Romney campaign pushes Republican delegate changes
August 24th, 2012
02:10 PM ET
6 years ago

Romney campaign pushes Republican delegate changes

Tampa, Florida (CNN) - In a move backed by Mitt Romney advisers, Republicans just made it harder for grassroots activists to undermine the outcome of primaries and caucuses at state conventions.

The rules change, approved Friday by Republican National Committee officials in Tampa, was an implicit response to efforts by Ron Paul supporters to secure delegates at GOP state conventions and overturn the results of various primaries and caucuses.

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The amendment to party bylaws was proposed by Romney attorney Ben Ginsberg, a delegate from the District of Columbia.

Ginsberg said the rule change would fix "what we saw as a damaging flaw in the presidential selection and election process and wish to correct for 2016."

The flaw: Even after votes were counted on primary or caucus night throughout the winter and spring, a candidate – Romney, for instance – was not guaranteed to pick up the corresponding number of delegates to send to the national convention.

In some cases, as in Nevada or Iowa, a statewide caucus victory did not guarantee bound delegates to the convention. That left an opportunity later in the summer at state GOP meetings for supporters of Paul to pack convention delegations with their dedicated allies.

The new rule, adopted by a 56-40 vote, would allow each campaign to select their delegates to the national convention, instead of waiting for the process to unfold at state convention level.

The rule would only apply to statewide votes and not to states like Michigan, where primary delegates are allocated by congressional district.

"The candidate who wins the actual statewide vote gets their supporters as delegates," Ginsberg said in arguing for the rules change.

Supporters called the rule "common sense." Opponents said it would hamstring states from determining how their own party rules.

An official from the RNC said the new rule made it so campaigns would not have to return to a state like Iowa, months after the caucuses ended, to whip up votes at a state convention to protect their delegates.

"If you win the state once during the primary process, you won the state," the official said. "You don't have to go back and win it again for delegate seats."

soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I do not think republicans are much into democracy.

    August 24, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  2. The GOP Voucher Plan will include a "Legalize Euthanasia" clause and a free gun to commit suicide

    The old people will need it when their health care dollars run out.

    August 24, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  3. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It seems that Romney and his staff don't like Ron Paul and his supporters in any way shape or form. I find this being a group of sore winners. Almost as if they are one of those kids that want all the toys in the room no matter how many they are given.

    August 24, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    LOL. They'll even change the rules on their own voters to get the results they want. Priceless.

    August 24, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  5. Ancient Texan

    Ron Paul's attempt to circumvent the will of the voters may have just gone out the window.

    August 24, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  6. jaimie

    Mr. Romney, it takes honesty and integrity to be the President of the United States of America. Your peers and constituents have repeatedly requested certain tax documents to which you flatly refused to produce over and over. Most americans know you are hiding something Mr. Romney. You sir do not have the honesty and integrity to be the President of the United States of America.

    August 24, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  7. jaimie

    Romney and Ryan........ Laurel and Hardy of the 21st century.

    August 24, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  8. truth hurts

    Yeah, this was a flaw in the system for sure. It should have been fixed long ago. Thanks to the Paul supporters for pointing this flaw out.

    August 24, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  9. 8.3% unemployment - Over 8% 42 Straight months and the Obama Jobs DEPRESSION continues unabated

    Romney.... making everything better. It is what he does!!

    August 24, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  10. tykl

    @Wire Palladin, S. F. – what do you not understand about the vote that took place where the movement passed 56-40? Aren't we just about to do the same thing Nov 6? Maybe a little thinking instead of just being a lie and venom-spewing Leftist might earn you a little credibility.

    August 24, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  11. cptpooppants

    Romney to Ron Paul supporters: Haw haw

    August 24, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  12. ksmary

    Wow. Republicans are always talking about the 'Chicago Style Politics' of Pres. Obama. Looks like the Republican party has it perfected. Disenfranchising voters in many states, and now disenfranchising delegates to the convention. That is showing those whimpy Dems. how it really should be done

    August 24, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    I thought the rule was that rules changes must be made at the national convention. Isn't that one reason for conducting the convention? To agree upon the rules on how the primaries and et cetera will be conducted next time? Speaking of which, let's see if they can figure out which state gets which primary date in 2016, and then sit back and watch if they break their own rules again.

    August 24, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  14. cali girl

    Guess Robmey is worried about an overthrow. Should be fun to watch if they decide to televise it.

    August 24, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  15. Paul


    Millions of people have asked to see the REAL birth certificate from Obama and he keeps trotting out the OBVIOUS forgeries.

    August 24, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  16. lovinthatsomanyhateonnd

    lol fascism take over slowly continues....just think, if Romney wins by 2016 they will have elections rigged, have stripped us of freedom of religion (with their anti gay marriage and abortion ban based on a Christian principle that not all share), and will question whether a woman was "legitimately" or "forcibly" raped....Oh, and seniors will be up that one creek without a paddle as the voucher program wont cover a fraction of what is necessary.

    August 24, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  17. myviewis

    In the Republican Party people are individual from each other with a self achievement purpose, Democrats on the other hand are a collective, all helping 1 person achieve, all follow the same frame of mind, no independent thinking. Republicans will disagree with each other, Democrats do not disagree with each other and anyone that dares to disagree with them is a bad person and gets cut off the group.

    August 24, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  18. Blkbald

    Classic. Silencing the people that might change the ticket. Sounds like anything can be bought.

    August 24, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  19. Max


    Republicans seem to be such a confused bunch of wonder the populace isn't supporting them...with Romney being as stupid as TRUMP to have resurfaced the dumb birther issue today in Michigan.

    They are really showing how confused they are!!!

    August 24, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  20. Ah...I See.

    Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I do not think republicans are much into democracy
    ^^^^^ That. Course, Conservatives will say "Duhhhh....errrr....duh uhm....but uh...aren't we a Republic?" Yea, true, but then the whole personal liberty, we the people, thing comes from voting Republican isn't the right way to go about things? Shock!

    August 24, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |

    The Ron Paulbots are going to gut Mitt the twit in Tampa.

    August 24, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  22. Silence DoGood

    Obama did a similar thing in 2008 to suppress Clinton supporters. Similarity #849757 between the two candidates from the ONE DemRepub party. Next time vote Green Party for a change.

    August 24, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  23. PJ

    Just when they "made peace" with Ron Paul, they slap him in the face. Real winners, these folks.
    As for the coverage Priceless was whining about, I intend to watch the convention four nights, for one hour,
    courtesy of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. That's about all I can stand.

    August 24, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  24. myviewis

    Silence DoGood

    Obama did a similar thing in 2008 to suppress Clinton supporters

    Yes, thank you for reminding us. I looked it up in CNN, April 1st, 2008: (CNN)— Hillary Clinton continued to push back pressure to drop out of the presidential race Monday night, once again accusing rival Barack Obama and his supporters of trying to stop voting before every state can weigh in.

    August 24, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  25. Fox News Rules the News World

    Silence DoGood - Next time vote Green Party for a change.
    I might consider it if they weren't all dope smoking whack jobs that are worse than liberals.

    August 24, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
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