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Republican Party Changes The Rules To Stop The Pauls

Republican Party Changes The Rules To Stop The Pauls

Avoiding “distractions” in Tampa.

Zeke Miller
BuzzFeed Staff
Posted Aug 22, 2012 5:20pm EDT

TAMPA, Florida — The Republican National Committee's Rules Committee voted to require written certification that a presidential candidate has a plurality of delegates from five states in order to get a space on the convention ballot — a move intended to provide a warning in the event of floor movement toward an insurgent candidate.

Tennessee committeeman John Ryder push the rules change to eliminate "distractions" on the convention floor, in an effort to "try to create a more streamlined convention procedure, that better reflects the realities," he said.

"The focus is to get away from some of the residue of the 19th century," he added.

Ryder also proposed raising the threshold for inclusion on the ballot from winning a plurality of 5 states to 10 states, a thinly-veiled move to make it harder for an insurgent candidate like Ron Paul to come up for a vote at the convention. Paul has urged his supporters not to disrupt Romney's nomination, but his delegates have also bitterly battled Romney supporers for tickets to Tampa.

-UPDATE-

Fox News | Shepard Smith 7:37pm ET

** RNC moves up roll call vote of delegates to Monday, August 27th to avoid any controversay from the Paul camp.**

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