Tampa Bay Times
He made the big speech of his presidential campaign a day before the Republican National Convention convenes, 10 miles from where it will be held. But that didn’t matter to Ron Paul or his nearly 10,000 devotees, who gathered for what many of them say could be the end of the 77-year-old Texas Republican’s presidential aspirations, but the beginning of what they call their revolution. “We’ll get into the tent, believe me,” Paul said, “because we will become the tent.”
Held at the University of South Florida’s Sun Dome, the rally featured a mix of slick Paul campaign videos, musical performances, rousing political speeches from surrogates and somewhat off-the-cuff talks from libertarian economists, one of whom got booed while comparing abortions to eviction notices.
At the start of Paul’s 67-minute speech, he spoke about this week’s RNC. Paul, who never mentioned Mitt Romney by name, said he got a call Sunday from convention organizers, who told him he could make a speech this week.
“They’re going to give me a whole hour and I can say whatever I want — tomorrow night!” he said before adding that he was joking.
“People at the convention are worried about just how much trouble we will cause,” he said.