“VP” Rand Paul And The Imaginary Romney/Paul Connection

Cross-posted at The Libertarian Patriot

Jack Hunter at RonPaul2012:
The media speculation about some supposed cooperation between the Ron Paul campaign and Mitt Romney has gotten completely out of hand...

Ron Paul is running for President of the United States. His son, Sen. Rand Paul, is supporting his father’s run for President of the United States. That’s all that’s going on here. There is no secret “conspiracy.” During a radio interview this morning in Chicago, Sen. Paul said:

“If there’s a secret deal they’re keeping it secret from me, I think that’s mostly internet chatter and fun for people to speculate on…”
Speculative fun is exactly right. Sen. Paul explained his own views on the supposed Romney/Paul connection this morning, including his comments about being “honored” if he were to be considered as the GOP vice presidential nominee:

I think the story kind of got misrepresented, because you know when I was asked, every time I’m asked these kind of questions, these are hypothetical questions, I always say you know what? I still have my first choice in the race and that’s Ron Paul. My first choice would be a Ron Paul presidency and my first choice for a position would be an unofficial adviser to a Ron Paul presidency…

But when they push and push and push, and say ‘What about Romney? Would you do it?’ I mentioned that it would be an honor, and what I meant by that is sort of like if you were nominated for an academy award, what’s your response? You’d say “It’s be an honor to be nominated’ and so I think it would be silly for me not to say that if anybody considered me that I’d be honored by it, but I think it was somewhat overblown, it sort of fits into this sort of cabal that people write about…

That there’s this big strategy between Ron Paul and Romney, really the Ron Paul strategy as far as I’m aware of it is to gather delegates and to try to win, and one of the unwritten stories really is that Ron Paul may have already won a couple of states but people haven’t realized it because the delegates haven’t been allotted in Iowa yet, and we still think there’s an reasonable chance we can win Iowa we they count the delegates, we think there’s a reasonable chance we can win Maine when they count the delegates, and this is sort of an unwritten story that’s out there, and also why I don’t like the story out there that somebody’s trying to angle for some other position other than I’m just trying to help my dad at this point…


  1. The burning question remains. Why in the blue blazes has Ron Paul refrained from attacking Mitt Romney from the start? Beyond that, why has Ron Paul viciously attacked the not-Romney candidate whenever they are looking to be on the rise? He did the same thing with Perry, Bachman, Gingrich, and Santorum but never a word for Romney. This must be the worst possible outcome for Ron Paul cult members, I know, but at some point you have to admit to it. The high and mighty cult leader is a fraud, just like Barack Obama was a fraud.

  2. Hack

    As a Paul supporter I wish I could answer that question. He has taken shots at Mittens but more as generalities against all the GOP candidates and not any direct attack. Maybe it does stem from the fact that he and Romney, along with their wives, have developed a friendship during the past 5 years of campaigning but that is still no excuse. In my opinion Ron Paul should be positioning himself as THE "not-Romney" candidate but has failed to do so explicitly.

    I'm also not on board for a Paul as VP, whether it is Ron or Rand, if it means teaming up with a flip-flopper like Mittens (or the other 2 big-government, pro-war GOP candidates). I disliked his Governorship when I lived in MA and will not vote for him in the General no matter who is on the ticket with him, even if he re-animates the corpse of Thomas Jefferson.

    I still support Paul's candidacy and hope that Rand makes a run in 2016, but unless Ron Paul is the GOP nominee in 2012, my vote is going to another libertarian in the General, Gary Johnson.

  3. It's all part of the media smoke and mirrors... don't buy into it! Or did you just fall off the turnip truck?

  4. There's obviously a symbiotic dynamic between Ron Paul and Mitt Romney. Paul's coy "denials" remind me of that famous quote, "Never write what you can phone; never phone what you can say; never say what you can nod; never nod what you can wink; never wink what you can smile."

    1. Well put, RK. The symbiotic relationship was pretty obvious, even in the first run of debates.

  5. Gee, this is a no-brainer guys! The top war chests belong to Ron and Mitt. The only two Republicans on the VA ballot are Ron and Mitt. Why would they blow their money on attacking each other at this point? Rick was being pushed in the media, so Ron pushed back with his hilarious ad, and then Ron and Mitt knocked him down a notch at that debate. Why? Because Rick was polling at #1. It's pretty simple. The enemy of my enemy is my friend. Rick looked like a big government guy and now the talking points that anti-Fed Ron is allying himself with Goldman Mitt are out. It's insane that anyone is buying this. But whatever, I've been laughing at talk radio conservatives this whole race as they fall flat on their faces with their wrong analysis over and over again.


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