Ron Paul and Republican Party Officials Reach Deal on Delegates
The presidential campaign of the libertarian Republican Ron Paul has reached agreement with party leaders on delegate disputes, clearing the way for a harmonious convention to nominate Mitt Romney next week in Tampa, Fla.
Mr. Paulâ€™s campaign manager, Jesse Benton, said the agreement would seat 17 additional Paul delegates from Louisiana, as well as three additional delegates and two alternates from Massachusetts.
Negotiations continued over delegates from Maine. But Mr. Benton said the partyâ€™s Committee on Contests would recommend splitting the delegation from Maine between representatives of Mr. Paul and Mr. Romney.
A Republican National Committee official confirmed the deal, crediting â€œmutual respect and professionalismâ€ between the candidates.
Paul campaign officials also pointed toward cooperation in drafting the party platform. Among other issues, they expressed satisfaction with language calling for auditing the Federal Reserve, a stance Mr. Romney embraced while campaigning this week.
Libertarian-minded Republicans backing Mr. Paul, including a significant number of young voters, â€œhave made themselves into a movement that cannot be ignored,â€ Mr. Benton said.