Jessica: Julian, on the agenda is the roll call of the states, when the delegates officially nominate both the Republican’s presidential and vice presidential candidates.
One Republican who won’t be heard from here at the official convention: former presidential candidate Ron Paul. The retiring Texas congressman said he wasn’t given a speaking role because he would not allow organizers to approve his speech in advance, and because he doesn’t fully endorse Mitt Romney. Instead, Paul spoke for more than an hour to a crowd of supporters on Sunday at the University of South Florida’s Sun Dome. He called on his followers, many of them young people, to try to change the Republican party from within.
Ron Paul: They’ve learned how to bend rules, break rules, and now they want to rewrite the rules. We’ll get into the tent, believe me, because we will become the tent eventually.
Jessica: Paul is unhappy at the party’s plan to change the rules, to make it harder for non- traditional candidates like himself to win delegates.
During the primaries Ron Paul ran on a libertarian platform that calls for far less federal government, personal freedoms and an end to foreign war spending and foreign aid.
Paul: No longer will government they have the responsibility of protecting you against yourself. Nobody can do that.
Jessica: Paul won 177 delegates during the primaries.
It is traditional for a candidate to ask his delegates at the convention to throw their votes to the person who ended up winning – in this case, Mitt Romney. But Ron Paul says he will not tell his followers what to do. Some Ron Paul delegates say they still have hopes of nominating him during today’s roll call of the states. We caught up with one of those delegates.
Delegate: I don’t believe in casting my vote for someone just because they’re going to win. I’m voting for someone based on principle. Ron Paul has significant support here and has hundreds of delegates and he won enough delegates to put his name in the nomination.
Jessica: Why do you think that Ron Paul is a better candidate than Mitt Romney?
“He’s not the cult of personality you expect to see in a candidate. He doesn’t have the perfect hair. He doesn’t have the television newscaster looks. He talks about monetary policy. It’s about his ideas. It’s about the things he’s consistently spent his whole life fighting for. And that’s why I like Ron Paul.
Jessica: In an unexpected show of support from Ron Paul, delegates broke out. They whipped out these signs and are telling the media why they’re voting for Ron Paul.
We will just have to wait and see what happens.
Back to you, Julian