But instead of taking their protest to the convention floor, the group from Texas, Maine, Nevada and Colorado marched in the hallway outside the arena repeating the chant. A convention panel switched the Maine delegates from Paul to Mitt Romney last week, saying the Paul delegates were elected in violation of party and parliamentary rules.
Adding to the anger of Paul's delegates, the convention adopted new rules Tuesday designed to limit the ability of insurgent candidates win delegates in 2016.
Wearing badges that stated "Remember Maine 2012," the group was trailed by news media, cameras and security who guided the marchers to the exits without confrontation. They continued their march outside the arena toward nearby streets.
"We played by the rules, and they changed the rules," said Sherry Kornahrens, a Paul supporter from Reno, Nev.
— Tom Beaumont — Twitter http://twitter.com/TomBeaumont
ONE FOR THE GIPPER
Nothing tugs at the hearts of the GOP faithful like invoking the name of the late Ronald Reagan. And Sen. Rand Paul didn't disappoint.
Paul recounted author Paul Kengor's story of an 11-year-old boy in a small Illinois town coming home from a basketball game at the local YMCA one night to find his father sprawled out in the snow, drunk, dead to the world.
"The boy stood over his father for a minute or two," said Paul. "He simply wanted to let himself in the door and pretend his dad wasn't there. Instead, he grabbed a fistful of overcoat and heaved his dad to the bedroom, away from the weather's harm and neighbors' attention."
And then the kicker:
"This young boy became the man — Ronald Reagan — whose sunny optimism and charisma shined so brightly that it cured the malaise of the late '70s, a confidence that beamed so broadly that it pulled us through a serious recession, and a faith that tugged so happily at all hearts that a generation of Democrats became Republicans."
— Andrew Miga — Twitter http://twitter.com/AP_Andrew_Miga
A NATION OF IMMIGRANTS
America is a land of immigrants. And pride in that heritage has been all over the place during the last two nights of the GOP convention. Speaker after speaker told stories of family roots beyond America — and of how the struggles faced by those immigrants helped forge their own values.
For New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, it was reminiscing about his Irish father and his Sicilian mother (she was the family's real force, he noted).
For South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, it was recounting how her Indian immigrant parents instilled in their children a deep gratitude that they were growing up in America.
And for South Dakota Sen. John Thune, it was the memory of how his grandfather — one of two Norwegian brothers — came to America in 1906 knowing how to say only two things in English, "apple pie and coffee."
At Ellis Island, immigration officials decided their last name — Gjelsvik — was too difficult and asked them to change it. They picked "Thune," the name of the farm where they worked in Norway.
"Like many Americans," Thune said, "I've been blessed by the hard work and sacrifice of those who've come before."
It was a refrain that filled the hall again and again.
— Sally Buzbee
ROCK STAR RYAN
What Republican delegates are saying about veep nominee Paul Ryan:
"I think he's a rock star for the Republicans." — Allie Burgin of Wynnewood, Okla.
"He'll definitely shake things up." — Gary Inmon of San Antonia, Texas.
"We shouldn't be afraid of big ideas." — Scott Baker of Willis, Texas, an alternate delegate who says Ryan bring big ideas on Medicare and Social Security.
"It's nice to have someone from my generation, and someone who's a Catholic, and a conservative. I can very much identify with him." — Patrick Burns of Marietta, Ga.