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Rah-rah for Ron Paul: rallies and a video tribute celebrate the defeated presidential candidate

Will a Ron Paul tribute be enough to pull his supporters into the Romney camp?
Will a Ron Paul tribute be enough to pull his supporters into the Romney camp?
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Ron Paul isn’t staging a floor fight for delegates at the Republican National Convention, although some of his supporters wish he would.

The Texas Congressman will be celebrated in two major events before the convention’s official start. Fans flocked to PAUL Festival, a grassroots event in Tampa sponsored by the Libertarian Party. Though perhaps more sparsely attended than the party would have wished, the festival still boasted a few thousand supporters. And the man himself appeared at a rally on Sunday hosted by his own presidential campaign committee.

At this rally, held at University of South Florida’s Sun Dome, Paul urged around 10,000 supporters to stay strong in the Republican Party. He won’t be speaking at the convention because of his refusal to publicly endorse Romney, but the GOP has made provisions for getting Paul fans on the Romney bandwagon. The party will toast Ron Paul in a tribute video on the convention floor.

Will that be enough to turn Paul die-hards over to Romney in November? And do staunch proponents of small government feel represented by today’s GOP?


Roger Pruyne, Ron Paul supporter who traveled from L.A. for Paul Fest in Tampa