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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.
While some people say that Texas Congressman Ron Paul is ignoring the plight in Louisiana, other people say that John McCain's just trying to "look presidential", since he was celebrating his birthday with Pres. Bush when Katrina hit, and he wants to "act the part" to put the superhero image into peoples' minds.
While Obama was visiting war-torn middle-eastern countries, was his purpose to make McCain look bad for not having thought of it first?
Even Mary Magdalene was criticized for anointing Jesus, when the oil could have been sold to benefit the poor, but she was where she was needed, doing what she needed to do.
Rep. Ron Paul is doing his civic duty. He's putting his all into saving the country, and he will keep on doing it while his support is there. WE CALLED HIM to this task, and he's doing it. The voters called him to defend the constitution in Congress, and he's doing that.
What kind of pathetic attempts at this do Barack Obama and John McCain pretend? They've been nothing but self-centered, self-serving, sycophantic, immoral frauds. Can you compare their voting records to Rep. Paul's? Can you even compare them with his 50-year marriage?
Good Job for covering this event, CNN – this is a great member of Congress, the only man who stands up for true free-markets( not government managed, priviledged trade for major corporations). This is the only man who will be back true Republican Party values.
Show must go on, great!!! I hope they air it on T.V. That means they won't air the republicans convection. Whoopi!!!
Ron Paul no doubt has some very important things to say – things that just can't wait any longer... there is no point in delaying this rally. The Campaign for Liberty needs to be launched as soon as possible and the good citizens who support it will also support hurricane victims as soon as possible.