The current currency system “allows governments to grow in a seductive manner,” he said.
Following Paul’s speech, campaign volunteers were on site to teach people how to participate in the caucus process. Volunteers were present from Oregon, as well as Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis, Skamania, Klickitat, Wahkiakum and Pacific counties in Washington.
In April 2008, Paul’s highly organized supporters swamped the Clark County Republican Convention, winning 71 of 89 delegate seats to the state convention.
In the 2008 race, two of three delegates and two of three alternates to the national convention from Southwest Washington’s 3rd Congressional District pledged to Paul. Arizona Sen. John McCain won the party’s nomination.
One of Paul’s volunteers, Vancouver’s Richard Colwell, said Wednesday that he’s been spending his extra time lately knocking on doors and making phone calls to encourage voters to choose Paul.
Colwell said he supports Paul because Paul doesn’t waver on issues — and that shows integrity. Meanwhile, Romney adopted more liberal policies as governor of Massachusetts, Colwell said.
Colwell said if Paul loses the nomination, Colwell won’t vote for anyone else.
“If he’s not running, I’ll still write his name in,” he said.
Woodland resident Arleen Martin, 79, was among the audience on Thursday. Martin said she hasn’t decided which candidate she’ll vote for yet. She’s torn between Paul and Santorum.
“There is nothing I’ve heard (from Paul) that I don’t like,” Martin said. “I don’t think Ron Paul is going to pull the presidency, but I do feel if he can stay on top of the game, his ideas are going to penetrate to other people who are running. If he keeps pushing, then, maybe we can see some real change.”
Paul’s visit to Vancouver on Thursday was one of several stops on his Pacific Northwest tour. He headed to SeaTac after his Vancouver rally. On Friday, he plans to visit the Tri-Cities and Spokane on the eastern side of the state.
Paul’s political rivals also have their sights set on Washington state. Santorum was in Tacoma on Monday and Romney plans to visit Seattle on March 1.
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Columbian staff writer Paris Achen contributed to this story.