July 26, 2012
For all the drama that surrounded the Republican primary season, the convention to formally nominate Mitt Romney as the party’s candidate for president is likely to be suspense-free.
Well, maybe not completely.
Aside from Romney’s coronation, the August 27-30 convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum will host another show: Ron Paul’s farewell.
The 76-year-old representative from Texas will retire from Congress after November’s elections, capping a long and colorful career. He is looking to take some of the limelight away from his former rival in the primaries.
Paul’s followers – a small but intensely loyal band – have been collecting small packs of delegates from across the country since the congressman stopped campaigning in May, and they plan to be a forceful voice in Tampa.