We've already seen how Ron Paul's fans are using Digg to fire up his campaign. Now comes evidence that they're also savvy YouTubers (as are, thankfully, his campaign staffers). Both clips come from last week's debate among the Republican presidential candidates.
The first, uploaded by "dcarrico," who previously had posted only one, apolitical video, has been viewed nearly 60,000 times. Moderator Chris Matthews asked Paul whether he supported a constitutional amendment allowing foreign-born citizens to become president. Paul said "no, because I am a strong supporter of the original intent," to which Matthews muttered, "Oh God" (fast-forward to 1:10):
The second clip, viewed nearly 3,000 times and uploaded by the politically active "infowars," scrutinizes another cheap shot. At the end of an answer concerning the war on terror, Paul declared, "I would work very hard to protect the privacy of American citizens, being very, very cautious about warrantless searches. And I would guarantee that I would never abuse habeas corpus."
What you probably missed is that Rudy, who disagrees sharply with Paul about the role of civil liberties in wartime, snickered at this last line:
In an earlier era (i.e., a year ago), I would have heard about these details through the grapevine, and probably chalked them up as rumors spread by partisans. In the Age of YouTube, I can effortlessly and for free view and confirm such rumors for myself.
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