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Syndicated radio host Laura Ingraham believes establishment Republicans need to “take their medicine” when it comes to choosing a nominee and ensure the voters that they have a fair say in the process.
Appearing on the Fox News program “Hannity” Wednesday, Ingraham told host Sean Hannity that although she believes a contested convention is likely to take place, the Republican National Committee should respect the voters.
“People are supposed to have a belief that when they spend all this time voting and waiting in line and caucusing and putting up posters, that ultimately it mattered,” Ingraham said. “So with all the minutia in these rules ‘and notwithstanding such and such’ clause that’s also in that rule that you referred to, there is just a general sense that the party has to proceed fairly. Not that rules don’t matter, they do matter. But also the brand and the integrity of the GOP is on the line here.”
Ingraham reflected on the 1964 nomination of former Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater who was soundly defeated in the general election.
“Back in ‘64, the party did not want Goldwater to be the nominee, but they took their medicine and they allowed him to be the nominee. He went forward as the nominee. He lost that election, but then they came back in 1968 and won with Nixon,” she told Hannity.
“I think it’s a much better course for Republicans not to even entertain this idea of a third party, Sean,” Ingraham continued. “They made a lot of bad decisions in the establishment over the last 15 years. Made a lot of bad decisions – globalization, immigration, even foreign policy. Take that medicine, [Texas Sen. Ted] Cruz or [Donald] Trump, whoever does better.”
The rule that Ingraham alluded to is Rule 40(b) of the Republican National Convention, a relatively new rule which mandates that presidential candidates must win at least eight states to be considered at the convention. While Trump and Cruz meet the criteria, Ohio Gov. John Kasich does not.
A NBC News exit poll from Tuesday’s Wisconsin GOP primary shows that 56 percent want the nominee to he be whoever wins the most delegates, while 42 percent say they would leave it up to the RNC’s delegates.
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