CLEVELAND -The floor of the Republican National Convention erupted into chaos Monday amid an attempt by the Never Trump forces to change the rules of the event, but the efforts were defeated, thwarting the movement to stop the real estate mogul's path to the nomination. Similarly, Minnesota's spot on the convention floor is near the outer edge, with a not-so-great view of the stage.
Ken Cuccinelli, a leader of the conservative rebellion and former Virginia attorney general, ripped off his delegate credentials in protest. But the prospect of a couple of hundred delegates voting to allow them to vote their conscience would be proof that the party is not fully united - which would be a bonanza for the press looking for stories the Trump campaign doesn't want them to focus on.
Following the convention's parliamentary procedure, the delegations of at least nine states submitted a demand to hold a roll-call vote on the rules package.
He said Womack's call was part of a script planned by the Republican National Committee, the convention rules committee and the Trump campaign. They began chanting "Roll call vote!" and Trump supporters chanted "We want Trump!"
Texas delegates were well-dressed in state gear as they headed toward the Quicken Loans Arena for the Republican National Convention, in Cleveland, July 18, 2016. "We don't support unbinding", he said.
But there was an effort to release some of those delegates so they could vote for other candidates.
Lee Haywood, a Guilford County delegate, said that although anti-Trump delegates ultimately wanted to unbind the delegates from their commitments as expressed in the results of state primaries, the immediate subject of the vote was whether to commit the party to having closed primaries - primaries in which only party members may cast a vote. Top Republicans and Trump campaign officials wanted to avoid such a scenario and ended up contending with a shorter but more raucous display of fury. "If you ever, ever get anywhere near where this man is speaking - get in to hear him". On the RNC floor, hoots of "Roll call!" were countered by cheers of "Trump!"
It was hard to miss the significance of Tom Cotton's appearance before the Midwest audience - a conservative from Arkansas beloved by numerous GOP's traditional constituencies. He praised the acquittal earlier Monday of a police officer in Baltimore who was charged with the death of teenager Freddie Gray and said the death of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge underscored the reason to bolster law enforcement. "I think that's getting lost in all of this, people are equating the success of this movement of "if Donald trump is the nominee or not". He appeared to introduce his wife, Melania, who was speaking. States that could swing either way in November tend to get political stars: Pennsylvania's delegation listened to House Speaker Paul Ryan over their eggs and coffee; MI gets a pair of high-profile governors, Chris Christie and John Kasich, while convention hosts OH hosted GOP rising star Sen.
"People were wondering why the music was going on for so long and it was because there were a lot of people scrambling". "Most of them were not". "I would hope that everything he says has a measure of truth to it, but it was only a few years ago that he was praising Hillary and Bill as his good friends, and good people".
"I'm not going to do this again".