GOP Convention Plays Nice With Ron Paul They've set him up with a speaking venue By Kevin Spak, Newser Staff Posted Jul 23, 2012 2:25 PM CDT 76 comments Comments In this April 5, 2012 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas speaks at the University of California at Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File) (Newser) – Ron Paul hasn't endorsed Mitt Romney yet, or even formally ended his bid for the GOP nomination, but the Republican National Committee is nonetheless making room for him and his supporters at the party's convention in August, USA Today reports. It even helped Paul secure the University of South Florida's Sun Dome as a venue for an August 26 rally. "They've just treated us like a friend and like a coalition," one Paul spokesman said. "They have been honest brokers." In 2008, the RNC excluded Paul to the point that he held a counter-protest.