Former 12-term U.S. Congressman and three-time presidential candidate Ron Paul will deliver the first speech of his 2013 College Tour on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m. in Lee Chapel at Washington and Lee University.
The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and doors open at 6 p.m. The talk is sponsored by Contact Committee, the Washington and Lee politics department and the Washington and Lee College Republicans.
Paul, who retired this year after serving as the U.S. Representative for Texas’s 14th congressional district from 1997 to 2013, enjoys a national reputation as a premier advocate for liberty in politics today. Paul is the leading spokesman for limited constitutional government, low taxes, free markets and a return to sound monetary policies based on commodity-backed currency.
He is known among both his former colleagues in Congress and his constituents for his consistent voting record in the House of Representatives. Paul never voted for legislation unless the proposed measure was expressly authorized by the Constitution. In the words of former Treasury Secretary William Simon, Paul was the “one exception to the Gang of 535” on Capitol Hill.
At the podium, Paul delivers a candid look at America’s dysfunctional political system. Using anecdotes from his years in Congress, he highlights the need for a limited government and more personal liberties. He captures audiences’ attention by relating the occurrence of current national issues such as debt, privacy and freedom to the government’s neglect to follow the constitution. Despite the less than ideal condition of the country, Paul is an optimist. His unwavering passion leaves audiences motivated to speak out, wake up and let politicians know what they want.
The Contact Committee will have a table in Elrod Commons on Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 14 and 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with information about the event, free Contact Committee gear and for a chance to win free VIP seating.
Due to overwhelming interest from the Washington and Lee University community and the general public, the CONTACT Committee event “An Evening with Ron Paul” will be a ticketed event. Lee Chapel, the venue for the speech, only has 500 seats and tickets are available but limited relative to demand.
Tickets will be free and can be obtained two ways. The bulk of the tickets will be available free of charge from 9am to 3pm Monday and Tuesday January 14th and 15th in the Elrod Commons Living Room on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Approximately 150 tickets will be reserved for distribution to the first people in line in front of Lee Chapel immediately prior to the opening of the Chapel. These tickets will also be free of charge.
One ticket per person. As a reminder, Lee Chapel (semi-formal) attire is required for all in attendance.