GOP rejects call to back off gay marriage opposition

Jul 13, 2016, 02:56

He hopes the ruling sparks the GOP to pick a different candidate.

A major recommendation was that the future party platform needs to be more open and welcoming to gay people.

The 112-member RNC platform committee will nail down the party's policy positions before all state delegates gather to vote on the GOP nominee next week. Joe Lieberman as a running mate in 2008, many delegates viewed the CT independent's abortion record as unacceptable and threatened to vote him down in a floor fight if nominated.

"Wall Street likes TPP, but the 70 percent of the people that are employed in this country by small businesses don't like it", Johnson said during the subcommittee meeting. Both are delegates for presumptive nominee Donald Trump, the billionaire and reality television star who won Arkansas' primary in March.

Dane Waters, co-founder of Delegates Unbound, an affiliated group organizing a whip operation for the convention, dismissed skeptics in the Republican National Committee, Trump campaign and the press. "What's the point of all the debates and all those people going to the polls if all of that can be undone by relatively few people in Cleveland?"

What's more, he doesn't think many of his colleagues on the rules committee will agree to free the delegates.

Susie Wiles of Jacksonville is Florida's other representative on the rules committee. "I'm hearing less and less of it, actually".

And, she says Trump is anxious.

Trump has propelled his campaign by tapping into angst in blue collar America, and has heavily criticized free trade deals as taking away American livelihoods. I don't think she's faking it. I think she is a liberal progressive. The document will form the basis of discussions for the panel, which will meet this week to adapt the language and vote on a final proposal, which will then go before the full convention next week. The Bush family - which includes the party's only two living past presidents and a 2016 candidate, Jeb, who Trump mocked mercilessly - won't be attending, nor will Ohio's popular Republican Gov. John Kasich, who ran against Trump this year as well.

But through it all, Ryan has continued to support Trump's candidacy. Correll said he would rather face a criminal charge than betray his conscience and vote for Trump.

If they do, said Unruh, "It will be on global TV that they ignored" the rebels and their interpretation of party rules.

Some states allow Democrats and independent voters to participate in their Republican presidential primaries. The state parties have their own systems. "The intent is to encourage states to close their primaries", Feamon said.

The same day Donald Trump spoke in Virginia Beach, a District Court ruled in favor of Carroll Correll who was suing Virginia election officials in federal court on Monday.

"Delegates can't be prosecuted or otherwise punished by voting as they see fit", Grossman said. "There's going to be disagreement. It's time to celebrate", Bell said.

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