Ron Paul convention tickets sell over 6,000 in hours

The “Rally for the Republic” convention will be an alternative venue to the Republican Convention and, of course, will feature none other than Ron Paul headlining the event. As a result, over 6,000 tickets were dispersed in about six hours once they went on sale.

Story from USAToday:

Supporters of failed presidential candidate Ron Paul snapped up more than 6,000 tickets to a two-day alternative to the National Republican Convention.

The tickets to the Rally for the Republic went on sale at 11 a.m. Friday through Ticketmaster. Six hours later, 6,217 were sold.

Organizers hoped to boost interest in their rally with record single-day sales, similar to Paul’s online collection of $4.3 million in one day for his failed presidential campaign. The sum was the largest Internet fundraising amount in a single day by a GOP candidate.

The Rally for the Republic, inspired by Paul’s message of limited government and strict following of the Constitution, is being held at Minneapolis’ Target Center Aug. 31-Sept. 2.

The center seats between 13,000 to 15,000 people. Jesse Benton, a spokesman for the rally, said the group wants to sell the maximum possible seats.

Democratic candidate Barack Obama has drawn larger crowds in his campaign, but Benton said packing the Target Center would be a true boost for the group.

The rally will feature such events as the Ron Paul Nation Celebration and a Campaign for Liberty Leadership Summit.

“We think being able to pack Target Center sends a message this movement has legs and that there is going to be strong presence in Minneapolis to celebrate traditional Republican and American principles,” Benton said.

Ticket sales continue through Sept. 1 or until they are sold out.

Bad news for McCain since this convention will probably be drawing press coverage as well. Furthermore, it will show how there is some major splintering among conservatives not so keen on McCain.

  • Josh

    It’ll be the largest collection of 19th century economic revivalists and tinfoil hats ever seen 😛

  • Texson

    Josh if we had more 19th century economic revivalists as you put it in Congress we might have a $ that was actually worth a $. I can not help but be amused when I see people making fun of those of us who oppose Fiat Money while they sit and watch the buying power of their $s dwindle before their very eyes.

  • OBAMA_SUCKS

    This is another example of how Ron Paul set it up so all his followers would buy at the same time to make it seem like a big deal, just how they all spam on youtube and somehow someway he won all the republican debates lol. Gosh I might change my name to Ron Paul and His Supporters Suck.LOL

  • Christopher Schwinger

    Ron Paul is actually the TRADITIONAL Republican, O_S. The Monroe Doctrine he espouses, in the tradition of George Washington, was the Republican way until President Eisenhower and William F. Buckley, Jr. said we had to work with the UN to stop “threats”. Both of them shifted our course left-ward as much as Wilson and FDR did.

  • nzpudding

    I like Ron Paul, he bumble along a bit, but he speaks his mind and doesn’t pander to anyone.

  • Christopher Schwinger

    What turned me off to Ron Paul at first was that he was talking about being anti-war without proving how the World Bank and IMF were benefiting from the war on terror. Now that I understand the financial interests involved, I agree with him.

  • Dreadsen

    Ron Paul is a lot better than a lot of the other Candidates. Bob Barr is a little more realistic then Bob Barr.

    O.S. don’t be so quick to trash Ron Paul. If you realize both parties of the government are selling all of our rights and liberties out while at the same time BOTH are ignoring REAL problems that affect you and me.
    Bush and his administration along with the majority of Republicans who let their party tell them how to think are stripping away important liberties and the Democrats are agreeing with this.
    If all of our rights and freedoms can be stripped away for the alleged war on terrorism which can NOT BE WON completely then who is going to protect US from THEM.
    And for all the Obama conspiracy theorist. Look at the package that will be presented to him if he gets into office.
    He will have the right to wire tap citizens and arrest people
    via the “patriot act”. All these powers that you all agree Bush should have will be getting handed to the next person in office. Yeah that may sound good for those hoping McCain gets in but no one takes into consideration if the candidate they DON’T LIKE gets these powers. Thats why we should stand up and fight for our constitution right now and get our civil liberties returned.

  • Dreadsen

    haha I mean Bob Barr is a little more realistic than Ron Paul

  • Christopher Schwinger

    “All these powers that you all agree Bush should have will be getting handed to the next person in office. Yeah that may sound good for those hoping McCain gets in but no one takes into consideration if the candidate they DON’T LIKE gets these powers. Thats why we should stand up and fight for our constitution right now and get our civil liberties returned.”

    Right on, Dreadsen!

  • Robert

    Just because the dollar is having a rough decade doesn’t mean we should return to the Gold Standard or eliminate the Federal Reserve.

    I could seriously support Ron Paul if he were more moderated and pragmatic in his platform, rather than following Libertarianism to its ideological extremes.

  • Christopher Schwinger

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUuhKJYFUfg
    I’ve gotta admire Ron Paul and Kucinich for standing strong amid partisan pressure. Bush should’ve been impeached long ago, but better late than never.

  • freedomlover

    “Just because the dollar is having a rough decade doesn’t mean we should return to the Gold Standard or eliminate the Federal Reserve.

    I could seriously support Ron Paul if he were more moderated and pragmatic in his platform, rather than following Libertarianism to its ideological extremes.”

    A rough DECADE? Try a rough *95* years Robert! One of the original selling points of the Federal Reserve was that it would provide financial stability. But in its 95 years of existence, there were still bank failures and economic downturns (or worse). The “Board of Governors” play games with the interest rate and the American dollar has been has become less and less valuable. Why should we stand for any of this?

    The Federal Reserve is part of the problem called big government. The biggest defenders of big government are the ones working in it, not “welfare queens”! This one of many “institutions” that don’t deserve to exist. Big government is bankrupting our country. Sorry, but I have no sympathy for anyone that puts their government job above what is best for their country.