Sunday, March 27, 2016

GOP Chairman Reince Priebus on Rules for the National Convention

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus seems surprisingly calm for someone whose job is to set rules for the unruly, to plan for the most unpredictable and potentially turbulent political convention in decades.
Start with Donald Trump, the unexpected front-runner and someone who has been arguing it would be only fair that he win the presidential nomination at the Republican National Convention in July even if he's just shy of the required 1,237 majority of delegates.
"Well, I mean, it's a good argument maybe for him to make, but it's not really how the rules work," Priebus told Capital Download in an earnest, just-the-facts voice. "The rules require a majority of delegates at the convention and it's always been that way. I mean, if a minority could choose the nominee, we would have Gov. Seward in 1860, not Abraham Lincoln."
For those who may have forgotten the particulars of the 1860 Republican Convention, Lincoln, a former Illinois congressman, won the nomination on the third ballot over the early favorite, former New York governor William Seward. (For bonus points: Who was Lincoln's running mate? A: Maine Sen. Hannibal Hamlin.)
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