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Paul gets six petitions but falls short of having his name added to RNC ballot


Lynne Sladky / AP

Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, arrives on the convention floor for the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012.

Updated Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012 | 2:11 p.m.

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TAMPA, Fla. — Despite a determined and frenzied effort, delegates making a last ditch push to put Texas Rep. Ron Paul’s name on the presidential nominating ballot fell just short of the eight states they needed to make it happen.

Paul supporters, lead by Nevada delegate Wayne Terhune, succeeded in putting together petitions from six states to put Paul’s name up for nomination. But earlier this week, the Romney campaign won a critical rules change requiring eight states to put a candidate up for nomination.

At the last moment, Paul supporters handed the petitions to the convention secretary. Then, the convention voted to adopt the eight-state rule, crushing the Paul effort.

“They said to us, you have no voice,” Paul delegate Cindy Lake of Las Vegas said. “Tea Party, you have no voice. Liberty movement, you have no voice.”

With more than 1,500 Romney delegates on the floor, it was always unlikely Paul would win the rules fight.

"It's a very slim window... but we are in the game," Terhune said earlier in the day.

Other than Nevada, states submitting Paul's name for nomination are Iowa, Oregon, Minnesota, Alaska and the Virgin Islands.

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  1. The RNC simply did to Paul delegates what they have done to potential Democratic voters in some States, by enacting laws that make it more difficult to vote through voter suppression.

    So why not to the Paul delegates?

    This isn't only suppressing potential voters, or delegates, it is suppressing Democracy.

  2. Way to go Sun and get your facts wrong... Need to do a little research, didn't they teach you that in journalism school? Here is the true exact cause and effect of the rule change and refusal to nominate Paul, since the rule change from five to eight, which did happen, is not meant to go into effect until the next national convention. While rule change and denial of nomination both occurred, they are not directly causally connected.

  3. Ron Paul is the only real Republican left in the RNC. He actually made sense and was the best candidate. So it is only logical to get rid of him because the big money needs a good puppet. And no one looks and acts that role better than Mitt Romney.