Ron Paul Hosts His Own Convention Across the River

By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 2, 2008 8:57 PM CDT
In this June 12, 2008, file photo, then Republican presidential hopeful, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, speaks to a group of supporters in Houston.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The McCain campaign has been talking with Ron Paul in attempts to bring his supporters into the Republican fold, even as Paul staged a separate rally for 10,000 loyalists across the river from the RNC in St. Paul tonight, the Washington Times reports. Paul offered no endorsement for the GOP nominee as he arrived at the gathering, calling John McCain "the lesser of two evils," ABC reports.

Paul told reporters that convention officials had offered him only tightly restricted floor access, with a chaperone at all times, and his three staffers were not allowed to accompany him. He did not instruct his delegates to vote for McCain, saying the presumptive nominee didn't need their votes. The sold-out rally also featured speeches by Grover Norquist, Jesse Ventura, and Tucker Carlson.