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.


Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Republican National Convention • Ron Paul
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  1. Randy

    Grand Oligarchy Party ... Partying away to glory – telling American people that they care.

    August 29, 2012 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  2. cg

    Seriously, if this is a sample of how the Romney campaign chooses to operate at the convention, how can you trust the GOP establishment to be in control of Washington D.C.? It's getting harder to identify the lesser of two evils here.

    August 29, 2012 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  3. Lucifer

    Truly amazing how Ron Paul supporters have been treated. Left out in the cold by their own party. I guess the republican leadership made the calculated decision to throw RP supporters under the bus. Unfortunate for Romney becuase it seems like he needs the support of that group. so much for the GOP "big tent" keeps getting smaller and smaller.

    August 29, 2012 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  4. Klancy Schmertz

    Ron Paul supporters: Do you respect Dwight Eisenhower?
    Ike's descendants recognize the current President as being more like Ike than those dominating the curent Republican party. They are incensed at what the those calling themselves conservatives have done to trash the party of Ike.
    The Eisenhower family strongly supports President Obama.
    A great many, if not most, moderate Traditional Republicans do also.
    Why not send Mitt and Company the message, and support the President, and instead of trying to destroy what he has done, build your improvements on his accomplishments?

    August 29, 2012 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  5. Jay Rehak

    Sad.

    August 29, 2012 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  6. bspurloc

    RNC 2012 the road to Jeb Bush 2016!

    August 29, 2012 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  7. Prepare

    I will never, ever vote for Romney.

    Ron Paul will get my vote 100%.

    Pay attention to the oppression, from TSA at the convention checking your bags, to DHS pulling you over for filming to the Republican party changing their rules on the fly so their chosen puppet get's elected.

    I will be writing in Dr. Paul in November.

    August 29, 2012 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  8. frpdp1008

    The election is OVER and President Obama has won!! The RNC has committed ritual suicide even worse that when they (I do not believe for a minute that John McCain did it) selected Sarah Palin to be John McCain's running mate!!

    Actually, if someone was truly on the ball in the DNC they would invite Ron Paul to speak at their own convention, telling the people that even though they as liberty loving liberals may not agree with him on every point, they at least believe he should be able to speak and be treated with the respect he deserves.

    Would that not actually drive a coffin nail in the RNC? They could even do this without angering their own base as most liberals are not fanatical about their political agendas. I know this as I know that even though I do lean to the left, I actually have some very conservative view in at least some areas, and I do not think that I am alone in this!!

    August 29, 2012 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  9. Joe

    As an American I am outraged that the RNC stonewalled the democratic process to promote their own nominee. Whats the point of voting if an umbrella group can destroy our rights? We should form a new RNC that kicks out all the bad people and only has those who follow the rules. A new day for the RNC!

    August 29, 2012 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  10. Edwin

    There is a lot of anger now. The important question is whether it will last. The RNC is betting it won't, that hatred of Obama is enough to draw all the parts of the republican party together. They assume that in November you will do you DUTY to the party and follow lock-step in line. We will see if they're right.

    Remember, though: if they ARE right, then they will have absolutely no reason to do it differently next time. If the majority of Ron Paul voters end up voting Romney, the take-away message will be that the RNC can do whatever it wants, and the voters will follow anyways, without question.

    August 29, 2012 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  11. Kris Jackson

    Romney should have moved to placate, co-opt and absorb this extreme-wacko but important faction of his party. Instead he has alienated them. They will likely not vote for him, or, worse, move to sabotage him somehow. Obama should be able to play this in some way. He needs to get his Machiavelli going here.

    August 29, 2012 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  12. Nick

    sigh, there's absolutely no way I'm voting for Obama, but this makes me not want to vote for Romney either. The GOP is pretty much guaranteeing a loss with this kind of behavior. All other things equal Romney would win, but with gaffes like this it's their election to lose. They better rectify this situation quickly if they want to keep the independent vote...
    We need a 3rd party that doesn't fail at everything like the current 2.

    August 29, 2012 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  13. Aaron

    Is this any surprise? With Citizens United and the new Voter ID laws the republicans in charge are making sure that they are able to seize power even with only a minority of support. They should all be in prison.

    August 29, 2012 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  14. Nate

    Ron Paul was a way better choice for president.

    August 29, 2012 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  15. don't be a sucker

    The 'leaders' of the gop are blatant crminals, just before the comvention, they tried to change the rules from 5 states won to 10; specifically to prevent people like Ron Paul from getting a voice

    Libertarian is the only viable option to get any real change done in DC, they are on the ballot in all 50 states, Gary Johnson is the candidate this year , he did a fantastic job with New Mexico's economy

    I love what Ron Paul has done for Americans, but Write In vote will never win

    August 29, 2012 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  16. Sgscheerer

    The Republican party is so pathetic and they are hurting the party even more.

    August 29, 2012 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  17. devin

    Ron Paul supporters, it's time to put on your big boy pants. The primaries are over, Paul lost, get over it and decide who you will now support in the election. This is not Jr. High School.

    August 29, 2012 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  18. flunked

    I feel bad (as a Centrist) at how the paul supporters were done...free speech? NOT at a GOPER rally.

    What is sad is half of them will still vote repub... like the girl who keeps getting turned down by the jocks but keeps being the water girl...in-hopes.

    August 29, 2012 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  19. poopfactory

    It would be funny if the dems let Ron Paul speak at the DNC.

    People forget that you can also be libertarian left, liberal but also like smaller government interference.

    August 29, 2012 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  20. GOP is Dead

    Dr. Paul couldn't be "bought" by the Koch Brothers so they never considered "allowing" him to win the primary. They "own" Romney now. Romney promises everything and won't tell the truth. The Republican Party is now just a bunch of radicals used to get votes from things like guns, abortion and gays. The billionaires only really care about money and are just using us by pretending to give Dr. Paul a fair chance. For the first time in my life I'm going to vote a straight Democratic ticket.

    August 29, 2012 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  21. Pam

    It's great as Americans to be able to vote for whom we want, but when that person isn't on the ballot then you vote for the party. Otherwise Obama will win again

    August 29, 2012 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  22. kflanigan

    I could care less about about Ron Paul. As for the GOP way to go. Tick off Women- check. Tick off Gays -check. Tick off Latinos- check. Tick off Blacks- check. Tick off any sane reasonable American- check. Tick off Paul supporters- check. Who's voting for you guys?

    August 29, 2012 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  23. Christine

    I always thought of Ron Paul and his supporters as being on the fringe of the GOP. This time I totally agree with them. Talk about fixing an election and making a mockery of an electoral process historically used. What happened to freelections? I definitely dont regret leaving the Republican party and going independent.

    August 29, 2012 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  24. Jon

    Ron Paul refused to endorse Romney for a reason. Don't give this big-government stooge your vote. Help fuel the Libertarian cause by voting for Gary Johnson. Maybe he doesn't have a chance at the Presidency, but the more people vote for freedom, the more seriously people will take the cause next time.

    August 29, 2012 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  25. Really?

    So let me get this right, you would rather vote lose the election so that an utter racist jerk in Ron Paul can have his say? The same guy with such pearls of wisdom as "If you have ever been robbed by a black teen-aged male, you know how unbelievably fleet-footed they can be....Given the inefficiencies of what D.C. laughingly calls the `criminal justice system,' I think we can safely assume that 95 percent of the black males in that city are semi-criminal or entirely criminal.", or how he left the Republican party in 1988 because "I want to totally disassociate myself from the policies that have given us unprecedented deficits, massive monetary inflation, indiscriminate military spending, an irrational and unconstitutional foreign policy, zooming foreign aid, the exaltation of international banking, and the attack on our personal liberties and privacy". Keep telling me what a great guy he is, please.

    August 30, 2012 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
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