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Ron Paul Opens New Hampshire Headquarters; Credits Jon Stewart

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(CONCORD, N.H.) -- Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, opened the doors of his New Hampshire campaign office Wednesday night at an event that attracted hundreds of his supporters.

Paul took the opportunity to poke fun at his home state Gov. Rick Perry for his over-the-top criticism of the Federal Reserve -- Paul's bread and butter issue.

"Now they have this other governor, I can't remember his name," Paul said.  "He realizes that talking about the Fed is good, too.  But I'll tell you what, he makes me sound like a moderate.  I have never once said Bernanke has committed treason.  But I have suggested very strongly that the Federal Reserve system and all the members have been counterfeiters for a long time.

Paul was referring to a comment Perry made this past weekend suggesting Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke could be committing treason if he printed more money before the 2012 elections.  Criticizing the Federal Reserve has been a long time issue for Paul, the author of End the Fed.

Paul also took shots at the media, who was widely criticized for ignoring his strong second-place showing in the Ames Straw Poll.

“We did have a rough and tumble on the media over the weekend, but I think this has made up for it,“ he said, referring to the more than 400 people that showed up at the event according to ABC News affiliate WMUR-TV in Manchester.

"The media coverage on Sunday morning was less than perfect for us," he said.

Paul added it was Jon Stewart who came to his defense.

"Then there's this guy on the Comedy Central or something, Jon Stewart, I think I've been on his program once or twice and I think he's thinking about getting me on again.  Isn’t it great that somebody like that comes to defend us,” Paul said.

Paul announced on ABC’s Good Morning America his candidacy for president in New Hampshire and then held his first campaign event in Exeter back in May.  But since then, the congressman has sparingly visited the state.  The last campaign trip to New Hampshire was back in mid July.

The state is an essential part of Paul's media strategy, as he has invested heavily in television and radio advertising.  Just this past week, the campaign rolled out its second TV ad titled “The One,” which is playing in both New Hampshire and Iowa.

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