BY: ANGEL CLARK
The Republican National Committee’s Rules Committee voted Wednesday to makes changes to their nomination process before the RNC’s 2012 convention next week. John Ryder, a Tennessee committee member, attempted to change the nomination rules so that a candidate would need to have won a plurality of delegates from 10 states instead of five. Ron Paul, a Republican from Texas who has a large following, would then not be able to be nominated from the floor as a Republican candidate for President.
Ryder claimed that he wanted to eliminate “distractions” at the Republican convention. “Unless you’ve got a real contest, where you have two candidates or three candidates who actually have a mathematical chance of winning, then why do we want to go through the exercise,” Ryder said. He emphasized that this is not an attempt to block any specific candidate but was an attempt to “get away from some of the residue of the 19th century”.
Morton Blackwell, a committee member from Virginia, opposed the measure. “All we are talking about here -– let’s put it frankly — is the possibility that somebody like Ron Paul would be denied the possibility, after he carried five states, to have his name placed into nomination,” Blackwell said. “This is a very bad idea. And we have got to, in this party, treat newcomers fairly. This would be taken as a slap in the face to grassroots people,” he said.
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