WASHINGTON - In a change from his previous appearances at CPAC Ron Paul addressed a noticeably divided crowd of enthusiastic supporters and mum detractors. His speech was filled with the usual attacks on the Federal Reserve, critiques of American foreign policy, defense of civil liberties and talk about how he's been a defender of liberty since dinosaurs walked the earth. To be blunt it's the speech Paul always gives without a teleprompter. Comments celebrating the recent defeat of the Patriot Act extension received loud cheers and a smattering of boos from the crowd, as did his criticism of the "American empire." Unlike most speeches today Paul did address the biggest news of the day in the fall Hosni Mubarak.
"A lot of people now say what should our position be about finding the next dictator of Egypt? And I would say 'We need to do a lot less, a lot sooner, not only in Egypt, but around the world," he said when talking about Egypt. Paul then criticized what he sees as so-called "moral responsibility to spread our goodness around the world."
Paul noted the money paid to Egypt during Mubarak's reign went straight to Mubarak's pocket. "It used to be that conservatives were against foreign aid, I am still against foreign aid for everybody," he said.
Paul spoke after another prospective 2012 candidate, Tim Pawlenty.
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