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Ron Paul to hold free rally at USF Sun Dome before RNC



Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul will hold a free rally for thousands of supporters at the University of South Florida Sun Dome on the day before the Republican National Convention, USF announced Friday.

Doors will open at 11 a.m. Aug. 26 for the event, which starts at noon and is open to the public. It is not a ticketed event. The Sun Dome has seating for 10,400.

Earlier this month, Paul campaign chairman Jesse Benton said the rally would celebrate the Texas congressman’s accomplishments in the cause of liberty set a tone of “professionalism and respect” for Paul’s delegates at the RNC, which takes place from Aug. 27-30 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

In addition, separate groups of Paul supporters are planning two other festivals for the days before the convention.

Paul Festival 2012 is being planned for the Florida State Fairgrounds, just east of Tampa, to celebrate Paul’s life, philosophy and service.

Thirty-five miles further to the east on Interstate 4, Freedom Festival 2012 is being planned for Fantasy of Flight in Polk County. There the main focus is expected to be less on Paul himself and more on the U.S. Constitution. Both festivals are scheduled to take place from Aug. 24 through 26.

[Last modified: Friday, June 29, 2012 1:00pm]


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