Ron Paul’s message resonates with Sioux City crowd

SIOUX CITY — Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul drew applause Tuesday when he told an audience of about 200 that he supports a return to a monetary system based on the gold standard.

Even more of those who gathered for the Texas congressman’s town-hall-style campaign stop here clapped and shouted in agreement when Paul spoke in support of a much less interventionist foreign policy for the United States. That talk resulted in several applause lines for Paul, who finished second in the Iowa Republican Party straw poll in August.

“You can’t spread goodness with bombs and guns and war,” Paul said in response to a question about manifest destiny.

Paul acknowledged some Republicans don’t like his views on foreign relations but said in the quest to reduce spending and debt, the prime place to cut is in national defense. He said the U.S. has 900 overseas bases that could be drawn down and that a decade of war has resulted in 8,000 deaths and considerable spending.

“We have spent over $3 trillion, and it is endless,” he said.

Paul spoke at Stoney Creek Inn on a big day politically in Sioux City. Fellow Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich held a simultaneous town hall meeting with 160 people at Morningside College, and President Barack Obama, a Democrat, opened a campaign office in the city.

A typical weekday presidential campaign stop attracts a middle-aged crowd, but Paul’s audience was composed roughly one-fourth of young adults. And about half of the eight people who posed questions to Paul were from the younger demographic, probing on topics that ranged from abolition of the Federal Reserve System to

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