To appease much of the grassroots support for retiring Texas Congressman Ron Paul, the campaign for the presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney has confirmed that a tribute video will be aired for the longtime libertarian-leaning representative.
During a conference call with reporters, Russ Schriefer, an advisor to the Romney presidential campaign, said that Ron Paul staffers approached the team and requested that the tribute video be played at the Republican National Convention in Tampa. Schriefer stated that the campaign immediately concurred with the proposal.
“Gov. Romney and Congressman Paul while they certainly disagree on many issues, they always have had a lot of mutal respect between the two of them,” stated Schriefer, reports Politico. “So Congressman Paul’s people came to us and said they'd like to do a short tribute to him, and we said absolutely.”
On Tuesday night, the video will be played, but many just see it as an olive branch to quiet down Paul’s dedicated supporters. Since the Republican primaries began, Paul campaign organizers have started to take control over local and state party conventions in order to have a significant presence at the RNC.
Furthermore, Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul, who received a lot of criticism from his father’s supporters over his endorsement of the former Massachusetts Governor, will deliver a speech at the convention hall Monday.
Although Dr. Paul is well short of the 1,144 delegate count, official estimates have Paul maintaining between 120 and 300 delegates. Even though the 12-term congressman will not have a major role in the Republican Party, two of his passionate ideas are starting to be shared by the GOP itself, according to drafts of the party platform:
- Auditing of the Federal Reserve and its monetary policy
- The establishment of a gold commission to look at restoring the link between the gold and dollar
One day before the RNC, Paul will hold a major rally in Tampa at the University of South Florida’s Sun Dome, which holds about 11,000 people. Digital Journal reported this week that the Ron Paul Rally has been sold out.
Ron Paul is a three-time presidential candidate (1988, 2008, 2012) and served as a congressman for Texas’s 22nd district from 1979 to 1985 and for Texas’s 14th district since 1997. He is stepping down from his seat. Paul has a long history in medicine: he was a flight surgeon in the United States Air Force from 1963 to 1968 and worked as an OB/GYN from the 1960s to the 1980s; he delivered more than 4,000 babies.
The bestselling author of “End the Fed” and “The Revolution: A Manifesto” will best be known for promoting libertarian ideologies and Austrian economics during his time in Washington and being the only non-interventionist, anti-war Republican in the GOP debates.
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