Romney Nomination by Acclamation?Submitted by aleph0 on Mon, 04/30/2012 - 12:20
I would like to hear everyone's take on the possibility that Romney delegates suspend the rules at the RNC and nominate him by Acclamation.
Here is where I read it: http://www.thegreenpapers.com/PCom/?20120429-0
It appears the issue has been resolved!
As cevans93 says below,
"A candidate can only win by acclamation if no other candidate vying for the nomination has a plurality of the delegation from 5 states. We'll have that. In most years, only the presumptive nominee has the delegates he needs. So Romney cannot win by acclamation as long as everything goes smoothly in our key states."
Here is the relevant rule:
RULE NO. 40
(a) In making the nominations for President of the United States and Vice President of the United States and voting thereon, the roll of the states shall be called separately in each case; provided, however, that if there is only one candidate for nomination for Vice President of the United States who has demonstrated the support required by paragraph (b) of this rule, a motion to nominate for such office by acclamation shall be in order and no calling of the roll with respect to such office shall be required.
(b) Each candidate for nomination for President of the United States and Vice President of the United States shall demonstrate the support of a plurality of the delegates from each of five (5) or more states, severally, prior to the presentation of the name of that candidate for nomination.
And in order to get around that rule, a suspension of the rules would be needed. Since the default rules adopted by the national convention are the US House of Representatives rules, that would required a vote of 2/3 of the delegates which is very remote to say the least!
Here are the relevant rules:
RULE NO. 30
Rules of Order
The Rules of the House of Representatives of the United States shall be the rules of the convention, except that the current authorized edition of Robert’s Rules of Order: Newly Revised (“Robert’s Rules of Order”), shall be the rules for committees and subcommittees of the convention, insofar as they are applicable and not inconsistent with the rules herein set forth; provided, however, that the convention may adopt its own rules concerning the reading of committee reports and resolutions.
BUSINESS IN ORDER ON SPECIAL DAYS
1. (a) A rule may not be suspended ex-cept by a vote of two-thirds of the Members voting, a quorum being present. The Speaker may not entertain a motion that the House suspend the rules except on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays and during the last six days of a session of Congress.
(b) Pending a motion that the House suspend the rules, the Speaker may en-
tertain one motion that the House adjourn but may not entertain any other
motion until the vote is taken on the suspension.
(c) A motion that the House suspend the rules is debatable for 40 minutes,
one-half in favor of the motion and one-half in opposition thereto.
Here is a link to the full national convention rules for the year 2008: http://www.gop.com/images/legal/2008_RULES_Adopted.pdf
Here is a link to the US House rules: http://clerk.house.gov/legislative/house-rules.pdf
The only caveat is that the RNC rules above are from 2008. Be sure to read this excellent comment by samadamscw: http://www.dailypaul.com/229900/romney-nomination-by-acclama...
thanks samadamscw and cevans93!