Supporters of the former presidential candidate seek to give more sway to conservative activists
Ted Cruz will head to the Republican National Convention with more clout than any GOP runner-up since Pat Buchanan in 1992.
Mr. Buchanan used his influence to deliver his fiery “Culture War” speech at the Houston convention and to push his party to the right on such social issues as abortion. Mr. Cruz’s backers are taking a lower-profile approach and one that could have more lasting impact on the party’s presidential process.
They plan to push for a series of rule changes that could slow or prevent an outsider candidate like presumptive nominee Donald Trump in the future, and give more sway to the sort of conservative activists who backed Mr. Cruz.
Some are also considering a proposal to create a “conscience exception,” which they could invoke if they can’t bring themselves to support the candidate that won the nominating contests.
“We’d like to see the grass-roots empowered,” said Ken Cuccinelli, a former Virginia attorney general who is leading the effort. “People are tossing ideas around right now. What we’re in now is the brainstorming phase.”
Cruz delegates will populate—and could make up a majority on—important committees that will determine the platform and rules at the GOP convention.Read the rest of the story HERE.
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