The Tea Party Research Team predicted this! ...but what are you willing to do about it? Let the GOP get away with silencing the voice of the people?
Or are you willing to............?
Political parties, not voters, choose their presidential nominees, a Republican convention rules member told CNBC, a day after GOP front-runner Donald Trump rolled up more big primary victories.
“The media has created the perception that the voters choose the nomination. That’s the conflict here,” Curly Haugland, an unbound GOP delegate from North Dakota, told CNBC’s “ Squawk Box ” on Wednesday. He even questioned why primaries and caucuses are held.
Haugland is one of 112 Republican delegates who are not required to cast their support for any one candidate because their states and territories don’t hold primaries or caucuses.
Even with Trump ’s huge projected delegate haul in four state primaries Tuesday, the odds are increasing the billionaire businessman may not ultimately get the 1,237 delegates needed to claim the GOP nomination before the convention.
This could lead to a brokered convention, in which unbound delegates, like Haugland, could play a significant swing role on the first ballot to choose a nominee.
Most delegates bound by their state’s primary or caucus results are only committed on the first ballot. If subsequent ballots are needed, virtually all of the delegates can vote any way they want, said Gary Emineth, another unbound delegate from North Dakota.
“It could introduce Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney, or it could be the other candidates that have already been in the race and are now out of the race [such as] Mike Huckabee [or] Rick Santorum. All those people could eventually become candidates on the floor,” Emineth said.
House Speaker Paul Ryan , who decided not to run for the White House this year, said in a CNBC interview Tuesday he won’t categorically rule out accepting the GOP nomination if a deadlocked convention were to turn to him.
Democrats experienced the last true brokered presidential convention to go beyond the first ballot in 1952. Republicans came close at their 1976 convention.
“The rules haven’t kept up,” Haugland said. “The rules are still designed to have a political party choose its nominee at a convention. That’s just the way it is. I can’t help it. Don’t hate me because I love the rules.”
Haugland said he sent a letter to each campaign alerting them to a rule change he’s proposing, which would allow any candidate who earns at least one delegate during the nominating process to submit his or her name to be nominated at this summer’s convention.
If the GOP race continues at the same pace, Trump would likely have a plurality of delegates. So far, he’s more than halfway to the 1,237 magic number.
Trump split Tuesday’s winner-take-all primaries in Florida and Ohio.
The real estate mogul dominated in Florida over Sen. Marco Rubio , who dropped out of the race after losing his home state.
But Trump lost Ohio to the state’s governor, John Kasich . Trump also won Illinois and North Carolina. He held a slim lead over Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in Missouri early Wednesday.
Emineth, also a former chairman of the North Dakota Republican Party, told “Squawk Box” in the same interview that he’s concerned about party officials pulling “some shenanigan.”
“You have groups of people who are going to try to take over the rules committee,” he warned. “[That] could totally change everything, and mess things up with the delegates. And people across the country will be very frustrated.”
“It’s important that the Republican National Committee has transparency on what they’re doing [on the rules] going into the convention and what happens in the convention,” he continued. That’s because of “all the votes that have been cast in caucuses and primaries. Don’t disenfranchise those voters. Because at the end of the day, our goal is to beat Hillary Clinton or whoever their [Democratic] nominee is in November.”
Emineth said he’s worried that frustration would discourage Americans in the general election from voting Republican.
EXACTLY! The "secret meeting" is what they ALL do to circumvent the LEGAL AMERICAN PEOPLE!
Transparency? Since when has the gop allowed transparency anywhere? They are just as secretive as the dnc though they claim to be otherwise. All we know are the facts which are that the traitors in the gop make deals behind solidly closed doors just like the traitors in the dnc, so actually there is no real difference between either party.
Case in point is the recent admission by a "super delegate" (what the hell is that anyway? It certainly is NOT in the Constitution) that the people are ignorant if they believe that they select the party's nominee. In fact that delegate said outright that the party selects the nominee regardless of what the people think. How is that for transparency!
TIME for the PARTY mindset to END! TIME for those who vote because they are a Republican or I am a Democrat to end! Neither has the welfare of the USA in their agenda!! THEY all have their own ideals and they ARE NOT for LIBERTY or US Sovereignty!!
Kasich is a rat, took 200k from Soros, I always felt we never pick the President, we've been played all along, its all a fix, they plan to be in the One World Order period, why have a Primary
TIME for a reckoning! TIME for the US Patriots to have a "secret meeting"!!!
After what Jenny-beth has been emailing me about Mr. Trump, I'm not sure I can trust the tea Party anymore either. I'm so dismayed...
why have a Primary, its all show, we never pick a President, throw all these bastards out that been in there too long period.
EXACTLY! TOO many "Bush-like" in this Government!!
I heard Kasich was not eligible to run, he never won 1state? he should not have been allowed to run in Ohio? what say you? all affix
Kasich is a one hit wonder, that's all, he won Ohio. He is being used to siphon off votes from everyone running. Cruz was right, it should be between him and Trump only. They both agree on that. But we all know how crooked our system is.
I AGREE! He should have been OUT before Rubio!!!
The GOP has a sinister plan!
They plan to put Hillary in as 1st woman POTUS--same as Obama was!! Next it will be Michelle Obama or Loretta Lynch as 1st Black woman POTUS!!!
TIME for SECRET MEETING!!!