In front of an estimated midday crowd of 2,300, Texas Congressman Ron Paul brought his presidential campaign to Boise's CenturyLink Arena Saturday.
In an address that ran nearly an hour, Paul's rhetoric was a combination of what was wrong with America (the Federal Reserve, the Department of Education and most recent military engagements) and what he would do to "restore liberty" (reintroduction of the gold standard, cutting the federal budget by a $1 trillion, and a foreign policy based on the golden rule).
"Can you imagine a world where we wouldn't do to another country what we wouldn't want to be done to us?" asked Paul. "If so, maybe 8,500 Americans would still be alive today."
But the centerpiece of Paul's speech was the U.S. Constitution.
"We have changed our government to an institution not compatible to the Constitution," said Paul. "The role of our government is to defend liberty, not to run the economy and certainly not to police the world."
During a post-speech press availability, BW's Josh Gross pressed Paul about the congressman's plan to gut the Department of Education. Watch the interview below.