Ron Paul’s “Rally for the Republic” kicks off (Update)

Here’s a tidbit for the Ron Paul fans which I know are still out there hoping McCain will concede the Republican nomination to Paul any day now. The Ron Paul “Rally for the Republic” convention has kicked off today, also conveniently in Minneapolis/St. Paul as a counter-convention to the GOP.

A report from the AP:

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hundreds of people unhappy with the two major political parties offered a noisy endorsement Tuesday of Ron Paul, the libertarian-leaning Texas congressman whose failed bid for the Republican nomination for president garnered heavy support on the Internet.

People stood in a light rain outside Target Center to wave signs and chant “Ron Paul, Ron Paul.” He was scheduled to speak at the “Rally for The Republic” Tuesday night.

Supporters were still filing in when political commentator Tucker Carlson got the rally under way about a half-hour late. Organizers said they sold 10,103 tickets for the Paul event. Delegates to the Republican National Convention were meeting in nearby St. Paul.

Ron Paul spokesman Jesse Benton said tickets to seats with obstructed views of the stage will be given away.

Target Center seating for an event with a stage is 15,000 to 18,000. Rally organizers said they chose the arena after first considering a college basketball arena that seats 11,000 people.

Tuesday’s Rally for the Republic schedule:

11:30 – Doors open
12:30 – Intro: Tucker Carlson
12:40 – National Anthem: Matt Colvin
12:50 – Invocation: Barb Davis White
12:55 – Howard Phillips
1:10 – Doug Wead
1:30 – Tom Woods
1:50 – Grover Norquist
2:10 – Lew Rockwell
2:30 – Bill Kauffman
2:50 – Special Guest
3:10 – Bruce Fein
3:35 – Gov. Jesse Ventura
4:05 – John Tate, Campaign for Liberty Presentation
4:25 – Gov. Gary Johnson
5:00 – Aimee Allen
6:00 – Break
7:00 – Intro: Barry Goldwater Jr.
7:05 – Ron Paul
8:05 – Sara Evans
9:30 – End of Program

Unfortunately I have not been able to find any reporting or videos from major media sources. Therefore, if you have links to any videos of Paul’s speech and/or some pictures, please email to nate@youdecide2008.com so I can publish some here.

Anyone interested can watch the entire convention and all speeches live at the rally’s website:

Ron Paul’s Campaign For Liberty

C-SPAN 2 will also be covering the entire Ron Paul convention according to the rally’s website. Will update with some pictures and/or video if they become available.

Update

Full video of Ron Paul’s speech via C-SPAN:

More to come later…

Update

Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Venture speaks:

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

A report on the gathering from the AJC:

MINNEAPOLIS — Thousands of Ron Paul supporters — incensed at the state of their country and the two major parties that run it — on Tuesday shouted their support for their unsuccessful 2008 presidential candidate and gave a raucous welcome to an ex-wrestler who could be their 2012 contender.

Paul, a Texas GOP congressman seeking re-election this year, was the featured speaker at the “Rally for the Republic,” a sort-of counter convention to the Republican National Convention going on in nearby St. Paul.

“One thing I have said is that the revolution is a lot more than about me. There is no doubt about it. This revolution will continue,” he told a packed Target Center arena. “But I would like to think that the campaign and our efforts together have done a whole lot to speed up the revolution that was destined to come anyway.”

Paul’s libertarian politics struck a chord with many voters around the nation who viewed it as more of a cause than a candidacy. But Paul failed to run well in any primary as his candidacy faded and morphed into an anti-IRS, anti-Federal Reserve Bank, anti-foreign intervention, shrink-the-federal-government movement.

“When they asked me about what I wanted to do as president I said I look at it differently,” he told cheering supporters. “I want to be president because of the things I don’t want to do.”

Paul was introduced by Barry Goldwater Jr., son of the late Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater, the 1964 GOP presidential candidate and a conservative who set what became the party tone many years later.

“With the Ron Paul revolution we will take back the party,” Goldwater said, calling Paul “our messenger, our leader, our inspiration.”

Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura — echoing Paul’s libertarian leanings — had the Target Center rocking with in-your-face comments about the two major parties, the state of the nation and what he sees as a government conspiracy to cover up key information about the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

The Second Amendment provision concerning gun rights is not about hunting, Ventura said, but about citizens’ “ability to rise up” if the government “gets out of control.”

“And why is it when you ask questions about 9/11, it’s out of bounds?” he said, adding, “Why has the United States Department of Justice not charged Osama bin Laden for 9/11?”

“Inside job! Inside Job!” some in the crowd chanted in response.

“Cause Bush did it,” a man down front screamed.

Ventura said Bush “stonewalled any investigation of 9/11 for over two years.”

The former governor wrapped up by hinting at a 2012 presidential campaign.

“Chanting and yelling isn’t going to do it,” he said as many in the arena screamed support for such a candidacy. “I need action. If I see it in 2012 we’ll give them a race they’ll never forget.”

The long day of speakers also included John McManus, president of the John Birch Society, who told Paul backers, “If you like Ron Paul you’ll love the John Birch Society.”

McManus drew applause by attributing U.S. immigration policy to a “plan to put us in a North American union with Canada and Mexico” and a longer-range plan to merge with the European Union.

Aside from the fact that Paul and Venture seem to attract 9/11 truthers, it appears to be a success, or at least it appears to have accomplish what Ron Paul set out to do with the rally.

  • Christopher Schwinger

    I do admire his spunk/willingness to go against the fascism in the Republican Party and hold his own rally.

  • U.S.A.

    If the Republican party had chose to push Paul they might have a chance to beat Obama. Palin don’t have a chance, although she is pretty. Just a good example of the ability to make a good decision by McCain. SAD!

  • Grey

    Haha, I heard that Paul’s convention got a little more attention while a bunch of Republicans were busy feigning concern about Gustav.

    I know that was a bit callous; sorry, I’m a cynic.

  • Dreadsen

    If Paul would have gotten the ticket Obama would have gotten steamrolled and i would possibly have been right behind him.
    Why do you think Obama and Paul have BOTH gotten the bulk of the military donations? They ran to paul first and after he dropped out they ran to obama. They would have preferred an anti war conservative over an anti war democrat any day. In the end this is that i believe they were voting for. An anti war person wasn’t give any good choices at all this election. Or maybe i should say anti neo con. Even Ron Paul has said that he believes he would have stolen more votes from Obama than McCain.
    Obama and McCain both have some stances which are for the masses. Ron Paul at least tried to explain who some of the misconceptions which we base are principles on are false and we need to look at things with and educated view and not what people tell us we should think.
    Obama and McCain both pandering to this Iran threat and Ahmadinejad wants to attack Israel bull. If they didn’t they both would have lost numbers. Both of them are intelligent to know from research what the truth is so this idea that McCain is dumb or Obama doesnt get it is false. They both know. But you don’t know what they really believe in side on some issues because you know that they have to present things which play along with what we have been misrepresented already. The media is the sole culprit and have swayed our views of what the real truth of the matter is. Ron Paul stuck to his guns eventhough he was losing numbers. Even after Fox stopped inviting him to debates. Peopls say he is crazy but look at the first few debates he was in and the polls. People voted that he won.
    He got butted out the same way Kucinich did.

  • Christopher Schwinger

    I disagree with Dennis Kucinich on many things, but I admire his bravery in bringing charging against the Bush administration. Of course, I don’t know his motives, but he is doing the right thing. There is no question that the Bush administration has deceived us on many things; Kucinich probably faces death threats for furthering his goal of getting justice done.

  • Bill Clinton got impeached for shagging an intern. Bush sent brave American soldiers to their death in Iraq with fabricated intelligence.

  • Dreadsen

    3 time Olympian Erik Vendt speech at “rally for the republic”
    takes a while for the video to actual start. This guy talking about the differences between us and China and the respect America had back in 2000 and post Iraq invasion.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDKH_98nAw4

    Lew Rockwell at rally for the republic part 1

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGuSnlHVmac

    Lew Rockwell part 2

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGn0Xw_SJ04

  • Dreadsen

    The people who are jocking one of the other candidates while trashing the other should watch some of this so they can learn something. They will find out they know a whole lot about nothing.

  • Todd

    I would vote for Paul if I was sure I would be defended Dreadsen, How can I be sure of that with his isolationist policies ?

  • Christopher Schwinger

    I know you were asking Dreadsen instead of me, but I could give an answer. I’ll do this in the context of Chuck Baldwin, who believes exactly as Ron Paul does and is on ballots as the Constitution Party candidate. When Ron Paul and Chuck Baldwin state their opposition to the war on terror, they are citing how it has been sold to us without good reason, to further the purposes of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. They also affirm that a strong defense would be their top priority, WHICH WOULD INCLUDE SEALING THE MEXICAN BORDER EFFECTIVELY. If they accomplish what the Bush administration has not, by sealing the border, then I cannot imagine them letting terrorists get away with harassing us. We do not have to be in Iraq to preclude the threat of terrorism.

  • James Mason

    I had planned to write in Ron Paul, but have since changed my mind with the selection of Alaska’s governor. Now this will sound crass, but my feeling is that I’d rather be hoping for a death from natural causes than one from a lucky shot. Obama will be a disaster for this country if elected President. The only thing I can imagine worse for America if he were to be killed in the service of our country , before or after he wins the presidency. McCain’s Presidency will only be more of the same (McSame?), but if he were to croak in office a non-insider like Palin might actually show Americans (through an inability to get anything done)just how bad we do need change in our political system. Then maybe Americans will un-trap themselfs long enough to fix this ailing country.

  • James Mason

    Todd, just where do you think we need to be to protect our country besides our borders?