Iowa Republican Party chairman Jeff Kaufmann spoke with Radio Iowa this morning about the upcoming Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July. “Iowa GOP chair says ‘poor losers’ pushing for brokered convention” is the headline of the Radio Iowa story. Below you can listen to Kaufmann’s responses to questions from Radio Iowa’s O. Kay Henderson.
Henderson: Are a contested convention and a brokered convention the same thing?
AUDIO of Kaufmann’s answer (runs 4:26)
Henderson: Are “whips” from all three of the candidates — Trump, Cruz and Trump — contacting you about Iowa’s delegation at the RNC?
AUDIO of Kaufmann’s answer (runs 2:16)
Henderson: Going to a national convention is often the reward for years of toil at the grassroots of the party. Are there people who otherwise would want to go to Cleveland who do not want to go because of all this talk of rioting at the convention, or has it heightened interest?
AUDIO of Kaufmann’s answer (runs 2:21)
Henderson: What about Trump’s remarks about rioting at the convention?
AUDIO of Kaufmann’s answer (runs 2:03)
Iowa will send 30 delegates to the Republican National Convention. Kaufmann, chairman of the party, along with Republican National Committeeman Steve Scheffler and Republican National Committeewoman Tamara Scott are delegates automatically. Twelve more delegates will be elected April 9, 2016, at the Iowa GOP’s four congressional district conventions (here’s the math: 3 from each of the districts, so 3 x 4 = 12). The remaining 15 delegates will be elected at the Iowa Republican Party’s State Convention May 21, 2016.
Henderson: The state convention is normally in June. It’s going to be in May this year. Why?
AUDIO of Kaufmann’s answer (runs 1:28)
Henderson: In the context of ‘can Trump win the convention outright?’ — when you are a delegate, do people know for whom you will vote on the first ballot?
AUDIO of Kaufmann’s answer (runs 2:58)