Rep. Ron Paul really wants to speak at the Republican convention. He’s been getting the cold shoulder from the GOP, so now Paul is planning to hold his own convention in a nearby arena during the week that John McCain officially becomes the nominee.

(via PoliticalWire)

MSNBC / First Read:

Ron Paul’s campaign is planning an event at a “large venue” with a “sizable” crowd Sept. 2 — the Tuesday of convention week — in the St. Paul-Minneapolis area a couple of miles from the convention site.

Paul spokesman Jesse Benton confirms this is certainly in the works but details are being worked out and not yet finalized. He wouldn’t divulge the specific location because contracts have not yet been signed, though this report indicates Williams Arena at the University of Minnesota.

Paul hopes to fill the arena the day before the vice presidential nominee would speak. On that Thursday, McCain will officially be selected as the nominee.

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