The Washington Times - July 31, 2008, 07:30PM

Ron Paul sounds a bit worried he won’t be able to make his goal of filling the Target Center in Minneapolis on Sept. 2 for his Rally for the Republic, the counter-convention he’s holding to go against Republicans’ nominating convention in neighboring St. Paul.

In a video message to supporters Paul says they’ve sold half the tickets, but he’s worried about disappointing expectations and he urged his supporters to sign up and show up. As of this evening the count stood at 7,542 tickets sold.

“If we don’t have a large crowd, believe me, that will be the news,” he says.

He also announced the Sept. 2 event will feature country musician Rocky Lynne and former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura.

“He’s not a Republican and he’s not a Democrat, he’s independent-minded,” Paul said. “He’s anxious to come, he supports our view, he’s against this war, he supports civil liberties.”


Stephen Dinan, national political correspondent, The Washington Times