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Scenes from Ron Paul's 'Rally for the Republic'

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Scenes from Ron Paul's "Rally for the Republic," held on the second day of the Republican National Convention in downtown Minneapolis. (Akira Hakuta /

By Web Politics Editor  |  September 2, 2008; 11:56 PM ET
Categories:  Republican Party , Ron Paul , Video Report  
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I agree, that was particularly deceptive editing. Was the place packed to the gills the entire day? No. But your shots of the action are clearly carefully chosen to hide the fact that there were 12,000 cheering fans and regular bursts of raucous applause. It was a long day and not everyone could be there for the entire event. Many people were out of the arena for meals, visiting vendor tables, and other breaks, and some only showed up later after they got off work at 5:00.

Posted by: Jon | September 5, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Excellent job on the video editing. You couldn't have made your bias any clearer. Did all your crowd shots really early, I see. Perfect newspeak... be proud.

Posted by: Sam Marsh | September 5, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

This is to the guy who says he voted for Ron Paul in Michigan:

Sir, I respectfully would like to say that your accusation of Congressman Paul is far from truth. How is he acting like a cry baby? That is the most ridiculous comment I have seen from someone who supposedly supported Ron Paul. Why would he jump on with McCain? Dr. Paul has been a consistent voter and never strayed from his convictions; to align and support McCain would do just that. He held the rally to call the conservatives back to conservatism. You sir, are a disgrace to this country and the great courageous people who took part in the Rally for the Republic!
Additionally, did anyone see the propaganda on CNN this morning (9-3-08)? The media is pathetic and their attempts to thwart Ron Paul and his supporters are comical. Any wonder why they want to censor the internet, considering Ron Paul’s genesis was on Youtube and Google?

Posted by: Mark | September 3, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

who is this guy "Ron Paul"?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

The national media has become nothing more than a propaganda machine for big brother.

Posted by: Patriot | September 3, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

This crowd drew more than 13,000 and not one darn peep out of the media. But four disgruntled, disgusing PWT women calling themselves PUMAs get round the clock news coverage during the DNC. What hypocrisy! We, Americans see clearly who the heck the news media outlets are backing and whose payroll they are on! After this election, we should show them all a thing or two and watch only PBS. They seem to be the only TRUE news outlet! This should have been televised. Especially when this crowd drew more attendees than the RNC, in and of itself! That's why Obama/Biden will win in November! You can bet your da$$MM dollars on that!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Why aren't the news media touting this crap and making a big issue out of this as they did with the disgruntled PUMAS and the Clinton drama!!! I see a heck of a lot more revoluntionist than I have ever seen PUMA's! This should be televised!

Posted by: Lucy | September 3, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

I'm confused, why does Ron Paul get so little press coverage if he can bring out this many people to a rally? At Ralph Nader's events there's just him, Sean Penn and a dozen or so other folks. Paul is clearly rallying thousands of people to his cause. That alone deserves SOME consideration from the media. He won't win (of course) but his is not just a fringe movement like Nader's.

Posted by: DC Fem | September 3, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse


Andrew Sullivan at the Atlantic uncovered a shocking detail about Sarah Palin (one of the now many shocking details link :, in which she sat in a meeting at the Wasilla Bible Church.

VIDEO HERE of the "Jerusalem Dilemma":

The meeting was headed by David Brickner, the executive director of Jews for Jesus, and here's what he said:

Brickner also described terrorist attacks on Israelis as God's "judgment of unbelief" of Jews who haven't embraced Christianity.

"Judgment is very real and we see it played out on the pages of the newspapers and on the television. It's very real. When [Brickner's son] was in Jerusalem he was there to witness some of that judgment, some of that conflict, when a Palestinian from East Jerusalem took a bulldozer and went plowing through a score of cars, killing numbers of people. Judgment — you can't miss it."

Palin was in church that day, Kroon said, though he cautioned against attributing Brickner’s views to her.

John McCain now has a serious Jewish problem, thanks to Sarah Palin's extremist creationist views, which may cost him Florida, and several other states when these views, supported by Sarah Palin, become very well known.

Sarah Palin is no friend to the Jewish community, and neither is John McCain, in having picked this Dominionist as his Vice-President.

Edit: Here's the audio of the sermon at Wasilla Bible Church. link:

Here's some of the transcript from Brickner's speech (Click on that link and save the transcript because it'll be soon gone when they scrub this site):

And the Bible tells us the entire generation of Israelites perished in the wilderness because of unbelief. And that has characterized the ministry of the prophets. They’ve all experienced that rejection.

And so Jesus, now coming in fulfillment of all the hope and all the promise of all the prophets, is not taken off guard by that. He is likely, obviously, to experience...and will soon experience...that same unbelief, full force, in His own body. And I’ve heard people talk about this reality of history, and talk about the ‘stiff-necked Jews’. Have you heard that phrase before? The stiff-necked Jews... Well, God was the one who first used that about Israel, and He can get away with it. But my mother always told me, "Be careful when you point a finger at somebody else, because there’s some pointing back at you." And really, Israel has not cornered the market on unbelief. Israel is an example of what all humanity has been saying to God since the beginning of time, shaking its fists at the heavens and saying, ‘You’ll not rule over us.’

And so all of the controversy that we see swirling in Jerusalem is really a mirror that the world looks in to see the controversy within. The Jerusalem Dilemma is the Wasilla Dilemma; it’s the dilemma of the human heart. And so it’s important for us to notice, then, Jesus’ response to this unbelief, this rejection.


Posted by: laplumelefirmament | September 3, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Did the Paul convention outdraw the Republicans last night? It looked awfully empty in the Xcel center.

Posted by: joe | September 3, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Glad there is at least one honest conservative out there.

Shame on McCain!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

To: Francisco d'Anconia

I don't know why there is this rumor that:
"When women for B.O. are fighting tooth and nail to put down someone like Palin, it does show a fear of having a Woman in office."

Obama supporters - at least the one's I know - don't have any problem with whether or not Sara Palin is on the Rep. ticket.

The only "put downs" I have heard from "women" are coming from the Traditional, Conservative, Evangelical base. There is this thing among "Traditional Southern Evangelical Conservative" women that a woman chooses her "full time career" when she gets married and has children. And, among that crowd, they are having a major problem with Gov. Palin making her "full-time" career as a politician and her "part-time" committment with her "husband and children".

Growing up in that environment, I can tell you how there is a weekly lecture among the "stay home and bake cookies" crowd that demands a woman dare not look beyond her home for a career until her children are grown. No, I don't agree with it. But, then, I'm an Obama supporter and have no issue with Gov. Palin on her career choice.

There is a real grumbling in the churches down here about the "role" of the traditional woman vs. Sara Palin. The main grumblers are the "women" who have been put under that thumb for hundreds of years and have put off having a career of their own based on this "traditional" view.

So, what I am hearing down here is the conflict between what the Rep. party is telling it's "base" of traditional conservative women and what the women are saying about the McCain camps interpretation of this view.

They are asking each other the question
"How can she say that she is a Traditional, Family Values, Conservative, Religious woman and still have a career where her family takes a back seat when they need her most?"

I don't hear it in the "liberal media" but I sure hear it from the Conservative Talk Radio callers and they are not comparing her to Hillary or any other woman in political office. They are trying to ask it very kindly and are telling the Radio Hosts that this is an element of concern for them. Of course, the hosts tend not to understand that these women are repeating doctrinal views of their churches that they have lived daily with and so the hosts claim these must be the liberal women from the left wing.

Tell me, what "left wing liberal" woman would ever think it was objectionable to have a career and young family simultaneously? They don't even think that way because they do it all the time. So, why would anyone think they would think this is somehow an issue? Among the liberal women groups, it's not. Among the right wing Christian Conservative Traditional Base, it is a major issue ... probably of envy.

Posted by: A. P. Davis | September 3, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Stav made a great point:

"Funny last week we had wall-to-wall media coverage of the same four women who were supposedly "PUMA's". This week week we have a real grass-roots movement, big enough to charge and still fill the Target Center and not one peep from the Corporate Media."

Last week, there was so much talk about division within the Democratic Party. How come the media isn't covering the REAL division in the Republican Party? So real, in fact, that they had to have a separate convention?

Posted by: Katie | September 3, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Dear Ron Paul,

I voted for you in the michigan primary and unfortunately you didn't win. Quit acting like a sore loser and get on board with McCain. I am losing a ton of respect i once had for you and am disappointed in your shennanigans. I realize you want to make a point and you did. Enough is enough. Quit acting like a crybaby and try again in 4 years

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Funny last week we had wall-to-wall media coverage of the same four women who were supposedly "PUMA's". This week week we have a real grass-roots movement, big enough to charge and still fill the Target Center and not one peep from the Corporate Media.

Posted by: Stav | September 3, 2008 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Ron Paul rocks! The revolution is just beginning.

Posted by: Jim Brown | September 3, 2008 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Here is my question to you: Should the 18 yr old kid that got Gov. Palin underage daughter pregnant be charged, with a crime like other teen in this Country? There are teen in this Country currently serving jail time, for commenting the same offense of having sex with an underage minor that this kid is being accused of. Why isn’t the law being followed in this case? Is there a double standard for a VP candidate?

Posted by: Dan | September 3, 2008 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Here is my question to you: Should the 18 yr old kid that got Gov. Palin underage daughter pregnant be charged, with a crime like other teen in this Country? There are teen in this Country currently serving jail time, for commenting the same offense of having sex with an underage minor that this kid is being accused of. Why isn’t the law being followed in this case? Is there a double standard for a VP candidate?

Posted by: Dan | September 3, 2008 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Those are like a dozen fired up zealots!

Posted by: Very Impressive | September 3, 2008 2:44 AM | Report abuse

How convenient that only the early parts of the rally are shown here, rather than when the Target Center actually filled up to capacity. :P I agree, I'm sure there will be tons of footage on Youtube.

Regardless, atleast it was mentioned in the MSM. Thanks for that.

Posted by: Marissa | September 3, 2008 1:58 AM | Report abuse

your interviews with supporters were good. but did you pick the most boring moments of the rally???
But, sincerly,
thanks for the exposure,
ps. look for the Yutube vids of this event. I bet there will be great montages in the next few days.

Posted by: jonathan | September 3, 2008 1:51 AM | Report abuse

Nice job showing a wideshot of Ron Paul when he was testing the mic out. The place was jam packed with thousands when he actually spoke to the crowd.

No surprise that it is conveniently left out.

Posted by: Texan | September 3, 2008 1:44 AM | Report abuse

It's time to abolish the Federal Reserve. Or should we wait until the dollar goes to .52 on the US Dollar index?

Posted by: Andy White | September 3, 2008 1:21 AM | Report abuse

There is no chance in hell that someone who shares ideas with Paul will vote for fascist McCain. What's wrong with you Washington Post?? Stop distorting reality and show the truth for once!

Posted by: Francisco d'Anconia | September 3, 2008 1:11 AM | Report abuse

When women for B.O. are fighting tooth and nail to put down someone like Palin, it does show a fear of having a Woman in office.

What I interpret from the news articles today, is that people everywhere are crying out that Sarah Palin is not at home "baking cookies" and "working on laundry".

I've heard women whine and cry about how Hillary was mistreated, only to stand by and let the same thing happen to a very courageous and lion-hearted woman.

Like I said, if people are trying to break this whole thing down to how Palin should have been "at home taking care of the household chores" than I say yes, they are afraid of that which would be gained by putting this awesome candidate in office.

Do you know what I noticed today? There is a common denominator here... the bloggers and news makers(likely mostly men, but not all) are rallying once again to flush out a WOMAN that has pledged to be a leader in our society... JUST LIKE HILLARY!! If there's anything you should be pissed off about, it's that. WOMEN should PUT THEIR FOOT DOWN AND STOP THE NONSENSE!!!

Oh and did you happen to catch the RNC today? If you did, you would have heard all about how the McCain's, particularly Cindy, brought back from Bangladesh, some clef-palate kids and had them adopted here, thus saving their lives. You would have heard edal of Honor winners personally vouching for McCain's character and time they spent in prison camp with him. You would have heard from Democrats turned Independents, such as Joe Lieberman, rallying for John McCain. And what you would have seen and heard were heroes of our nation speaking out about how they put their own lives on the line like John McCain to give us all freedom and posterity.

You know there weren't 82,000 people there, and I'm quite sure the meeting didn't cost 500 MILLION dollars to arrive at this moment, but there were men, women, and children pouring out their hearts to tell us how much John McCain was different. And after watching BOTH conventions myself, the RNC without a doubt, show the TRUE spirit of America. Not only the say-gooders and representatives of change but the people that have paid with their own blood, sweat, and tears to get this country to where it is today.

Something became painfully clear to me as I heard, not saw, these people speaking.... Barack Obama is a MEDIA CAMPAIGN, and NOTHING ELSE. Not only has he shammed his way through life without truly serving our country, he is INSULTING THOSE WHO HAVE PAID SO MUCH FOR THIS COUNTRY!!! It is so shameful, and I am NOT PROUD to have someone like Barack Hussein Obama acting as self-nominated leader of our nation and our world.

So there. Are you ready to wait another 50 years for WOMEN to break through the glass ceiling? I'M NOT!

Thank goodness for all of those who have served and those who have fallen so that we may be Americans.

Posted by: Henry Williford | September 3, 2008 12:47 AM | Report abuse

Should of filmed Ron Paul, or at least Jesse Ventura or the sorts, it was the most exciting part of the whole event :)

Posted by: Brent | September 3, 2008 12:27 AM | Report abuse

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