Reince Priebus on RNC Convention: "Nothing Will Get Stolen From Anyone," "There Will Be Cameras"


STEPHANOPOULOS: You just heard John Kasich there saying the convention, the contested convention, would be magical. But I wonder what you make of this call from Roger Stone, an ally of Donald Trump, putting out a call for days of rage protest in Cleveland?

REINCE PRIEBUS, CHAIR, RNC: Well, you know, nothing can get stolen from anyone. We have rules in place that if someone -- if a candidate gets to 1,237 delegates, those delegates are bound. They -- and they will vote that way on the floor, and if they don’t vote that way on the floor, which they will, but if they don’t, the secretary will read the vote as if they were bound regardless.

So this -- we will know where everyone stands on delegates on June 8, after the June 7thd primaries. No will be no mystery over who has the majority, or if someone doesn’t, whether it’s going to be an open convention. If it’s an open convention, then we’re going to have be clear, open, and transparent on what the rules say and how they’re administer, and it will be very clear, and there will be a camera -- cameras -- at every step of the way.

So there will be no mystery.

STEPHANOPOULOS: No mystery, but what about the rules? You just heard me talk to John Kasich about that rule 40(b), that in the last convention required a candidate to have won the majority of delegates in eight states. Will that be the rule for this convention?

PRIEBUS: Well, I mean, look, even if it is the rule, it wouldn’t prevent a nomination later on in the process when -- when delegates are unbound. So I mean the fact is there’s a lot of people interpreting rules that really don’t understand the rules. The eight state rule was put in place after the 2012 Romney delegates changed it, so it is true that the 2016 rules committee will review the rules and they will decide on what the rules are for the 2016 convention.

That all being said, you know, major changes to the rules are very -- are not very common. So I think you have to look at both the history of rule-making --

STEPHANOPOULOS: But let me interrupt you right there -- Is it fair to say, though, that after a first ballot, there really are no rules? The delegates to the convention decide whatever they want to decide? If you’ve got a majority in the convention, they can create any rule they want to create? They can nominate they want to nominate?

PRIEBUS: Generally, everyone is bound on the first ballot. In some states, they’re bound on a couple votes. But you’re right that on the second or third ballot, more and more delegates are unbound and they can vote for who they want. Now, you still would have to get a certain amount of states and delegates in place in order to be nominated, and so that’s important. You can’t just have one person you there nominating a candidate, but generally your premise is correct. But there are rules in place to prevent, you know, 50 people getting nominated. You have to demonstrate a certain amount of support in a certain amount of states in order to get nominated.

That all being said, all of this goes away if a candidate gets 1,237 delegates before Cleveland. And right now Ted Cruz and Donald Trump, they have a possibility of getting to that number and all of this is put to bed. If it’s not to put to bed, George, then we’re going to have an open convention and it’s going to be administered properly and we’re going to have a vote. We’re going to have a multi-ballot convention.

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