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Delegates for Ron Paul staged a second protest at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL on Wednesday. (Source: Jennifer Bowen/RNN) Delegates for Ron Paul staged a second protest at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL on Wednesday. (Source: Jennifer Bowen/RNN)
Ron Paul turned down a speaking slot at the Republican National Convention because organizers wanted to pre-approve his remarks. Ron Paul turned down a speaking slot at the Republican National Convention because organizers wanted to pre-approve his remarks.

TAMPA, FL (RNN) - It's all over but the accepting. Mitt Romney, no longer the presumed Republican presidential nominee, officially has the delegates he needs and is one day from formally accepting.

However, don't tell that to Ron Paul supporters.

While Sen. John McCain spoke to Republican National Convention delegates inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum Wednesday, outside in the hallway, Ron Paul supporters staged a mini protest.

The delegates noisily walked out of the convention hall after the video tribute to Ron Paul and the speech by his son, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who supports Romney.

The video tribute was a way to have Ron Paul presence felt at the convention. The former presidential candidate turned down an invitation to speak at the convention because the committee wanted to pre-approve his remarks.

Circling the convention hallway outside the forum, a hundred or so supporters chanted "So goes the nation as Maine goes."

Paul made perhaps his best showing of the primaries in Maine, winning 21 delegates to Mitt Romney's one delegate.

Paul supporters have created more than just a minor distraction during a week designed to be the coronation of Mitt Romney as the Republican nominee.

On Monday, they threw an impromptu pep rally in the forum minutes after RNC Chairman Reince Preibus opened and recessed the convention.

Standing under a sign that said "We can do better," meant by the party to imply America could do better than President Barack Obama, Paul supporters chanted "President Paul" and waved Ron Paul signs.

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