Ron Paul Visits Western New York

August 5, 2011 Updated Aug 5, 2011 at 11:36 PM EDT

By Lou Chilelli

August 5, 2011 Updated Aug 5, 2011 at 11:36 PM EDT

VILLAGE OF EAST AURORA, N.Y. (WKBW) -- The road to the White House came through western New York Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul made an appearence in East Aurora. Several hundred people filled the grove at the American Legion Post. In town for a family reunion, Congressman Ron Paul took time out to address the hastily arranged Tea Party Coalition event. Paul just left Washington a few days ago following the vote to raise the debt limit.

"I didn't believe the world would come to an end on August second. I believed we could have priorities and work out our way out of it. Not that I thought it ever would come about. You are not voting to punish people, but you are trying to save this country from a devastating inflation is what I'm trying to do," Paul remarked after his speech.

Paul ran for president the last time around. Tea Party supporters here think he has a good chance to win the Republican nomination for the 2012 election. "Obviously, it means that has tremendous support in western New York. He's going to be competitive against Romney in the primary in April," said Jim Ostrowski, a board member of the Tea Party Coalition.

Kaycee Daniels came from Clarence to hear what Paul had to say. "I was impressed. There were somethings that surprised me. I knew he was a fairly right candidate. I didn't realize he was for instance against the war on drugs...things like that. I feel like I learned something today. He was a far more interesting candidate than I had realized," she said.

Paul is participating in next weeks Iowa Straw Pole. In 2007, he finished in fifth place. Ron Paul supporters from this area will be focusing their efforts on next year's New York State presidential primary.