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Peace Advocates Share Message Outside GOP Convention [AUDIO]

Abby Faulkner

ST. CLOUD – With the State GOP Convention in full swing, it’s definitely been a big weekend for politics in St. Cloud.

However, lawmakers aren’t the only folks in and around the River’s Edge Convention Center during the event.

A small group of ralliers clustered outside the building  on Saturday afternoon with signs.

Their message to lawmakers focused on ending wars and withdrawing troops.

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Doug Olson is one of the sign-bearers. He says the group is made up of peace advocates from Brainerd and Little Falls.

Olson says they’re not really protesting the convention. Instead, they’re using it as a stage for sharing their anti-war message. Olson actually supports Ron Paul, who was Friday’s keynote speaker during the convention.

The group decided to break away from a group that had been protesting the convention earlier in the day in front of St. Cloud City Hall which Olson described as “very democratic.”

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GOP lawmakers and delegates have been in St. Cloud since Friday, at which time they selected Rosemount-based Kurt Bills as the official candidate to challenge U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar in November’s election.

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