Before the GOP 2012 Convention was gaveled into session on Tuesday, Rep. Ron Paul made a surprise appearance on the floor. His fervent supporters exploded, raining applause upon the former presidential candidate. Cheers of “Ron Paul!” and “President Paul!” followed him – as did a fairly large contingent of the media.

Paul, clad in a lei, greeted his supporters and dealt with media as he made his way across the floor. Even after the initial outburst, there were small chants of support during his appearance.