How Ron Paul Could Mess With Romney at the GOP Convention

Mitt Romney wants nothing more than to lock up the Republican nomination and focus entirely on beating President Obama. But for Ron Paul’s supporters, the long primary season ain’t over till it’s over. The Texas congressman hasn’t won a single primary in his third run for the White House, yet his acolytes are much savvier at political maneuvering than in campaigns past. This year they’re determined to influence the nominating process at the GOP convention in Tampa.

To win the so-called roll call vote there and become the nominee, you need 1,144 delegates. Romney has 847. Paul has 80. Contest over, right?

Paul is actually gaining ground in some states, where intense contests to divvy up delegates are underway. At one gathering last weekend in Massachusetts, the majority of delegates elected were Paul supporters. He may do just as well in upcoming votes in Minnesota, Iowa, Colorado, and Maine, according to Josh Putnam, assistant political science professor at Davidson College.

That doesn’t mean Paul’s going to steal the nomination from Romney in Tampa. But his delegates could shake things up right when the party’s supposed to unify behind a single candidate. They could start off by calling for a floor vote, and then jump up in blocs to nominate Paul, one state after another. He isn’t likely to actually get the nomination that way, but multiple states clamoring for him would embarrass the party and make things more difficult for Romney in the months before November.




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77 comments on “How Ron Paul Could Mess With Romney at the GOP Convention
  1. Dr. Evil says:

    Just my opinion, but I think a Paul/Romney ticket would be the way to beat oBama.

    • TPM4 says:

      SOMETIME OPINIONS SHOULD NOT BE MENTIONED WE NEED TO BEAT OBAMA AND THE ONLY WAT TO DO THAT IS UNITE AND “GET ER DONE”
      IF PAUL IS OBVIOUSLY GOING TO LOOSE HE NEEDS TO DO THE RIGHT THING AND GET WITH THE PROGRAM AND GET  BEHIND ROMNEY AND HELP  RID US OF OBAMA. ANYTHING LESS WOULD BE COUNTER PRODUCTIVE AND ONLY HELP THE TRAITOR GET RE-ELECTED AND WOULD MOST LIKELY RUIN HIM FOR ANYTHING FUTURE  I LIKE PAUL, BUT HE WILL NOT BE THE REPUBLICAN NOMINEE AND NEEDS TO GET ON BOARD 

      • PepperdotNet says:

        Do you think that TYPING IN ALL CAPS makes it easier to read? IT DOESN’T.

        At least learn the difference between loose and lose, neither of which is certain yet.

      • Mrheid says:

        You are so out of line. First of all, stop yelling (caps). Second, if you cannot state your opinion without calling people names, be polite enough to not post. Just look at the screen and yell all you want. Also, you should spell check before posting so you don’t appear to be an illiterate buffoon.
        Now, the stereotype connected to Ron Paul supporters is false in many ways. I do not smoke pot, do any other drugs or drink, yet support Dr. Paul. I am a Christian and I do support Ron Paul. I am a veteran, and I do support Ron Paul.
        Every election year we hear the same junk about how we need to unite behind the “establishment” candidate or lose to the Democrat. The media is, as usual, concealing the truth about how popular the “alternative” candidate really is and in some cases even falsely reporting delegate votes.
        The truth may be even more scary. Since a corporation based in the VERY socialist country of Spain is going to tally our election on their servers, the “establishment” may seat whom ever they want. Do your homework. In fact, do yourself a favor and sell your TV so you’re not exposed to the establishment propaganda. And maybe spend some of that “TV time” reading your dusty Bible on a shelf (just a guess)?
        You say we should get behind Romney or we will get more Obama? Sounds like establishment planted propaganda if not a flat out threat. Don’t you realize there is very little difference? The establishment owns both parties so if we allow our candidate to be picked for us, what difference does it make how we vote?
        And now, for those who would rather I reply in kind to this yelling (im)poster..sorry I can’t resist..
        What are you, another Union teat sucking libtard that thinks they are a Republican Conservative who now lives in a gated community in Florida? Go ahead and pull the lever for the establishment candidate de’ jor and allow the Fed to continue it’s tyranny. Ignore Ron Paul’s platform and vote out of fear.

    • cliffvettej says:

       Paul will never get elected to an office like POTUS. He can’t even win in Texas, his own home State. He didn’t even CAMPAIGN in Florida, a critical State to any Conservative being elected POTUS. How these dreamers think Ru Paul will be able to win a national election when he is so reviled in the Southern States where Conservatives have a solid foundation is beyond any normal thinking. To illustrate how weak Paul is as a Conservative just look at the States that he does okay in. All Northern States and some Midwest States–but he does nothing in the TRUE CONSERVATIVE STATES.

  2. Gary Oriani says:

    It is now time to unite, Paul will only gaurantee an Obama win if he keeps this up.

    • Wynn_shep says:

      That’s crap! Anybody but Romney or Obama …or should I say Obamney! Same.

      • TPM4 says:

        YOU JUST DON’T GET IT DO YOU? HOW ABOUT YOU GO JOIN OBAMA THET IS WHERE YOUR HEAD IS AT PAUL WILL NOT GET THE NOMINATION SO DEAL WITH IT FOOL!
        IF PAUL IS OBVIOUSLY GOING TO LOOSE HE NEEDS TO DO THE RIGHT THING AND GET WITH THE PROGRAM AND GET  BEHIND ROMNEY AND HELP  RID US OF OBAMA. ANYTHING LESS WOULD BE COUNTER PRODUCTIVE AND ONLY HELP THE TRAITOR GET RE-ELECTED AND WOULD MOST LIKELY RUIN HIM FOR ANYTHING FUTURE  I LIKE PAUL, BUT HE WILL NOT BE THE REPUBLICAN NOMINEE AND NEEDS TO GET ON BOARD 

    • cliffvettej says:

       What do you think these alleged “Conservatives” are shooting for? They want Obamler re-elected and so as dividers and anarchists they come into the Republican nominating process to cause as much disruption and problems as possible before going back to their real candidate of choice–Obamler. Most of these people posting as Paul supporters are actually Obamler supporters that are here to stir up as many problems for the Republicans as possible before running to the polls to support Obamler, their true candidate of choice all along.

    • PepperdotNet says:

      Excuse me, have you counted 1144 Romney delegates somewhere? If that is not the case, your argument makes no sense. After the convention is over, is the time to unite behind the nominee. Last I checked, we don’t have a nominee yet.

    • Doski says:

        It’s
      apparent from your comment that you too are resigned to be a loser already
      and always. Condemnation of your Kids and Grand-kids is deplorable .
      Your Willingness to sell them out right along side ours makes you part
      of the problem.

      We will fight to the finish for freedom while you give in to slavery.

      • TPM4 says:

        Nope it is just reality if you are dealt a poor hand then you have to work with what you have,personally my choice would be cain or more recently Allen West there is a man with balls and he would kick obama’s butt. however he is not and paul is not so we must deal with reality and get behind whoever is the nominee whether it be paul or romney or someone else. what you do not understand is that the democrats are laughing at us because we are not showing any unity! are you getting the picture yet?? i hope so as i would like to believe that you and all the rest of the paul supporters would rally behind the final nominee as if you don’t and don’t vote you might as well votr for the traitor in the whitehouse Obama

        • Doski says:

           A stronger pair of glasses might reveal to you what Ron Paul Supporters already see, Romney is just the other head of a two headed Snake. Both are BAD for America as they support a failed status quo. A failed Govt. trying to buy friends state-wide and worldwide has only raped the taxpayers of America in support of Dictatorships. One most notable such example was the Indonesian Govt. demanding our immediate exit upon the delivery of unsolicited aid following the Tsunami a couple years back.  Free breeds ungrateful. Worse it breeds contempt and corruption. (see: Welfare, Affirmative Action, Govt. Employment)

          When you can’t get the Camel out of the tent, don’t get flustered, Take down the Tent ! It’s not as complicated as they want you to believe.

  3. Tbark Knives says:

    Long as Paul is on the top list , problem is a  ron Paul/rand paul ticket would be better

  4. Chad says:

    I bet the “Media” won’t be showing the Tampa convention…. People might see how many RP supporters are really out here.

  5. wantmylifeback says:

    This election is so important to our freedom and way of life. Ron Paul and his supporters need to support Romney. There is too much at stake here. If Obama is re elected there is no more America. Look at all his executive orders. Look at how the Homeland Security is getting ready for a civil war with in the us/ Look at the fema camps. food storage, 4717 armored tanks that were ordered and now here thru Homeland. In 2009 Obama started ordering all of this. When have we ever had a president go into office and then turn around and get ready to go against his own people.

  6. Chad says:

    This election is so important to our freedom and way of life. Romney and his supporters need to support Ron Paul. There is too much at stake here. If Obama is re elected there is no more America. Look at all his executive orders. Look at how the Homeland Security is getting ready for a civil war with in the us/ Look at the fema camps. food storage, 4717 armored tanks that were ordered and now here thru Homeland. In 2009 Obama started ordering all of this. When have we ever had a president go into office and then turn around and get ready to go against his own people.

    • cliffvettej says:

       Well Chad wake up and smell the coffee because WE ARE NOT GOING TO SUPPORT PAUL–EVER under any circumstances. Are you clear on that? Romney will be the Republican nominee and Paul can go run 4th Party (the Libertarian Party is spoken for. They nominated Gary Johnson for President) or fade into the woodwork because he is done and over as soon as this nominating process is over. After he gets destroyed in Texas, his home State, the nomination will be locked up. So put out your joint, lay off the acid and get a grip on reality. You are living, like most Paulbots, in a fantasy world.

  7. Guest says:

    It already did happen in Colorado, Maine, Iowa and Minnesota. Congratulations patriots! We’re taking the country back from corrupt bankers and globalists. Any true conservatives should indeed unite-Ron Paul 2012!

    • cliffvettej says:

       You people are ANYTHING BUT Conservatives. Paul is to the left of Obamler on many issues and your agenda is clear. To create havoc and disruption before going back and voting for Obamler just like you always intended in the first place.

      • PepperdotNet says:

        Actually, the ones creating havoc and disruption have been the party leaders who continually get caught violating their own rules in a desperate attempt to deny Paul supporters any right to participate in the process.

    • TPM4 says:

      IF PAUL IS OBVIOUSLY GOING TO LOOSE HE NEEDS TO DO THE RIGHT THING AND GET WITH THE PROGRAM AND GET  BEHIND ROMNEY AND HELP  RID US OF OBAMA. ANYTHING LESS WOULD BE COUNTER PRODUCTIVE AND ONLY HELP THE TRAITOR GET RE-ELECTED AND WOULD MOST LIKELY RUIN HIM FOR ANYTHING FUTURE  I LIKE PAUL, BUT HE WILL NOT BE THE REPUBLICAN NOMINEE AND NEEDS TO GET ON BOARD 

    • Patriot01 says:

      Paul is not electable against Zero. He is too old, which is why a lot did not vote for McCain. I’d rather see Paul in office, but is not gonna happen. You’d better get behind Romney or all our freedoms are over in 4 years, I promise.

      • El Love says:

        That is a valid point that I too, have brought up many times.   I kept hearing the youth call John McCain “the old guy” — and now we are led to believe that the youth – 4 years later is behind and even “older guy”. 

        Ron Paul will be 77 years old by the time he would “supposedly” take the oath of office.   A first in US history to elect the oldest President – Ronald Reagan was the oldest at 69.

        I just don’t see it.   I still have not heard one Ron Paul supporter give me a good answer as to why he is more qualified than Romeny (or any other conservative – not saying Mitt is the most conservative but far more than Barry).  I just keep hearing – he is the only alternative, he is the only true choice.  Help me — I am not seeing it or getting it.  He does not fire me up at all — rather – he puts me to sleep.

  8. dusterdog says:

    They should have thought of that when they stole the very first primary from Ron Paul.Iowa.AS a Ron Paul supporter I would rather see Obama win in Nov simply because of what the Republican establishment has done to Ron Paul.I won’t vote for Obamie because they support abortion & I will not sin like that by voting democrat.

    • Rmarodis says:

       Is Ron Paul worth selling out your children, grand children, parent, friends and neighbors?  Please think about what is best for our country. 

    • BOTK says:

      So you’d rather have a leftist/communist than, what is in your opinion, a moderate conservative?

  9. TPM4 says:

    IF PAUL IS OBVIOUSLY GOING TO LOOSE HE NEEDS TO DO THE RIGHT THING AND GET WITH THE PROGRAM AND GET  BEHIND ROMNEY AND HELP  RID US OF OBAMA. ANYTHING LESS WOULD BE COUNTER PRODUCTIVE AND ONLY HELP THE TRAITOR GET RE-ELECTED AND WOULD MOST LIKELY RUIN HIM FOR ANYTHING FUTURE  I LIKE PAUL, BUT HE WILL NOT BE THE REPUBLICAN NOMINEE AND NEEDS TO GET ON BOARD 

    • PepperdotNet says:

      Paul is not obviously going to LOOSE or even lose.

      Giving up now would simply concede that there is no longer any place for constitutional conservatives in the Republican party. Is that the message they really want to send?

      Until the convention is over, your point, while well intended, is moot.

      • cliffvettej says:

         Paul is anything but a Conservative. He is to the left of Obamler on many issues.

        • PepperdotNet says:

          Yeah, you say that over and over. How about a for-instance?

          I’m curious as to exactly when respect for the Constitution and the rule of law became left-wing causes.

        • cliffvettej says:

           First of all Paul is to the left of Obamler on foreign policy issues. There’s your for instance. Secondly, you Paulbots have respect for the Constitution only to the extent that it serves your best interest. If Congress enacts legislation, legislation that it is CONSTITUTIONALLY ALLOWED TO DO, and you Paulbots don’t like the law then you rail on the legal process and say it is against the Constitution when there powers to enact laws (even ones that don’t suit your agenda) are clearly Constitutional. As for the rule of law, you people are true anarchists that think it is okay to game the system,  disenfranchise the will of the voters and otherwise hijack the process to suit your will. If you are going to respect the Constitution and the rule of law then be consistent and don’t just say that when it is convenient for you or when it suits your purpose.

        • Midknite Storm says:

          Hijacking the system, apparently you sleep through the process when both the liberals and republicans do this. Lol. Assuming your right about him having some iberal views least he isn’t lieing to your face and selling you out behind your back. Republicans think policing the world and wars every other year is conservative. Actually a strong military and doing those items responsibly and as a last resort is.

        • BOTK says:

          Here’s a for-instance: Who do/did his campaign ads attack? Do they attack leftists? No, they attack/attacked all the little grudges RP has against all the other candidates in the GOP race.

          And please don’t tell me RP is a constitutionalist. There’s a big difference between what a person says and what he is. RP only waves the Constitution around to give credibility to his views. Some for-instances: the Right to Work Act and the We the People Act. Where does the Constitution allow Congress to ban unions? And as to the We the People Act, where does the Constitution grant so much power to Congress to limit the jurisdiction of the federal courts without amendment to the Constitution?

    • thechristiansolution says:

      Ron Paul supporters are not ones to bend.  You should know that.

      On the other hand, if the OBO crowd can bend so much that they would elect a man almost like Obama, then they can bend toward Ron Paul much easier.

      You can do the right thing by siding with Dr. Paul, and the extra benefit is that you will know that you can sleep well at night afterwards.

    • Mac1000 says:

      TPM4, this is not a case of the lesser of two or more evils, this is for the freedom and liberty of a nation headed down a path of no return! The republican party and the media picked this candidate called romney not I nor the rest of the voters who want nothing more than fair and honest elections and the republican party refused to do that by giving us no options other than those we know to succeed! romney is obama lite and will lose to obama and the obomination will continue with or without the defeat of romney so destroying the last ditch effort to save this nation tells us that the elites are conducting fraud elections by selling the election process to SCYTL in Barcelona Spain to count the votes then send the resul;ts back to the media, an america election in the hands of another country check it out before you surrender more than your vote!

    • Doski says:

      It’s apparent from your comment that you are resigned to be a loser already and always. Condemnation of your Kids and Grand-kids is deplorable . Your Willingness to sell them out right along side ours makes you part of the problem.

      We will fight to the finish for freedom while you give in to slavery.

    • soupson10 says:

       Getting behind Romney is getting behind Obama…no more.

    • jong says:

      You have to remember that Paul except for his fiscal policy is actually to the left of Obama.  Study his social liberalism in his form of libertarianism.  You will find some one who will put us on the road to disaster as surely as Obama is doing.  Why do you think he lost all his support from Christian leaders and has gained support from CAIR, Hamas and Hezbollah.

  10. TPM4 says:

    IF PAUL IS OBVIOUSLY GOING TO LOOSE HE NEEDS TO DO THE RIGHT THING AND GET WITH THE PROGRAM AND GET  BEHIND ROMNEY AND HELP  RID US OF OBAMA. ANYTHING LESS WOULD BE COUNTER PRODUCTIVE AND ONLY HELP THE TRAITOR GET RE-ELECTED AND WOULD MOST LIKELY RUIN HIM FOR ANYTHING FUTURE  I LIKE PAUL, BUT HE WILL NOT BE THE REPUBLICAN NOMINEE AND NEEDS TO GET ON BOARD 

  11. stevor says:

    Go for it, Ron! Romney is  a RINO, a Cultist (mormonism) and a mini-obama (owned by the Elite)

  12. Lizzyw56 says:

    This makes me sad and the Democrats are laughing! If you split this vote to stand on principle in the end we will be giving Obama the votes, after that we won’t have our country it will be gone and you won’t have your “principle” to stand on it will be taken away. I am voting AGAINST Obama in November no matter who is on the other ticket, I love my country more than my pride!

  13. Beepster says:

    I see all these Ron Paul misconceptions, to the point they think Ron Paul thinks he will win the Repub nomination.  He doesn’t.  He and his supporters want a say in the Repub platform for the Prez election.  What he wants happens to be in his area of expertise.  I also think the other runners should have some say in the platform.   Romney is only the lesser of evils and not a true Repub.  He’s about two inches further to the right than Soetoro.

  14. haditinsd says:

    There is a bigger problem here than just getting rid of Obama which certainly is a huge problem. Why has the republican party come up with a candidate like Romney when his policies aren’t much different than the man they are trying to dethrone. The movers and shakers in the Republican party jumped on the Romney bandwagon early and raised millions to spend on negative ads to destroy all the other good candidates. I thought that was the kind of politics we were trying to get away from. It is becoming quite clear that the powers that be in the GOP like Washington just as it is except they want to be in charge. This is becoming the kind of choice Planned Parenthood subscribes to, like do we do the abortions with chemicals or surgery?

    • soupson10 says:

       Then vote Ron Paul.  He is a man whose word you can trust.  He puts the people first.

  15. Frank130 says:

    1.  The nomination game isn’t over, till it’s over.
    2.  The movement to return to a small, limited, Constitutional government, sound money, a balanced budget & end the welfare/warfare/Police State will not end regardless of what happens at the GOP Convention.
    3.  The revolution to return America to its roots is just starting.  The GOP can hop on or go the way of the Whigs (the Establishment & Romney are on the road to go the way of the Whigs).