Why is Trump Trying to Change a Longstanding Convention Rule? Ted Cruz Explains

Ted Cruz

At a press conference in Madison, Wisconsin on Monday, just one day before the Wisconsin Primary where according to polls he has surged ahead of Donald Trump, Ted Cruz explained what would happen in a “contested convention” and how he, not Trump, will win under that scenario.

Cruz revealed two plans to winning the GOP nomination, a “Plan A” and a “Plan B.”

Cruz noted that he now has five former GOP candidates endorsing him, Rick Perry, Lindsey Graham, Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina.

“When you add to that Senator Mike Lee and Mark Levin, you’ve got the full spectrum of the Republican Party — the full ideological spectrum,” Cruz stated.

“Number one, our campaign still has a clear path to earning 1,237 delegates before the convention. That is our Plan A — that is what we’re focused on doing,” Cruz said, referring to the number of delegates indicative of a majority.

“The second option, which is entirely possible, is that nobody gets to 1,237. If that happens, we’ll have a contested convention,” Cruz explained.

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Under that situation, Cruz said that it will “then be a battle to see who can earn a majority of the votes from the delegates elected by the people.”

Ted Cruz then charged Donald Trump with wanting to change the rules from a majority of delegates to be the GOP nominee, a longstanding rule since 1860, to only requiring a “plurality” of delegates. Cruz said that Trump desires to change the rules because he believes Trump cannot win a majority of delegates at the Republican Party convention.

“Now I recognize that Donald wants to change the standard. He doesn’t want the standard to be who can win a majority because he can’t win a majority.

Donald Trump has consistently had a ceiling of 35-40 percent that he can’t break above. It’s not surprising — it shouldn’t surprise any analyst that Donald says, ‘The standard should be a plurality’ because he can’t get a majority.

But from the beginning of our electoral system in this country the standard has been a majority. If you want to be the Republican nominee, you have to be able to earn a majority of the votes and if you can’t earn a majority, you’re not going to be the nominee.” 

Ted Cruz believes that in a contested convention he will be in a “very strong position” to win a majority of delegates in order to secure the nomination, stating that under current convention rules, only he and Trump have won the required number of states — eight — to be on the ballot and that he is best positioned to earn both Marco Rubio’s and John Kasich’s delegates.

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Cruz went on to respond to the “fevered pipe dream” of the establishment bringing in an establishment favorite to steal the nomination, saying bluntly, “It ain’t going to happen.”

“They [GOP establishment] can’t do it,” Cruz opined. “If 80 percent of the delegates are Cruz delegates and Trump delegates, under what universe do a thousand Trump delegates or a thousand Cruz delegates go vote for some uber Washington lobbyist who hasn’t been on the ballot?” Cruz asked.

“That’s simply not going to happen,” he concluded.

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Matthew K. Burke
Matthew K. Burke
A former Washington State U.S. Congressional candidate in 2010, Matthew attended the nation’s first modern day Tea Party in 2009 in Seattle, Washington. He also began writing and blogging that year. Matthew became a Certified Financial Planner in 1995 and was a Financial Advisor for 24 years in his previous life. Matthew was one of the three main writers leading a conservative news site to be one of the top 15 conservative news sites in the U.S. in a matter of months. He brings to PolitiStick a vast amount of knowledge about economics as well as a passion and commitment to the vision that our Founding Fathers had for our Republic.
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