Oops! Republican now says no need to change nominating rules

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Posted: Apr 22, 2016 2:16 PM

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — The maverick Republican who tried to change his party's rules for picking a presidential candidate now says there is no need for a change, because the rules are tougher than he realized.

On Thursday, the Republican National Committee's rules panel rejected a bid by Oregon RNC committeeman Solomon Yue aimed at making it harder for a new presidential candidate to emerge from this July's GOP convention in Cleveland, Ohio.

Yue's proposal would have allowed the 2,472 delegates, by majority vote, to prevent the convention's presiding officer from allowing new nominees.

In little-noticed remarks at Thursday's meeting, RNC general counsel John Ryder said existing rules already require the presiding officer to get a two-thirds majority vote to permit new nominations.

Yue said Friday, "We went through this for nothing."