I couldn't leave the house until the girls were in bed and that didn't happen until right at 8 which was when he was scheduled to speak. I almost didn't go because I thought I'd miss most of the speech, but when I got there I was relieved that it hadn't started yet because he was on the Sean Hannity show. When he finally got up, he said that he couldn't blow off Sean Hannity and expect to be able to be on his show again. There's something funny to say here, but I can't think of it right now.
I'm not good at guess crowd sizes. I've seen guesses of 800 and that seems plausible. It wasn't as large as I was expecting, but it was a good size. Some of the students seemed less than 100% focused on the speech- getting up and leaving, looking at their phones, chatting, etc. Most of the reports I've read about the speech focused on the reaction of the crowd- heckling, boos, etc. Having never been to one of these before, I can't really comment on whether the reaction was normal. There were a number of supporters of other candidates there. The Ron Paul supports that were there were jerks. I don't mean this as an indictment on Ron Paul, but his supporters were extremely rude and inappropriate. Some of their comments were completely inane and didn't make sense in the context of the speech. I don't know if I could ever vote for someone with such stupid supporters.
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Mostly, he avoided the social issues that he is known for. He didn't talk about contraceptives except indirectly in the health care/ religion freedom context. He didn't talk about abortion at all or gay marriage or any of those issues. He stuck to talking about health care and energy and, of course, alot of the America is the greatest country in the world and stuff like that. Standard Republican fare.
It was a great experience. I'm really glad I got to go. I have some political thoughts that I will share soon. I've recently had what amounts to a revelation about politics and I'll write those here one of these days.