Ron Paul delegates set to strike deal with RNC
August 21st, 2012
02:26 PM ET
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Ron Paul delegates set to strike deal with RNC

Tampa, Florida (CNN) – A stand off between Ron Paul supporters and the Republican National Committee over convention delegates appears to be easing, and both sides are close to announcing a deal that could help avoid a potentially embarrassing moment for Mitt Romney on the day he receives the GOP presidential nomination.

The deal, which is expected to be announced Tuesday afternoon, will seat more Paul delegates at next week's Republican National Convention, an act that could help prevent an organized effort by Paul supporters to try and bring Monday's opening session to a grinding halt.

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"This is a major step towards peace and good will on the convention floor," said a Paul source familiar with the negotiations. The source spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not yet been made public.

The RNC has agreed to seat 17 Ron Paul delegates from Louisiana, which has been a major point of contention between the Paul campaign and the Romney campaign. In addition, the RNC will also seat additional Paul delegates from Massachusetts, ending the controversy in that state.

There are still ongoing discussions over disputed delegates from Maine, which is being negotiated by Paul advisors, RNC officials and senior Romney staff. But the compromise over Louisiana and Massachusetts was a major break through on this thorny issue less than a week before the Republican National Convention.

The good will between Paul and Romney was helped by the willingness of the Romney campaign to help integrate key policy issues into the Republican Party platform, which has been debated here in Tampa for the past two days. Discussions between Paul and Romney over the platform have been going on for months.

"We are extremely pleased with how this platform is going," said the source close to Paul. "It is a very constitutionally conservative, little 'l' libertarian document. They have really gone out of their way to address issues that we care about, the tea party cares about and the independent minded folks coming into the party the party care about."

Specifically, the Paul campaign was pleased with the tough language in the platform regarding the Federal Reserve and a willingness to at least allow a public discussion on other issues even if they were not adopted.

In another olive branch to Paul and his supporters, the Romney campaign has asked his son, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, to speak in prime time Monday night at the convention.

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soundoff (128 Responses)
  1. Grant Winkler

    Hey Justice, Romney isn't any different than Obama. Ron Paul and his supporters don't represent the status quo. We vote on principles not the party, so screw the RNC!

    August 21, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  2. Bob Robertson

    Crash it. Obama or Romney socialism is still just socialism. There is nothing functionally different between the Romney and Obama policies.

    August 21, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  3. gerry thompson

    Dear Justice........Sorry, but we will not bow down to you or your neo conservative friends and thugs ruining our country. If obama is re elected it's totally YOUR fault for not adopting Paul's ideas. 'NUFF SAID

    August 21, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  4. Gerry

    I do hope this is the LAST TIME Ron Paul "runs for president" . He is such a looser and only wants his name in the paper anyway.. Why does he bother...

    August 21, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  5. fedup99

    Im tired of the "socialists" crap being constantly spewed by the ill informed.
    The US military is the most "socialistic" form of life there is. Get over yourselves and find some equally usless drum to beat.

    August 21, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  6. Voice of Reason

    RNC: You let us replace half of your delegates and we'll let the other half attend the RNC.

    How is that a compromise? The Republican Party cheated Ron Paul in every state and every step of the way and still could barely secure the nomination for Romney, who was always going to be the nominee.

    August 21, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  7. nothing new here

    The only good thing about the GOP is Ron Paul and his supporters, which I happen to be one of them!!
    Libertarianism is the way to go. We need limited government, of course. But we also need for Uncle Sam to mind his own dang business when it comes to our private affairs.

    August 21, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  8. TINS


    I suppose you prefer Romney socialism/corporatism.

    August 21, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  9. Daniel

    Where is this socialism you idiots keep harping are just flat out Sheeple....and Ron Paul voters want to take a time machine back to the 1800' outright ridiculous....its absurd...what the hell have conservatives come too....

    August 21, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  10. American People

    Hey Ron! Talk to Mitt about releasing his taxes. We want to see Mitt's real rate. Also ask him to reveal how much he has in off-shore accounts evading taxes. Mitt is a liar, tax evader, and a criminal for not disclosing his off-shore accounts.

    August 21, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |

    OMG OMG OMG SOCIALISM! I AM SCARED NOW!!! SOCIALISM!!!! If you're so scared of socialism, how about you forego police protection, fire protection. public schooling, public roads, Medicare, and Social Security. All of those things are socialism.

    August 21, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  12. dbca17lp

    Ron Paul and his supporters need to keep doing what they're doing. There is only one direction to go to save our freedom and liberty and Ron Paul knows what it is. When it comes down to it, Romney will only do what he's told, just like Obama.

    August 21, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  13. Lee

    Hi jnpa. Were you around for that Democratic convention in Chicago back in '68? Police called in, riots on the floor, and all kinds of stuff flying outside. This is tame by comparison.

    August 21, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  14. JaedDeaj

    Justice, with your name, one would think that you least of all would want a nominee, Romney, who has only gotten where he is by BUYING supporters and having THEM RIG the election for him by stealing votes from other candidates, purposely "editing" vote totals in Romney's favor, throwing away entire precincts of Ron Paul's votes (Iowa) and DENYING entire precincts, Ron Paul's precincts, the right to vote when ONLY 194 VOTES separated Ron Paul FROM Romney, (Maine!), breaking two fingers and dislocating the hip of an elderly disabled, newly elected Ron Paul supporter as Chairman (Lousiana!) passing out FAKE Ron Paul delegate lists FILLED with Romney delegates in an obvious attempt to FOOL people into supporting Romney, (Maine, et al!), ignoring/breaking/creating out of thin air, their own rules when THEY found it convenient, etc. and THAT doesn't even BEGIN to cover their ENTIRE "Election Fraud and Dirty Tricks Handbook for Republican Tyrants in Training" plays they have utilized to make sure Romney, the 12 year running, professional, LOSER campaigner who LOST TO McCain who LOST TO Obama, could FINALLY "win" at least one election in his 12years!

    August 21, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  15. James

    I'm not so sure the GOP is extending an olive branch. They were pretty much between a rock and a hard place over the delegates. Refusing to seat those delegates would have spawned a firestorm going into the convention.
    The Fed audit is not just a Ron Paul idea anymore. With the traction that has caught on over the last few years as well as the recent vote in Congress they couldn't ignore it.
    This article is all about the GOP giving way, but Ron Paul is not having to give up anything. For some reason this is being framed as a "deal".

    August 21, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  16. Scott.C

    I think alot of Republicans would take a second look at Dr.Paul after the mess Romney has turned his campaign into.Ron Paul can STILL have a go at the nomination from the floor.Here's hoping he does!!!

    August 21, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  17. kem63

    Vote for Gary Johnson then, he is real close to Ron Paul's policies.
    I have the option to write in Paul but if I didn't, I would vote for Gary Johnson

    August 21, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  18. Tony

    This is great news, and is one step closer to Paul doing the right thing and endorsing the nominee. In order to continue to be successful the libertarian wing needs to be on good terms with the rest of the GOP. If Paul refuses to endorse Romney then the Liberty Movement will suffer a major setback.

    August 21, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  19. Hank

    He has got to be the silliest old man in the GOP.

    August 21, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  20. rufus

    The menace of Obama is so great that the GOP will stop its dirty tricks about the Paul delegates and just let them be seated. Sadly, the country does not deserve a leader such as Ron Paul. We will get whom we deserve and Romney is only slightly better than the prevaricator in chief.

    August 21, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  21. Vince

    For the 1,000th time....this man will NEVER be president. Get over it.

    August 21, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  22. KJ

    Ron Paul has delegates from more than enough states to be nominated from the floor for an unedited speech. Removing the ability of a nomnation from the floor as procedure hurts ALL who want actual debate of policy instead of coronations. That nomination onto the floor, and unedited speech, should be a given in any deal.

    August 21, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  23. Woman In California

    In a scenario with Willard v Ron Paul – GO RON PAUL ALL THE WAY.

    Obama 2012 ALL the way.

    August 21, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  24. James

    A thought- if Ron Paul is going to get his delegates from LA and MA it is quite likely he carries the minimum five states needed for a speaking slot at the convention.

    August 21, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  25. Larry L

    Ron Paul at least gave us some specifics on his anarchist economic vision and has no problem showing his tax returns. Romney has presented absolutely nothing but promises – low taxes, no deficit, cheap gas, great healthcare, and a huge Department of Defense budget to fund the wars he will start. He has never explained how he will magically pay for these things! Still, he wants us to "trust him" and ignore his tax returns. The folks that got hosed by Bain Capital trusted him...

    August 21, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
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