From The RNC: Ron in the Roll Call

By Samantha Hayes in St. Paul, MN

Wednesday night belonged to Sarah Palin. In fact, everyone was so busy talking about her speech, that it may have gone unnoticed that the most important business of the convention, nominating the Republican candidate, happened after she left the stage, and after  most folks who were watching probably had  gone  to bed. Last night’s roll call certainly lacked the drama of the Democrats’ version last week, but a notable thing happened at the end.  As I was trying to listen through each state’s cheering delegation, I noticed a ghost of primaries past reemerging.  Texas congressman Ron Paul, who placed second in the Nevada and Montana caucuses, and created a huge following on the internet, received a few delegate votes. Two from West Virginia, four from Washington, four from Oregon. And Alaska, where Palin is the governor, was listed with five delegate votes for Paul.  That actually put him in second place, ahead of Mitt Romney’s two delegate votes. Romney spoke before Palin Wednesday night, and Paul, who held his own convention in nearby Minneapolis, did not exactly receive a warm welcome from the Republicans earlier in the week.  On Tuesday, Paul told CNN that as a Republican congressman he “should have a pass to the floor, but they said, ‘Your pass will be at the gate, and we’ll pick it up when you leave, and you can’t take anybody with you.’ ”

At the end of the roll call, a motion passed to make John McCain the nominee by acclamation. But I’m sure Paul will take his 15 official votes with him, as well as more than ten thousand people who bought tickets to his “Rally for the Republic” convention.  Something tells me we haven’t heard the last of the Ron Paul Revolution.

Samantha Hayes is a national correspondent for CNN Newsource based in Washington, D.C. She contributes political stories to KSAT-12. You can learn more about her here.

Explore posts in the same categories: Politics

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

You can comment below, or link to this permanent URL from your own site.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: