RENO, NV - In an hour and a half long speech to University of Nevada, Reno students, and the general public, Republican Congressman Ron Paul addressed a number of political issues.
It was his first speech since announcing that he was forming a Presidential Exploratory Committee, and that he might run for President.
His speech covered the recent potential government shutdown, the budget crisis, and the national debt. He also said he wants America to get out of the United Nations, and hopes to repeal the PATRIOT ACT.
Another hot topic: gold prices. Paul says he wants American currency to be tied to the value of gold.
He told supporters that America is in the middle of a "really big" crisis right now.
Supporters say they agree with Paul's ideas, but they say it might be a long-shot for him to consider a presidential run.
"It'd be tough, because, I think he's 72 years old, and I think people worry about older people becoming president." said Steve Donahue, a Ron Paul supporter. "But, I think his principles are correct."
Paul says part of the reason he enjoys speaking at college campuses is that he gets to reach out to young people. Thursday night's event was hosted by the UNR chapter of Young Americans for Liberty, a student group on campus that supports Paul's political ideas.
"I really liked it. I was a Ron Paul supporter back in 2008, and I just really enjoyed his message. I don't agree with him one hundred percent, but I think he's certainly a radical force for good in the world," said UNR freshman Christian Bertolaccini.
Paul did not talk about his potential presidential run during the speech.
He is speaking at a breakfast for local Republicans at Reno's party headquarters Friday morning.