Supporters of perpetual-presidential candidate Ron Paul (R-TX) wouldn’t seem to share much in common ideologically with the presumptive GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Assuming Paul actually believes in the economic positions he campaigns on then throwing any weight behind the Romney camp should be unheard of.
But it’s not.
First there was the quiet collusion during the campaign between the Paul camp and the Romney camp. In over 20 televised debates Paul never attacked Romney once, despite the fact that many of Romney’s economic positions mirror those of centrist Democrats and that as governor of Massachusetts Romney espoused the exact policy positions Paul’s purported platform rejects. It got so bad that in February Rick Santorum accused Paul of having a backroom running-mate deal with Romney to put his son Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on the 2012 ticket.
This was all denied, of course, until Saturday when Sen. Rand Paul came out and endorsed Romney for president despite the fact that his father is still technically running for the nomination.
So what gives, Sen. Paul? Endorsing Romney over your father’s ongoing presidential campaign and while Paul supporters press on with their delegate battles? Sen. Paul can deny it all he wants, but there’s some deal-making going on and some truth to the reality of the “libertarian principles” the Paul family endorses.
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