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Day 1: Republicans convene, adjourn, provide photo op for Ron Paul backers

by George Bennett | August 27th, 2012

Ron Paul supporters flock to the "We Can Do Better" sign on convention floor.

TAMPA — Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus pounded an oversize gavel to officially open the 2012 GOP convention this afternoon.

Then, after about 20 seconds of applause, he pounded the gavel again and declared the convention in recess. The GOP decided Saturday to scrap today’s agenda because of the threat from Tropical Storm Isaac, which this afternoon was churning through the Gulf of Mexico toward hurricane status and a potential Wednesday New Orleans landfall.

Today’s abbreviated ceremony still attracted several hundred delegates and others to the Tampa Bay Times Forum, including Tony Jackson, an alternate from Tampa.

“This is my first one. I’m just taking it all in. I’ve watched every one of these since 1968 and I’m just glad to be here,” the 49-year-old Jackson said.

Supporters of libertarian-leaning Ron Paul gravitated toward a large “We Can Do Better” sign at one end of the floor, drawing a throng of photographers as they posed for pictures next to it while holding up Paul signs.

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2 Responses to “Day 1: Republicans convene, adjourn, provide photo op for Ron Paul backers”

  1. Gregg Says:

    No difference between Romney(care) and Obama(care), yet another violation of our rights. The gov’t constantly violates our rights.
    They violate the 1st Amendment by caging protesters and banning books like “America Deceived II”.
    They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by allowing TSA to grope you.
    They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars.
    Impeach Obama, support Ron Paul.
    Last link of “America Deceived II” before it is completely banned:
    http://www.amazon.com/America-Deceived-II-Possession-interrogation/dp/1450257437

  2. No Bama Yes Romney Ryan Says:

    How the Electoral College Works and Why Obama Wants Disgruntled Republican Voters to Support A Third Party Effort-
    In 2012 a total of 538 Electors will vote for and elect the next president and vice president of the United States. It will take a majority of 220 of these votes to win the White House. “Whichever party slate wins the most popular votes in the State becomes that State’s Electors-so that, in effect, whichever presidential ticket gets the most popular votes in a State wins all the Electors of that State.”
    A vote for Ron Paul or any candidate other than the Romney-Ryan ticket is really a vote for Obama because it will reduce the number of popular votes needed for Romney-Ryan to win the 220 electors necessary to win the White House!
    The current workings of the Electoral College are the result of both design and experience. As it now operates:
    • Each State is allocated a number of Electors equal to the number of its U.S. Senators (always 2) plus the number of its U.S. Representatives [Florida Presently at 25 will be 27 after this election year] (which may change each decade according to the size of each State’s population as determined in the Census).
    • The political parties (or independent candidates) in each State submit to the State’s chief election official a list of individuals pledged to their candidate for president and equal in number to the State’s electoral vote. Usually, the major political parties select these individuals either in their State party conventions or through appointment by their State party leaders while third parties and independent candidates merely designate theirs. [But, in any case the total numbers can not exceed the total number of Senators and Congressmen representing the state.] Therefore there is only so much pie for all to share!
    • Members of Congress and employees of the federal government are prohibited from serving as an Elector in order to maintain the balance between the legislative and executive branches of the federal government.
    • After their caucuses and primaries, the major parties nominate their candidates for president and vice president in their national conventions traditionally held in the summer preceding the election. (Third parties and independent candidates follow different procedures according to the individual State laws). The names of the duly nominated candidates are then officially submitted to each State’s chief election official so that they might appear on the general election ballot.
    • On the Tuesday following the first Monday of November in years divisible by four, the people in each State cast their ballots for the party slate of Electors representing their choice for president and vice president (although as a matter of practice, general election ballots normally say “Electors for” each set of candidates rather than list the individual Electors on each slate).
    • Whichever party slate wins the most popular votes in the State becomes that State’s Electors-so that, in effect, whichever presidential ticket gets the most popular votes in a State wins all the Electors of that State. [The two exceptions to this are Maine and Nebraska where two Electors are chosen by statewide popular vote and the remainder by the popular vote within each Congressional district].
    • On the Monday following the second Wednesday of December (as established in federal law) each State’s Electors meet in their respective State capitals and cast their electoral votes-one for president and one for vice president.
    • In order to prevent Electors from voting only for “favorite sons” of their home State, at least one of their votes must be for a person from outside their State (though this is seldom a problem since the parties have consistently nominated presidential and vice presidential candidates from different States).
    • The electoral votes are then sealed and transmitted from each State to the President of the Senate [Vice-President Joe Biden] who, on the following January 6, opens and reads them before both houses of the Congress.
    • The candidate for president with the most electoral votes, provided that it is an absolute majority (one over half of the total), is declared president. Similarly, the vice presidential candidate with the absolute majority of electoral votes is declared vice president.
    • In the event no one obtains an absolute majority of electoral votes for president, the U.S. House of Representatives (as the chamber closest to the people) selects the president from among the top three contenders with each State casting only one vote and an absolute majority of the States being required to elect. Similarly, if no one obtains an absolute majority for vice president, then the U.S. Senate makes the selection from among the top two contenders for that office.
    • At noon on January 20, the duly elected president and vice president are sworn into office.
    As everyone now knows after the above action takes place we the people are at the mercy of the occupant of the White House for four years. Even many democrat experts agree the United States can not survive another four years of the Obama mis-administration.
    Please don’t let those who mean well but know not of what they speak entice you into voting for anyone except MITT ROMNEY and PAUL RYAN. This is not the year to make political statements and show both the Republican and Democratic parties how disgruntled you are with them.
    This is the election that determines the direction of the United States for decades to come. Tilting the U S Supreme Court to the socialist movement of the likes of Obama, Pelosi and Reid will lead social and economic issues further into the pits of hell.
    VOTERS, educate yourselves, do not depend on those who mean well but have absolutely no clue as to what they speak! A vote for anyone other Than Romney-Ryan is in fact a vote for Obama-Biden.

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