DVD : The State of Ohio - Republican National Convention Makes History In Cleveland, As Ohio Delegation Struggles With Trump As Nominee
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The Republican National Convention is now over - and it's made history in many ways. The convention opened on Monday afternoon with the usual fanfare, and a little bit of controversy, as the people behind the so-called "Never Trump" movement tried and failed to change the rules and allow each delegate to vote their conscience instead of the way they were pledged to vote. That was a very public glimpse into the division within the Republican Party over Trump. And it was very evident in the Ohio delegation, which is pledged to John Kasich but has some members who say it's time to get behind the nominee - as Kasich spent time everywhere in northeast Ohio but at the convention at Quicken Loans Arena. The rift between Trump and Kasich appeared to grow as the week wore on, with Trump's campaign and Ohio Republican Party Chair Matt Borges battling back and forth. But there were reports of a truce by the end of the week. And complicating the whole squabble story was a report that surfaced this week saying Trump had asked Kasich to be his running mate back in May, right after Kasich left the race. Concerns about how Kasich has been handling this were brought into sharp focus by, somewhat surprisingly, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who left the presidential race just hours before Kasich did after the Indiana primary in May. Cruz took the convention stage on Wednesday for a speech in which he did not endorse Trump, and then the next day took questions from the Texas delegation live on television. But Akron-area state Sen. Frank LaRose (R-Hudson) says he stands behind Kasich's decision.

While Kasich has been avoiding the Q, fellow Ohio Republican US Sen. Rob Portman has stopped by a few times to visit with the state delegation. Portman is on the ballot this fall, in a tough race with Democratic former Gov. Ted Strickland. He was not on the RNC convention speakers' list, though he has endorsed Trump.

Ohio's delegates are public officials, party leaders and people who've worked tirelessly to help Republican candidates. Though there are only 66 official delegates, there are dozens of alternates and honorary delegates at the convention and the activities surrounding it. Media outlets reported that some members of the Ohio delegation were disappointed that they didn't get to spend more time with Kasich, since so many of them campaigned for him. But nearly every delegate was proud to be there for Kasich, even though some have transitioned to supporting the party's official nominee - including Kennison Saunders from Gallipolis, Sandra Barber from Waseon and Mike Gonidakis from Columbus, who's also the president of Ohio Right to Life.

When asked about Trump before the convention, answers from the party's top elected officials were mostly lukewarm. But they're now nearly all on board, including Attorney General Mike Dewine and Secretary of State Jon Husted. But former Auditor and Attorney General Betty Montgomery has real concerns.

Some 15,000 journalists, producers and others were credentialed for the RNC. And among those observing the Republican National Convention from Media Row, which is set up in a parking garage next door to the Q, are northeast Ohio conservative commentators Dave Zanotti and Rob Walgate with the Ohio Roundtable. They stopped by the Idea Center a few blocks from the convention to talk about the real finish line for the candidates - the November election.

It would be easy to forget with all the activity going on in the Q and inside the security zone, there are other, even more diverse voices sounding off outside. Each day this week, t
July 22, 2016