Later today I’ll be reporting from Minnesota’s Target Center where Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), who has yet to endorse John McCain, is holding a massive rally in an arena that I believe is bigger than the one where the RNC is happening. CNN ran an interview with Paul this morning:

CNN: A report I read this morning that the McCain campaign and the Republican National Convention are actively reaching out to you to try to get your support for Senator McCain’s candidacy. is that true?

PAUL: I wouldn’t put it in those words. (laughs)

CNN: How would you put it?


PAUL: Imagine — I don’t even know where they got a statement like that! I mean, we’ve been reaching out. we were requesting whether I could come to the floor. and really, we’ve been just up against a wall.

CNN: So they haven’t been reaching out to you?

PAUL: I wouldn’t call it that. They had one individual come talk to us and said with a would we like. We listed a lot of things. We said could we come to the floor? They said yeah under very very restricted conditions. A Republican congressman should have a pass to the floor but they said your pass will be at the gate and you can pick it up when you leave and you can’t take anybody with you. I mean, my staff — they said we would have three guest passes that i could take on to the floor with me, but they never confirmed that.

Meanwhile, here’s what Sarah Palin used to say about Paul:

MTV Street Team: Well, a lot of students asked me to ask you, Ron Paul,cult-following in Alaska….

Governor Sarah Palin: He’s cool. He’s a good guy. He’s a good guy. He’s so independent. He’s independent of like the party machine, I’m like, right on, so am I. The party machinery, on both sides of the party, ya know, Americans are tiring of the incessant partisanship that gets in the way of just doing the right thing for this country.

Well, she used to be a Buchananite. And she used to be an Alaska secessionist. So I suppose a soft spot for Dr. Paul is to be expected.