Ron Paul predicts 'more support than the delegate count indicates' at GOP convention

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Paul said earlier this month that he is sending 200 bound delegates to the convention in August, after recently capturing the majority of delegates in three states where he did not win the caucus or primary. He said his goal is to get some of his ideas into the GOP platform, and predicted that effort will be boosted by the many delegates bound to Romney who agree with his views. 

“There’s going to be a lot more support there than the delegate count indicates,” he said on CNN.


Some of those delegates are apparently represented by a new lawsuit filed by Paul supporters, who are not affiliated with Paul’s campaign, against the Republican National Committee. The lawsuit names RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and GOP chairmen in every state, alleging that the RNC unfairly aided Mitt Romney in gaining the nomination.

According to CNN, the complaint was filed by 100 self-described delegates who are unhappy that they are bound to vote for Romney at the convention.

“There certainly have been times when we felt like we came up short in the process,” Paul said. “It hasn’t ever motivated me to file a lawsuit.”

The RNC plans to respond, but has said the lawsuit is without merit.

"We view the suit as completely frivolous but one to which a serious response must be made,” RNC Chief Legal Counsel John R. Phillippe Jr. wrote Republican state party chairmen of the lawsuit, according to CNN.

Paul shrugged off questions about the lawsuit on CNN.

“If they have a legitimate argument that they can make and that’s what they want to do, I’m not going to say don’t do it,” Paul said. “If they ask my advice, I’m going to say don’t.”

Paul plans to hold his own campaign event ahead of the convention in Tampa this August, but said he has not discussed his role in the convention yet with planners. He also plans to hold his own pre-convention event the Sunday before.

He has urged his supporters to remain optimistic that he will have a voice at the convention, but has said he does not plan to disrupt the process.

“I want people to act dignified and not cause a ruckus and disrupt things,” Paul told CNN, and referred to state GOP conventions. Earlier this month, at the Louisiana convention, police were called when a Paul supporter refused to leave.

“But at the same time, I tell them, you don’t have to get pushed around,” Paul continued. “If they’re not following the rules, you have a right to stand up for the rules.”

Paul is no longer campaigning in primaries, but has not officially dropped his bid for the White House and told CNN there was “no way” he would consider endorsing Romney at this point.

“It looks like [Romney] has the delegates, but he doesn’t have the control of the hearts and mind of the people,” Paul said.

He added, upon further questioning, that he has “no reason to say that [Romney] cheated” to secure the required number of delegates to lock down the nomination.