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BLITZER'S BLOG: What to expect at a contested convention
March 21st, 2012
03:01 PM ET

BLITZER'S BLOG: What to expect at a contested convention

By Wolf Blitzer, CNN

(CNN) – Mitt Romney may be in the driver’s seat right now, but there is still a chance he won’t be able to amass the 1,144 delegates needed to win the Republican presidential nomination before the party convention in Tampa at the end of August.

If he comes up short, there could be a contested convention. That means the delegates actually would have to vote on the convention floor for the nominee.

That has prompted many of us to take a closer look at the arcane party rules that would guide the voting.

Republican Party Rule No. 40 is intriguing. It could automatically eliminate Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul for any consideration at the convention.

For a candidate’s name to be considered, the rule says, that candidate must have won the plurality of delegates in at least five states. Here’s the rule’s exact language:

“Each candidate for nomination for President of the United States and Vice President of the United States shall demonstrate the support of a plurality of the delegates from each of five (5) or more states, severally, prior to the presentation of the name of that candidate for nomination.”

As you know, Ron Paul so far has not won a plurality of delegates in any state.

Newt Gingrich has won South Carolina and Georgia, but he’s still three states shy of meeting the convention requirement.

Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum have more than met the requirement.

We are going through the other rules to see what other surprises might be in store if no one gets to the magic number in advance. Stay tuned.

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  1. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    It will be fun to watch them implode.

    March 22, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
  2. Jean-Luc Picard

    Wolf stop being a presstitute and give Ron Paul the fair shakedown and credit he deserves. You could take a lesson from your colleague Jack Cafferty on how to be a good reporter.

    March 21, 2012 at 9:35 pm |
  3. Spo

    Ron Paul has won or is likely to win a plurality of delegates in most of: Alaska, Colorado, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, Washington...

    Gingrich is certainly endangered depending on the interpretation of this rule and Santorum is more likely than Paul to have this be a problem. Most of the states he "won", he actually lost or will lose the delegate vote because he lacks any semblance of an organization.

    March 21, 2012 at 8:03 pm |
  4. Doug Ericson

    Rules are like Laws in that they are subject to the authorities that interpret them and or enforce them. A common refrain is that we are a Natrion of Laws. The truth is that we are a Nation of Laws subject to the interpretation of the Enforcers and the Judges. So whatever the rules are for a contested Republican convention, those rules will likely be challenged by any candidate that feels like they have been interpreted incorrectly. The possible scenarios are probably limited to Mitt and Rick, but don't underestimate Newts ability to dig something up in the Convention Rules that might cause a ruckus in the end. Doug.

    March 21, 2012 at 7:49 pm |
  5. Delegate

    I think Wolf confused the term "plurality" with "majority." It is assumed that Ron Paul will not win a "majority" of the delegates in 5 states, but he will obviously win a "plurality" of delegates in at least 5 states. It's an honest mistake. I am sure that many others who read the article probably would have made the same mistake.

    March 21, 2012 at 7:44 pm |
  6. HOLY RIGHT OF EVIL AND GOOD. TRUE DUALITY

    Romeny would lose if it comes to that. What ever Gingrich doesn't draw away, Santorum will take.

    March 21, 2012 at 7:40 pm |
  7. nwi

    what a pointless column followed by mostly pointless comments. It's these candidates lack of appeal that is hurting them the most.

    March 21, 2012 at 7:32 pm |
  8. CJ

    This article is far from the whole truth. Its impossible to say where the majority of the delegates are pointing right now, but we do know that Ron Paul has a plurality of delegates in several states, even if there is no official record of it yet. This is where the determination of the Ron Paul supporters is really going to make an impact.

    March 21, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
    • Lois

      The article sndous like Libertarian garb. Anyone can promise change , but what are we changing into? Libertarians concern me because they are mostly interested in holding their fiscal beliefs out front to blind the people to their real agenda. they yap about liberty , but do not explain what they mean by liberty . Their brand of liberty cares nothing of the rights of parents who want to protect our youth from pornography, pot-smoking, bad entertainment, the occult, etc. They want liberty for the blackguards and care nothing of the rotting away of society which follows, just as Thomas Paine did. ALL polititions should be required to be clear on ALL issues, not just the issues THEY choose to run on . Libertarians talk patrotic, but deny the Christian principles on which our Founders built this nation.Another thing I do not like about Libertarians is the deception of the infiltration into the Republican party because they know they can't win if they are honest and running as what they really are, a libertarian such as, Ron and Rand Paul, and Sarah Palin.Thank you for allowing me to post. God Bless.

      April 5, 2012 at 9:29 am |
  9. Henry Miller

    "Republican Party Rule No. 40 is intriguing. It could automatically eliminate Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul for any consideration at the convention."

    That's probably why Rule 40 exists: To try to make sure that only "establishment candidates" get nominated. It doesn't seem to matter to the GOP that Paul consistently out-polls Santorum versus Obama and more often than not out-polls Romney. In a lot of ways, the GOP sometimes seems downright suicidal.

    March 21, 2012 at 7:15 pm |
  10. Michael G.

    Ron Paul WILL take on Barack Obama in 2012!
    He'll either be the GOP nominee or run as an independent.
    You say "Paul can't win as an independent..."
    My response: "uh, yes he can!"
    The difference between Paul running as an independent later on and all of the other independent candidates, is that they ran as an independent FROM THE START. Ron Paul now has huge support amongst the GOP (which, if you all stopped listening to CNN and did some thinking for yourself, you'd see his HUGE crowds everywhere he goes!), he also has a CRAP TON of independent supporters, and a ton of disenfranchised Democrats who DO NOT want Obama in 2012 and refuse to vote for a GOP candidate, so instead they'll be comfortable voting for Paul as an independent.

    FACTS ARE FACTS, Ron Paul WILL be our next president! It's coming! And the New World Order/ Military-Industrial Complex KNOWS IT TOO!
    (p.s., why do you think bills like the NDAA, HR 347, etc have been passed lately?...because they're SCARED! They know their time is coming to an END!)

    RON PAUL 2012!!

    March 21, 2012 at 6:57 pm |
    • s

      Poor Paul , must be on the same drug as Ron Paul is, feel sorry for you, time to back to your job at Mcdonalds

      March 22, 2012 at 9:19 am |
  11. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I hope there is a contested convention, it's going to be some very angry Republican voters.

    March 21, 2012 at 6:37 pm |
  12. RinosRwinos

    Who cares about GOP rule 40? Paul and Gingrich need to pack their bags since they are not going to get the nomination. They are just a distraction at this point. If they can't get enough support of their party they have zero chance against Obama. Buh bye Gingrich and Paul.

    March 21, 2012 at 6:32 pm |
  13. Dan

    I get that hard core Ron Paul supporters are rather fervant but I would think not blind to reality. You can embrace his platform, his ideas, be a rabid supporter and it does not change the simple math that he will not have the delegates to remotely be considered as the GOP nominee. All your wishing will not make that happen. You can falsely lay blame at the media's feet or find other supposed valid reasons but you cannot dream your candidate to the election. He has to garner broadbase support (meaning actual votes) and so far that has just not happened. I applaud your dedication but I have to wonder about what world you are living in!

    March 21, 2012 at 6:18 pm |
  14. Steve

    Ok, let's get real here, Ron Paul has NO CHANCE of getting the nomination. His one hope, and it's Mighty Slim, is to run as a third party candidate, and hope to split the electoral college up so there is no majority winner, thus throwing the election the the House of Reps, where each states delegation gets one vote and a simple majority is all that is needed....wait nevermind, he'd still never get picked. His ideas and policies are right out of the 18th century. Return to the Constitution??? Have any of you even bothered to check out who wrote that document and why?

    March 21, 2012 at 6:17 pm |
  15. Brian

    I'm sorry to inform you Mr.Blitzer but the fact of the matter is your little article says that the candidate "shall demonstrate the support of a plurality of the delegates from each of five (5) or more states, severally, prior to the presentation of the name of that candidate for nomination.” meaning if Ron Paul or Newt Gingrich amass the majority of delegates in five states the are eligible. So from my calculation Ron Paul will amass the majority of delegates in Alaska, Minnesota, Missouri, Iowa, and Maine. That's ay least five. So im sorry to inform you that you are already wrong. Maybe I should have your job at CNN considering I can state the blatant obviousness of the fact that Ron Paul could walk away with the nomination. Do some real reporting and tell the truth not lied you're as bad as Obama. Ron Paul 2012. Join the R3VOLUTION

    March 21, 2012 at 6:16 pm |
  16. HAHA!

    Wow, what a complete afront to journalism. You completely pulled out the rule book to discredit a candidate(nice bias) and skipped over every chapter that would have made this article 'moot'. For the record, I view this site with the same skepticism that I view national enquire, or planet prison, you've dropped to that level to 'get your way' that your credibility has been compromised. After the boomers die out and this generation of Americans come in to our political 'adulthood', MSM will be viewed as a national lampoon of sorts. How dare you insult our intelligence.

    March 21, 2012 at 6:13 pm |
  17. Calvin

    You are incorrect about Ron Paul. He will have the plurality in a dozen or more states come August. Looks like he is going to have about 9 of the states that have already gone.

    March 21, 2012 at 6:05 pm |
  18. drow

    ron paul, the best candidate the GOP doesn't want.

    March 21, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
  19. jaimeh

    It is a sad state of politics, when the only GOP candidate that remains honest to his position and beliefs, is Ron Paul. BUT the Republican "good ol' boys" establishment will never allow him to be the nominee. Pandering to the extremists "or conservatives", as they call themselves, is just leaving out the big majority of us Independent Voters, that do not go along with any radical positions, either left OR right. After all is said and done, no one would be surprised that Obama will carry easily a landslide. Thanks, Tea Partiers.

    March 21, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
  20. t3chsupport

    On April 3rd, we'll see whether Paul sinks or swims. He's going to need Texas and California at least, but I think he's been counting on them. Well, if he was smart, he would, because that's a lot of support he has there and a lot of delegates for those states.

    March 21, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
  21. Robert

    Very curious why Ron Paul supporters seem to outnumber all comments, blogs and tweets 5-1 on the internet, yet he comes in dead last in almost every state primary. Either his supporters are not showing up to vote, OR, there is a real conspiracy to keep him from office.

    March 21, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
  22. Joe

    Ron Paul likely has won a plurality of delegates in many if not most of the Caucus States. The Media continues to ignore this.

    March 21, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
  23. z

    many states still have to have their own conventions to determine the REAL delegate count. cnn's numbers are just estimates, just youn wait. North Dakota has theirs on the last day of March and ron paul will win a high majority of those.

    March 21, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
  24. Beacon

    If there is a contested convention Santorum could hold enough delegates to give him and his backers enough leverage to force the Republican Platform farther to the right. The moderate Romney wouldn't be happy about that.

    March 21, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
  25. Charlie

    hahahah! Wow, seems people take a bit of offense to fictional news reporting. Please do a better job even if it means not featuring only your golden boys on the pedestal.

    March 21, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
    • Mark

      Maybe that is true,maybe not – but you call it "fictional" and yet provide no evidence to support your claim – an utter waste of space.

      March 21, 2012 at 7:10 pm |
  26. Cj

    "As you know, Ron Paul so far has not won a plurality of delegates in any state."

    "As you know"? No, I don't know whether Ron Paul has won a plurality of the delegates in a state, and neither do you. The whole media makes statements like this regarding delegate numbers that are just estimates as many haven't even been chosen. There's a good chance he's won the most delegates in some of these states. So no, we don't "know".

    Here are some statements that you should write that starts with the words "as you know":
    -"As you know, Congressman Ron Paul is generating huge support at every one of his rallies in contrast to his opponents who generate far less interest but still end up with more votes"
    or
    -"As you know, there have been suspicious stories of voter fraud reported from caucus goers where GOP officials have not followed their own rules."
    or
    -"As you know, Ron Paul is the only real choice that has been put before the American public in an election in decades and represents a change in the status quo."
    or finally
    -"As you know, the mainstream media acts does nothing more than spread disinformation and propaganda designed to deceive people into accepting whatever narrative is laid in front of them."

    March 21, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
    • Ronnie Harper

      Do you understand Libertarianism? Don't you know that handing back to the municipalities the power to decide the fates of 350 million people is essentially anarchy? Ron Paul is not nearly the visionary that you and others like you make him out to be – his policies are non-starters, and would have us completely absorbed protecting our interests at every turn. Who would place rest stops on the freeways? Who will make sure that rural schools are funded? How will hospitals be compelled to treat the sick or dying?

      Also, it's impossible for me to believe that as a matter of principle, a true and revolutionary candidate would not have as part of his/her top three priorities an absolute thirst for equal human rights. It's impossible to argue that Ron Paul's vision of a libertarian America would protect the disenfranchised, who are barely – just barely – able to be protected today.

      His Civil Liberties 'Education' page doesn't even mention a single civil liberty except for due process, which he can't pry off the wall of Democracy like he would other requisite aspects of our governmental processes. And when pressed, he glumly admits that local governments and municipalities would micromanage my human rights, and that's why Ron Paul will never be President of The Unites States of America and also why he is not a revolutionary candidate by any measure at all.

      March 21, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
    • js

      As you know, Ron Paul supporters are true republicans. They follow the standard pattern. 1st, blame the media. 2nd., blame your opponents, 3rd, take personal responsibility....oh wait, most republican's can't count that high.

      March 21, 2012 at 6:18 pm |
      • Cj

        Well you are correct to say that RP supporters are True Republicans, but not for the reasons you gave. It is pretty funny that you talked about how Repubs can't count high enough to get to the 3rd step of the pattern which was taking personal responsibility. Is it not a platform of RP and Libertarian-minded people that individuals be personally responsible? So why would RP supporters not have personal responsibility be their number 1 step? In actuality they have taken personal responsibility as these supporters are the most involved and dedicated group in not only this election cycle, but in the past several spanning many decades. RP supporters oppose the Warfare state as well as the Welfare state, taking personal responsibility and speaking out against all the expenditures that the Federal Government makes with taxpayer money.

        But really your statement comes from the whole Left V Right paradigm, which reveals itself as false the more you examine it and as more time goes on. The whole back and forth between the aisles is useless as none really have their constituents best interest anymore. You'll find that RP supporters have transcended this narrow-minded thinking and have awoken to the true nature of the game: There is no choice, there is just the illusion of one.

        March 21, 2012 at 8:54 pm |
    • Ray

      You know a lot of as you know lines are very biased toward Ron Paul. I doubt the media should be saying that when I could very much say it's not true. It's a lot of opinoins what you have said, not facts.

      March 21, 2012 at 6:30 pm |
      • Cj

        They actually are facts. First I said that RP draws bigger crowds than his opponents, so that's true. 2nd, I touched on instances of voter fraud where the GOP officials were changing their own rules. That is also true as documented extensively by caucus goers recently in Missouri and Georgia. 3rd, I said RP represents a real choice. You may say that such a statement is not true and that there is a choice between a regular establishment Repub and Obama; but given that both sides of the aisle spend endlessly and endorse different versions of big government the choice begins to show itself as an illusion. Basically your tax payer money will be spent for something, the two sides just disagree how. The final and 4th statement was about the media spreading disinformation and propaganda. If you believe that not to be true then you simply have not been paying attention and need to wake up. 4 statements, 4 truths

        March 21, 2012 at 8:32 pm |
    • Ron Paul 2012

      Love it! I agree with you 100% Ron Paul 2012!

      March 21, 2012 at 7:01 pm |
    • Lee Ann

      I like cj.... way to go! I'm Canadian and as I see it Ron Paul is your only TRUE candidate. I've been following the show down all along and Paul seems to be the only one who can connect with the common people. I hope he wins! All the rest are on ego trips.

      March 21, 2012 at 7:05 pm |
      • Cj

        Thanks Lee Ann! I agree that he seems to be the only one who can actually connect with the people. If one needed any evidence of this, they should simply look at campaign contributions statistics. The vast majority of RP's money comes from small donors, making whatever contributions they can. Then you can take a look at Romney or Obama and see that they are backed by Goldman Sachs and other large banking institutions. To find the true people's candidate, one has to look no further than where the money comes from. Is it from people like you or I? Or is it from large institutions that have invested interest?

        March 21, 2012 at 9:04 pm |
    • Jack

      As I recently attended a delegate election and saw the tactics of the Ron Paul supporters, I must say I have lost all respect for Ron Paul if this is how he is encouraging his followers to behave. I was reminded of films of The Brown Shirts in Germany as Hitler came into power. Sad that a socialist like Obama has brought the rest of the country into such a fight. And he claimed he would bring us all together. So thankful to be able to stand and say I have done all I could to see that he was not elected.

      March 21, 2012 at 7:11 pm |
      • Benjy

        What are these tactics that we use in the caucuses? Enlighten me.

        We follow Roberts Rules of Order exactly as it is written.

        March 23, 2012 at 12:18 am |
    • s

      ron paul ron paul ron paul, don't you people have lives, maybe you should join him on his planet, which is not this one.

      March 22, 2012 at 9:21 am |
  27. Frankie

    What to expect? How about more of the same lies, mud slinging and chaos that Tea/Republicans are used to dishing out.

    March 21, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  28. rob

    didnt andy richtner totally own wolf blitzer on jeopardy once

    March 21, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
  29. David

    Fight Repubs Fight! I love it.

    March 21, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
  30. TR

    Are you freaking serious? Ron Paul did win 1 state so your BS reporting is noting but a lie. Also Ron Paul haves alot of delegates and please note there is still over 200 delegates as not going to any candidate as of right now but I can say all them 200 delegates will be going to RON PAUL!!!!! How about you watch some ben swann wxix videos out of cincy ohio to tell you the real freaking truth!!! GO RON PAUL 2012

    March 21, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
    • Ken

      Actually he is misreading the rules. The rule states a plurality of delegates but since most delegates are not chosen in many states by the straw poll the attempt to say who has won is sort of bsish by CNN. But what do you expect from government controlled media? In actual fact, speaking of delegates, Ron Paul has won pluralities of delegates in a half dozen states. Further, the rule only comes into effect after the first vote at the convention, meaning all delegates are no longer bound in this scenario.

      March 21, 2012 at 5:59 pm |
  31. KissYourButtGoodbye

    "As you know, Ron Paul so far has not won a plurality of delegates in any state."

    What you talking about, Blitzer? Delegates are not the same as the popular vote in these caucus states. There is a good indication that Paul could come away with a plurality of delegates in states like Iowa, Colorado, Nevada, etc. You don't have any idea how those will turn out, and the obvious contention over the caucus process is indicative that no one can predict the results. Your shoddy reporting is just another example of subconscious bias.

    March 21, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
    • TR

      I will agree with you on that part there KISSYOURBUTTGOODBYE

      March 21, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  32. n2video

    The entire GOP nominating process has been a sad joke from the very first state...Iowa, where the final results were reversed, to the state of Maine, where the "final" results were announced before an entire swath of the state had yet to vote (due to an expected snowstorm), to Missouri where the cops had to come into a county caucus and end the meeting before any vote was taken, to Wyoming, where the delegates are being doled out 1 by 1 in a protracted process...yesterday, they took away one of Santorum's delegates and awarded that delegate to Romney. Even in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where Ron Paul won the majority of votes, Romney was awarded 5 of the 7 delegates. There has NEVER been this much chaos in a primary season in modern history.

    March 21, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
  33. Andrew Eiter

    It's ok, Wolf. I sometimes have trouble discerning between the pluralities of two very different things too. For example, just the other day I was completely dumbfounded by the idea that a candidate can win a plurality of a states delegates without winning the plurality of votes in its straw poll. I almost wrote an article about it.

    March 21, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
    • Aika

      Bento, I would have an evolution-denying Ron Paul berfoe any of the other Republican candidates. And as a Spinozist he is still without equal, I am afraid. Just a lot more doctrinaire than you or I would be. What in particular do you object to (pretend you never noticed his evolution remarks) with Dr Paul? How exactly is he similar to Ross Perot and is that bad?Mike B is simply not running, so forget about it. However, McCain seems to have ended his faustian pact with the religious whack-jobs, and I find myself drawn more and more to him as I realise the full extent of the Coyote morning I have got myself into with Rom Paul.Verc, nice try but Dr Ron's denial of evolution coupled with his remarks about how he thinks The Creator should have done things (see the link) does not make me think he has made the leaps in the articles you link to.wcw, I am curious, how is Ron Paul racist? The US constitution I always thought of as a very universalist document, and as far as I can see a lot of his more controversial positions are based on an (entertainingly whacko) fundamentalist reading of that.

      May 20, 2012 at 9:31 pm |
  34. Andrew

    Actually Paul is looking at drawing a plurality in Minnesota, Missouri, Maine, maybe Washington State and who knows maybe more. You should look closer at the rules in each state rather than only at the convention rules.

    March 21, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
  35. mike

    >As you know, Ron Paul so far has not won a plurality of delegates in any state.

    No Wolf, we don't know that and neither do you. Most of the states that have held their "beauty contests" haven't had their district and state conventions to select those delegates. Until that happens it's purely a guess as to how the delegates will be awarded in many of those states since they don't all award delegates according to the results of their "beauty contest."
    ... also, this rule only applies to the first round of voting. After that, it's a free for all.

    Quit spreading Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt.

    March 21, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
    • TR

      I will have to agree with you also on that!!!

      March 21, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  36. Mick

    This is not true at all. There is a chance that Paul has amassed the majority of the delegates in some of the caucus states. If you're so intent on reading the rules, maybe you should read the rules. Just saying Paul hasn't won any of the straw votes isn't necessarily indicative of his delegate count or whether or not he has amassed a majority in a given state.

    March 21, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  37. Dick Diamond

    It's rigged! No chance for all candidates. Sad. Of course, it's not a democracy. It's a republic.

    March 21, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  38. Jose

    I would like to make a comment regarding a comment that you and many have repeated since yesterday. It concerns with a BIG win for Romney in IL. What you and all other fail to note is that about 75% of the population lives in the Chicago Metro area. Romney ONLY wins where there are Mormons or plenty of Liberal and Moderates. He fails greatly where Conservatives count. In November He will have a hard time getting elected (if Nominated) UNLESS he somehow can win the trust of the Conservative base of the Republican Party and those Democrats and Independents that have some Conservative beliefs. Romney is another Obama... He talks good and knows how to tell the audience what they want to hear.

    By the way, Romney's BIG win in PR was not a REAL win. If you are not from Puerto Rico (I am), you cannot understabd Puerto Rican politics. The governor of PR is the President (or Chairman) of the party in power. Therefore, what the governor (party pres) wants... the party leaders want and... therefore, the grassroot will follow suit (the lead of the party). Governor Fortuño endorsed Romney. That meant that as the PNP party head leader he set the road to follow. PNP party leaders and voters followed closely behind. There is more to how members of the PNP or PPD can join eiher the National Democratic or Republican parties and still work together for one party in PR (but belong to a different party in the Mainland. I believe that the majority of those that voted for Rick in PR probaly belonged to the PPD who registered as Republicans since PR holds a closed primary. Therefore, Romney's BIG win in PR only looks big because it is not like politics in the Mainland.

    Jose Rivera

    March 21, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  39. Russ

    What a fiasco that would be. The four of them up there like little kids at a birthday party game going "Pick Me, Pick Me" and the people doing the voting saying, "This is it? This is what we have left to choose from. We're doomed."

    March 21, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  40. janerose

    At least Ms Palin is not eligible. Republicans

    March 21, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  41. amargosa31

    If Trump backs so do I. Romley that is.

    March 21, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  42. janerose

    At least Ms Palin is not eligible.

    March 21, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  43. Steven Harnack

    Doesn't that rule that you refer to also mean that either Romney or Santorum would have to be the VP nominee? It states "Each candidate for nomination for President of the United States AND Vice-President of the United States...."

    March 21, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
    • Bradley

      If I remember correctly, in the past the people voted on Presidents and Vice Presidents instead of having a President select their running mate. The language used might be from the time when the older election process was in effect.

      March 21, 2012 at 8:20 pm |
  44. JHL

    I suspect that they can change the rules in real time.

    March 21, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  45. belindar

    It looks like the republicans want to make counting one plus two into some type of calculus. They are so confused on how to bring the base together that they come up with more difficult new math. I see why they are dropping down the tube. No one with any type of intelligence would want these idiots running in a marathon, not to mention running the country. Just a bunch of nuts!

    March 21, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  46. Maricarmen Romero

    Listening to the Program... Very good, talking about Romney votes/Bush and Puerto Rico, please correct, Puerto Rico does not have President, It would be Governor. Thanks

    March 21, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  47. gabe

    who would have been able to guess that cnn was not willing to put in their blog that the delegate counts so far are ESTIMATES?

    March 21, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  48. Joe

    Ah, but this is incorrect. CNN's "delegate projections" are not the same as the actual delegates won... Paul is doing quite nicely in this regard, and CNN even ran their own article on it not too long ago.

    March 21, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  49. sleepless in nc

    One more thought: When people were arguing whether the muslims had the right to build their mosk near ground zero, virtually everyone agreed that they did. The issue was whether they should. Ditto here Newt. Everyone agrees that you have every right to stay in the race to the bitter end. But, should you? Other than YOU, who actually is wanting you to stay in?

    March 21, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  50. m

    Outdated rules and business processes shouldn't be a suprise from the gop. All of their answers revolve around going back to a time that doesn't exist in the real world. All of their answes revolve around going back in time with solutions that do not fit the modern world. To hear that their nomination rules are 50 years old isn't a suprise.

    March 21, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  51. sleepless in nc

    No worries. Of the expected 40+ million GOP voters in the general election, Gingrinch has been bragging that he represents 175,000 voters who have contributed to his campaign nationwide. That's fewer than many votes in a mayoral race. C'mon Newt, move away from your ego, put down your intellectual bully weapon. When you say that it is not "all about me," what you actually mean is that it is "all about me." You took fourth place in Illinois. You have won 2, one of which was your home state. You have lost 32 of 35 states and territories. PLEASE, do us all a favor, and get out.

    March 21, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  52. rob

    How do y ou know this Blitz?
    Your Delegate numbers are an ESTIMATE

    Watch. I'tll be funny to see how you explain things when ron paul is in SECOND PLACE UNDER MITT WHEN THE DELEGATES ARE AWARDED
    you mainstream pundits are so desperate I pity you

    March 21, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  53. rob

    Except Ron Paul actually took a majority of delegates in Iowa, Maine, Colorado, Missouri, etc...

    March 21, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  54. LibertyMan

    "As you know, Ron Paul so far has not won a plurality of delegates in any state"

    At worst that line is blatant misinformation. At best it means you have no grasp of how caucuses work. Missouri is a prime example of how Ron Paul is winning delegates left and right. Santorm "won" that state but is getting destroyed by Ron Paul.

    March 21, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
    • TR

      Good one there LibertyMan and Well spoken!!!! GO RON PAUL 2012

      March 21, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
    • GadsdenGurl

      True. I sent documentation to show he's wrong, but not approved yet.

      March 21, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  55. GOP Observer

    If anyone but Romney gets the nomination as a result of a convetion floor vote, there will be a riot in the GOP. Gingrich is doing nothing right now - Even Ron Paul i sbeating him - Why? Newt's campaign is out of money and he cannot even afford to campaign....and his money angel in the Las Vegas casino has to be having second thoughts about wasting his money. Santorum needs to bow out now or risk being shunned by his party in 2016 or 2020 when he can make another run -- but if Santorum stays in when he knows he cannot possible win, he hurts the GOP in 2012 and they will not forget it.

    Ron Paul is a non factor – always was and always will be. Nice guy - lots of good idease , but no chance for him

    Give it up Newt and Rick – make the best deal you can now with Mitt, and get behind him so Romney can go into the convention with a unanimous first ballot victory

    March 21, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  56. Nate

    You are joking right? Ron Paul HAS won the plurality delegates in more than 5 states, why don't you report the REAL number?

    March 21, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  57. JS

    Another dumb rule in a dumb country with dumb candidates (except Ron Paul) and even dumber citizens to allow such dumb rules to be in place in such a dumb system that will make it hard to knock out the most CORRUPT President in history – with his dumb health care plan and dummies believing his forged birth certificate.. And there's nobody DUMBER to report this than Wolf Blitzer – the dumbest journalist in history- as proven by his MINUS $4600 epic fail total on Jeopardy- proving his epic dumbness.

    March 21, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
    • Ronnie Harper

      Whomever taught you to hate your government, your fellow American representatives in government, and our political process so much is even more ignorant than you. Don't pass that on, now, or let it get to deeply seated. Don't forget that our country is a shining beacon of liberty and possibility for all the world to see. It is one of the greatest nations and civilizations in the history of humankind.

      Unfortunately, it can't be argued that Americans are particularly informed, as is evidenced by your double post here.

      March 21, 2012 at 5:57 pm |
      • Mamdou

        There are certainly a lot of deliats like that to take into consideration. That is a great point to bring up. I offer the thoughts above as general inspiration but clearly there are questions like the one you bring up where the most important thing will be working in honest good faith. I don?t know if best practices have emerged around things like that, but I am sure that your job is clearly identified as a fair game. Both boys and girls feel the impact of just a momente28099s pleasure, for the rest of their lives.

        April 4, 2012 at 5:30 am |
  58. JS

    Another dumb rule in a dumb country with dumb candidates (except Ron Paul) and even dumber citizens to allow such dumb rules to be in place in such a dumb system that will make it hard to knock out the most CORRUPT President in history – with his dumb health care plan and dummies believing his forged birth certificate.. And there's nobody DUMBER to report this than Wolf Blitzer – the dumbest journalist in history- as proven by his MINUS $4600 epic fail total on Jeopary- proving his epic dumbness.

    March 21, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  59. Big George in Big D

    Good. We don't need them in it anyway.

    March 21, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  60. Steve Wilton

    Come on Wolf...just because Ron Paul hasn't won any of the beauty contest popular votes in a state, it doesn't mean that he won't come out of at least 5 states with the plurality of the delegates from those states. Many states delegates are yet to be determined and Ron is doing very well in that process.

    March 21, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  61. Hugganoak

    Weird rules. So if no one gets enough delegate votes over and over again, there's no provision to bring in a compromise candidate? What would they do? Let Obama run uncontested?

    March 21, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  62. Don Childers (@AgoristDon)

    Oh, come on, Wolf. You also know that many of the states have held beauty contests that do not bind the delegates selected to the candidate that won, and that there are battles between the GOP establishment and the libertarian wing of the party going on all over the country. Look to Clarke County GA and St. Charles MO for two easy-to-find examples. There's simply no way to even guess what candidates might have a plurality of support in 5 states at this time. That knowledge may well not be available prior to the convening of the convention in Tampa.

    I expected better from you than to hew the GOP establishment line. Man up.

    March 21, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  63. justaman

    Well, how are all we Republicans enjoying watching our grand old party ease to the left; maybe not so "easing" but rather barreling? Too many of us haven't even noticed. Whoever said "'Beating Obama' is not a campaign strategy was right on the money.

    March 21, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
    • TimB

      Barreling? Easing? Huh? Not sure what you're talking about, the social conservatives seem to have a stranglehold on the GOP right now. It would be nice to see old-fashioned small government conservativism come to the fore.

      March 21, 2012 at 6:22 pm |
  64. geesam

    Let's play a game. What if Gingrich, Santrum, and Paul were secret Democrats went in to destroy the Republican Party or Romney, or both? Who hired them, the Democratic Party, Obama, or both? You go first.

    March 21, 2012 at 3:14 pm |

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