VIDEO: Ron Paul Electrifies Raucous Crowd in SeaTac

Hundreds of rabid supporters sardined themselves into the Grand Ballroom at the DoubleTree Inn to hear his messages of smaller government and restoration of individual freedom.

SEATAC--Ron Paul was two-thirds through his rally Thursday night when one of the people in the breathing-room-only crowd blurted out what fellow supporters were already thinking.

"You're the greatest American, Paul!" the voice yelled from the crowd at the DoubleTree Inn, prompting a chorus of cheers.

"I'm delivering the greatest message," answered the Republican presidential candidate, prompting an even louder cheer from supporters who packed all of the hotel's ballroom.

On Thursday night, the messages were simple and clear. The never-bashful GOP hopeful electrified supporters with talk of more individual freedom and smaller government.

"The solutions are out there," Paul said. "A revolution is really going on."

In preparation for Super Tuesday, as well as the Republican caucus for Washington state March 3, Paul stumped earlier in Vancouver before stopping in the South Sound, explaining how years of government intrusion into individual freedoms have made the U.S. weaker, and that he would change that if elected.

There were at least 1,000 people in the room, with supporters spilling outside into the lobby. All of them hollered and hooted every time Paul addressed one of his signature issues.

"The richest countries in the world have always been the free-est countries in the world," he said.

Among his priorities if elected: decommissioning the Federal Reserve Bank, pulling U.S. troops from other countries and, most importantly, trimming a trillion dollars from the federal budget during his first year.

The crowd of supporters was a show in itself. The event had a much different vibe than the visit from fellow GOP candidate Rick Santorum in nearby Tacoma earlier this week, when several protestors with the Occupy Tacoma movement tried to hijack the show.

On Thursday night, the crowd was decidedly in Paul's favor.

"Ron Paul Stole My Heart," read one woman's sign.

"Freedom!" another young supporter shouted.

"End the Fed!" still others shouted.

The crowd consisted of an array of supporters, from college students to seniors to parents with young children.

To all of them, Paul encouraged them to "show the other Washington" that people from the Northwest would show their desire for change at the polls.

Brent Champaco February 17, 2012 at 06:52 AM
Hi windwardtrack. I'm sorry I didn't direct readers to it initially, but I was Tweeting most of the event with my phone because, yes, it was so packed and I was shooting video and taking pictures. The UP Patch Twitter feed is here: https://twitter.com/#!/uplacepatch It also took an hour to get out of the hotel. The DoubleTree might not be the best venue for a rally with hundreds of people. Well, I finally escaped and my reward? I get to type the story :( Look for it soon. Thanks for noticing. I apologize again for not giving the Twitter feed.
Tony Washington February 17, 2012 at 07:22 AM
I was here tonight @ the doubletree in Seattle - there were thousands there --- about 3-4k
Brent Champaco February 17, 2012 at 07:35 AM
Hey Tony, I agree. It was packed! I took lots of pictures and video and will load them, but feel free to load yours if you have any.
Rightfully Irritated February 17, 2012 at 04:12 PM
I was there and had to leave because I was in the lobby overflow and couldn't see or hear Paul's speech. I was pretty disappointed because of how much money and time it took me to get there. Poor planning on the part of whomever was responsible for the venue. Twelve dollars to park for just long enough to realize it was all a waste of time and money.
James Rand February 17, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Everyone who lives in UP knows what happens when government gets too big, $51 million in debt. Maybe we should try smaller government and more personal freedoms on for size. Could it be any worse?


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