Sunday presidential candidate Ron Paul ventured where none of his competition for the Republican nomination has gone this election season... Alaska.
Rep. Ron Paul held events in Fairbanks and later Anchorage, mostly sticking to his usual themes. But he did freshen his routine criticism of the Transportation Security Administration by mentioning with noticeable reaction from audiences the recent screening of a breastfeeding mom who had a pump, "and they didn't believe her, they weren't going to let her on, they made her demonstrate it, that is how sick this is."
Railing against the Patriot Act and National Defense Authorization Act are red meat topics for his audiences, "The fact is that if you've come across the name of a bill in Congress that sounds pretty neat, that sounds like a good idea, you can be assured the bill is going to do exactly the opposite of what the bill is called." In Fairbanks, one man went so far as to change into a costume prison stripes. He sat in the front row, prominently holding a sign that said: Stop NDAA Indefinite Detention Law.
And while answering a question about what followers can do to advance the liberty agenda, among other things, he lightly floated taking on positions of influence, "...believe me there'll be something for you to do. Maybe you'll be a teacher, maybe you'll infiltrate the media."
Paul, who once used the national debate stage to challenge other candidates to a 25-mile bike ride in heat of his home state Texas, also likes to get out for walks. When asked whether he was able to follow his regimen and take a stroll in the sub zero freezing temperatures he quipped, "No, I didn't do that, that's why I'm a grouch tonight."
Ron Paul's granddaughter Linda, a fixture on the campaign trail, told reporters she was able to do a little exploring and she spotted a white moose during an early morning drive.
Fairbanks and Anchorage are two of the bigger population centers in Alaska. In all the state has 27 delegates on line. At the Anchorage event, the campaign which is known for being extremely punctual was forced to start a bit later because attendees were being wanded by security.
Super Tuesday will find Ron Paul journeying to another chilly climate, Fargo, North Dakota where he will speak at a mega-caucus location. The campaign's news release points out the state has no political party enrollment requirement.