Sen. Ted Cruz is warning against changing a rule for the GOP convention in July that requires a candidate to win a majority of delegates in eight states to get their name considered for the presidential nomination.
“It is the rules that govern the convention,” Mr. Cruz told radio host Hugh Hewitt when asked if he was endorsing “Rule 40.” “And of course, the Washington power brokers shouldn’t try to change the rules to steal the nomination. Of course, we should operate under the rules that govern the nomination.”
Rule 40(b), adopted in 2012, says that “each candidate for nomination for President of the United States and Vice President of the United States shall demonstrate the support of a majority of the delegates from each of eight (8) or more states, severally, prior to the presentation of the name of that candidate for nomination.”
Mr. Cruz said it would be a “terrible idea” for Washington power brokers to change the rules because they’re unhappy with the crop of candidates.
He said there’s a “real possibility” that no one will get the 1,237 delegates needed to clinch the nomination before the convention, and if that’s the case, they should operate under the already-existing rules.
“And those rules say that in order to be on the ballot, you have to have won eight states. Only two of us will meet that threshold — me and Donald Trump,” he said. “Those will be the two names on the ballot. And I think if the Washington deal makers try to change the rules to cook the books and insert their favorite deal maker, I think there would rightly be a revolt of the voters. We would have had elections in 50 states, and we need to honor the will of the voters and respect what they decide.”
Mr. Cruz said Ohio Gov. John Kasich lost 27 states before winning his home state of Ohio.
“He is not going to win Wisconsin next week. And if you lose state after state after state, under the rules, you don’t get to be on the ballot. Elections have consequences,” Mr. Cruz said.
Asked about the rule Thursday, Mr. Kasich said “there are no rules.”
“They don’t have to change a rule. There are no rules,” Mr. Kasich said on Fox News. “Romney is yesterday, not today, not July. We’ll have a rules committee that will determine what the rules are.”
“We’re going to go to a convention. So what are we going to do — we’re going to pick somebody that can’t win in the fall? That would be really smart, wouldn’t it?” he said.
“When you’re a delegate at a convention and you have a candidate who beats Hillary Clinton in the last Fox poll by 11 points, and we’re going to say that that guy doesn’t get considered?” Mr. Kasich said. “I mean, come on. That’s not going to happen.”