By now, the GOP has typically settled on a presidential nominee, leaving the convention and the rules that govern it largely a formality. While candidates in both parties targeted primary contests in the Northeast, Hollywood’s Diplomat Resort & Spa turned into a palm-treed political battleground.
Here’s what you need to know about the panel ahead of its high-profile meeting here later this week.
“It isn’t rigged. We have made the rules and there’s a very careful process for changing those rules”, said Alaska Committeewoman Cynthia Henry.
That committee, which will meet just before the July convention, can rewrite the rules on the nominating proceedings before presenting them before the full convention for approval. Marco Rubio and Ben Carson to support you, instead of sticking with the candidate that state laws or party rules “bind” them to support.
Clinton’s trouble with voters stems from her character, they said: Voters don’t trust her.
Still, the committee has already tamped down expectations of proposals out of the meeting that would substantially modify existing convention rules.
House has received hundreds of e-mails, phone calls, and texts since Trump began criticizing the delegate process in Colorado and his contact information was distributed on the Internet.
The question on which the convention will turn, most likely, assumes that the presidency is lost.
At a media briefing, RNC officials reiterated that the rules for the upcoming convention have not been written yet.
This story has been corrected to reflect that Trump aide Paul Manafort said Thursday “You’ll see a real different way”.
“Its up to the delegates at the convention”.
“I think this party will coalesce around him, and I don’t just mean the people here at the RNC”, Bell said.
Priebus has scoffed at Trump’s complaints of an unfair process, noting that primary rules were long-established and should be well-known to prepared candidates.
The change, while seemingly arcane, would have had a profound effect on the convention. The Republican National Committee spring meeting kicked off yesterday and will conclude Friday.
Enid Mickleson, of Utah, withdrew her proposed rules change, citing the same concerns. It would replace the current convention system, which is based on the rule of order used by the U.S. House of Representatives and replace it with the so-called Robert’s Rules of Order.
“It is essential to victory in November that we all support our candidate”, Priebus said. “It’s the way we have done things since the 1800s”, he said.
But will they? Many RNC members said they think the party will.
Passed by allies of 2012 nominee Mitt Romney to prevent Ron Paul supporters from breaking away from Romney at that year’s convention, the rule now says that candidates eligible for the nomination must have won a majority of the delegates in eight states or more.
Trump is increasingly optimistic about his chances in five states holding primary contests Tuesday: Rhode Island, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland. Some have been hoping a new candidate will emerge at the party’s gathering in Cleveland, a scenario that has drawn the wrath of Trump and Cruz backers and numerous party’s grassroots conservatives.