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Despite Fracture Over Rule Changes, GOP Unites Over Romney At RNC

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Some rules changes at this year’s Republican National Convention give presidential hopefuls the power to disavow delegates, and in essence, strips the states of the selection process: A rule that has created a fracture between delegates on the right and far right. NY1's Erin Billups filed the following report.

A fight between some Tea Party members of the GOP and the leaders of the Republican National Committee came to a head on the floor of the Republican National Convention Tuesday as the party’s chairman moved forward with a series of rules changes for the convention.

The RNC proposed a controversial rule change that would give presidential hopefuls the power to disavow delegates, and in essence, strip the states of the selection process.

However, what passed on the floor was a so-called compromise agreement. Some conservatives, along with Ron Paul supporters, say the new rules still disenfranchise grassroots members of the party, and put more power into the hands of the party's top brass and the presidential nominee.

It has been a point of contention for many in the Texas delegation who've been among those leading the fight against the rules changes.

"It's a bit of a power grab,” Ron Paul Texas Delegate Jorge Landivar said. “Romney's attorney was the one on the committee that proposed a lot of these rules."

With the chairman's approval, the new rules are officially adopted. Former GOP presidential candidate, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, says she hoped the voice of the rank-and-file Republicans would have been heard.

"The party is the base and the grassroots, so it's very important that their voice and their energy is heard,” she said. “That it's reflected in our platform and in our rules, and I think that's what this is about.”

Even with the fracture between the right and the far right, delegates say they're sure at the end of the day they can unify behind Mitt Romney.

"This is more a party structure issue,” Landivar said. “Romney is more a political issue for November. A lot of people will still support him either way." ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP