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Ron Paul visit to Cornell draws thousands

Matt Richmond
Congressman Ron Paul's speech at Cornell drew thousands of enthusiastic supporters.

Ron Paul’s presidential campaign came to Cornell University Thursday ahead of next week’s all-but-decided New York Republican primary.

Congressman Paul’s speech felt less like a Republican presidential stump speech than half-lecture and half-rally cry.

During Thursday’s speech, Paul called for a repeal of the PATRIOT Act and the National Defense Authorization Act, which gives the military the power to detain U.S. citizens indefinitely without trial. He questioned the need for laws against drugs and called for an end to the Federal Reserve.

Paul says politics isn’t just about liberals versus conservatives.

“I’m trying to change that to show that it’s liberty versus tyranny,” Paul said.

About 4,000 enthusiastic, mostly young people filled Cornell’s hockey arena for the speech.

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