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Ron Paul - Mr. End the Fed - jumps to Bernanke's defense, dings Perry

CONCORD, N.H. -- Congressman Ron Paul wasted no time here joking that "some Southern governor," (referring to his governor, Rick Perry, but not naming him), makes him look moderate.

"I have never once said Bernanke committed treason," the Texas congressman said, chuckling. That was greeted with thunderous applause from the 600 supporters awaiting him at a campaign office opening.

On his lack of media coverage of him on Sunday following the Ames Straw Poll, Paul said he is not worried.

"In this day and age, they are not as relevant as they think they are," he said, referencing the Sunday morning talk shows. "We have enthusiasm, rightness of our cause, and another little gadget called the Internet."

As for the next steps in his campaign, Paul was confident.

"It looks like this energy has spread to New Hampshire!" he exclaimed.

After the speech, Paul patiently signed copies of his book -- and the Constitution -- and talked to voters who are lined up, roughly 200 by this reporter's count.