As a senior producer for CNBC, I get a chance to interview some pretty interesting news makers so I can produce must-see segments for Squawk Box. My delegate segment on Wednesday exploded on social media. Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity played clips of the segment on their shows and it was one of the top stories on Drudge and on cnbc.com. Politics is very personal for everyone and for those who vote, they truly believe their vote counts.
When Curly Haugland, an unbound delegate from North Dakota and long-standing member of the rules committee for the RNC told anchor Becky Quick it was the delegates who decided the nomination, not the primaries and caucuses, it created quite a stir to put it politely.
Today for CNBC.com I wrote a piece about an amendment Haugland is going to propose before the GOP Convention Rules Committee which could wipe the “magic number” 1237 off the blackboard and have all the candidates who have at least one delegate have the ability to get back on the first ballot by being nominated by the seated convention delegates. This too has sparked a lot of conversation. Haugland says this amendment is the best way to honor every vote and keep the voting power out of the hands of big money. As a journalist I can’t tell you my views on this. I am here to report the news. Enjoy and I look forward to any comments.