Ron Paul visits Detroit Baptist church to rally support ahead of Michigan primary – Detroit Free Press

Feb 27, 2012
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A Republican candidate at a Detroit Baptist church the day before a critical primary?


There was Ron Paul, the libertarian-leaning Texas congressman, addressing about 500 people at Little Rock Baptist Church, telling them how he’d help urban America. And getting four standing ovations.

“People are sick and tired of the wars and they’re sick and tired of the weak economy,” he told the crowd.


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It was Paul’s third straight day of campaigning in Michigan. Before he arrived in Mt. Pleasant on Saturday night, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum – who polls show in a tight race to win the Michigan Republican primary on Tuesday — were the only major Republican candidates campaigning in Michigan.

Paul outlined his plan to overhaul U.S. economic and foreign policies, ensure all Americans can become prosperous and end racism and overwhelming regulation.

Paul said states should be making more of their own decisions, that some drug sentencing needs to be relaxed and the Patriot Act (“I don’t think it would’ve passed if it was called the Repeal the Fourth Amendment Act.”) needs to be re-examined.

“I’m a great defender of liberty,” he explained. “If you understand liberty, it should be bringing people together.”

Esosa Osai, 30, of Birmingham, appreciated Paul’s stances.

“I thought it was great,” he said. “I think the answer is government is not the answer.”

Detroiter Jennifer Wallisch said she’s still unsure if she’s going to vote for Paul on Tuesday, but liked what she heard at the rally.

Some leaders in Detroit’s two congressional district organizations are urging Democrats to vote for Paul in an effort to hurt Michigan native and Republican co-frontrunner Romney.

“What about Ron Paul don’t I like?,” Wallisch asked rhetorically. “What he’s proposing will do a whole lot more to help the people of Detroit. Obama was a let-down.”

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