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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soundoff (128 Responses)
  1. tofuuu

    Seriously people? Ron Paul is just as insane as Romney and Ryan. The difference is that he's HONEST about his insanity.
    Obama 2012.

    August 21, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  2. magistramarla

    Too bad. I was hoping that Paul and his dingbat followers were planning some sort of huge disruption at the convention. It would have been such fun to watch the GOTP squirm.

    August 21, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  3. Carl, Secaucus, NJ

    Guys like Romney and Ryan give themselves away when they say we have to cut spending on everything–except defense, which must be increased even further. Whether you agree with him or not, you can tell that Paul is sincere about shrinking government because he puts everything on the table, including defense.

    August 21, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  4. Lainie

    Lee, did you happen to do the math on the dismal turnout there was for the Republican primaries this entire election?

    If not, here's one for ya.....Rhode Island. A state with over 1 million people in it. Guess how many voted in the closed Republican primary (Romney's ONLY voter base)? 14,488! That's it. Less than 15000 TOTAL, and Romney didn't get all those votes.

    The will of the people is to not vote Republican at all, or to stay home. Those kinds of numbers will not beat Obama, and you certainly can't win without the people you insult.

    August 21, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  5. Jack Be Humble

    To those telling "Ronbots" to shut up... this election is going to be close enough that the Electoral College might tie. If that happens, all of a sudden Ron Paul Delegates can do what they want, and make deals with whomever they want. Keep that in mind. While the minority cannot dictate the will of the majority, the majority should not completely disregard the interests of the minority. Note: I am not a Ron Paul Supporter.

    August 21, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  6. Chris

    Here once again, father making way for his son!!

    August 21, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  7. Manish Gupte, PhD

    Can bain use romney's influence? can romney stand by what he said to be the GOP front runner? Where does romney make his money from?

    August 21, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  8. Let's pacify Ron Paul supporters

    What a bunch of tripe. The GOP is giving Paul supporters a bunch of empty rhetoric. Hey, but what did you expect coming from an empty suit.

    August 21, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  9. Get over it

    I'm pretty sure comedians and late night talk show hosts are all rooting for Paul to get the nomination. There's comedy GOLD!

    August 21, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  10. behi

    I thought Ron Paul had more bones and principals than compromising and selling off his supporters to a coup puppet

    August 21, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  11. John

    My vote will be for Ron Paul. I have already made my decision and I really don't care if Romney becomes the nominee. As for Obama, I already gave him a chance and I'll be damned if I vote for him again. The rest is just noise.

    If everyone followed this principle then Ron Paul would be in the white house this year.

    August 21, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  12. Bob Waters

    Wow... This is major news. Will the major media outlets be covering this. Probably not. Major news like this only gets a blog mention.

    August 21, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  13. Lainie

    And Lee.....Ron Paul has a lot of Democratic and Independent support, Romney does NOT. If we had any chance at all at beating Obama it was with Ron Paul, but the GOP acted ugly and criminal to support someone that won't even prove he paid taxes for 10 years.

    August 21, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  14. Bob Waters

    >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.

    RNC is a private organization and they can do anything they want whether it violates their own rules. There is no recourse in the decisions although private organizations pick the only 2 people allowed to run for president. Great system we ended up with.

    August 21, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  15. carlos

    El Flaco

    The inmates have taken over the asylum wing of the house republicans, hehehehehe.

    August 21, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  16. Contra Archy

    NO! Ron Paul, Stand Your Ground!!! Dissrupt the Proceedings!!! Please, Please, PLEASE, Disrupt the Proceedings!

    August 21, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  17. mark edward marchiafava

    Screw the GOP, I wish the Paulians would take them down in flames.

    August 21, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  18. Bob in Boston

    A few concessions are nice, but considering the fact that Romney only won the nomination by cheating, i don't think many Ron Paul supporters are actually going to VOTE for the guy. He's a guaranteed loser in November due to the fact that the GOP cheated to get him into the nomination. If they had played fair, he may still have won, but at least the party wouldn't be as fractured. But as anyone who went to a delegate caucus can attest, the Romney campaign and GOP establishment can't be trusted whatsoever, and definitely don't deserve our votes. If that gets Obama re-elected then so be it – I would almost prefer the evil I know to the cheater Romney, since we still don't know exactly how far Romney will go to get what he wants.

    August 21, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  19. Patrick

    We're ONLY voting for Ron Paul. Obama and Romney are backed by the same banksters that destroyed our economy. They are the same.

    August 21, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  20. Ol' Lefty

    As a Democrat, I can truthfully say, Go Ron Paul!

    August 21, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  21. Bob in Boston

    > Justice
    > Paul needs to be actively supporting Rommney or he will be eating Obama socialism like everyone else.. He seems bent on > making his point and losing the War for the republican party.

    So you'd prefer Romney big government and endless wars to Obama big government and endless wars?
    Not everyone believes, as you do, that we are stuck voting for the lesser of two evils. That's how we get so many crappy candidates in the first place. No thanks – I'm voting for the good of the country, not for "party unity" or some other ridiculous concept.

    August 21, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    "Romney isn't any different than Obama. "

    Most false statement I've read all day. Hurray for false equivalencies and burying your head in the sand out of spite.

    August 21, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  23. AZ Editor

    Ron Paul demanded that the GOP put a statement that there is no gold in Ft. Knox in the party platform!!!

    August 21, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  24. Flea for your lives

    Let Dr. Paul speak!

    Ruff Ruff.
    Feel better ?

    August 21, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  25. PeoplePower

    Don't hold your breath on rombama being nominated. He is just as compromised and cruupted as obomney is. We the people will not turn this nation back over to this traitorous regime that is the nwo criminal cabal.
    reince priebus and rombama have from the onset of this Federal Election Process commited Federal Election Fraud. rombama does not deserve the nomination. He is nothing more that a criminal elitists.

    August 21, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
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