Ron Paul delegates set to strike deal with RNC
August 21st, 2012
02:26 PM ET
2 years ago

Ron Paul delegates set to strike deal with RNC

Tampa, Florida (CNN) – A stand off between Ron Paul supporters and the Republican National Committee over convention delegates appears to be easing, and both sides are close to announcing a deal that could help avoid a potentially embarrassing moment for Mitt Romney on the day he receives the GOP presidential nomination.

The deal, which is expected to be announced Tuesday afternoon, will seat more Paul delegates at next week's Republican National Convention, an act that could help prevent an organized effort by Paul supporters to try and bring Monday's opening session to a grinding halt.

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"This is a major step towards peace and good will on the convention floor," said a Paul source familiar with the negotiations. The source spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not yet been made public.

The RNC has agreed to seat 17 Ron Paul delegates from Louisiana, which has been a major point of contention between the Paul campaign and the Romney campaign. In addition, the RNC will also seat additional Paul delegates from Massachusetts, ending the controversy in that state.

There are still ongoing discussions over disputed delegates from Maine, which is being negotiated by Paul advisors, RNC officials and senior Romney staff. But the compromise over Louisiana and Massachusetts was a major break through on this thorny issue less than a week before the Republican National Convention.

The good will between Paul and Romney was helped by the willingness of the Romney campaign to help integrate key policy issues into the Republican Party platform, which has been debated here in Tampa for the past two days. Discussions between Paul and Romney over the platform have been going on for months.

"We are extremely pleased with how this platform is going," said the source close to Paul. "It is a very constitutionally conservative, little 'l' libertarian document. They have really gone out of their way to address issues that we care about, the tea party cares about and the independent minded folks coming into the party the party care about."

Specifically, the Paul campaign was pleased with the tough language in the platform regarding the Federal Reserve and a willingness to at least allow a public discussion on other issues even if they were not adopted.

In another olive branch to Paul and his supporters, the Romney campaign has asked his son, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, to speak in prime time Monday night at the convention.

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Filed under: 2012 • Republican National Convention • Ron Paul
soundoff (128 Responses)
  1. Fred

    No negotiation. The RNC doesn't get to decide who is seated, the State Republican parties do. If the RNC
    denies them their right to be seated they should run Ron Paul as a third party candidate even if it hands
    Obama a second term. No Negotiations and no quarter.

    August 21, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  2. Steve TX

    For everyone saying they don't want Romney or Obama, please do yourself, your children, your grandchildren,and America a favor and check out what Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate did for New Mexico when he was a two-term governor.

    August 21, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  3. kerfluffle

    Gary Johnson it is...

    August 21, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  4. PushingBack

    Who is Ron Paul?

    August 21, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  5. Lee

    Ten percent of the people who voted in the primaries do not get to determine who the nominee is. Get over it Ronbots!

    August 21, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  6. DontTreadOnMe

    there is no compromising with a puppet of the banks. Ron should be speak not his sellout son.

    August 21, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  7. oksailor

    I really wish Ron Paul could have been the delegate. Since he's not, I have to say I will vote for Obama over Romney. Rather have socialism that get screwed by the rich boys club, which is exactly where the Romney/Ryan ticket will take this miserable country.

    August 21, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  8. Our right

    we want RON PAUL

    August 21, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  9. Tyler

    America needs a condidate like Dr. Paul, we need him for his ideals, his beliefs, and his libertarian values. Without a wakeup call from good folks like Dr. Paul, the majority of America will continue to follow along with the masses like brain washed little minions. Please, for Americas sake, think outside the box, listen to what folks like Gary Johnson and Dr. Paul have to say; it is truly appalling to me how they are shunned by the mass media and the public. They are seen as "extreme" or "activisits" but I ask the American people this: without activism and the ability to thrawt a central controlling government that has its hand in every facet of our lives, have we not become what we fought to escape so many years ago? Our forefathers are rolling over in their graves, we all should be ashamed at the shape our country is in, but we are too scared of progress and "real change". Let Dr. Paul speak!

    August 21, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  10. East of Eden

    I'm a Republican. I want less government, I want Uncle Sam out of all of my personal affairs. When disasters befall others, I say they should have been prepared but if one happens to me–I criticize the government for not doing enough and expect my friends to help out. Anyone else noticing these inconsistencies?

    August 21, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  11. Rodroderick

    what language was this article written in again?

    August 21, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  12. fredericks

    Why not let Ron Paul speak at the convention? What's so dangerous about the first amendment?

    EVERYTHING!

    August 21, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  13. Rodroderick

    &Tyler – they aren't shunned, they just don't line the right pockets...

    August 21, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  14. n

    Phony Ron Paul, yet another chicken hawk republican cave in out of fear of the established unseen left hand of the right collective force of the Borg god Ayn Rand. Are you scared yet?

    August 21, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  15. Robert

    Those of you who think there is no difference between Obama and Romney, listen up: The next president will in all likelyhood be appointing two or three new justices on the Supreme Court. Do you want Obama appointees, or Romney appointees? Make your choice.

    August 21, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  16. dferreira1975

    Don't waste your vote by wrtting in Dr. Paul. A lot of states don't allow write-ins and then it doesnt' go to Dr. Paul.. it gets dumped into the "other" collumn. Instead make your voice mean something and vote for Gary Johnson. Thats my intention of Dr. Paul doesn't become the nominee.

    August 21, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  17. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    And how many delegates does Todd Akin get to seat? According to Mr. Akin, rape is ok as long as the woman being rape doesn't get pregnant. Then I supposed conservative men can go out tomorrow and rape conservative women without any repercussions as long as they wear a condom. Heehaw!

    August 21, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  18. carlos

    where are the freaking willard's tax returns, the rnc platform is satanic and repulsive just like all of the repugnants and CONS........s

    August 21, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  19. TomInRochNY

    Ron Paul is still around? He's like the Abe Viggoda of politics.

    August 21, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  20. Ken Okko

    Let's just get the thing overwith. Support, nominate, vote for and elect The Best Man For The Job: President Ron Paul

    August 21, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  21. ghostriter

    If it weren't for Paul's interesting "urban issues", I'd consider him. I've looked into him before and while I don't agree with him alot, at the very least he is consistent. He'd scrap everything except the military. And the military, he'd pare down quite a bit. No more foreign bases and what not.

    My stance has been that both sides will spend money. It's just a matter of where you want it spend. Paul has at least been consistent.

    But what I can't get is how Ron Paul supporters can back Romney. He is the worst of the worst, conservatively speaking.

    August 21, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  22. sovereignhominin

    I really hope the Ron Paul delegates storm the convention. From what I hear there are a lot of bound Romney delegates who will change their vote to Paul in the second vote. RP already has a plurality of at least 5 states and the GOP machine has blocked his supporters at every turn. If he doesn't take an upset at the convention he should run Independent! There's no way Obama or Romney would increase their base if they had to debate Ron Paul in the national debates. He'd make them look like the foolish Goldman Sachs puppets they are and would destroy their positions on real issues. Either way I'm voting for Ron Paul, writing in Ron Paul, or voting for Gary Johnson on the Libertarian ticket. Haters can go drink their kool-aid.

    August 21, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  23. mcskadittle

    here come the sell outs, they seemed like zealots but they are just plain republicans

    August 21, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  24. Rose

    Paul is dividing conservatives and independants and will hand over the Presidency to who he doesn't want, he can't win.

    August 21, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  25. Still Waiting

    If Romney does not reveal is tax returns by the convention, I highly recommend that the RNC consider someone else (Ron Paul) for the candidacy. If not, they are risking a huge loss in November.

    August 21, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
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