As expected, the second night of Republican National Convention pageantry kicked off with a tribute video to Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas).
The film was effectively a feel-good salute to Paul's fiscally conservative credentials, but notably left out any mention of his foreign policy platform.
As the video wrapped up, chants of "Ron Paul, Ron Paul" rung out across the auditorium, even as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) walked up to the podium. Paul's son, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R) addressed the convention a short time later.
Earlier this month, The Huffington Post's Christina Wilkie reported on the Romney camp's decision to air the video:
Romney strategist Russ Schriefer said the campaign decided to show the film after Paul supporters came to them with it. The campaign responded, "absolutely."
"Gov. Romney and Congressman Paul, while they certainly disagree on many issues, they have always have had, if you watched the debates this year, you have seen a lot of mutual respect between the two of them," Schriefer said.
While the video was a kind offering, the RNC has been less accepting of Paul's supporters in its conduct. Delegates supporting the congressman's 2012 presidential campaign loudly expressed their anger on Monday after losing a rules battle that they argued unfairly undermined legitimate support for Paul. GOP officials downplayed the scene on Tuesday, saying "a few people squawking in the back" didn't mean the party was divided.
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