Paul supporters protest through convention halls
August 29th, 2012
09:02 PM ET
2 years ago

Paul supporters protest through convention halls

Tampa, Florida (CNN) - A large number of Ron Paul supporters marched through the halls of the Tampa Bay Times Forum, site of the Republican convention, protesting what they feel is unfair treatment by organizers against them.

The group, estimated at several hundred, marched through the upper hallways of the site shouting "As Maine goes, so goes the nation" in protest of the Republican National Committee voting not to seat 10 delegates from Maine and replacing them with pro-Mitt Romney ones. Also 10 alternates were not seated.

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The protesting contingent, which included some delegates, some alternate delegates and supporters, marched through the corridor on the level of the forum above the convention floor.

Maine delegate Bernie Johnson, who backed Paul, told CNN it was in protest "of the injustice" done by the RNC.

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Some of the participants said the demonstration was spontaneous and was not planned in advance. "It just grew," Johnson said.

The group had come to the site to watch a video tribute to Ron Paul and to hear the speech from his son, Rand. After both were done is when they were getting ready to leave and the protest came about. Once they'd made their presence known the group dispersed.


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soundoff (150 Responses)
  1. Obama2012

    I'm a Ron Paul supporter. I am now voting for OBAMA!

    August 29, 2012 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  2. enuff

    The delegates from my state were shoved in the back where even A WIDE SHOT on the TV cameras can't find them. I just hope they weren't the ones that insulted the CNN camera person last night.

    August 29, 2012 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  3. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I would that they do well supporting with Ron Paul. Romney and his team steamrolled over Ron Paul because they wanted to win with a huge margin. They couldn't let Ron Paul win one primary or caucus? How petty and insecure are they that they had to do this?

    August 29, 2012 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  4. Bootstomper

    The republican party 2012 reminds me of the democrats in 1968 . Who won that election?

    August 29, 2012 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  5. Now it's about integrity!

    I'm a Ron Paul supporter that followed Dr. Paul because of his deep convictions. I've come to realize Mitt Romney has no true ideals and simply flip-flops with the political winds. I don't agree with all of President Obama's concepts but I believe him to be a man of compassion, integrity and conviction. He now gets my vote.

    August 29, 2012 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  6. Squigman

    Obama, 2012. End of story.

    August 29, 2012 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  7. AmericanPeasant

    The Libertarian Split has begun. Kiss the election chances good bye GOP, you just lost 10% of your votes. In an election as tight as this one you really needed that 10% too.

    August 29, 2012 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  8. Name

    Im disillusioned on what the GOP has done to Ron Paul. Fairness is overcome by cheats, greed, power and money. This is what is not right about America.....

    August 29, 2012 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  9. imandreas

    As a thirteen year old from the state of New Jersey, I find the RNC's handling of the Paul situation utterly inconsistent with the very fundamentals of democracy. Although I disagree with many of Ron Paul's views, it is entirely proposterous how the Republican National Convention believed that it was a worthwhile idea to refuse to even SEAT delegates purely because of their political ideals.

    Good day,
    Mickleton, NJ

    August 29, 2012 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  10. WhereIsPalin

    This is the best chance to de-program all of the Paul supporters.

    August 29, 2012 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  11. R H

    Yes O will take these votes. Thank you Ron Paul followers.

    August 29, 2012 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  12. Jason

    Obama, Really? I am a libertarian Ron Paul supporter and I could NEVER in a million years vote for a marxist like Obama. I will vote Romney/Ryan and work to change the party from within. You pseudo patriots would rather destroy this great nation than admit that Romney won the primary over Dr. Paul. Obama must be defeated!!!

    August 29, 2012 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  13. nothing new here

    When Sarah Palin has to step forward to defend Ron Paul supporters....
    Then it is obvious that the RNC is drifting into dangerous waters.

    August 29, 2012 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  14. GonzoinHouston

    Andreas, you are very eloquent for a 13-year-old. I'm impressed.

    August 29, 2012 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  15. nothing new here

    This was a bad, bad move on the part of the RNC to suppress Ron Paul delegates.
    But at least the RNC is showing it's true colors for once. Inhibiting votes, limiting free speech, trampling on those that do not adhere 100% to the GOP philosophies, even the great Palin is feeling the wrath.
    Who would have figured?

    August 29, 2012 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  16. GonzoinHouston

    The GOP establishment has trashed the Ron Paul supporters and shut down Sarah Palin. This is a fatal error. These are the sort of folks that when told "my way or the highway", respond with a one-finger salute and head for the doors. This is a tight election and the party can't afford to alienate anybody, especially another republican. This is not what you want at a convention.

    August 29, 2012 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  17. Vincent

    The GOP alienates some of the most active and enthusiastic members of its own party, and then wonders why more independents wont join or pay attention?
    Many of the energetic 'youth voters' were followers of Ron Paul. Great job GOP!! Youre practically handing the election to president Obama.
    Id like to know which idiots thought it would be a good idea to antagonize other members of their own party.

    August 29, 2012 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  18. Time to change

    I am a ron paul supporter from Libya and I can tell you that the only choice to libertarians is either just vote for Romney with great strength or just vote Gary Johnson as a protest vote. Obama is much worse than Romney and Mitt has to and is trying to sway his view to the tea party and ron supporters. He has said that he wants to audit the fed and will look at civil liberties and this makes him miles better than Obama.

    August 29, 2012 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  19. enuff

    The republicans party while the gulf coast floods.

    August 29, 2012 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  20. thetruthandnothingbutthetruth

    dear RNC,
    enjoy your convention! BUT tune in next week and watch the big dawgs!

    August 29, 2012 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  21. thetruthandnothingbutthetruth

    pretty good speech, but we gotcha!

    August 29, 2012 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  22. Larry

    What do the rich supporters of the republican party care about Ron Paul supporters. None of them were rich so shut up and get out of the way cause you never had a chance. Some day the republicans will figure it out – the party belongs to the 1% and that is the percentage of voters they deserve to have supporting them.

    August 29, 2012 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  23. sassysticks53

    My state sent 25 delegates and three super delegates to the convention. It was reported in my local newspaper today that the 28 delegates are complaining of being treated like "red-headed step children" at the convention. These delegates are mainly moderate republicans and they say they are being treated like "crap." The Ron Paul supporters have a point.

    August 29, 2012 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  24. NotFooled

    Shows the true extent of politics in this day and age. The ruling elites have their plan, don't interfere.

    August 29, 2012 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    serious threat to gop . O bama does not boast to know all but cares

    August 29, 2012 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
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