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Grassroots Campaign Garners Support For Ron Paul

If you build it, they will come. That's the game plan behind Freedom Hall's grassroots headquarters in Ocean Springs.

"I don't know being about the finest, but I will tell you this - it's making hay," Freedom Hall founder Stan Fountain said.

From the big signs to the patriotic paint, fans of presidential-candidate Ron Paul are giving up their time, jobs, and money to spread the word.

Anyone can drop by -- from truck drivers making a pit stop, to teenagers learning how to vote.

"One person has to tell 10 people; 10 people tell more 10 people, and pretty soon it will spread like a grassfire," one volunteer said as he spoke with two young voters.     

Critics say Paul's run at the White House has already burnt out. But former Marine Michael Campbell says there's still a long road ahead.

"He said he's going to stick this race out, and so he's going to stick it out. And that means he's going to take it to the convention," Campbell said.

Paul believes in strictly following the Constitution and a back to basics approach. Those simple strategies resemble Freedom Hall's no-frills campaigning.

"You become a part of something instead of just voting for somebody," St. Martin resident Richard Dorman said.

Dorman says the value of shaking a hand and spreading Paul's message will pay off in the future.

"We're the roots of the grassroots movement. But remember, without the roots, you'll never see a flower!" Dorman said with a big laugh. 

And as rush-hour traffic flies by, honking is all they hear for now. But these Ron Paul supporters promise to keep shouting their support until they hear a victory bell at Freedom Hall.

Their headquarters is located on Highway 90 in Ocean Springs between the Civic Center and Highway 57. The Mississippi primary is on March 11. The last day to register to vote in the primary is February 8.

By Keli Rabon

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