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March 5, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Middle Schoolers for Ron Paul in Northern Idaho

Brandon Mill, a 12-year-old from Coeur D'Alene, decorated his Ron Paul sign with LEDs in anticipation of the Sandpoint, ID rally on March 5

Brandon Mill, a 12-year-old from Coeur D'Alene, decorated his Ron Paul sign with lights in anticipation of the Sandpoint, ID rally on March 5. (Photo by Ilona Idlis/UW Election Eye)

SANDPOINT — It’s no secret that the Ron Paul campaign is fueled by youth energy and participation, but most expect to see college students and twenty-something voters at events. The crowd inside the Bonner County Fair building at today’s rally proved that love for Paul runs much, much younger.

In the midst of hundreds of older Idahoans in camouflage baseball caps and Carhartt jackets, high school students from multiple local schools chatted excitedly as an orange school bus dropped off teenage supporters.

Sandpoint High School student Paul Hill said there were over 50 students here from his high school. Some came with their American Government class, but Hill was here as a four-year Paul supporter.

“He doesn’t shy away from addressing the issues directly,” he said. “I think he’ll be a great president.”

Twelve-year-old Brandon Mill thought so, too. The middle school student drove up to the rally from Coeur D’Alene with members of his family. In preparation for the event, the young Mill strung a Paul picket sign with lights that shone brightly in the huge venue.

With a Marine father, Mill valued Paul’s foreign policy stance the most.

“He’s going to bring all of our troops home, where they should be, where they’ll be safe and protecting our country instead of fighting foreign wars that don’t need to be fought,” he said.

Make sure to check out Mill’s further thoughts about Ron Paul in the video below:

Comments | Topics: Caucuses, Education, Election 2012

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