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May 10, 2012 Ben Swann Reality Check: All GOP Delegates Unbound at Tampa Convention



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Yes, Praise Be To Our Lord And God

Jesus Christ!!!

Go Dr. Paul!!!

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Brother!

" In Thee O Lord do I put my trust " ~ Psalm 31:1~

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I like listening to Ben's "Reality Check". But I just have a couple questions. I don't know the man well at all and I've only been here for a short time. But he does sound very convincing!

How long has he been doing this? And there's no doubt in anyone's mind that his info is valid, and not in any way associated w/ you know, the other guy? I don't want to sound paranoid or anything, I just want to be clear. I know they will go to ANY method possible to throw us off track.

This may help

An interview he took part in with RP supporter Tracy Diaz

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNippJCbQqQ

Thanks for the link ...good

Thanks for the link ...good interview!!

Just one thing

That hit me a while ago, aren't all the states paul has been going after called non binding caucus states? So they are non binding after all.

Just one thing

That hit me a while ago, aren't all the states paul has been going after called non binding caucus states? So they are non binding after all.

How freakin awesome is it

How freakin awesome is it that our site is being discussed on the news. You rock Ben.

Are we having fun yet?! There is no "case law" or precedent in this matter. A private club can do what it wants; however, that also means they can throw out any new rule to go against the RP delegates. Tampa is going to be interesting!

Good and Bad

Good that Ben figured it all out to clarify it for supporters but Bad because NOW the gig is up for the Campaign who was trying to fly under the radar for a while longer.

And right about now the GOP establishement is totally aware and sending emails to their members to show up in masse with family and friends to counter block the Paulites from gaining more delegates.

Hopefully the Campaign has a back up plan and secret strategies that won't be discussed and revealed on various RP forums.

I know the other candidates have supporters

But do they have as many that are as devoted as Ron Paul has? I think they can send all the emails they want, but they don't have the grassroots base that Ron Paul has!

northstar's picture

We're pretty far along, should be ok

The establishment has always kept mum about certain rules and they're having a hissy fit because we are actually discussing them and getting media attention as well.

The RNC/GOP created this mess, not us!

Real eyes realize real lies

We want our country back

Every year is a year for Ron Paul!

Not a mess

I don't see this as a mess. This is more like a victory. Things are working the way they should...for once.

Ron Paul and his campaign

Ron Paul and his campaign have been very open about their delegate strategy...it's no big secret to anyone who's been paying attention. If the Romney folk are just finding out about this, that's great news.

Never be afraid to ask simple questions.

We Must Find A Way To Ensure That Our Delegates Vote For

Ron Paul, even though they may be bound to Romulan...

So We Lost WV, NC and IN Primary - But Go Be A Delegate

you have to do this - act like a Romney supporter and then you can abstian - if we do this in mass - it might work. Rand Paul would be the bargaining chip.

You don't have to abstain

you can vote for Ron Paul!

betty

Yes, Remember This Quote :

"The RNC does NOT recognize a state's bounding of national delegates, but considers each delegate a free agent who can vote for whoever they choose."

“Jennifer Sheehan, Legal Counsel for the RNC, plainly stated in a letter to Nancy Lord, Utah National Committeewoman, several weeks before the convention [2008], ‘The RNC does not recognize a state’s binding of national delegates, but considers each delegate a free agent who can vote for whoever they choose.’” And, “The national convention allows delegates to vote for the individual of their choice, regardless of whether the person’s name is officially placed into nomination or not.”

---------------------Tweet From Ben Swann--------------------------------

The actual role of a delegate, which is to override the popular vote if need be

that is why they are not bound... it is a safety measure to protect the party from rouge candidates who have popular appeal

PHASE 2 : Wake Up The Rest Of The Nation To Ron Paul

So let us "Money Bomb" for activism next week.. We cannot rest on our laurels hoping to win all the delegates via state conventions...

So it is now .....T- Minus 3 months and counting..

Lets do a count down to the August RNC and as we move each day toward our goal, we accomplish something productive each day, always moving forward until we arrive in Tampa...

Theme : It's on to Tampa and Beyond Moneybomb...

"Never let it be said that WE did nothing" ~ Ron Paul

This quote made my day! 3

This quote made my day! 3 minutes 19 seconds into Ben Swann's report.

Jennifer Sheehan, Legal Counsel for the RNC:

"The RNC does NOT recognize a state's bounding of national delegates, but considers each delegate a free agent who can vote for whoever they choose."

CASE CLOSED

Never be afraid to ask simple questions.

Legal Counsel

God... this gives me goosebumps. Hire Jennifer for the Ron Paul team NOW.

It made my day as well..

To Tampa and beyond... for liberty!

A Mainstream Approach To Gather Support

For Ron Supporters this week has been pivotal. They now have a concrete theme to describe and motivate undecided voters in describing the current political manoeuvring of the Ron Paul campaign. Ben Swann has single handedly provided the Ron Paul movement a credible and rational platform which I believe will provide all Paul supporters with talking points that can be taken seriously by the mainstream.

Avoid conspiracy theories and anti establishment rhetoric when you post or discuss Ron Paul's movement with undecided voters. Discuss policies that are relevant to all American's daily lives and explain the reason for why Ron Paul is gaining momentum with delegates not with anti-establishment "we are taking down the system" rhetoric but along the lines that was described by Ben Swann: The delegate system is a checks and balance. The delegates vote their conscience to either support the popular vote or against it if circumstances warrant. The process is one, in a sense, by which delegates vote in consideration of the popular vote but not by a mandate by the popular vote.

I would also suggest toning down the paranoia and yeah somewhat childish complaining of voter fraud. I have said this before. Most Americans don't know, couldn't care less or expect that sort of stuff to go on anywhay. It is the part of game. Filling blogs with conspiracy theories and complaints of election fraud is all sour grapes and not effective in swaying votes to the Ron Paul side.

Time to go mainstream!

We are like the mechanism of a watch: each part is essential.

We are the GOP

I don't care how the former GOP leadership felt. They DID NOT adhere to their platform. The GOP was taken over by a bunch of controlling, war mongering, big spenders, who really skirted the Constitution whenever they liked. We are the REAL GOP. We are removing the ones who had temporarily assumed power. We are returning to the Constitution. That is my mainstream approach. It is not "taking advantage of system". This is a vote of no confidence.

Amen

I don't think it's helpful either to complain of massive fraud. In general, I think we all need to be careful and cognizant about listening to our echo chamber here and distorting our own sense of reality based on what we want to hear. It's not helpful for communicating with and convincing people that don't read the daily Paul on a daily basis. For example, the statistical techniques to project winners with partial counts in are valid techniques. Also, I would be more of a believer in the fraud theory if the results were significantly different from the scientific polls, but the polling tends to be mostly accurate... Unless you really think Rasmussen etc are in on the conspiracy. There's probably some fraud, but in general the truth is most people still need to learn and understand why Ron Paul is right for our country.

Integrity

Ben Swan... you are the GREATEST journalist in America today! No BS... You are the epitome of integrity, fairness, and objectivity. You continue to set an example of what real journalism ought to be and you simply tell the truth. You inspire us all, just knowing that there is at least one TRUE journalist left in America (Actually two, you and John Stossel)!! Great work as always, and God bless!

JB4LBRTY!

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Got some tweets from Ben

I wrote:
Thanks for trying to clarify Ben, but some folk are still leary. They want to be sure to not harm Ron Paul's campaign.

His responses:
sure. i understand that. i think what people may be missing here is that they are confusing "rules" like they are "laws"

and on top of that, they are unclear as to the actual role of a delegate, which is to override the popular vote if need be

that is why they are not bound... it is a safety measure to protect the party from rouge candidates who have popular appeal

Real eyes realize real lies

We want our country back

Every year is a year for Ron Paul!

you the man Ben

Good job reporting Ben. All of us need to get the word out on what Ben just reported. Dr. Paul knew this all along, his whole campaign was geared toward this very thing. I can smell a hard fought victory here. Lets do whatever it takes to make this happen, I'm in 110%.

dave anderson

His facebook page just

His facebook page just reported someone sent him the most hateful email because of this episode. WE ARE WINNING

"you're a funny dude, but who gives a fuck about that? I don't care about someone's wit, I care about the courage of their heart and the honesty of their mind."

Ron Paul Can Win

That is great news

That is great news...

But we must make the Romney crew "think" we will still vote for him first vote. Otherwise he will tie us up in each state fighting silly lawsuits.