Ron Paul to Hold Major Rally in Tampa Ahead of RNC

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Start:  August 26, 2012 12:00 pm

End:  August 26, 2012 5:00 pm

Venue:  USF Sun Dome

Address:  Google Map

4202 E. Fowler Avenue, Tampa, FL, United States, 33620


LAKE JACKSON, Texas – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul will hold a major rally with thousands of supporters ahead of the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

The event will take place at noon on Sunday, August 26th at the University of South Florida’s 11,000-seat Sun Dome.  Yesterday the Ron Paul campaign signed a contract to secure the venue with the approval of the Republican National Committee.

Details of the event are as follows.  Time is Eastern.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

12:00 p.m.
Ron Paul Major Rally
Sun Dome
University of South Florida
4202 E. Fowler Avenue
Tampa, FL33620

A map of and directions to the Sun Dome can be found by clicking here.

From:  John Tate

To:  “Stephen Bort”

Subject:  Let the Fight Begin

Date:   Mon, 13 Aug 2012 13:09:07 -0700

Dear Stephen,

The credentials fight you and I were expecting to have in Tampa has already started.

The Committee on Contests recently issued a ruling on the establishment’s challenge to Ron Paul’s delegates and alternates who were duly elected in Maine, and on our challenges to the outright cheating that occurred in Louisiana, Massachusetts, and Oregon (alternates only).

Despite Ron Paul’s supporters being so clearly in the right in these four states, the establishment is so far refusing to rule fairly and seat our duly elected delegates and/or alternates.

Here’s a brief summary of the bogus challenge made by the GOP establishment against us in Maine, as well as our challenges to the cheating that occurred elsewhere:

***  In Maine, where Ron Paul supporters held a clear majority at the State Convention, the establishment is attempting to unseat the state’s duly elected delegates and alternates – acting like sore losers in the process.  The challenge to our delegates in Maine is so bogus that Republican Governor Paul LePage – who is one of the few delegates not being challenged by the establishment – has declared he will not attend the Republican National Convention unless Ron Paul’s delegates and alternates who were duly elected are seated;

***  In Louisiana, establishment “big wigs” used threats, intimidation, and force – literally smashing the bones of one gentleman – to shut out Ron Paul supporters who had a clear majority at the State Convention;

***  In Oregon, the State Chairman blatantly ignored the votes of the Convention, taking it upon himself to replace the duly elected alternate delegates with an “appointed” slate chocked-full of establishment cronies;

***  In Mitt Romney’s home state of Massachusetts, corrupt Party officials changed the rules after the game was over – kicking out Ron Paul’s duly elected delegates and alternates and replacing them with their hand-picked cronies.

As you can see, the Old Guard establishment doesn’t care about cheating, lying, abuse of process, and high-handedness in our Party.

All they seem to care about is maintaining their iron grip over the Republican Party.

But Ron Paul’s number-one goal for the RNC is making sure his delegates and alternates who deserve to be seated in Tampa are credentialed.

So if the establishment wants a fight in Tampa, rest assured we’re going to give them one.

Currently, our campaign lawyers and staff are furiously working to analyze and craft the appropriate response to the Committee’s rulings, and we’ll be sure to keep you informed as we move forward in the process.

And believe me, we will not sit idly by and watch the establishment run roughshod over Ron Paul’s supporters who were illegally railroaded by the GOP.

We will stand up and fight for all of Ron Paul’s delegates and/or alternates in these four states – and we will not back down.

Of course, one would think the Romney campaign would want these conflicts resolved so they didn’t become major issues at the Convention.

But so far they’ve sat idly by on the sidelines.

Hopefully they’ll change their do-nothing approach once they realize we’re serious about going all-out to win these credentials battles.

And remember, nearly 90 major media outlets have already reserved a spot at our “We are the Future Rally.”

So if the GOP goes through with these bogus challenges, they won’t be able to hide behind their iron curtain.  They will be exposed by the press.

The good news is, the Committee on Contests’ ruling is not the final word in this fight.

The battle will be decided by the Credentials Committee in Tampa – where we are very organized and prepared to take action.

As the battle rages on over the next two weeks, I’ll be sure to keep you updated on our progress and any new developments that occur along the way.

I hope to see you in Tampa.

For Liberty, 

John Tate
Campaign Manager    [Paid for by Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign Committee]

From:  Ron Paul

To:  “Stephen Bort” <>

Subject:  Join Me for Some Fun in Tampa

Date:  Sat, 11 Aug 2012 08:53:52 -0700

Dear Stephen,

The Republican National Convention is rapidly approaching.

And my staff and legal team have been feverishly working to prepare for the credentials’ battle and platform fights we expect to have in Tampa.

Of course, we’re working very hard to achieve our goals in Tampa.

But as you’ve heard me say many times, we must also make sure to have some fun in the process.

So today, I wanted to let you know about some of the fun and exciting events we have planned for Tampa.

1)    We are the Future Rally

The first event we have planned is our “We are the Future Rally” taking place on Sunday, August 26, at the Sun Dome in Tampa from 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

At the rally, we will celebrate our liberty movement’s success at influencing and changing the direction of the Republican Party.

Doug Wead, Congressman Justin Amash, Barry Goldwater, Jr., Jack Hunter, and my son, Senator Rand Paul, will speak at the Rally.

We’ll also hear from some of our new leaders for the future, like State Senator Tom Davis in South Carolina and 21-year-old National Committeewoman Ashley Ryan from Maine.

As for entertainment, Jimmie Vaughan, Aimee Allen, Jordan Page, and John Popper of Blues Traveler with Ron Noyes will also provide live entertainment.

And to cap it all off, I’ll be delivering the speech the Republican National Convention doesn’t want the rest of America to hear.

After the rally, my delegates and alternates will be riding chartered buses to the RNC Welcome Reception at Tropicana Field.

This is our opportunity to show that we are the future of the Republican Party, so I’m asking all of my supporters who aren’t delegates and alternates to line the route with signs so our delegates can make a grand entrance.

2)    Liberty Rocks After Party at Ferg’s Sports Bar and Grill

From 8:30 p.m. until 1 a.m. on Sunday, we’ll be hosting an after party and celebration at Ferg’s Sports Bar and Grill.

Aimee Allen, Jimmie Vaughan, and John Popper have been nice enough to agree to provide entertainment at this event, as well.

The Liberty Rocks After Party is open to everyone – not just delegates and alternates – so please come join us for a fun time Sunday night.

Stephen, Tampa is going to be a very fun and exciting time.

You and I are going to plant our liberty flag in the Republican Party and prove once and for all that WE are the future of the GOP.

But we’re also going to have a lot of fun and celebrate the success of my campaign to Restore America NOW.

That’s why I hope you’ll do everything possible to get down to Tampa and celebrate liberty with me and thousands of our campaign’s supporters.

But tickets are going fast, and space is limited.

So if you haven’t yet registered for the “We are the Future Rally,” it’s vital you do so now.  You can register by clicking HERE.

I hope to see you in Tampa for a fun and exciting time!
For Liberty,

Ron Paul   [Paid for by Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign Committee]

Opinion:  We live in the age of Ron Paul

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By Juan Williams – 08/13/12 05:00 AM ET

// Last year in this column I wrote:  “If you have not been paying attention, it is time to look around and realize that we are living in the political age of Rep. Ron Paul.”

The first section of the Wikipedia page entry for the Tea Party Movement even quotes a sentence from that column, where I argued the Tea Party dynamic that won the House majority for the GOP in 2010 “grew largely out of the ashes of (Paul’s) 2008 presidential campaign” by emphasizing “limited government and a return to constitutional principles.”

Now, the 76-year-old Texan is retiring at the end of this Congress after 12 terms in the House of Representatives.

During his latest run for the Republican presidential nomination, Paul tangled with Mitt Romney, particularly over civil liberties.

But unlike other candidates, he did not attack Romney harshly.

Paul and Romney remain friendly but Paul was never on the short list – or any other list – of people who were considered as Romney’s running mate.

Just last month, well after Romney had wrapped up enough delegates to win the Republican race, Paul continued to try to get enough unpledged GOP delegates to commit to vote for him so he could get his own name placed in nomination.

The idea was to give him a moment of national recognition at the Tampa convention and assure him one final platform before a national audience.

But the effort failed.

Now he will leave the national political scene quietly, although he probably had a hand in getting a coveted convention speech slot for his son, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky).

Sen. Paul may give his dad a final shout out from the podium .

Ron Paul deserves more.

In presidential debates, and until his last days in Congress, Paul has continued to stir revolution in the Republican Party by fighting the GOP establishment.

During the debates, Paul got Republican audiences to applaud his calls for legalization of drugs, ending criminalization of prostitution and getting American troops out of endless wars around the globe.

“Too long have I had my dwelling among those who hate peace [Centrist Republicans?]. I AM FOR PEACE but when I speak, THEY ARE FOR WAR!

His daring positions won raves from young people, a legion of online fans and contributors while reviving the libertarian wing of the GOP and forcing open the doors of the party to Tea Party energy.

Despite those accomplishments, the Republican establishment continues to treat Paul like a crazy uncle. 

But Paul is a persistent politician.

Before the House adjourned for the August recess, Paul won a vote to have an audit of the Federal Reserve.

There has never been an audit of the Fed, and it is not likely to happen now because the bill is going nowhere in the Senate.

Still, that was a revolutionary act against Wall Street, the nation’s banking establishment and the Washington politicians they bankroll.

Every House Republican, except for one, voted for the bill.  Eighty-nine Democrats broke with their party’s leadership and voted for it.

Paul has long argued that the Federal Reserve’s role in monetary policy is at the heart of the nation’s economic problems.

He made this a central part of his presidential campaign in 2008, and in 2012.  He even authored a book called “End the Fed” in 2009.   

The global financial scandal surrounding the manipulation of the LIBOR interest rates is causing some economic observers to take a second look at Paul’s critique of the Fed’s policies.

As a member of the House Financial Services Committee, Paul’s cross-examinations of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke have become very popular on YouTube, with some earning hundreds of thousands of views.

Paul got to question Bernanke one last time at a committee hearing last month and brought a rare passion to discussions of monetary policy.

“It’s the destruction of the currency that destroys the middle class,” he said.  “There’s a principle of free market thinking that says (by) destroying the value of the currency through inflation, you transfer the wealth from the middle class and it gravitates to the very wealthy.  If you like big government, (you) love the Fed. 

Just as he took on the powers at the Federal Reserve, Paul has taken on the powerful and the rich who support unquestioned spending on the military budget.

Cutting the Pentagon’s budget was once dismissed as a lunacy by the political establishment, and especially Republicans.  But it has become an increasingly popular position in Congress during Paul’s tenure.

A July survey from the Center for Public Integrity revealed that 80 percent of voters in congressional districts represented by Democrats favor lowering defense spending.

And in a tribute to the power of Ron Paul, 74 percent of voters in districts with Republican representatives now also say they want to lower the defense budget.

Paul’s colleagues in the House are reflecting this new attitude about defense spending. In a surprise move, the GOP-controlled House passed a defense appropriations bill in July that contained an amendment to reduce the military budget by $1.1 billion.

The amendment passed by a substantial majority, 247-167.  Eighty-nine Republicans joined 158 Democrats voting in favor of it.  

One of the amendment’s authors, Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.), even credits Paul with helping to shift the debate so that the amendment could be passed.

As he leaves the political scene, there is no doubt that cranky Ron Paul has made his mark on American politics.

We will be living in the age of Ron Paul for many years to come. 

Juan Williams is an author and political analyst for Fox News Channel.

From:  John Tate <>

To:  “Stephen Bort”

Subject:  Only the Beginning

Date:  Mon, 06 Aug 2012 19:09:54 -0700

Dear Stephen,

Can you imagine how establishment Republicans will react when they watch a sea of Ron Paul supporters gather in Tampa in just a few weeks?

Perhaps you won’t have to imagine, since you’re going to be there.  Or maybe you’d just like to show your support for Ron Paul and his delegates wherever you are.

The campaign store has added a special new t-shirt in anticipation of Dr. Paul’s upcoming Tampa rally – to guarantee his supporters stand out – and I wanted to make sure you saw it.

Whether or not you’ll be able to make it to the Tampa rally, this t-shirt has a LOUD-AND-CLEAR message worth sending all over the country.

Our R3VOLUTION is not over.  In fact, it’s just beginning.

And I believe the Republican National Convention in Tampa – where Ron Paul delegates can have an enormous impact – will prove that.

Stephen, it’s because of good folks like you that the Liberty Movement is set to lead the Republican Party in the very near future.

You and I are Ron Paul’s legacy. 

And this is the movement that is finally going to restore respect for free markets, sound money, individual liberty, and a constitutional foreign policy in America.

For Liberty, 

John Tate
Campaign Manager   [Paid for by Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign Committee]