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What Gives? Rand Paul Endorses Mitt Romney [Video]

What Gives? Rand Paul Endorses Mitt Romney [Video]

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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2:09PM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

This was expected. Rand Paul is farther to the right than Ron is.

Will be interesting to see what Ron does. For years he has consistently criticized Republicans as well as Democrats. Will he stay Ron, or be an also-Ran?

9:34AM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

This is not news. It was obvious Paul was just as stupid as the other repugs....that is what he is so of course he would endorse Romney. What a sad choice, and no mention of the Green Party EVER. The reign of the U.S. as a world power is ending and unless they find some intelligent people to lead that country they will be third world in twenty years, all because no one can look to the future.

4:57PM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

Am I supposed to be surprised? Both Pauls are republicans and so is Romney. Was I somehow expected to believe that either of the two Pauls would endorse Obama? This isn't even news worthy. Of course, republicans endorse republicans, what else is new?

2:25PM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

Paul & Romney = Dumb & Dumber (your choice as to who is who)

2:19PM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

Obama-Biden 2012!!!

9:32AM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

He always comes across as a spoiled brat. I don't see what his appeal is.

8:56AM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

This is no shock coming from a man who fears police dragging doctors from their homes in the middle of the night to care for patients. He is a master of fear mongring and stupidity.

5:42AM PDT on Jun 12, 2012


It must be hard for liberal Democrats to understand that people of all political persuasions are uniting in one common goal - GET RID OF OBAMA!

Of course Ron Paul and Rand Paul are going to back Romney, knowing Ron Paul is not likely to get the nomination - and of course they will play a part in the convention and maybe even in the administration.

They have the power to influence millions of supporters and Romney isn't dumb!

4:39AM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

If this is some kind of plan to position Rand Paul for a 2016 presidential run, I don't like it. It means he's willing to compromise principles for political gain. Even if he plans to enact a libertarian agenda as President, it means allowing either Obama or Mittens a 4 year opportunity to further erode our civil liberties, wreck our standing with nations we should be friends with, and continue to kowtow to the Wall Street fat cats that have them both bought and paid for.
We need change we can really believe in right now, not 4 years from now. Obama and Mittens won't deliver it.

Jessica Pieklo

10:22AM PDT on Jun 11, 2012


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