The republicans picked Minnesota to hold their convention, thinking that it's a toss-up state.
Tim Pawlenty may be governor and he may be McCain's vice president, but Minnesotans are progressive as a whole and no way will Minnesota vote for McCain. No way.
Tens of thousands -- from anarchists and immigrants to advocates for the poor -- plan to use the streets outside the Xcel Center as a national podium, transforming downtown St. Paul into a marketplace of ideas.
"There are some groups that are going to be here just because this is a big stage," said Chuck Samuelson, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota. "But I think the majority of groups are here because they really want to demonstrate to the delegates that they want to see some sort of changes in the party platform."
Protesters and police expect the opening day of next month's four-day convention to be the biggest -- with a huge anti-war march.