Morning joggers hitting the trail in Austin can get a dose of politics, if they wish.
Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul's local grassroots support sets up shop each Saturday on the pedestrian bridge beneath the Mopac Expressway. The outreach effort gives the group a chance to spread the word of Ron Paul in a place rarely visited by political groups.
“We have a lot of people who stop by, they pick up the brochures. A lot of people when we’re jogging around, they give us thumbs up or say ‘Ron Paul 2012.’ The occasional person isn’t so nice about it,” Ron Paul supporter Matt Wood said.
Brenda Wendel and Kelley Lightfoot are among those who stopped to listen Saturday.
“I wanted to know more about Ron Paul,” Wendell said. “I’ve been watching the debates actively. He obviously has a strong following and I wanted to hear what it was all about.”
After about 30 minutes of setting up the information table and talking politics with those passing by, a handful of the activists took to jogging themselves, Ron Paul signs in hand.
“It’s just another place to be able to spread his message of liberty,” Wood said.
When the Austin Ron Paul 2012 activists are not on the trail, they are organizing debate watch parties and marching at the State Capitol. A group will also be heading to Iowa soon to try to drive momentum for Paul before the state’s Jan. 3rd caucus.