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Rubio Wants to Hold Delegates for Contested Convention

Rubio Wants to Hold Delegates for Contested Convention

“He wants to give voters a chance to stop Trump.”

Marco Rubio may have suspended his presidential campaign but he’s still having an impact on the Republican primary process. He wants to hold onto his delegates for a contested convention and as usual, it’s all about Trump.

NBC News reports:

Rubio Makes Unprecedented Bid to Keep Delegates for Contested Convention

Despite suspending his campaign, Sen. Marco Rubio is attempting to keep every delegate he won while running for president.

The unusual move reflects preparations for a contested convention this summer — and comes as Donald Trump backed away from an earlier pledge to support the Republican party’s nominee if he is treated unfairly after winning more delegates than his rivals.

Rubio aide Alex Burgos told MSNBC that while the Florida senator is “no longer a candidate,” he “wants to give voters a chance to stop Trump.”

When presidential candidates suspend their campaigns, typically their delegates become free to support the candidate of their own choosing at the convention. Rubio, however, has quietly been reaching out to party officials with a different approach.

He is personally asking state parties in 21 states and territories to refrain from releasing any of the 172 delegates he won while campaigning this year, MSNBC has learned.

Rubio sent a signed letter to the Chair of the Alaska Republican Party requesting the five delegates he won in that state “remain bound to vote for me” at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July.

The FOX Business Network covered this story yesterday:

Despite all this drama and maneuvering, RNC chair Reince Priebus doesn’t seem too concerned.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports:

RNC chair Reince Priebus: ‘Nothing bad is going to happen’

Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus says the people inside and outside his party who are forecasting an electoral disaster for Republicans will be left “scratching their heads” this fall.

“What is everyone going to say when we steamroll our opponents on the other side of the aisle?” Priebus said in an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in advance of his home state’s presidential primary in Wisconsin on April 5.

Priebus is grappling with the nastiest, most explosive GOP race for president in memory, the possibility of a contested convention this summer, and the fears of many GOP insiders that the top two Republican presidential candidates, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, would drag the party to defeat in November.

In the interview, Priebus pushed back on those predictions of doom, downplayed the rancor of the race and insisted the political “fundamentals on our side are unbelievably good.”

It’s a good thing someone is optimistic about the situation.

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Comments

legacyrepublican | March 31, 2016 at 8:42 am

Simple solution. Run off elections after no one hits 50%.

    Yes, that’s exactly what happens. When no one gets a majority on the first ballot they have a second and a third and as many as it takes until someone gets a majority. And on those second and subsequent ballots delegates are free to vote however they decide, since if they remained bound to their original vote then it wouldn’t matter how many ballots you held, they’d all have the exact same result.

http://hotair.com/archives/2016/03/31/federal-employee-union-announces-endorsement-of-donald-trump/

As predicted. T-rump IS Mr. Establishment, and the dahling of BIG UNION, BIG GOVERNMENT. He’s Bernie Sanders with a blond ferret on his head.

    dorsaighost in reply to Ragspierre. | March 31, 2016 at 9:39 am

    nice try, its the Border Patrol union which has never before endorsed a candidate … hardly “big government”

      Ragspierre in reply to dorsaighost. | March 31, 2016 at 10:12 am

      So, to make sure I have your position straight, a federal employee union is NOT a BIG UNION, BIG GOVERNMENT organelle…???

      Milhouse in reply to dorsaighost. | March 31, 2016 at 11:39 am

      How exactly is a public service union, representing a unit that Trump is promising to pour tons of money into and expand beyond all measure, not big government? It’s no surprise that it endorsed him. Like any such union, its interest is not in securing the border but in increasing the number of border patrol employees and thus its membership, and in increasing their pay and benefits.

      The analogy of the housewife and the cat is relevant here. Both want the cat to catch the mice, but the housewife wants the mice gone permanently while the cat wants to keep the nest alive.

      That’s why when border patrol agents spread bull***t stories about diseased infiltrators rational people take it with a healthy dose of salt while paranoid racists run with it as if it were proven fact.

        Well that explains why you support Cruz. You prefer a candidate that WILL NOT INCREASE BORDER SECURITY AND WILL NOT BUILD WALL AND WILL MOST DEFINITELY NOT HIRE MORE BORDER PATROL AGENTS.

        Makes perfect sense. We can’t have a border and security because that would be big government riiigggghhhhtttt.

        This is an example of how unthinking purists screw the country and the middle class. Same thing applies to stupid obamatrade deals that Cruz supports because he is pure conservative. And you call Trump supporters names.

    Is that a reference to the BORDER PATROL UNION endorsement?? If so why are you afraid to mention IT IS THE BORDER PATROL UNION. Afraid people might think the BORDER PATROL UNION like sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona knows TRUMP is the only candidate that will build a real wall, enforce our laws and deport illegals. Could it be you want to DECEIVE readers of your post??

    Yeah Trump between the BORDER PATROL UNION endorsement and all the endorsements from the GOPe regulars like Romney, Graham, etc. ….. oh wait its CRUZ that is the darling of the big wall street banks, globalist mega donors, Romney, Graham and the GOPe. Not Trump.

    So Trump has Border Patrol Union and Cruz has Romney, Graham, globalist mega donors and wall street banks.

    Yeah CRUZ is Mr. Establishment GOPe. Of course he always was. Trump on the other hand NEVER WAS.

      Ragspierre in reply to Gary Britt. | March 31, 2016 at 9:57 am

      “Could it be you want to DECEIVE readers of your post??”

      Well, no. Not if they’re literate, you lying SOS.

      Unlike you, I posted the source of the story, instead of just cutting and pasting bullshit from the T-rump-0-sphere as is your custom.

    rotten in reply to Ragspierre. | March 31, 2016 at 10:24 am

    Thanks for the pro tip Rags.

    Imma going to do my research now.

    If it turns out that the establishment Border Patrol Union was responsible for crashing the economy and giving us Obama, instead of people who worked in the George W. Bush administration like Cruz or at banks that failed like Kasich, then I’m definitely going to vote against the establishment.

Cruz threatens to MURDER Donald Trump.

I see while Cruz was in hollywood yesterday looking for Hollywood/California and globalist corporation GOPe dollars he threatened to murder Donald Trump.

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/274767-cruz-jokes-about-running-over-trump-with-his-car

Cruz desperatelycwants to avoid having to compete against others. Caught with his panties all in a wad trying to dirty trick Kasich off the ballot.

“The validity and the integrity of the signatures I can personally attest to. I personally collected the majority of them, and I personally submitted them to the county elections office,” said Greg Frank, a co-chair of the Kasich campaign in Montana.

“Ted Cruz might be afraid of the competition,” Frank added. “If they’re going to try dirty pool and dirty politics, I think there will be consequences with the electorate.”

    Ragspierre in reply to Gary Britt. | March 31, 2016 at 10:33 am

    See? This is more of your “cut and paste from the T-rump-0-sphere” bullshit, Gaghdad Bob.

    No attribution. No integrity. No balls.

    Just like your little yellow god.

Well I guess the reports were wrong and we will have Mark Rubio to kick around some more.

A VOTE FOR CRUZ IS A VOTE FOR RYAN !!

Pat Caddell: GOP Establishment ‘Using Cruz as Cats-Paw’ to ‘Nominate an Establishment Figure’ like Ryan.

http://www.breitbart.com/radio/2016/03/31/pat-caddell-gop-establishment-will-use-cruz-block-trump-slip-nominee-blow-republican-party/

    Ragspierre in reply to Gary Britt. | March 31, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    Caddell noted the generally reliable Marquette poll was showing “a huge surge for Cruz.” He found such a surge believable, given that Governor Scott Walker and other potent political forces in the state have aligned behind the senator from Texas, while Trump has been “off-balance” in Wisconsin.

    “I think the odds are the Trump is the decided underdog right now,” said Caddell, predicting that a big Cruz win in Wisconsin would make it “very difficult” for Trump to collect the 1,237 delegates he needs to win the first round of balloting at the Republican National Convention. Also, a loss in Wisconsin will “energize” those who wish to block Trump from winning the nomination.
    ————————————–

    When you aren’t being lied to by Britt, you’ll find that Caddell is a DEEEEMOCRAT. Not a Republican.

    Take anything he says with a heavy grain of salt. That’s Caddell.

    Take anything you get from Britt as a lie.

      Yep, what you quote is exactly WHY Caddell said a VOTE FOR CRUZ IS A VOTE FOR RYAN.

      You brainless fool what you posted SUPPORTS the entire use Cruz to stop Trump and then dump Cruz at convention and nominate Ryan (or other GOPe stooge).

      LOL. You read, you cut and paste, but thinking is for you out of the picture.

      I just want to say for the record…

      I cannot read “generally reliable” as a compound adjective for a poll with a 5.8% margin of error and not feel tempted to laugh for several long seconds.

      That’s all I wanted to say. t

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