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Ron Paul Rally During RNC

Former presidential cantidate Ron Paul held a rally at the Target Center on the same day as the Republican National Convention. Though Ron Paul considers himself a republican, his views are much different than that of the Republican parties' chosen cantidate, John McCain. The rally provides an alternative way of upholding a specific set of values and expectations that one has for a presidential cantidate without violently protesting an entire political party as seen at the RNC on Monday Sept 1.

Paul, Ventura rally thousands in Minneapolis
Mike Longaecker, Rivertowns Group
Published Wednesday, September 03, 2008


MINNEAPOLIS – Thousands of people filled the Target Center Tuesday, hoping to prove there was another Republican show in the Twin Cities.
As the Republican National Convention got into full swing in St. Paul, supporters of vanquished GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul rallied here, determined to keep his message alive.

Paul, a Republican Texas congressman, urged attendees at the “Rally for the Republic? to remain focused on his core message, centered on personal liberty, economic freedom and a humble foreign policy.

“The ideas of liberty are alive and well,? Paul told the crowd, “and we’re celebrating it.?

Paul said that while his campaign is over, the movement behind it is not.

Supporters say they intend to carry the torch of Paul’s politics –- a Libertarian-tinged platform calling for a return to what supporters consider traditional GOP values – to local levels. On Tuesday he urged loyalists to do just that.
“Once you become knowledgeable, you have an obligation to do something about it,? Paul said.

The rally’s slate included major political figures, including pundit Tucker Carlson, anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist and former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura.

The Target Center crowd roared for Ventura, who has made a political career of lambasting both Democrats and Republicans – a prominent theme among rallygoers. During his speech, Ventura called on Paul supporters to join him in rejecting a two-party system.

“I wrote the book, ‘Don’t Start the Revolution Without Me.’ Well, I’m here,? said Ventura, elected in 1998 on the Reform Party ticket. “Let’s get the revolution going.?

Wearing a suit jacket over a yellow Navy Seals T-shirt – complemented by jeans and sneakers – the former governor fit the casual theme present Tuesday among many at the rally.

Ventura also teased another run at politics – perhaps the presidency – telling the crowd he would be watchful to see how the political world turns.

“I need to see it by action,? he said. “And I will be watching.?

Early evening outside Target Center, action on the streets was tame – a relief for police on alert after violent clashes with protesters on Monday.

“It’s good for us,? a patrol officer said.

As in St. Paul, rally attendees came from across the nation for the Paul event.

“I feel a deep return to liberty because of him and it gives me a lot of hope,? said Fargo resident and North Dakota State University student Jennifer Riley. “This is a Republican that actually says something.?

Before the event began, hundreds of Paul loyalists lined First Avenue outside Target Center, crying out the congressman’s name to passing cars.

Philip Koury, an alternate RNC delegate from Easton, Pa., was among them. He criticized the party establishment for not embracing the Constitution in carrying out policy.

“They’re not freedom-loving,? Koury said.

Organizers staged the rally virtually on top of this week’s Republican National Convention in hopes of drawing some attention from the massive Xcel Energy Center event.

Political pundit and rally Carlson said the message being sent across the Mississippi River was one of principles, not votes.

“There are people who are drawn to politicians for reasons other than electoral success,? he said.

Many at the rally said they intend to forge on by injecting Paul’s core principles into state and local politics.

Mike McGinn, a Paul supporter from Kingsport, Tenn., said he’s been sharing the message with others. That work is far from done, though.

“I’ve got a lot of waking up to do,? McGinn said.

The rally even drew some from outside the United States. While waiting to enter the rally, Canadian resident Bruno Abreu said he made the trip out of devotion to Paul.

He hopes to see the message carried to his home country.

“If Ron Paul’s ideas start in the United States, it will have an effect in Canada,? Abreu said. “We surely need it.?