Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan officially clinched the GOP nomination
as the Republican Party's choice to run against President Barack
Obama and Vice President Joe Biden this November.
The New Jersey delegation to the Republican National Convention
put the Romney-Ryan ticket over the top, giving them the number of
delegates they needed to officially become the party's 2012 team.
OneNewsNow sought out Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin for her
"I think we'll see with a President Romney and with [a Vice
President] Paul Ryan [an administration that will] address some of
the issues that are on the hearts and minds of our Americans," she
said from the convention floor. "And that's what these conventions
are about. So I feel excitement here today, and people ready to
move on to November."
If Romney and Ryan are elected, Fallin -- who is a social
conservative herself -- believes the more conservative wing of the
party will be pleased with Romney's leadership.
"I certainly think that
the platform of the Republican Party is very conservative,"
Fallin shares, "and I think we're all going to unite and move
together because our end goal is replacing Barack Obama, removing
him from the White House, [and] getting America back on track."
In what were two of the most anticipated speeches of the
convention, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Mitt Romney's
wife, Ann, closed out the day with speeches that electrified the
crowd. Statisticians report Mrs. Romney received an unprecedented
amount of positive reaction on Twitter compared to any politician.
Sixty-nine percent of the Tweets about her speech were
Speakers Wednesday evening include former Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rice and the vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan.
A proposed rule change that came before the floor in the
beginning hours of the Republican National Convention had the
potential to further divide an already fractured party embattled
from a tough presidential primary season. The fight pitted
grassroots activists and establishment Republicans who support the
moderate wing of the party behind the nomination of Mitt
Rule 16 would have let presidential campaigns reject any
delegates they did not want, taking a lot of power away from
activists and rewarding top donors. But a revolt led by supporters
of Texas Congressman Ron Paul fought to oppose the measure.
Texas delegate David Barton, a Christian author and historian
who has been in a battle of his own over his recent bookJefferson
Lies, said the rule would have put a lot of power in the hands of
"We didn't have enough delegates from the committee to sign a
minority report to have a floor fight," Barton explained. "So a lot
of people felt like it got ramrodded through, but that's just the
rules -- you have to have 29 of 112 delegates, otherwise you can't
even debate it."
Some speculate that policy adviser Karl Rove, or at least a
group of moderate Republicans, was behind the proposal. Barton said
it may have had that appearance, "but whether Karl was actually
there or not, there's a lot of folks who are thinking that same
kind of thing. But that would not surprise me if it were."
By a voice vote Rule 16 passed 78-14 over massive boos by
objecting delegates. Another element of the rule gives itself power
to change any rule without a delegate vote.