Anti-Trump delegates maneuver to pick VP at convention
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Anti-Donald TrumpDonald TrumpUkraine's president compares UN to 'a retired superhero' Collins to endorse LePage in Maine governor comeback bid Heller won't say if Biden won election MORE delegates are looking into a rules change that would allow them to reject Trump's vice presidential nominee and present their own alternative, BuzzFeed News reports


Delegates plan to present the proposal to the Rules Committee next week. 

Delegates aren't bound to vote for the nominee's choice for vice president, but traditionally the running mate is automatically ratified by the convention. 

A draft proposal obtained by BuzzFeed calls for several changes: that delegates be able to cast votes on VP even if there is only one candidate; that the nominee's preference have "no bearing" on the VP candidate; that if a VP candidate doesn't get two-thirds support on the first ballot the decision goes to multiple votes; and that a majority of delegates from just three states must support a candidate to get him or her on the ballot.

A source with the Free the Delegates movement, a group that wants to stop Trump's likely nomination by advocating that delegates be unbound by the results of their states' primaries, described the proposal as the "arranged marriage option." 

“It’s a counterweight to Trump,” the source said. “It’s the grassroots saying if you’re going to do this, you’re going to do it with our pick.”

The change “will take the decisionmaking out of the hands of the RNC and Trump and into the hands of delegates,” the source said.

Trump has said he will announce his running mate before the convention; top contenders are Newt Gingrich, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and, according to the Washington Post, retired Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn.