Two-time Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul made full use of his final campaign rally on Sunday to take his final shots at an establishment that never quite delivered on promises to include him and his libertarian followers.
His rally at the University of Southern Florida's SunDome drew over 7,000 fans, an event staged in response to a Republican convention that will not include Paul.
Mitt Romney's campaign offered him a speaking slot at the national event this week on condition that he provide his remarks to them in advance for their approval.
He'll still be honored in a video tribute on Tuesday night, but his convention presence - or lack thereof - was one of the first subjects Paul covered Sunday.
"Today I was very excited to get a call from the RNC," Paul said, before cracking a joke related to the weather-related postponement of Monday events.
"They said they changed their mind. They're going to give me a whole hour and I can say whatever I want - tomorrow night! Just kidding."
Paul directly referenced rules changes that may keep similarly insurgent delegates from succeeding in future elections, seeming stung by disappointment.
The RNC "learned how to bend rules, break rules, and now they want to rewrite the rules," the 77-year-old said. "That's what we have to stop."