2012 Election

Rep. Ron Paul Refuses to Endorse Mitt Romney, Won't be Allowed to Speak at RNC

Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) refused to accept the terms dictated by the Republican National Convention planners in order for him to receive a speaking slot.

In an interview with the New York Times, Rep. Paul claims that convention organizers told him he could deliver a speech if the Romney campaign could first vet his speech and if he endorsed Romney for President; two things Rep. Paul refused to do.

Rep. Paul told the New York Times: “It wouldn’t be my speech. That would undo everything I’ve done in the last 30 years. I don’t fully endorse him for president.”

Because Rep. Paul openly criticizes Republican policies, the partty is concerned that he would hurt Mitt Romney’s chances in November.

Rep. Paul’s followers planned to show up at the convention and try to nominate him for president, from the floor.

To avoid that scene, Rep. Paul struck a deal to settle a debate over the seating his delegates.  Instead of a floor fight, Rep. Paul will receive a video tribute created by his supporters.

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