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article imageGOP nominates Mitt Romney, but Ron Paul backers fight back

By Yukio Strachan     Aug 29, 2012 in Politics
Tampa - On Tuesday, the Republican party proudly announced to the world their choice for the next president of the United States: the former governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney.
It's been a long time coming. But Romney, 65, has finally seen his dream come true.
In a roll call of states Tuesday, the delegates from the state of New Jersey put Romney over the top, giving him the prize he hungered for in 2008; the same prize that eluded his father 40 years ago, the Republic reports.
Although Paul didn't win a single primary during his presidential bid, he did get 190 delegate votes during the roll call of states. Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich released their delegates to Romney.
Fox News reported that as had been expected, Romney and his chosen running mate, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, received a majority of the votes. Romney got 2,061, well over the 1,144 needed to claim the nomination.
When it was all over, the room erupted in cheers and applause.
And the Isley Brothers.
"You know you make me wanna... 'Shout!' ” from the Isley Brothers boomed overhead. The crowd of Republican delegates danced and waved blue and white “Mitt” signs thrust in the air.
But not everyone was dancing.
While the carefully-choreographed convention session was filled laughter and chants aimed at showing a unified GOP over choosing Mitt Romney, it also served as a glimpse behind the scenes into what Hurricane Issac's presence seemed to really represent on the eve that marked the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina: the Republican party divided.
A Party divided
The NY Times describes the next scene: "Suddenly, a slow, orderly and largely symbolic process erupted in anger, presenting a raucous scene that even the most seasoned delegates said they had not seen in decades. The proceedings, if only for a few moments, harked to an era when contentious party conventions actually decided presidential nominees."
Controversy erupted Tuesday after Republican convention delegates adopted new party rules. According to CBS news, the elected Maine delegates were upset that as a result of this rule change, the party denied them the right to sit on the convention floor--so from the balcony they chanted, "Seat Maine now!" The outburst interrupted proceedings to the point that Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus had to ask the audience for "respect."
But half of Maine's delegates, which unanimously backed Paul, walked out of the Republican National Convention when the GOP made a decision to strip away half of Ron Paul's delegates and replace them with Romney supporters.
"We were elected by the people of the Republican Party," Brian Violette, an alternative delegate from Aroostook County in Maine told the Tampa Bay Tribune. "You have to protest for election fraud and if you don't stand up for election fraud now, I mean, if your votes don't count, why even bother? Why even vote if your vote doesn't count?"
It has changed his mind about standing with Romney.
"We would have probably stood in line and voted for Romney in November, but not if he's going to do this for us," he told the paper. "Not if he's going to disenfranchise the voters of the state of Maine. If you're going to do that, I will not stand with this party. This is ridiculous. These people were elected by the state and they're not allowed to be on the floor."
Even with the roll call process to nominate Romney and Ryan completed, they won't officially be the party's nominees until Romney accepts the party's nomination with an acceptance speech on Thursday evening.
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