(CBS) Unlike other candidates consigned to the periphery, Paul has refused to go away. He is now in a tie for third in Iowa with supposed top-tier hopefuls.
And in live-free-or-die New Hampshire, he believes his anti-Iraq war, anti-tax, pro-freedom message with its libertarian tinge may resonate.
"People are flocking to the campaign," says Paul. "Maybe they've been starved for a campaign like this."
Paul's trip to Plymouth was promising: one woman told Reynolds that he was following the next president.
"Absolutely! No doubt," she says.
Paul's supporters are fervent - almost feverish - both on the ground and online.
He has used the Internet to drum up the bulk of an eye-popping 18 million dollars in this quarter alone from what he says are frustrated members of both parties and first-time voters. If money talks, Ron Paul is shouting.
"I am surprised," Paul says. "But I'm disappointed that I am surprised. Why shouldn't this be a popular message? Why was I pessimistic?"
He adds: "Why do we assume that everybody wants the status quo? And evidently they don't."
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