Texas Rep. Ron Paul (R) received a “mic check” from protesters affiliated with the “Occupy Wall Street” movement at town hall event in Keene, New Hampshire on Monday.
“We are the 99 percent,” they shouted. “We will be heard. There are criminals on Wall Street who walk free. There are protesters in jail. There is something wrong with this system. We are the 99 percent. We will be heard.”
“Do you feel better?” Paul responded, chuckling.
“If you listen very carefully, I’m very much involved with the 99 [percent],” the presidential candidate continued. “I’ve been condemning that 1 percent because they’ve been ripping us off. So, we need to sort that out. But the people on Wall Street got the bailouts and you guys got stuck with the bills and I think that’s where the problem is.”
The “mic check” is a reference to the system of communication used by the “Occupy Wall Street” protesters in New York City’s Zuccotti Park.
While I agree with Ron Paul on some matters of war and military intervention, I disagree with him on about 99 percent of his insane economic views and I don't think he's any better than the rest of the Republican candidates running for president when you look at what he wants to do to our social safety nets, public education and programs that help the poor. That said, at least Paul managed to be polite to the group instead of calling them a bunch of fascists like Karl Rove did or telling them to get a job and take a bath like Gingrich.