Posted at 8:07 AM on August 26, 2012
by Mark Zdechlik
Filed under: Campaign 2012: Presidential Race
Texas Congressman and GOP presidential hopeful Ron Paul was not invited to speak at the Republican National Convention, so he and his supporters will hold a rally at noon today at the University of South Florida's 11,000-seat Sun Dome.
Thirty-two of Minnesota's 40 delegates to the RNC are Paul supporters. Among them is delegation chair Marianne Stebbins who also chaired Paul's Minnesota campaign. Stebbins says she's expecting Paul supporters to fill the Sun Dome Sunday afternoon to celebrate his message.
"This is the culmination of the campaign because Ron won't be allowed to speak at the national convention itself," Stebbins said. "This is the opportunity for America to hear him in context with the national convention for him to talk about his issues, which are not going to get aired at the national convention."
That message includes Paul's call to audit the Federal Reserve Bank and to dramatically reduce U.S. foreign military operations.
Stebbins and other Paul supporters say they're disappointed the Romney campaign has not done more to reach out to what they call the "liberty" wing of the party.
Although Paul is not speaking at the official convention, his son, U.S. Republican Sen. Rand Paul who represents Kentucky, had a prime-time slot at the podium. But that was before the convention's schedule changed due to the threat Hurricane Isaac; events are now delayed until Tuesday.
Here's a rundown of the Paul rally schedule:
Welcome to The Future
12:00 CONVICTION AD
12:01 REVOLUTION SONG
12:03 Doug Wead (MC)
12:05:00 David Lane Invocation
12:09:00 Will Hearn Sing National Anthem and God Bless America
Ideas of the Revolution
15 12:17:00 Lew Rockwell
15 12:32:00 Walter Block
15 12:48:00 Butler Schaffer
1 minute 1:03:00 COMPASSION AD
Calling the GOP Back to Its Roots: Constitutional Conservatism
1:03:00 Jordan Page
1:13:00 Barry Goldwater, Jr
1:23:00 Jack Hunter
BIG DOGS AD
Liberty Torch Bearers: State & Local
1:35:00 Ashley Ryan
1:43:00 Carl Bunce
1:51:00 Donna Holt
2:00:00 Marianne Stebbins
2:10:00 AJ Spiker
The Republican Party's Liberty Wing 1 minute 2:20:00 VETS Ad
2:20:00 SC State Senator Tom Davis
2:30:00 Congressman Justin Amash
Musical Celebration 1 minute 2:40:00 LIFE AD
2:40:00 John Popper of Blues Traveler with Ron Noyes
2:55:00 THE ONE WHO CAN BEAT OBAMA AD
3:00:00 Jimmy Vaughan
3:15:00 WOMEN AD
An Idea Whose Time Has Come: We Are The Future
3:15:00 Aimee Allen Ron Paul Anthem
3:20:00 Carol Paul "First Lady of Liberty Award"
3:30:00 Senator Rand Paul Intro RP
3:35:00 Ron Paul Key Note
Revolution OUTRO song
Many Minnesotans are among the thousands of people in the Tampa Florida area for the Republican National Convention waiting to see what happens with Tropical Storm Isaac. Isaac is expected to become a hurricane. Its track has been shifting to the northwest, reducing the threat to the Tampa area. Still severe weather is forecast, including strong winds and heavy rain. The chair of Minnesota's RNC delegation, Marianne Stebbins, said the people she's talking with don't seem too concerned about Isaac.
"From what I've seen of the weather forecast, yes we're going to get some strong winds and a lot of rain so that means we're just going to stay inside for a day," said Stebbens. "What I'm understanding is that there might still be some bad weather, but we're going to be ready to go back to it on Tuesday."
RNC officials delayed convention business until sometime Tuesday afternoon. Texas Rep. Ron Paul, who was not invited to speak at the convention, is holding his own rally at the University of South Florida Sunday afternoon. The Paul rally, described as the culmination of Paul's presidential campaign, is going on as scheduled.
Marianne Stebbins, who ran Texas Rep. Ron Paul's presidential campaign in Minnesota, spoke before several thousand people Saturday afternoon at Southern Florida University's Sun Dome.
Stebbins drew applause when she told the crowd 80 percent of Minnesota's RNC delegation came to Florida as Ron Paul delegates.Stebbins talked about grass roots organizing efforts among Paul supporters in Minnesota. She also underscored the growth of the Ron Paul movement.
"Where there was one man carrying then message alone, there are now thousands, perhaps millions, of us working together to spread the message that we live better when we live free," said Stebbins to wild cheering.
Other speakers at the rally railed on what they view as the overreach of government,from areas of civil liberties to foreign interventions.