The Texas congressman, who has struggled to top 1 percent in national polls, wasn't invited to a forum of presidential candidates Saturday in Des Moines. The gathering is sponsored by the Iowa Christian Alliance and the watchdog group Iowans for Tax Relief.
Instead of grumbling, Paul's campaign decided to hold its own party - in the same hall as the forum. They're calling it a celebration of life and liberty.
Campaign spokesman Jesse Benton said it has been frustrating to be excluded, especially since Paul has consistently opposed abortion and is known nationally for his advocacy of lowering taxes.
"It's just a little head-scratching," Benton said.
Ed Failor Jr., executive vice president of Iowans for Tax Relief, said some candidates weren't invited in order to keep the event from stretching on too long.
update: ron paul speech in iowa on june 30th
from daily paul: According to Lew Rockwell's blogger Nick Bradley who was present, the Iowa Rally that was planned by the Ron Paul campaign after he was excluded from a forum put on by the Iowans for Tax Reform and the Iowa Christian Alliance, drew 1,000 people, 400 more than the ITR/ICA rally which had invited all of the other Republican candidates.