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U.S. Congressman Ron Paul visits Victoria


April 8, 2009 at 7 p.m.
Updated April 7, 2009 at 11:08 p.m.

Ron Paul met with fourth- and fifth-graders at Dudley Magnet School Wednesday morning. The congressman talked about the U.S. Constitution and its importance and fielded questions from the youngsters about the economy, the Iraq war and other hot topics.

More than 20 hands shot high into the air Wednesday morning when U.S. Congressman Ron Paul began taking questions after his presentation.

He spoke to a crowd of 50 fourth- and fifth-graders at Dudley Magnet School about the Constitution.

For fifth-grader Seth Garrett, the opportunity to meet Paul was amazing.

"I thought it was really neat that he would take the time to visit us at our school," Seth said.

The congressman explained the role of government to the students.

"He talked about the government and how sometimes they disobey the Constitution," Seth said.

Fifth-grader Lauren McCaskill was especially interested in current events.

"Hearing about the stimulus packages and recession from Ron Paul himself was interesting. I also learned more about the Constitution," Lauren said.

Paul gave each student a pocket-size booklet of the Constitution.

"I am going to read all of it. I hope to one day be a part of the government and run for office in 2032," Lauren said.

The students also learned about Paul's life before he was a congressman.

"I was a doctor and delivered babies before I was a congressman," Paul said. "I wanted to talk about politics and what I believe."

He said he wanted to emphasize the importance of the Constitution and the importance of congress to uphold the it.

"I think there are some people out there that don't take it seriously," Paul said. "Some say I read way too much into the Constitution because I'll be the only one to vote against a bill."

Fifth-grader Kevin Clark enjoyed Paul's question-and-answer session.

"He cracked a few jokes and he wasn't completely serious," Kevin said.

Paul gave the school a U.S. flag that once flew at the Capitol. He gave Principal Diane Billo a signed certificate of the giving of the flag.

Dudley was the only elementary school he visited Wednesday. He spent 30 minutes discussing the Constitution and took questions from the students.

While in Victoria, Paul also honored 15 veterans at the Coastal Bend Museum at Victoria College and visited the Golden Crescent Regional Planning Commission's Rural Transportation Department. He recently helped the transit program gain funding for new buses.



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