(NEW YORK) — Ron Paul supporters have always been very vocal, and the reconvening of the Republican National Convention Tuesday was no exception.
At 2 p.m. on Tuesday, RNC chairman Reince Priebus gaveled everyone back into the convention, welcoming the delegates back to the 2012 RNC. Just minutes before the gavel came down, however, the floor of the Tampa Bay Times Forum was abuzz with chants for the Texas congressman and two-time presidential candidate.
Paul was on the floor of the space, where he received a rock-star-like welcome. Supporters chanted, “Let him speak” – a reference to the fact that Paul was not given a speaking slot at the RNC (although his son, Rand, will be speaking).
At one point, chants of “Romney” were drowned out by chants of “Ron Paul.” Paul walked around the floor wearing a red, white and blue lei, and he walked through the crowd signing autographs, according to reports from ABC News’ Aaron Katersky. Throughout the hallways of the forum, supporters were easily identified. Ron Paul t-shirts and cowboy hats bearing the representative’s name were sported by various delegates.
The supporters seemed to settle down, at least for the time being, after Priebus came out and banged the gavel, but Paulites definitely made themselves known.
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Ruth Brown, Idaho Press-Tribune
Marissa Morrison, KIVI