Though some say he has little chance of winning the Republican nomination, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, will visit Penn State Friday in response to a "sizable" demand from students -- so much that he even had to switch to a larger venue.
Paul will be speaking at 5:30 Friday evening in the Intramural Building in Gym 1.
The event was originally scheduled to be in 100 Thomas, which seats about 700 people. The IM Building can hold about 1,500 people.
"We are expecting a very large attendance that we would not be able to accommodate" in 100 Thomas, said Alex Weller, president of the College Libertarians.
Jack Vickrey, vice president for the Penn State College Republicans, said he is pleased about the event.
"I think it's great when a candidate makes the effort to come to a college campus," he said.
Patrick Mulholland, a freshman in information science and technology, plans on attending the event.
He said Paul may not be the most practical candidate, but he has good ideas.
"Ron Paul is too unwilling to compromise in order to get any of his relatively sound ideas into legislation," he said.
Matthew Trifan, a freshman in biology, said he philosophically disagrees with Paul on economic issues, but still plans on attending.
"Small government and the free market can't fix the economy," he said. "You need some government intervention."
Trifan said he wants to hear Paul speak because it is important to hear different ideas.
Trifan heard conservative pundit Ann Coulter speak earlier this month when she visited Penn State, though he said he disagrees with her views.
He added that events and speakers like these can help uninformed voters.
"There's a lot of people in college who don't have a political opinion," he said.
Will Lewis, a sophomore in hotel, restaurant and institutional management, said he agrees with many of Paul's views, including his stance to withdraw from the Iraq War and placing at least some of the blame for Sept. 11 on the United States' actions.
While Lewis does not see any hope for Paul to win the Republican nomination since Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has won enough delegates to clinch the primaries, he said he believes Paul will have an ideological impact on American politics.
"I can see him as the modern Barry Goldwater," Lewis said.
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