August 28th, 2012
08:21 PM ET
6 years ago

Ron Paul supporters put dent in unity at GOP convention

Tampa, Florida (CNN) - The always-vocal supporters of Ron Paul made one final push to support the Texas congressman's bid for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination Tuesday, and in the process made their displeasure at the GOP establishment known as official proceedings at the Republican National Convention got underway.

Paul's supporters shouted and booed when rules were adopted as part of the Republican Party's official platform that would hinder the kind of grassroots campaign that carried Paul to the national convention.

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The booing turned to cheers, however, when Paul stepped out onto the convention floor. Shouts of "let him speak" broke out from his supporters, who are fervently loyal to the libertarian congressman who is making his third and, he says, final bid for the presidency.

When their candidate received any delegates in the state-by-state roll call, Paul's supporters delivered loud cheers. However, convention organizers ultimately made a decision to stop calling out the Paul delegates.

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That decision was met with furious cries from Paul's supporters, who said their voices weren't being heard at the Republican Party's official gathering. When states listed delegate votes for both Romney and Paul, party officials at the podium listed only the votes assigned to Romney, who secured enough delegates Tuesday to officially clinch the GOP nomination.

At one point, delegates from Maine walked off the convention floor in protest of a Republican National Committee decision to replace 10 of the 20 delegates Paul had secured in the state. That move prevented Maine from submitting Paul's name for nomination.

"I wanted to see the chairman keep it fair," Tom Bronza, a delegate and Ron Paul supporter from Pennsylvania, told CNN. "I just wanted to see the yeas and nays on the rolls. I knew it would be close. I wanted to record the numbers and wanted the chair to announce it. He didn't. I am disappointed in that. But that's the way the cards fell."

Bronza said the treatment from national Republicans toward Paul supporters had him seriously weighing whether he would vote for Mitt Romney in November.

"The way I was treated here today, I felt like I was picked on a lot by a number of different people, so I'm not too happy about that, and you know, if I was well received and no shenanigans, I would have considered it in November," Bronza said.

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  1. Marsha

    It was not the Ron Paul that created division, it was the RNC lying, cheating and stealing that created division. I am a 40 year Republican and I will not support Romney in November.

    August 28, 2012 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  2. Scott O

    Tens of millions of American voters don't have a TRUE voice like they think they do and further evidence of this is proven today as Delegates for Ron Paul at the RNC are shut out of the nominating process. It's not a free Country but it certainly should be. Wake up America!

    August 28, 2012 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  3. James

    Ron Paul is the only sensible politician in the U.S. If he was running in another country, he would be voted in.

    August 28, 2012 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  4. mantex

    At least Paul did / supported his convictions. MR panders to the far right and anyone with a check book.

    Perhaps they will figure it out by 2016

    August 28, 2012 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  5. beau

    So the Republicans are going to settle on an east coast, elite, millionaire from an aristocratic family? What is his experience that will make him a successful Conservative President?
    1. He fires people, lays off employees, and outsources jobs while pocketing the pension funds of those same employees.
    2. He is comfortable in an upper class setting. After all, America IS the upper class, isn't it? The little people, like you and I, are not really very important. People of Romney's class and background see us as livestock that can understand English.
    3. He does not care if Americans suffer. He has made lots of them suffer so far in his life. He's made of tough stuff. No weepy compassion will ever cloud his judgment.
    4. He knows how to destroy corporations and sell off their assets. He could use those skills to destroy the federal government, a stated goal of Conservatism
    5. After the Romney Administration is over in 2016 or 2018, Conservatives will say, "Hey, you can't blame us for the disastrous Romney Administration. He wasn't a TRUE Conservative. What we need is a TRUE Conservative like Ron Paul or Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum … or maybe govornor Palin."

    August 28, 2012 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  6. Satros

    So, not only content to try to stifle the American process with limiting voter hours and putting in ridiculous voter id laws, they're shutting down dissent within their own party as well? Gee, so much for the republicans upholding the American Way.

    August 28, 2012 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  7. Cory

    I am leaving the rupublican party not because I will not vote for Mit but because I do not trust the party anymore

    August 28, 2012 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  8. drake mallard

    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: 'third-party candidate

    August 28, 2012 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  9. palusko996769

    It's funny, because Paul is more Republican in his belief and platform than most Republicans. And that is very scary to them. Thank God they have gays and abortions. And of course, Obama. Otherwise, they would not know what issues to adopt as their platform.

    August 28, 2012 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  10. Patrick D

    I say both major parties has miss led this nation for too long.... America needs a man that can fix our broken trust.

    August 28, 2012 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  11. nothing new here

    Ron Paul supporters, I think WE need to step up to the plate..
    Independents, moderates, Libertarians and all those that want freedom from BIG POLITICS should start voting third part candidates, or anyone that will take us more seriously.
    The GOP no longer has my support.

    August 28, 2012 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  12. Steve

    So the other big government party rejected Ron Paul, wasn't that to be expected?

    August 28, 2012 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  13. beau

    The Ryan choice is EXCELLENT
    Ryan has the courage to challenge Big socialist government programs like Social Security and Medicare.
    Politicians have been deathly afraid to challenge senior citizens on Social Security and Medicare because they are such a powerful voting block
    But Senior Citizens have been feeding at the government trough for too long.
    It's time Seniors learned that nothing is "Free" and that WELFARE FOR THE ELDERLY is no different from welfare for the poor.
    American seniors are just going to have to learn to save their money and rely on themselves in their old age.
    It's time to end the two biggest socialist programs in the federal government....MEDICARE and SOCIAL SECURITY.
    And the Romney/Ryan team is the ones to do it.
    You are going to pay your way now old people, no more free lunch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL

    August 28, 2012 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  14. V4Vendetta

    i am a Paul supporter and will consider voting for Obama just to spite the GOP unless a better option presents itself.

    August 28, 2012 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  15. AJ

    Does anyone see what has happened? If you disagree with the GOP your vote does not count. Apparently democracy does not have a place in the GOP platform.

    August 28, 2012 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  16. Solitaire

    Are the Ron Paul supporters really so naive as to not know that they have hitched their wagon to a bull elephant that will trample absolutely anyone who tries to disagree with it?

    August 28, 2012 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  17. Cgris

    Sounds like the GOP doesn't believe in democracy anymore. Nice.

    August 28, 2012 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  18. Klancy Schmertz

    Like the Eisenhower family, I am a lifelong Republican who is incensed at the damage done and bigotry found in the right wing takeover of our party. Ike built America. Ike led. Ike respected all Americans, just as he did the troops under him when he led the Allies to victory. The Republicans today don't respect others, and build nothing but hatred. All the Republicans today do is to destroy what other Americans have built, instead of build upon what they have built.
    We strongly support President Obama as being more like President Eisenhower than any Republicans like Romney and Paul. We think many true Americans will join us.

    August 28, 2012 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  19. Andrew Kim

    today what happened at RNC in Tampa is a prime example of how this country's political system is broken. It is beyond repair. The whole system is bought at paid for by a few individuals who controls the whole country through their proxies in media, corporations and governments. It's shame how far this country has deteriorated. We now have two candidates running for 2012 election from both parties paid for by mainly Banking Cartels, i.e. Goldman Sachs and other corporate powers. This is what Fascism looks like. Corporate Agenda becomes national agenda.

    August 28, 2012 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  20. Gary

    While I have always been more liberal I would have voted for Paul had he been nominated, but after todays BS I am definitely voting OBAMA come November. It is time to show the RNC they are too far right and way to overzealous and need to either get back to their Reagan roots or be cast out forever.

    August 28, 2012 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  21. Lars

    This is the GOP version of democracy–silence any dissenting voice.

    August 28, 2012 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  22. ElmerGantry

    Republican 2012 Platform

    A:   Health Care three tiered:
             1) senators and representatives: Gov run health care, thank you very much taxpayers!
             2) corporate executives would like to thank the workers for contributing to their plan
             3) every one else pay for your self or don't get sick

    B:    Education:
              1) destroy the department of education 
              2) vouchers and home schooling
              3) replace science with creationism,ID, irreducible complexity

    C:      Tear down the wall of separation of church and state.

    D:     A chicken concealed gun in every pot pocket.

    E:     Privatize
              1)   our National Parks
              2)   our national transportation system 
              3)   the DOE and nuclear stockpiles 
              4)   Everything else

    August 28, 2012 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  23. SnarkyAkimbo

    Wow... they disenfranchise their own too.
    There's a lesson for us.

    August 28, 2012 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  24. cg

    This is a troubling display of unfairness, but hardly a surprising thing for the GOP establishment to do.

    August 28, 2012 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  25. Klw

    Uh oh here come come the Paulbots; put up your umbrellas. I don't know why they are so upset. The other "Paul" (Paul Ryan) worships Ayn Rand just as much as they do.

    August 28, 2012 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
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