St. Paul, MINNESOTA (CNN) - The convention for former Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul will go on as planned, the campaign said Sunday, despite the RNC’s decision to truncate their program.
With Hurricane Gustav approaching the Gulf Coast, Republicans announced that they would hold an abbreviated session Monday and determine the rest of the week’s schedule on a day-by-day basis.
Paul’s campaign said it decided to stick with their schedule because it didn’t want to have to turn down the 10,000 people expected to attend the three-day event.
The “Rally for the Republic” kicked off Sunday with a training class for those interested in learning the skills needed to be an activist, according to the convention’s Web site.
Monday’s schedule includes musical performances from Rockie Lynne‚ Aimee Allen‚ Mark Scibilia and Rick Ellis, and late-night speech by Paul.
The main event takes place Tuesday at the Target Center in Minneapolis. 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.
Speakers Tuesday include NBC’s Tucker Carlson, former Minnesota Gov. Jesse and another appearance by Paul.
The rally will officially launch Paul’s new political action group: the “Campaign for Liberty.”
"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.
Jeez. So remind me again why I should care about this convention of whiners? Your candidate was never viable and lost- get over it and let the real news take over, like the HURRICANE that is inevitably going to be hitting the Gulf coast in the near future.
I wish that Ron Paul was President. He's a real American.
If I was Obama I would ask him to head up the Federal reserve. Paul has the ability to boil the financial problem down to a focused plan like nobody else I have heard. Problem is you can't buy happiness.
Palin spokeswoman Maria Comella called Obama's comments a disgrace and "an absurd accusation."
GET A LIFE MARIA COMELLA. You, whatever her name is and the entire Republican Party know that this entire VP is a joke. If any of you think for one second that America would take a chance of "Whatever her name is" to run this country if something happened to McShame, you have lost your minds! BTW, thanks for the early Christmas gift.
If I had to choose between Ron Paul and McShame, it would be Ron Paul without a doubt.
Ron Paul you should've been the VP candidate...THAT would have shown good judgment on McCain's part...that he really is a maverick, not afraid to surround himself with people who don't agree with him all the time, someone on the fringes of his party's establishment, someone with real ideas for this country.
Instead, I will vote OBAMA. I do wish you'd come out and say that he's the better of the two choices we have.
I am glad Ron Paul is going forward with the rally. I hope it gets major press. Go Ron Paul Go!!!
McCain is a RINO (Republican In Name Only) I wish Republicans would actually look at McCain's voting record.
Natural disasters happen, life goes on. At least citizens in N.O. have warning and a chance to get out. Families lose their homes every day to fire and they have no warning. Please put things into perspective.
It truly saddens you? Do you expect him to waste 1million and 10,000 people's plans for something happening thousands of miles away so he can symbolically "roll up his sleeves and help out".
He can raise money with those 10,000 people for the people in the Gulf rather then using tax payers dollars, that's pretty conservative dontchya think?
Anyways, can't wait to see the convention to start. Hopefully no one is hurt and the Hurricane isn't as bad as they say. (It was supposed to be 5 but now it's 3? That's a good sign, right?)
i totally agree john,, when people who are runnin for officew snub those goin through a tragity,, then the world has fallen apart... instead of help the victims,, they go on with this rep campiagn,,, wheres the caring,,,,?????? none as suspected by mccain,,, now that he has his"pretty woman"beside him,,,
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN Republicans & Democrats.
Republicans can pretend to be happy about Palin even though they don't know her. Republicans have succeded in actually brain watching people with fear. Macain with experience has been wrong with judgement especially in areas where he is supposed to be good-Foreign policy. Yet——-
And if Republicans are coming up with executive experience. What they are actually saying is that Palin has more experience than Macain who has only senate experience as Obama. Ignorance is a desease.
Republicans are good in putting fear in people.
Democrats lifts people up with positive encouragement.
And for those who thinks that there is no money to do what Obama is proposing, Republicants have always said no money for health care but we can afford to pay 10b monthly in Iran. Where is common sense. I wil rather take a chance on Obama than same 8 yrs of experience of abuse of power.
Independent for Obama.
Please, get over yourself. This convention is about much more than this election and you don't seem to comprehend why people like Ron Paul. Do some research before opening your mouth.
This hurricane is indeed news, even if the American news organizations gave little coverage to storms overseas that killed tens to hundreds of thousands.
Go Ron. Someone needs to expose those guys for what they really are although, Macain's choice of vp already shows that there is no good republican left in the senate .
Enemies of progress.
At least Ron Paul has one good idea and that is to get troops out of Iraq and quit interferring in the business of other countries which will help restore some economical stability and hopefully create some better world wide opinion of the U.S.
Many Americans likely don't realize the importance of good global relations but just one facet will be very important. That is the world wide countries now supporting the small contingent of U.S. forces in afghanistan. If John McCain gets elected you can almost bet most of these countries will begin a withdrawl of their troops as public opinion will demand this type of action.
Ron Paul is far more versed in economics and constitutional issues than McCain. His experience as an "outsider" would've been far more effective against the Obama campaign.
At the end of the day, the american financial system will collapse, and no one will be able to say that not one politician warned them.
This liberal (me) would've considered voting for a Ron Paul.
Congrats Mr. R.Paul.
Mc Cain makes himself idiot and hypocrite . We will always remember Katrina and McCain`s birthday cake with Bush.
So how come we don't hear endless commentary about how divided the R's are?!? Ron Paul has refused to suspend his campaign and endorse McCain. Thousands of his supporters wil go to his rally, rather than the RNC convention. Isn't this a bigger split in the party than the PUMAs were for the D's? So how come we heard endess (and still continuing) coverage about how the D's were divided and had to work on unifying the party. How come we don't hear all that about the R's who really do have this division? Don't they need to work to unify the party? Shouldn't we speculate that they won't succeed in Nov because of that?
Ron Paul should be getting way more coverage.
RON PAUL 2008!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is outstanding, but just out of curiosity why is Tucker Carlson speaking?
As an Obama supporter, I respect Ron Paul and even considered voting for him early on. I also respect his right to carry out his convention, as I do with the RNC convention.
With that being said and as a former Florida resident and staff member of an elected official's office charged with forming and implementing disaster plans related to hurricane season, I do wish John McCain and any other unaffected politicians would steer clear of the Gulf Coast until the after effects of the storm are known. It has already been announced that any remaining residents will not receive the benefit of core services (police, fire, rescue, etc.) and even though I doubt that, it would be truly shameful to see those services diverted for the benefit for the purpose of non-residents.
Thank you Congressman Paul for all you done. Unfortunatlely the rest of the Republican party seems to ignore you.
I wish you had won, but since you didn't any reform minded supporters should vote for Obama instead.
I HOPE SO...
We are all tired of the two choices from the two-party system.
The democrats have permanently lost many good female voters after the way Obama treated the female base of his party and the disrespect shown to Hillary Clinton.
Let's hope Ron Paul doesn't do to this election what Ralph Nader has done for the previous ones....
Even though I support Obama over McCain, I was and am intrigued by Ron Paul. Ron Paul was the REAL MAVERICK this year for the Republicans. The Republicans could have had the change message to if they had selected Ron Paul. Ron Paul should continue to speak about issues. Ron Paul was right to point out that Ronald Reagan would not have supported nation building. That is exactly what is going on in Iraq. The U.S. troops were not designed to help build a foreign nation. Our troops were sitting ducks and too many of our service men and women were killed and should not have been. GO! Ron Paul GO!
The RNC is the one being self-indulgent. They can say what they want, but it's painfully obvious they're only "truncating" the convention so that they don't have to share the news cycle with the hurricane. I'm sure they view it as an annoyance.
Some people would rather the Paul convention be postponed in some sort of typical, pointless symbolic gesture, as is the current trend.
Rob Paul –can you say COO COO? The guy has been know as a crazy, sometimes scary (can you say white power?), whack job by knowledgable people for years. The bizarre thing is that this year he cast a spell on some gullible folks. Absolutely crazy.