RNC Rules Committee Defeats “Conscience Clause”


Friday, July 15th 2016, 12:26 pm
By: News 9


In a vote late Thursday, a committee at the Republican National Convention defeated a push to let GOP delegates vote for any candidate they'd like.

The convention's rules committee used a voice vote to reject a proposal by Colorado delegate Kendal Unruh to let delegates "cast a vote of conscience" and abandon the candidates they'd been committed to by state primaries or caucuses.

Oklahoma State Auditor Gary Jones is a GOP delegate and member of the rules committee. Jones says the rules committee defeated the “conscience clause” by a vote of 87-12.  

The clause was championed by an anti-Donald Trump group which calls itself “Free the Delegates.” Some 400 delegates are reported to support the anti-Trump movement.

For good measure, the rules panel also approved language specifically stating that party rules allow delegates to be "bound" to candidates.

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