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. joan

    Yes, if you hate Obama so much that even though you know Romney and his weathly GOPERS can and will not do nothing better for the country then vote for Gary. They are so many hateful sick people in the GOP and they swear they are
    Christians and they break the 10 commandments every day starting with lying.

    August 28, 2012 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  2. smdahl

    If we vote for the "lesser of 2 evils" we are voting for evil. Why do we always have this kind of choice? Because the bankers run this system and if we participate we are supporting pure evil. Don't vote & don't support anything this system says or does…Resumption of Non-violent resistance is long overdue. This gov't has earned its own overthrow according to the Declaration of Independence. Please read it and reject this US government entirely.

    August 28, 2012 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  3. MCM

    I've gone from red to purple to blue. Today's treatment of the Ron Paul delegates was the proverbial straw. Richie Rich will be denied the white house!

    August 28, 2012 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  4. RedWHite&BLue

    The GOP want a banana repulbic where the vote in favor of the only candicate to run for office is 99.999%. This shows you what kind of democracy we will have if Romney and his gang get elected to the White House.

    August 28, 2012 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  5. Secularosity

    Jerry: Name one freedom you have lost since Obama took office in 2009. Just one.

    August 28, 2012 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  6. Chris

    I believe that we should allow people to vote and those votes should choose the person... not delegates whose voices are not heard. Abolish the Electoral College and let the popular vote choose the president. Why do we spend millions of dollars on elections only to allow a few people to vote for us? Yes, the Electoral College is who actually votes for you. I will vote for Obama just to punish the Republicans for their stunt. The Ron Paul Delegates should have been seated and allowed to vote. We want to push democracy on other countries but can't even allow true democracy in our own country.

    August 28, 2012 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  7. Charlie

    They pulled out all the stops to prevent Paul being entered into nomination, even though he had the delegates. He had the State wins. Would he have won the nomination? No. But he earned the right to be nominated from the floor nonetheless.

    The GOP didn't want to see that happen. They denied duly elected delegates their seats, used lawsuits, intimidation, and plenty of other tricks at a more local level (I was a delegate for Paul). All for the appearance of unity behind Romney.

    If Paul had been nominated from the floor, he would have been given 15 minutes to speak. Free reign in primetime, to the very core of the Republican party, to speak about whatever he wished.

    This is a man who has served in Congress for 30 years, and in that time proven to be of unmatched consistency and integrity. A man who has announced his retirement from Congress this year. It would have been a career ending speech. No fear, no holding back, from a man who believes the Republican party has lost its way.

    That is a speech that I would have liked to see.

    Funny that the party that is supposed to be in favor of decentralization and State's rights goes to far to keep their power centralized and squash out anything they don't approve of. The people of the States elected those delegates to represent them, and they were tossed aside like they didn't matter.

    I don't care if you're Republican, Democrat, or somewhere else on the political spectrum. That is wrong, you know it, and you should help make it known.

    August 28, 2012 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  8. Camdens_Log82

    After looking at the GOP convention, I have to admit that it's the most boring, talking-point memo, stiff convention I've witnessed in my lifetime. I have heard one thing the GOP said it will do.

    August 28, 2012 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  9. skarphace

    John Huntsman would have been my first choice, but Ron Paul would have been a close second.

    No Republican, of those in the running, would have had a shot at my vote over Obama. Either of those two would have gotten my vote over Obama.

    Don't get me wrong, except for Huntsman and Paul, Romney was the best candidate by far. However, Romney will not get this moderate Democrat's vote this year.

    August 28, 2012 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  10. JeffB

    The new republicon method. We don't won't to hear you if you don't think like us. These guys just don't get that you can't keep alienating people and expect that YOU are the minority. You go Ron Paul – Democracy means hearing all voices!

    August 28, 2012 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  11. Justjean

    Now not only Ron paul supporters but those who follow them can see what the Democrats and most of the Independents have seen in the GOP for some time. They are NOT your friends. When it comes to war policies in particular, the Paulites would be better off with Democrats down the line.

    August 28, 2012 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  12. skarphace

    Jay W: you use the term 'Paul Bots' but you must realize that Ron Paul was much more popular this time around than any previous election. The most he ever got before was 5% and he had almost 13% this time. Therefore, the majority of Paul supporters (like myself) are not 'Paul Bots'.

    August 28, 2012 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  13. dark poet

    Wow..... 4 more years Obama........ way NOT to call out the Ron Paul votes....... because rumor was that they were MUCH closer then Romney was comfy with.

    To be honest..... a TRUE REPUBLICAN would of voted for Paul......

    1. Less government
    2. more personal freedoms
    3. financial accountability
    4. A former doctor who can adjust Obamacare's flaws

    He would of been PERFECT....... way to screw the pooch GOP........

    August 28, 2012 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  14. Barney

    Blessing in disguise: Start a third, valid, funded party. That would solve 50% of the problems right there.

    August 28, 2012 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  15. Blue Dog

    Nothing surprises me about GOP these days. Killing democracy. U betcha!

    August 28, 2012 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  16. Vincent

    The GOP seems to be having trouble with unity in its own party. How is this going to bring a nation together during these economic times? The GOP has been blocking progress for the president, even if it hurts the nation, and there seems to be no issue with throwing one of their own under the bus in the hopes of projecting a false image.
    Not a huge fan of either party, but this GOP behaviour must be concerning for most independents.

    August 28, 2012 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  17. glrwhite1951

    We all know as well as I do that Mitt Romney will not be President. When it gets down to it, the majority of the American people will not put a Mormon in the White House,and they will not vote for an out of touch Rich Man when all that he really wants is the power, and Romney is both. Saying you will vote for him is one thing, but doing it is another.
    He just has to many secrets.and that is the way he really comes across.He acts like a man who is hiding something.

    August 28, 2012 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  18. skarphace

    Edit: No *other* Republican, of those in the running, would have had a shot at my vote over Obama.

    August 28, 2012 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  19. AmericanPeasant

    The GOP is completely foolish. The Paulites are prety much the swing voter/independet block of voters for this election. With a race this close the Paulites vote will be deciding factor on who wins the presidential race. Obama could squeak by without their vote, but the GOP absolutely needs them. Way to shoot yourself in the foot GOP.

    The Paulite movement will grow in the future too, they won't go away. It seems to me that the GOP guaranteed that their Party will break apart in the near future.

    August 28, 2012 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  20. dark poet

    Oh ya one freedom........

    Obama preached internet freedom...... Demonoid shut down... Pirate Bay crippled.. Mininova crippled........ and its funny all the SOPA and other piracy bills have been voted down by republicans yet more democrats keep writing new bills and vote YES......

    You tell me who wants to oppress freedoms?

    This is why the recent Anon attacks have been people posing as them.

    Not ONE REAL ANON would support a political party. You know how much they hate Harry R?! The "mastermind" of these anti-piracy bills?!

    But you know....... republicans are too stupid to realize that someone is pretending to be Anon and has waged a war that they should just call out the other side for their piracy acts and how if it was ANON how hypocritical they have become :)

    August 28, 2012 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  21. TommyTally

    Remember America, 4 years from now, when you are poorer, less free, our foreign relations are less stable, taxes have increased, education costs have increased, and banks (especially the central one) have even more money that used to be in your pocket, you told Ron Paul "no thanks." He might have been the only guy who could have fixed this mess. Remember, it's your fault.

    August 28, 2012 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  22. Mike

    Wow, model Americans these Republicans. They think they represent freedom in America but treat party supporters like that? What a disgrace!! Freedom of speech > hurt feelings you so-called Americans! Hang your heads in shame RNC.

    August 28, 2012 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  23. BCaseyC

    He didn't win the nomination, neither did Cain, Gingrich, Bachman, etc... They're not whining... Paul is working against his party, saying he's "undecided", giving a psudo endorsment to a Libertairian Party Candidate... I mean... what do you expect? This is the Republican Convention. If Paul wants to run as a Libertairian, or green party... or whatever... OK... fine... but if you're going to be a republican you cant come to the convention and basically run against the GOP candidate. Grow up people.

    August 28, 2012 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  24. RM

    Yes, Yes My WRITTEN IN vote wont count just as much as yours wont! EVERY VOTE COUNTS! If you went with what you just said "Jay W" you might as well not vote! Duh there is more then 25! didnt you hear that the Ron Paul croud was so loud that they stopped saying his name! PEOPLE YOU CAN VOTE FOR WHO YOU CHOOSE! IT'S YOU FREEDOM! WHETHER THEY ARE ON THE BALLET OR NOT!!!!!

    August 28, 2012 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  25. Jus' Sayin'

    @agooyers
    Vote for the Libertarian Party.

    Is it too late for Dr. Paul to run as the Libertarian Party candidate – that would be sweeeeet!

    August 28, 2012 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
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