August 6, 2012
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus has announced an initial list of seven prominent Republicans who will speak at the party’s national convention in Tampa later this month.
But the list, which includes five current and former governors, a U.S. senator, and a former secretary of state does not include either Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) or his son, Sen. Rand Paul(R-Ky.). The list will be built out in the coming weeks, but it’s still worth exploring where the Pauls – two figures with intense national followings – fit in at Mitt Romney’s nominating convention. They can’t be ignored entirely, but featuring them too prominently is also a risky proposition for the GOP.
For Republicans, there are both benefits and drawbacks to including either of the Pauls on the list of convention speakers. Generating enthusiasm among a vocal base of activists is an argument in favor of promoting them. Ron Paul attracted strong support at numerous GOP presidential straw polls in 2011 and his loyal legion of fans often travel across the country to back him. Before Romney won the straw poll at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, Paul was the victor there two years in a row.
- How the Republican Party Stole the Nomination from Ron Paul – By Jaret Glenn (jeenyuscorner.com)
- After congressional triumph, all eyes on Ron Paul at RNC (jeenyuscorner.com)
- Ron Paul May Distract From Mitt Romney Fanfare At Convention (jeenyuscorner.com)
- How the Republican Party Stole the Nomination from Ron Paul (shawnwilson.wordpress.com)
- Rand Paul Endorsed Mitt Romney – And Ron Paul Supporters Are Totally Pissed (businessinsider.com)
- Canadians Join Lawyers for Ron Paul Federal Lawsuit Against GOP (libertycrier.com)
- Ron Paul, Nebraska and Our Stupid Media (libertycrier.com)
- Ron Paul supporters fighting for control of Oregon Republican delegation to national convention (oregonlive.com)
- GOP establishment continues to fight Ron Paul on the eve of RNC (EndtheLie.com)
- Ron Paul Nation Wants Control Of Oregon (usnews.com)