Paul delegates mounting floor fight over new rules

Paul delegates mounting floor fight over new rules

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US Republican presidential contender Ron Paul addresses his supporters from the stage of the Sun Dome at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida, on August 26, 2012. Thousands of Ron Paul supporters gathered in Sun Dome to show support for their candidate. AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/GettyImages)

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by STEPHEN OHLEMACHER

Associated Press

Posted on August 27, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 27 at 12:31 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Ron Paul's delegates are trying to mount a floor fight over new GOP rules designed to limit the ability of insurgent presidential candidates to amass delegates to future Republican conventions.

It is unclear whether they can rally enough support to force a vote on alternative rules. But they could provide an unwanted distraction to party leaders and Mitt Romney, the party's presumptive nominee.

New GOP rules would bind delegates to the outcome of presidential primaries, allowing candidates to choose which delegates would represent them at future national conventions. Currently, state parties choose national delegates, usually at state conventions.

Critics say the new rule would limit the ability of state parties to reward local activists. Delegate Thomas Boggia of Pennsylvania called the new rules "a power grab from D.C. insiders."

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