RNC Rules Committee Meeting Gets Heated

Reporters on cleveland.com's politics team are weighing in on what they'll be looking for at the Republican National Convention. "I think he's cleared that up".

Some senior RNC officials worry that delegates might start leaving Cleveland before Trump is scheduled to formally accept the nomination on Thursday night, possibly forcing the campaign to scramble to fill seats inside Quicken Loans Arena. The third night is reserved for Trump's vice presidential pick to speak, now widely rumored to be Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.

Chad Mathis, an orthopedic surgeon from Indian Springs in Shelby County, is attending his first convention as a delegate for Cruz.

For good measure, the rules panel approved language specifically stating that party rules allow delegates to be "bound" to candidates they were committed to by state primaries and caucuses. On Thursday evening, it failed to get a majority vote on the 112-member Rules Committee. "I have no intention of returning to those people I rely on in office by telling them I had a change of heart and am shredding their votes", Ross said.

While on a path to near-certain victory, Trump has drawn bitter opposition from Republicans who say he's not conservative and others who predict he will be defeated.

For those that are still undecided between Trump and presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, both delegates stress how important it is to get out and vote and pick someone based on their values.

"I felt like I would represent our congressional district and the state of Texas well", he said.

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As was Unruh's rule to unbind delegates, which was rushed to a vote out-of-order before the close of business.

The New York Times first reported on Thursday that Tebow, a former NFL quarterback, would speak at the Republican National Convention and the RNC chief strategist and communications director Sean Spicer appeared on Fox News to confirm the news shortly after.

"Yeah, we're absolutely rock solid", said Terry Lathan, chairman of the Alabama Republican Party.

"Obviously we did not stand adjourned for three hours because of a jammed copier", Mickelsen said.

But it's also notable who's not going.

Their last hope was to rewrite the convention rules to force a contested floor fight. On the one side, grassroots activists on the Rules Committee sought to take power away from the RNC however it could.

In the end a handful of angry delegates at the Republican National Convention rules committee meeting couldn't undo the will of more than 14 million Republican voters who chose Donald Trump as their party nominee.

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