, just as we have tonight,” he said.