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.
I'll be glad when its over, traffic is crazy already.
I seen this huge bus with Bush's picture plastered on the side of it~like I said I'm counting the days...
Go Paul Go!
I can't believe people actually think Paul can change the course of a hurricane. I hate to be the one to say this but what he does at the Rally for the Republic will have greater bearing on the future of America than if he were to stay in his district. So stop saying he needs to be some place where all he can do is wait around rather than be some place where he can start setting America back on her track to true freedom and liberty and avoid the fall she's approaching thanks to these socialist politicians who are driving this country into the ground and providing us with new wars and new enemies.
Go Ron Go!
Go Ron Paul... at least he has an agenda.
The republicans DO NOT HAVE AN AGENDA other than Drill and Surge. As of today, the drilling argument is now gone.
The republicans just can't pretend they care right now after all Mccain knows a little bit of something about helping the people affected by Katrina....
HE voted against Emergency Funding Bill, including $28 Billion for hurricane relief?
HE voted against five months of medicaid for hurricane Katrina victims for up to five months?
HE voted twice against establishing a commission to study the response to Katrina?
HE opposed granting financial relief to those affected by hurricane Katrina?
This decision reflects the libertarian ideology pretty well, actually. We certainly empathize with the residents of the Gulf Coast, but they need to pull themselves up by their own bootstraps and stop expecting others to swoop in and save them. After all, they made the individual choice to live there, just like we're making the individual choice to drink champagne and wallow in our own philosophy.
Ron Paul '08!
I see no problem with this.
Everyone, please stop calling Mr. Paul a Repukeican. He is not. He does not fit in with them anymore, nor the Deamoncrats.. He is an INDEPENDANT!
P.S. "Patriot" you are mistaken."Democrats lifts people up with positive encouragement" Hah! Try Democrats lift people up with welfare $$ and Big Government.
Thank you CNN for covering this event. The GOP can RUN but they CAN'T HIDE. The rEVOLution will be televised.
He is the ONLY sensible choice for president. Too bad neither republicans nor democrats want actual change. They just like to parrot that word in speeches but have zero substance.
Vote Ron Paul! Change you can TRUST in!
wow! i forgot all about ron paul.
Here's the repubs chance to oust McBush. Better call your delegates before the vote!!
I think mcain should have pick ron paul for VP instead of Sara Palin!!!!!Houston Texas
This is what the world needs.
I, BEING A DEMOCRAT. . .WOULD CONSIDER PAUL A "REAL MAVERICK"
OBAMA & BIDEN
Why is everyone talking about a tragic event when one has happened yet, if one is going to happen at all? Good For You Ron!
For all you Republicans who were attending the GOP convention, The GOP will setting policy rules while your at home on Monday.
Dr. Paul doesn't have as much campaign money as RNC has so he cannot move the dates as easily as he would like.
I hope Mrs. Paul has recovered well. My best wishes!
Go Paul Go!!! I hope Paul draws millions of supporters. They will all be voters who do not vote for the tired old man who is a Bush clone. This country cannot survive another 4 years of Republican rule.
Obama for President!!!
I don't understand it. Hillary was being constantly picked on to drop out. Ron Paul who is clearly far behind McCain gets no such verbal abuse, why is that?
I find it pretty hilarious, some of the posts that a few "conservatives" have put up on here. Paul has garnered far more respect and admiration than Cain can ever hope for. His knowlege for foreign policy and monetary policy completely embarrases anything McCrazy can hope to acchieve. Your last hope, as a republican, is "going down the drain" with dr. Paul. You are now going to lose your idiotic empire to a socialist and all because of your shortsightedness and a lack of respect for the constitution. I think its time for an awakening for you people.
I, for one, am more than happy with Ron Paul, this upcoming rally and everything he is doing to wake the dumbed down citizens up in this nation. I find it very entertaining to know that dr paul will likely draw more people for a freedom rally than the republicans can gather for the RNC! We need more energized and awakened to the raping of our constitution. If not we will ALL one day come to live in a country that has NO Bill of Rights and NO constitution. Welcome to 1984, now its time to take the red pill!
Go Ron Go!
I AM A 70 YEAR OLD DEMOCRAT THAT HAS SEEN WHAT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY HAS DONE TO THIS COUNTRY. RON PAUL IS THE ONLY REPUBLICAN THAT HAS ANY SENSE.HE WOULD MAKE A DARN GOOD DEMOCRAT. IF THE REPUBLICANS HAD ANY SENSE THEY WOULD HAVE NOMINATED HIM. BUT NO. THEY WANT PEOPLE LIKE BUSH, CHENEY AND MCCAIN.
Ron Paul is just plain silly. I don't know why he bothers to campaign any further in a race he has clearly lost.
Would that be former governor Jesse Ventura?
I live in indiana where we were pelted with floods the beginning of the summer, I didn't see anyone canceling events due to that, face it tragedy always happens. Besides its in St. Paul no where near the hurricane. People who live near the coast know better yet they continue to live there so really why should the rest of us land locked citizens be concerned. GO RON PAUL! Google building seven, know the truth.........
Abolish the Federal Reserve!
Paul has some good ideas and experience, but it's throwing away your vote. Unfortunately, it is the lesser of evils again.
Vote McCain / Palin
GOOD 4 RON PAUL!!!
This campaign is simply amazing beating all odds and taking on the establishment GOP in their faces. Thing is, the revolution is just starting! Hahahah!!!!