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Media throng forces Paul to leave diner


MANCHESTER, NH -- For the second time since Saturday, Ron Paul this morning planned to have breakfast at a local restaurant -- but the establishment was packed with camera crews, photogs and reporters.

Paul made his way around the Moe Joe's restaurant, where they had a table reserved, but his campaign decided to leave.

"I'm overwhelmed," Paul said outside his vehicle. It's "a little but chaotic" he continued.

"I'm a little more calm."

Asked about the possibility of skipping the Florida primary, Paul explained: If "this keeps up I may need to reconsider."

On influencing the Republican Party, Paul said the "best way to influence is win... The young people are looking for something" different.

Paul called front-runner Mitt Romney "part if the status quo" and said Romney's "been all all over the place politically."

Some patrons were disappointed Paul had to leave. One woman even squeezed her way through the media to ask his security detail if Paul would come back in to meet her elderly mother. Paul's campaign manager, Jesse Benton, explained to her that because of the media presence, that couldn't happen.

She later told the media, "they all blame the press. But that's part if it. Make your way through it ... All the other candidates do."

Later in the day, Benton issued this statement: “Dr. Paul has been committed to meeting one on one with New Hampshire voters, and has aggressively campaigned at town halls, house parties, and meet and greets since early last spring. This morning, he attempted to hold an event at Moe Joe’s Diner in Manchester, to speak with patrons and supporters in the last push before the New Hampshire primary. Unfortunately, Dr. Paul and his family were forced to leave early after over 120 members of the press created a mob-like atmosphere that was deemed to be unsafe for the candidate, Moe Joe’s customers, and reporters themselves."
More Benton: “While we are very welcoming of media coverage and grateful for the interest in Dr. Paul and his campaign, basic safety simply must come first. On behalf of Dr. Paul and his campaign team, I would like to apologize to customers at Moe Joe’s who may have been distressed by this incident, and extend our gratitude and apologies to the owners, who were kind enough to have us."