When asked to sum up Presidential Candidate Ron Paul in one word, one supporter from Sullivan, MO had three: "Amazingly, awesomely awesome!"
That enthusiastic young man was just one of a large crowd that began lining up two hours early in anticipation of a 3 p.m. town hall meeting with Ron Paul at . Many of the supporters carried signs and the crowd occasionally broke into a chant, "Ron-Paul-Ron-Paul-Ron-Paul," and cheered and whistled when someone would impulsively shout out "Who's for Ron Paul?"
Roger Beanland heads up the Ron Paul camp in Decatur, IL. Beanland told Patch that he was excited to serve as an alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention in Florida. Beanland was attending the Lindenwood Town Meeting with his wife Lynda and fellow Paul supporter Nancy Cummins.
"We need some strong voices," Cummins said.
Alan Schmidt, a Ron Paul campaign worker from Granite City, sold t-shirts behind his car in the parking lot. When Patch asked him about Paul's chances in the race, he said, "His chances are much better than the mainstream media is telling us. A lot of people that are pledged to Gingrich, Romney and Santorum . . . in their second or third vote, they're going to vote with their hearts and go with Ron Paul. I think he's going to be a surprise for the people."
Schmidt mentioned that the Illinois primary was coming up. "The 20th is the big day for the state of Illinois, and we're doing our best."
Check back with Patch for more from the Ron Paul town meeting.