Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.) came to the floor about 1:30 p.m., surrounded by a gaggle of young people clamoring to have their photos taken with him. As he made his way to the floor, he was greeted with chants of "Ron Paul! Ron Paul!"

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Seats in the hall started to fill up for the first time, and the assorted colorful convention characters wandered: an Abraham Lincoln impersonator; men in construction hats, from the West Virginia pro-coal coalition; cowboy-hatted Texans; Wisconsin cheeseheads.