Ron Paul Rallies Supporters in Dearborn
The GOP candidate for president stops in Dearborn on Monday night to end his four-city campaign tour of Michigan.
Just 12 hours before the polls were set to open for the 2012 presidential primary in Michigan, Ron Paul took to the stage of Dearborn's Ford Community and Performing Arts Center among a crowd of 1,200 supporters.
The event, dubbed "Doctors for Dr. Ron Paul," brought together members of the University of Michigan-Dearborn's Arab Student Union, as well as current and future doctors in the community.
"Our name for tonight's event is really appropriate," said former ASU president and medical student Hussein Saghir, who introduced Paul. "Our republic is ill and is in need of a caring hand from a man who has sworn to restore liberty."
The underdog GOP candidate fired up the audience – much of which was comprised of youth and Arab Americans – with discussion of hot-button issues such as health care, cutting the federal deficit and changing foreign policy.
"Be friends with people, even if they're different and even if they aren't perfect," Paul said of his stance on U.S. relations with foreign countries. "When we're perfect, maybe we can lecture them on their civil liberties."
Paul vowed to cut $1 trillion in spending in his first year of office, if elected. To do so, he recommends cuts to health care programs, as well as an end to overseas spending – and involvement in foreign countries' affairs in general.
"If we want to mold the world and show that we're an exceptional nation, let's be an exceptional nation," Paul said.
He also committed to ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Paul urged his supporters to vote in Tuesday's primary, even if they felt that they were in the minority in their support of him.
"The right ideas will prevail and they will not silence us," he said.
Community members agreed that supporting Paul through votes and campaign contributions is crucial heading into Michigan's primary election.
"The key to the primary is turnout, turnout, turnout," Paul's Michigan campaign manager said at the rally. "All that matters is if Dr. Paul is winning delegates out of Michigan."
Osama Siblani, publisher of the Arab American News, spoke of his paper's endorsement of the GOP candidate.
"We believe that Dr. Paul brings to this campaign sense, sanity and sincerity," Siblani said. "He is the only candidate that brings us together while others are prying us apart."
He urged attendees to donate to Paul's campaign, and to hit the polls on Tuesday.
"We do not win an election by becoming emotional," Siblani said. "Elections are won by polls and money."