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Lessons From Reagan And The 1976 Convention (Un-binding Delegates)

The 1976 fight for the Republican Nomination was a hot one between Reagan and Ford. Just as we see today with the Paul campaign, the Reagan campaign used a delegate strategy.

There was talk of Reagan aides "stealing delegates," aka, trying to unbind delegates.

In 1975, federal courts suggested that the national "convention could ignore requirements of state law if it wished to do so."

What this 1975 court suggestion is saying is that if the national convention wished to vote to unbind delegates, it could do so and would not be breaking the law.

Because of this, the Temporary Rules Committee that meets a week before the RNC, voted to "bar defections by national convention delegates legally bound to a presidential candidate." This pre-convention committee was largely made up of Ford supporters

It would appear completely possible to unbind delegates at the national convention, but it must be something that is kept relatively quiet (good luck keeping anything quiet these days). And we must watch ALL dealings at the convention and pre-convention to make sure we don't get screwed over.

And of course, all this is based on the notion that "bound" delegates even exist per federal law (which I don't think they do, so even better).

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that would be pointless

they already are unbound. they dont need to vote on it. just vote ron paul round 1. this topic is based on old incorrect information. google Ben Swann he knows how to report the truth unlike all the BIG mainstream media pundits that spread misinformation.

I like Ben Swann but....

This is more complicated that Ben Swann's report and some of what he reported as fact is very debatable. His reference to the Utah delegate was incorrect, as it was McCain who they were attempting to bind the delegates to, not Romney. Romney had suspended his campaign and even though Romney had won Utah by a landslide anyways, the state GOP was forcing delegates to vote for McCain, which is unlawful.

This information doesn't hurt, it helps. Let's not be so gullible that we view the elephant's tailpipe and think that's the whole elephant. The OP is giving a history lesson for delegates.

By the way, if you want to vote down what I have to say, then fine. Act like a child that only wants to hear the candy talk if you must. The Ron Paul delegates are being prepared with truth, while the arm chair quarterbacks are starting to behave like the MSM sheeple.

it doesn't matter what he

it doesn't matter what he cited, the fact still remains that you cannot force someone to vote a certain way in a federal election.