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Over 10,000 supporters brave Tropical Storm Isaac to see Ron Paul speak at USF


A crowd of almost 10,000 of Ron Paul supporters gathered Sunday afternoon at the University of South Florida Sun Dome in Tampa. Despite Tropical Storm Isaac heading towards Florida, the USF stadium held over 7,000 fans of Ron Paul, many thanking him for his contribution to their lives. A quick glance at the crowd might make one think they were at a rock concert, but a closer look reveals people wearing shirts with phrases like "Ron Paul won't tread on you" and "I'm crazy like Ron Paul". Supporters of the 12-term Congressman from Texas claim they are the future. "I hereby declare that for the next four hours, under this dome, liberty will reign!" Doug Wead, a senior advisor to Paul's presidential campaign, said near the beginning of the rally.

Reports began circulating Sunday that Ron Paul had been offered a chance to speak at the Republican National Convention as long as his speech was approved by the Romney campaign and as long as Ron Paul gave Mitt Romney his full-fledged endorsement. Rep. Paul declined the offer. “It wouldn’t be my speech,” Dr. Paul said. “That would undo everything I’ve done in the last 30 years. I don’t fully endorse him for president.” Republicans plan to show a tribute to Ron Paul on Tuesday.

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