Manassas Journal Messenger | Ron Paul blimp coming to Manassas

A 197-foot blimp is scheduled to float above Manassas sometime on Wednesday, the first day of a unique marketing blitz for presidential candidate Ron Paul.

A group of supporters trying to get Paul on the presidential ballot in Virginia said they would be cheering for the blimp at the Manassas Airport.

Paul is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives, a limited government advocate and a former Libertarian candidate on the 1988 presidential ballot.

His supporters rented a blimp to tour the northeast U.S. and they’re looking forward to spreading the word about Paul.

“This is the first presidential candidate that is worth devoting some of my life to help,” said Chad Nelson, the organizer of the Centreville Ron Paul for president group on “The primary reason I like him so much is that he’s for liberty and that he’s for the constitution.”

Nelson of Manassas and about 30 supporters are expected to cheer the blimp on its way to Boston via Manassas, he said. The blimp’s next stops are in Washington, D.C., and New York City.

Nelson said he’s not affiliated with Paul’s campaign; he’s just an interested supporter willing to donate his time and money to get Paul on the 2008 presidential ballot.

He said about 30 of the 150 Paul supporter members have said they’d be in Manassas on Wednesday. More could come from Arlington and Alexandria, he said.

They’re looking forward to seeing the blimp off and getting their pictures taken with it, he said.

The blimp is scheduled to tour the northeast through the New Hampshire primary, then head to South Carolina and Florida.

It can be seen from three miles away, according to

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