Following the primary battle and now leading up to the convention in Tampa, it appears the GOP is working hard to avoid alienating Ron Paul and his supporters any further from the party. A new report out in the last couple days explains how the GOP is working to make sure Paul, and his supporters, are fully included and represented in August.
Report from USAToday:
Ron Paul supporters have feuded with state Republican parties across the country, battling for delegate seats at the national convention, but the national party is welcoming Paul and his supporters to the event with open arms, even helping the Texas congressman organize his troops.
The Paul campaign and the Republican National Committee (RNC) have been working closely over the past few months to work out logistics in order to include the Texas congressman and his supporters in the August convention in Tampa.
“They’ve just treated us like a friend and like a coalition,” said Jesse Benton, a spokesman for the Paul campaign. “They have been honest brokers in working with us and treated us with respect.”
Paul will hold a rally with supporters Aug. 26 at the University of South Florida’s Sun Dome — a venue convention planners helped him get.
“We have worked closely with Congressman Paul to secure a location for this event,” said Kyle Downey, a spokesman for the GOP convention.
Planners have also kept Paul’s platform committee delegates in the loop as they begin the process of assembling that document.
Despite this cooperation, Paul, unlike all of the other former GOP presidential contenders, has not endorsed Mitt Romney for the nomination
It would shock me that such prominence and consideration at the convention would come without an eventual endorsement of Romney. One would assume that if Paul is to be speaking at the convention, that he must, assuredly, support the GOP nominee or he would not consider such an engagement. I don’t want to put words in that article that aren’t there but I’d have to assume the RNC is hoping that Paul will swallow his reservations about Romney and urge his supporters to do the same so they can focus on their common goal, ousting President Obama.