July 22nd, 2008
11:15 AM ET
10 years ago

Paul moves convention rally to bigger arena

Ron Paul will hold his own Rally August 31 through September 1.

Ron Paul will hold his own Rally August 31 through September 1.

(CNN)— Former Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul is moving forward with plans for his own rally during the Republican National Convention —and is moving his location to a larger arena to accommodate the unprecedented response.

The three day event called ‘Rally for the Republic’ will officially launch Paul’s new political action group: the ‘Campaign for Liberty.’ When planning for the event began earlier this year, it was originally scheduled to take place at the University of Minnesota, but due to a “strong initial response,” it was moved to The Target in Minneapolis, which can house up to 18,000 people.

"The Rally for the Republic will send a powerful, positive message to the Republican Party that there is an army of grassroots activists across the country ready to work with them if steer back to their traditions of limited government and personal liberty," said Campaign for Liberty spokesman Jesse Benton.

Paul, who has often voiced his differing policy views from presumptive Republican nominee John McCain, has made it clear in past interviews with CNN his supporters won’t be in Minneapolis to interfere or cause problems for the Republican Party.

“We’re not going to disrupt them,” Paul told CNN last month. “We’re not going to demonstrate as much as present a positive case for values that we believe should be the Republican values.”

From August 31 through September 1, the former presidential dark horse will hold a series of grassroots leadership and training events culminating with a “celebration of traditional Republican values,” where Grover Norquist, Tucker Carlson, Gov. Gary Johnson, Barry Goldwater Jr. and Bruce Fein are expected to speak.

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soundoff (93 Responses)
  1. Nancy

    deja vu!

    July 22, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  2. bill for barack

    Ron Paul deserves the support – and the vote – of every seriously conservative voter in America.
    Ron Paul offers an honest alternative.

    July 22, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  3. Patriot1776

    Ron Paul is thee only one up there right now who is trying to save this once Great Republic called the USA. Those other CFR bought puppets will destroy this country and actually help the Global Corporate Takeover that is happening before our very own eyes. BEWARE OF THE GLOBALIST'S. Investigate Everything and always expose the globalist creeps who want nothing more that a One World Government. GO RON PAUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The answer to 1984 is 1776!!

    July 22, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  4. ANGIE

    you go ron paul you take those votes from mccain i am an obama supporter, but given the choice over you or mccain i will take you anyday sir !!!!!!!

    July 22, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  5. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX


    With the exception of two of your points, re: conservatism and being for Paul, you've descibed a liberal Democrat!

    July 22, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Brendan H., I've been reading Paul's platform and watching youtube videos every day for an entire year. I have never heard or read him advocate a consumption tax.

    He says repeatedly that he is in favor of replacing the income tax with NOTHING. No replacement, just gone. It's in his book and was prominent in his campaign ads. Your statement is simply false.

    Also, you should all know that the man can smile, and does regularly. CNN likes to choose the exact frame from times like when Paul is asking Bernanke how he can sleep at night knowing he's ripping off everyone in America.

    I've not seen anything to convince me Obama has such stones.

    July 22, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  7. VB

    Go for it Ron..Us Democrats support what you are doing. Fight all the way to November!!!

    July 22, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  8. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    Senator McCain as the std bearer actually reminds me of some of my Republican friends, especially the hard core ones.
    They cheat on their husbands and wives and at the same time blame former President Clinton for their kids giving/getting hummers at the movies.

    I don't know the relationship McCain has with his former children, some of whom were adopted after he married his good friends wife (wonder how long JMac and she were together before the friend dropped out of the picture for good, and I do believe the buddy was a military person also) but
    Senator Obama seems to have a pretty solid relationship with his wife and kids and it doesn't appear that he's in the throes of a mid-life crisis like McCain had when he left his wife for a 20-something former cheerleader.
    Hey, I have nothing against him for getting a younger, attractive, rich woman. It's just that he divorced his wife, after having an affair with the current Mrs. McCain, for no good reason other than he wanted something younger.
    Like I said, it mirrors a number of my strong Republican friends.

    July 22, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  9. Rocky Michigan

    This guy actually has some really good ideas. To bad he is so far off base on some others. His idea that the federal government should be smaller and more power given to individual states is exactly what the founders had in mind. I for one am sick of the population centers having so much say in what the rest of us in the real world do. But his ideas on scrapping Social Security after most of us have paid into it our entire life makes him sound like a maniac.

    July 22, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  10. Debby, NJ

    Again, McShame is TOAST

    July 22, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  11. Brandon Hillary PUMA 4Mc

    Ron Paul...what a nut if you want to vote third party vote for Cynthia Mc Kinney.

    July 22, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  12. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    By the way,
    Ron Paul seems a little quirky, and probably, with that hair, looks a little quirky. But he has some sound ideas and was totally against the war on sound principles.
    I'm still voting for Senator Obama, but I thought I'd make a comment about Ron Paul, since the article is about him after all.

    July 22, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  13. Bean

    Ron Paul is an amazing politician. One of the few who are actually willing to put aside partisan differences and point out what's wrong with our system!

    Ron Paul 2008 !

    July 22, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  14. Alistair

    Ron Paul was the only true conservative that the Republican had. Instead they gave it to a gaffe and out of sink warmogger John McCain.

    July 22, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  15. Mark Smith

    By the tone and content of some of these comments, a good many of you seem to think that Ron Paul will be on the ballot this fall as a presidential candidate. Wrong. As to his "handing the election to Obama" - the GOP is doing that by nominating McCain. The amount of vitriol and name-calling against Paul is somewhat breath-taking ("hospitable to racists," "looks like a psychopath," "he's really short"). Did you see him standing next to the other GOP candidates during the debates? He was one of the taller candidates - probably close to or a bit over 6 feet.

    Ron Paul is one of the most well-rounded individuals ever to seek the presidency - a successful physician, best-selling author, a Constitutional authority, a leading economist of the "Austrian school" of economics, a distinguished Air Force veteran, a dedicated family man who's never had a whiff of personal scandal in his life, a former Pennsylvania high school state champion in the 220-yard dash. Let's see how any of you name-calling nobodies can stack up against this greatest of living American patriots.

    July 22, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  16. jon

    You people are such idiots. Ron Paul is not taking any votes away from John McCain. If Ron Paul wasn't around, those people who are supporting him would not be in the McCain camp.

    July 22, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  17. Mrs.L

    Great he will have just as much attention as the GOP.

    Help Mc cain go down faster.

    This also will stop Pawlenty from selling out Minnesota to the GOP for his bid as VP.

    Guarantee you we wont allow Minnesota to be the next Ohio or Florida!!!!

    We are on to you Pawlenty!!!!

    July 22, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  18. Lourdes

    The GOP has become the party of big business and big government in support of big business. Obama-Paul would be a great ticket.

    July 22, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
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