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RNC 2012: Ron Paul Supporters Walk Out of RNC After Romney Nomination

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Ron Paul is unhappy with the new delegate counting system

A conservative herd of elephants trampled a septuagenarian's army yesterday during the first full day of the Republican National Convention in Tampa. Texas Congressman Ron Paul fell 1,871 delegates short of becoming the GOP's presidential nominee during yesterday's roll call, but the 73-year-old's supporters really took it in stride.

In fact, they walked out.

"We're all getting screwed here!" yelled one Paul supporter from Maine as he marched out of the Tampa Bay Times Forum. "If it can happen to me, it can happen to anybody."

He was one of 20 delegates from that state affected by a controversial new RNC mandate that requires non-winner-take-all states to distribute delegates proportionately based on the candidates' popular vote percentage.

The rule was adopted after a virtual split of "ayes" and "nayes" minutes before 20 would-be Ron Paul delegates from Maine were stripped of their vote.

"It's very difficult to accept [Mitt Romney] for many reasons," said Cory Soulier, a Ron Paul supporter from Connecticut. "He's flip-flopped so many times ... It's a complete disregard for free-market economics."

When asked if he'll vote for Mitt Romney in November, Soulier emphatically replied "no."

"I've been [in Tampa] for the past four or five days talking with hundreds of Ron Paul supporters," he said with pride. "It definitely looks like they're all going over to [independent candidate] Garry Johnson."

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Mongolico Jones
Mongolico Jones

Las Vegas Sun: Paul supporters, lead by Nevada delegate Wayne Terhune, succeeded in putting together petitions from six states to put Paul’s name up for nomination. But earlier this week, the Romney campaign won a critical rules change requiring eight states to put a candidate up for nomination. At the last moment, Paul supporters handed the petitions to the convention secretary. Then, the convention voted to adopt the eight-state rule, crushing the Paul effort. More at the "Las Vegas Sun" New York Times: Delegates from Nevada tried to nominate Mr. Paul from the floor, submitting petitions from their own state as well as Minnesota, Maine, Iowa, Oregon, Alaska and the Virgin Islands. That should have done the trick: Rules require signatures from just five states.*But the party changed the rules on the spot. Henceforth, delegates must gather petitions from "eight" states.* More at the "New York Times" _________________________________________

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

The things that matter in this country have been reduced in choice, there are two political parties, there are a handful insurance companies, there are six or seven information centers...but if you want a bagel there are 23 flavors. Because you have the illusion of choice!” We all believe the system is somewhat rigged, bought and paid for by a handful of important corporations — ExxonMobil for energy policy — and lobby groups — the American Bankers Association for economic and fiscal policies. With the creation of political SuperPACs, the non-profits that donate tens of millions to politicians, a handful of wealthy individuals also are given more sway in national, and state level politics. Everyone knows it. Including Wall Street Super PACs, Religion, & Lobbyists: “The Tea Party is funded by Koch Industries, or Big Oil. The Koch brothers gave over $55 million in bribes to scientists to say global warming is a hoax. They are a vast political network, sponsoring Christian conservative rallies and funding political ad campaigns nationwide. They are instrumental in busting unions and they pushed for the Citizens United/ ‘corporations are people’ law.” the American political system. The two-party system is a joke. american need more option: 'the third-party candidate

Firip Onitsuka
Firip Onitsuka

The RNC pulled lots of Shenanigans to make sure the convention stayed to script.

Mario Sanchez
Mario Sanchez

Charlie, I think you may have a punctuation/grammar problem.

John LiPari
John LiPari

mitt romney is a career criminal, bought off to lose to obama.

John LiPari
John LiPari

mitt romney is a career criminal, bought off to lose to obama.

Jason E Cole
Jason E Cole

Mitt Romney maybe worst than Mccain but anybody is better than Obama! O Look no name calling! WOW whats wrong with me?

Gisela Calero
Gisela Calero

Damn, New Times... didn't expect this from you. I'd think you'd report how Ron Paul has been shut out by the media because it's not in their interest that he wins. Sad how our country works. So so sad.

Paul Panecea
Paul Panecea

We'll get the last laugh when the GOP loses in November....Twitt Romney is even worse than McCain.

Cully Waggoner
Cully Waggoner

It's not like they didn't know it was going to happen. It's not like Thunder Dome where "two men enter, one man leave", although that would make it a lot more fun to watch if they did.

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