August 28th, 2012
08:21 PM ET
2 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. greg

    I'd like to see Paul's supporters start a real third party reform movement. It won't get many wins at first. With a little work on building consensus with progressive reformists, a genuine third party movement could be born. But of course, that means having a conversation with people of differing views, something most GOPers these days are unable to stomach.

    August 28, 2012 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  2. Klw

    I think maybe they silenced the Paul supporters because the convention is such a public event. Letting libertarians be heard would be the equivalent of the DNC allowing the Communist Party to make a spectacle at the Democratic convention. Their platform is already too far to the right as it is.

    August 28, 2012 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  3. madness

    I like Ron. Why would they show up and think they would be treated decently?

    August 28, 2012 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  4. Jerry

    So they're not wanting to vote because they didn't get what they want? Would they rather have for more years of record deficits, European style socialism, more intrusive government and continued loss of freedoms? This Libertarian will vote for Romney because it's better than more Obama's America.

    August 28, 2012 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  5. Ryan in CT

    Agooyers: if Paul had gotten all of his fairly elected delegates from all states(which a lot were not allowed entrance to the convention, others were made to change their vote/or sign affidavits swearing to Romney which is illegal) they could have easily gotten more then 8 states despite the on the spot rule change from 5 and could have nominated him from the floor or at least kept Romney from securing 1144 and forced a second round where no on would be bound

    August 28, 2012 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  6. Cam

    Mitt Romney and the RNC put a dent in unity with their power grab. It's official; the RNC is corrupt.

    August 28, 2012 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Wow. The RNC just alienated Paul supporter, which are voters they DESPARATELY need in November. This could have been a chance to honor Paul as a valued member of the party, rather than an outcast. I know that I, as a Paul supporter, will end up voting for no one. This is a shame.

    August 28, 2012 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  8. The Unsub

    Ron Paul got dissed. He is not welcome in todays GOP!!!!

    August 28, 2012 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  9. Commentor100

    This is what [Republican] democracy looks like.

    August 28, 2012 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    If the GOP treat Ron Paul supporters (Republican) like this, it is kind of scary to think how they will treat those not in their party if they win. They did to learn how to embraced other people with different belief.

    August 28, 2012 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  11. Rodent

    If anyone forgot, this is what will happen to civil liberties if the Republican's latest decepticon gets in office. While they profess unity, less government regulation and openness they just showed, in a very clear way, that they will eat their own, let alone the rest of us, with any disagreements. Who could forget that if you didn't agree with George Bush, then you were considered a traitor? Here we go again. I encourage the Democrats to invite Mr. Paul to speak at their upcoming convention, and that all of us embrace the thwarted and ignored Ron Paul supporters and show them that there is a voice for them in the Democratic party.

    What a childish thing to have done, but more so, what a telling glimpse into our future, should they steal this election, too.

    August 28, 2012 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  12. Gwen

    Are you surprised?..Republicans don't like nobody....but rich folks......that's why they are going to lose big time in November....

    August 28, 2012 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  13. RM

    It looks Like I will be Writing in my vote this year! and you should too! If you vote electronically they more then likley wont have a line to wright RON PAUL on but just ask for a written ballet! I dont believe in voting for someone because of their Race, Religion or Party (voting for someone because they are republican or democrat is like voting for someone because they are white.) I vote for people and their idea's only!

    August 28, 2012 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  14. shams_1218

    GARY JOHNSON 2012!!!!!!! For you Ron Paul supporters Gary Johnson is your next best choice....remember game theory suggests that if you vote Romney because you think he is the lesser of the two evils, you will only get worse outcome in the long run than not voting at all...so do yourself a favor ... vote for GARY JOHNSON!!!!!! SPREAD THE WORD!!!!!!

    August 28, 2012 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  15. jane

    I must admit that I will be voting for Obama this election...simply because he is the "lesser of the evils"..If the GOP was not such a corrupt, nasty party and Dr. Paul was nominated then I would have been over-joyed to vote for him....GOP wiill continue with wars, wars and wars....Americans are tired of this nonsense!

    August 28, 2012 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  16. Bcore

    So this is the final "Freedom" the definition is not popular in GOP circles. To the GOP party, Money and power is their ultimate freedom. Forget the promisse and liberty and democratic elections. Look no futher than to your extreeme right:)

    August 28, 2012 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  17. AmericanPeasant

    The GOP clearly displayed that they don't want the Paulites in their Party. Time for the Paulites to break away from the GOP and vote third party. Maybe losing the election in november will teach the GOP a lesson they should never forget.

    August 28, 2012 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  18. notsoanon

    Look up stellar wind someone post on daily paul or something i don't have an account, i just learned about it today seems like something that more people should know about.
    Look at all the rights we don't have. wake up.

    August 28, 2012 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  19. Libertarian

    For those Paul supporters who say they will vote for no one after this shameful display by the establishment, please consider the Libertarian candidate that Paul endorsed over Romney; Gary Johnson. If Paul has truly made his last run the former NM governor is the right person to become the face of the cause of liberty.

    August 28, 2012 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  20. indigo

    Independent voters, you have seen it and heard it with your own eyes and ears - the GOP has rolled over you on their their quest to the WH, they think they can get there without your support. Well, you have met your enemy - they are the GOP!

    August 28, 2012 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  21. Jay W

    Im sooooo sick of hearing the whining PaulBots screaming he didnt 'get his fair shake'. He didnt get a shake, bc he did not WIN. He had NO CHANCE at the nomination, not JUST bc people didnt vote for him, but bc people realize hes a raving LOON. Romney/Ryan have a much stronger chance at governing this nation, after the debacle of the last 4 years it will be a refreshing 'change' we can believe in.
    And for those of you talking about 'writing' your votes in...good luck, all 25 of you can do as you like...its your vote, but it wont change the election, its either Mittens or the Big O.....ron paul will not be president.

    August 28, 2012 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  22. Melo-D

    It's OK Ron Paul supporters, WIllard has a video tribute set up for Dr. Paul, that will make it all better won't it? A video tribute!!!

    August 28, 2012 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  23. maria ennis

    Please Everyone:Vote for President Obana , he is the one!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 28, 2012 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  24. trizzy

    Gary Johnson 2012....End the Federal Reserve

    August 28, 2012 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  25. Kelly

    Libertarian Gary Johnson 2012

    August 28, 2012 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
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