EAST LANSING, Mich. – Republican presidential front-runners Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum may be fighting it out for the lead in Michigan’s crucial primary, but rival Ron Paul showed on Monday that he can still turn out a crowd.
“It looks like the revolution has arrived in Michigan!” Paul exclaimed to standing-room-only crowd of more than 3,800 people at Michigan State University. The Texas congressman and his libertarian views have an ardent following among college students, which has helped him stay in double digits in the primary race. However, he still trails Romney and Santorum.
“I have real mixed feelings,” about his ability to attract large crowds, Paul told reporters at the event. “I almost feel embarrassed. I wonder why they come. But then I say, ‘They come because it’s a great message! Because I know my shortcomings, but I know there are no shortcomings in the message of freedom and the things I think made America great.’ … I actually marvel at it. But I have to say it pleases me too.”
His campaign staff said it was Paul's biggest event yet in the campaign. Paul got an enthusiastic reception to his stump speech, including a lengthy and boisterous standing ovation when he said that if he is president, the United States will never again go to war without an official declaration. He also introduced his wife, Carol, and his granddaughter, Linda, who have been traveling with him.