Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) addressed boisterous supporters Sunday, saying their efforts would help to usher in a new era of American politics.

“The end of an era provides an opportunity,” he said.

In wide-ranging and lengthy remarks delivered to supporters in Tampa one day before the Republican convention is slated to begin, Paul further touted his unique brand of political thinking, which has gained him a passionate base of support following several dark horse presidential runs.

The overarching theme of Paul’s remarks was one of wanting to minimize the government’s influence on people’s everyday lives. The lawmaker, who plans to retire at the end of 2012, used a number of specific points to highlight his worldview, including legalized drugs, a reduced military presence abroad, and even allowing for the consumption of raw milk.