Scottsdale, Arizona (CNN) - Members of the Republican National Committee gathering in Arizona were invited to meet with Mitt Romney in private Friday and have their pictures taken with the presumptive GOP nominee, but there was a price of admission: loyalty.
RNC members and state GOP chairmen were welcomed into the private reception only after signing a form pledging to support Romney as a delegate to the national convention in Tampa.
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All 168 members of the committee have a vote at the convention as "superdelegates" – and one of Romney's supporters on the RNC estimated that over 100 members signed the form.
The Romney "delegate pledge form" asked members to sign their name and "pledge to vote for Mitt Romney at the 2012 Republican National Convention on all ballots until Mitt Romney has been nominated."
Signers were given the option of declaring their support publicly or privately by checking one of two boxes.
Several state Republican chairmen who have not publicly endorsed a candidate - including party leaders from South Carolina, Ohio and California - signed the pledge.
Romney spoke only briefly and spent roughly 20 minutes shaking hands and posing with members in a photo line.
"This is where all the power is, huh?" Romney joked as he entered the room to applause. "Thank you for all your work. Thank you for your help."
Not everyone was allowed to join in the fun.
All three members of Iowa's conservative RNC delegation – party chairman A.J. Spiker and committee members Steve Scheffler and Kim Lehman – attempted to enter the reception but were rebuffed after refusing to sign the delegate pledge.
The dispute became heated in the hallway outside, with the Iowans demanding to know why they had to sign a form to get their picture taken with the former Massachusetts governor.
Several of Romney's deputies on the committee assured the trio that they could keep their support a secret by checking the appropriate box, but they refused to do so.
"They don't trust us," a frustrated Scheffler said after the argument. "I have said I will support the nominee when we have a nominee, no ifs, ands or buts."
The Iowa delegates were later given the opportunity to pose for a photo with Romney at a luncheon for RNC members, after the private event for supporters.
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what is it with the GOP and pledges? I just don't get it.
My fellow Repubs, Join me da Bishop in my slogan for the 12 race. EVERYTHING SUCKS & EVERYTHING BLOWS!!!! Join me & pledge & YaLL get Elevators for your cars.
Pledges? What's Romney afraid of? That at the convention Ron Paul will get the nomination? What a coward this Romney guy is.
Yo Bishop, you be real populur wit da Ladies, They be lovin all up in you!!!!
Romney is pathetic.
"Members of the Republican National Committee gathering in Arizona were invited to meet with Mitt Romney in private Friday and have their pictures taken with the presumptive GOP nominee, but there was a price of admission: loyalty." repuks making back door deals for "loyalty".............................WHATEVER. Such a crook!
The Anybody but Mitt McCain convention will be a hoot. The pledge form shows that back room deals will nominate the GOBP patsy to get killed in November.
Sounds like Grover Norquist. Sign on the dotted line or get out. Nice (sarsasm)! Willard is shady.
OBAMA/BIDEN/FIRST LADY MICHELLE 2012!
They need to hire Ted to tour with Romney to keep the peace. Keep those misbehaving delegates in line.
Pledges, is this the boy scouts!? OBAMA 2012 vote for a grown up.
Romney is Right for America!
Vote Romney 2012/2016
47 years ago, Daddy rich Mormon, can you send me to France, Please Daddy rich mormon, Can I be all up in that draft dodgin thing?? Please Daddy Rich Mormon??? Thanks Daddy rich Mormon..
They're scared. And they want to nominate a king, apparently. Allegiance to a person?
Thisnis the $250M flip flopper coming out. Buying votes! Npriceless.
This is going to be the best infighting candidacy ever in the history of our great country. The teapublikans and the rethugs can't bring themselves to vote for the millionaire robot.
No, idiot, this is NOT where then power is. A handful ofmpeople with nothing better to do gathered for you. Sort odmwhat castro does in Cuba. Mthey bus the masses, in your case the small crowds, in and it's always more reporters than real voters. I think the joke played on you on Apriln1st by thatnother loser from WI is becoming a reality. :)
I like Romneys sogan of EVERYTHING SUCKS & EVERYTHING BLOWS!! Bishop 2012!!!
He is smiling, he must of just beat his puppy.
Romney is SO Wrong for this country! Just a Mean Greedy man in a super expensive suit.
Haven't they signed enough 'pledges' to destroy America? This one reminds me of middle school – Check 'like you' or 'love you' and return it to me in math class. Good Grief.
Not a surprise at all that the same establishment people who are claiming Romney already won the nomination when he's not even halfway to the delegate count he needs are trying their best to make sure people don't vote for Ron Paul. I'll bet the next news story out is that they try to get state delegates to sign the same pledge. I'd love to hear if that pledge has any legal binding though... I'll bet by party rules that pledge carries about as much weight as spitting in your palm before shaking hands.
GOP = Bunch of fascists!
Ron Paul will take Mitt down a couple of notches at the BROKERED convention. No one wants to see Mitt win, even those voters Mitt has paid off.
Robmey is used to this: His religion dictates that if you don't cross all the specified t's and dot all the specified i's, you don't go to Heaven. His kind of unthinking, undemocratic, autocratic mindset has no place in the White House.
If Mitt gets the nomination, Obama wins again.
If Ron Paul gets the nomination, he can at least attract enough of the anti-war left to beat Barack Bush... er, Obama.
Riiiiiiiiiiiight... because Rahm Emanual never demanded unflinching loyalty to the Chicago machine that Obama installed. Ha!
Why does every pic of Rommel have phoney, lying, slime-ball character lines all over his face?