Hmmm: Romney huddles with Rand Paul to talk policy

posted at 3:21 pm on May 25, 2012 by Allahpundit

Endorsement to follow?

Sources close to Senator Rand Paul tell National Review Online that Paul and Mitt Romney had a private meeting on Wednesday. Details of the topics discussed are hazy, but Paul — the son of Texas congressman (and presidential candidate) Ron Paul — reportedly found the meeting productive.

The one-on-one conversation in the nation’s capital lasted 30 minutes. Sources say the tone was cordial but it wasn’t meant to be an exchange of pleasantries. The Kentucky Republican focused his questions on policy.

Rand won’t abandon his dad while he still technically has a chance at the nomination, but that problem should be solved on Tuesday when Texas finally puts Mitt over the top. As for what questions he might have had for Romney on policy, Politico had a sneak peek a few days ago:

Paul campaign leaders have been in discussions with representatives from both the Romney campaign and the Republican National Committee. They earlier consented to a joint fundraising arrangement between the RNC and Romney.

Recently those conversations have focused almost entirely on potential changes to the party platform. Practically Romney must ascent [sic] to what’s in the platform, since his forces will have enough votes to control what comes up for a vote…

Paul wants platform provisions that call for prohibiting indefinite detention, protecting internet freedom and limiting the power of the Federal Reserve. There are other items on his wish list, but those are priorities.

The last two shouldn’t pose much of a problem but the first will be a heavy lift. I assume that another part of this deal will be to let one of the Pauls speak in a plum convention slot — probably Rand, I’d guess, rather than Ron simply because Rand has a future in the GOP and therefore has more to lose if he strays off-script and starts inveighing against our “one-party system,” etc. He’s been surprisingly complimentary of Romney lately, in fact, so he might well be able to manage pushing Paulworld’s agenda while cheerleading for Mitt in the same speech.

Here’s the real question: Does Rand pose enough of a long-term risk to Romney that President Mitt will have to bring him onboard somehow? NPR’s already fantasizing about a 2016 primary challenge:

A run even — and, perhaps, especially — if Romney is the incumbent president. It’s a scenario that the younger Paul, 49, a Tea Party favorite, has not tamped down.

“Sounds like a good question to have no comment on for me,” he said, grinning, at a recent Cato Institute forum, when asked directly by the moderator about whether he’d challenge a potential President Romney four years from now…

“Since the Republican Party is the vehicle through which this action is happening now, it’s probably better if Romney wins [this year] and is as bad as the libertarians expect him to be,” Brian Doherty, senior editor of the libertarian Reason magazine, said recently at a Cato event to promote his book, Ron Paul’s rEVOLution.

That scenario, Doherty argued, would allow a “convincing primary challenger to make very real to the party that there are two wings to the party fighting for supremacy — the Romney wing vs. the Paul wing.”

If NPR can see that coming then surely Romneyworld can too, which makes me wonder if Mitt will attempt to follow Obama’s lead with Hillary by offering his would-be nemesis some sort of administration position. Problem is, Rand Paul has held political office for all of two years and his expertise is in ophthalmology. You’re not going to make him Treasury secretary or Fed chairman. What could Romney offer him to keep him inside the tent? Anything?

Here he is from a few days ago making the case for Mitt. Skip ahead to 3:05. As I said, surprisingly complimentary.


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I really like Rand Paul. I’m glad Romney is talking with him.

gophergirl on May 25, 2012 at 3:25 PM

HHS

Schadenfreude on May 25, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Rand Paul, HHS.

This way, Obamacare is a guaranteed extinction.

budfox on May 25, 2012 at 3:26 PM

oooohhhh…creepy.

budfox on May 25, 2012 at 3:27 PM

My first pick V.P.

newportmike on May 25, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Are you ready for Romney / Paul 2012?

BKennedy on May 25, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Rand Paul>Ron Paul

search4truth on May 25, 2012 at 3:29 PM

I like Rand, but then again the specter of papa Luap Nor lurks in the shadows and creeps me the hell out.

Rixon on May 25, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Are you ready for Romney / Paul (Ryan) 2012?

BKennedy on May 25, 2012 at 3:29 PM

FIFY

Doughboy on May 25, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Rand Paul is much more appealing than his dad. I hope he can help Romney win and help his own future at the same time.

cheetah2 on May 25, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Rand Paul>Ron Paul

search4truth on May 25, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Thank goodness they are both around.

CW on May 25, 2012 at 3:32 PM

My first pick V.P.

newportmike on May 25, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Rand Paul is a lot better Ron. Actually, he has just the right amount of “moderation” in just right spots. Rand is the man! He is the best we got, no question. For 2016 if Romney loses this time. Or if he wins…

anotherJoe on May 25, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Ronald Rand Paul Ryan Reagan would be the ultimate political candidate. R2PR2 4Eva.

BKennedy on May 25, 2012 at 3:34 PM

I won’t form an opinion until Pragmatic weighs in.

John the Libertarian on May 25, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Maybe Romney is trying to talk to the Sane Wing of the Paul family to keep the Insane Wing under control…

Steve Z on May 25, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Details of the topics discussed are hazy

What was President Choom doing there?

nukemhill on May 25, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Lots of respect for Rand, here.

pambi on May 25, 2012 at 3:48 PM

If he selects Rand Paul for VP, Mitt wins.

Nessuno on May 25, 2012 at 3:49 PM

I wish Romney had the guts to pick someone like Rand Paul as his VP.

Pork-Chop on May 25, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Not every politician thinks like the press…no one knows if Paul wants to run for president…if the country is humming along, back firing on all cylinders, someone like Paul may be willing to wait another 4 years, or be in a cabinet.
Sometimes people are happy being where they are, if they see things are going in the right direction.

right2bright on May 25, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Aqua Buddha FTW!!

ted c on May 25, 2012 at 4:01 PM

I hope Paul knows better than to accept a veep nom from Mittens. He’ll just get blamed if they lose in November. Better to let Romney ruin Portman or someone else irrelevant, Paul’s actually useful in the Senate.

Buckshot Bill on May 25, 2012 at 4:08 PM

…I like that Romney is talking with him too!
…someone with BIG ears…never listens to anybody…hmmm.

KOOLAID2 on May 25, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Ron Paul for the head of the dept. of eliminating departments.

newportmike on May 25, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Rand has been a senator for a few months, with no other experience legislative or executive otherwise.

All the “buzz” about him is solely through his father, and his father is certifiably insane. Romney is only talking to him to try and get the Ronbot cultists from wrecking the convention, pure and simple.

Rebar on May 25, 2012 at 4:33 PM

..Rand Paul, at the end of his video, makes an excellent point about his dad bringing folks “back” to the Republican party. There is stat after stat about the young demographic he is attracting. What Ron (and Rand) will have to say in Tampa best be heeded by Romney.

I think it will.

The War Planner on May 25, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Don’t do it, Rand. Remember how Romney threw Rick Santorum’s 2008 endorsement in Rick’s face at the debates?

Lawdawg86 on May 25, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Ron Paul for the head of the dept. of eliminating departments.

newportmike on May 25, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Not Ron Paul, but seriously we do need someone in charge of elimination of government.

It’s human nature otherwise for department heads to want to protect and grow their empire. It gets confused with private business where you want to grow responsibility, revenue, customers, products, etc. Everyone in government however should have the opposite objectives.

slickwillie2001 on May 25, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Not Ron Paul, but seriously we do need someone in charge of elimination of government.

It’s human nature otherwise for department heads to want to protect and grow their empire. It gets confused with private business where you want to grow responsibility, revenue, customers, products, etc. Everyone in government however should have the opposite objectives.

slickwillie2001 on May 25, 2012 at 4:40 PM

That will never happen with the Rinos in charge of the GOP. We should focus on eliminating the leadership roles of Boehner, McConnell, and Romney first. That’s the only way conservatives will ever be able to effectively reduce the breadth of the government and seriously cut spending.

Buckshot Bill on May 25, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Rand Paul has done well in his first 2 years in the Senate, hopefully he will do better as part of a Republican majority. The tea party put a lot of young stars into key offices across the country, and most of them need to stay in those offices and do the people’s work.

Cabinet seats need to be given to experience old salts in safe red districts from states with Republican Governors.

Hopefully Rand will be able to hold on to the Paulbots after the old man is put out to pasture, but for cryin out loud let him finish at least one term before condemning him to HHS or VP

halfbaked on May 25, 2012 at 4:51 PM

we do need someone in charge of elimination of government.

slickwillie2001 on May 25, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Romney says he likes to fire people.

John the Libertarian on May 25, 2012 at 5:08 PM

The Department of Redundancy Department?

Aardvark on May 25, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Endorsement?

Just put Rand on the ticket and the election is over.

How stupid are Mittens people?

VERY!

The Saga of the Stupid Party continues.

KirknBurker on May 25, 2012 at 8:43 PM

Ronald Rand Paul Ryan Reagan would be the ultimate political candidate. R2PR2 4Eva.

BKennedy on May 25, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Yah….that or Sarah.

KirknBurker on May 25, 2012 at 8:46 PM

what an excellent VP choice Rand Paul would make. You gotta love it. DD

Darvin Dowdy on May 25, 2012 at 10:27 PM

I love him, but he hasn’t got the political chops for VP (yet). Surgeon General or better yet HHS.

SomeCallMeJohn on May 25, 2012 at 11:26 PM

I can’t stand this concept of cherry picking our stars instead of leaving them in place to do the jobs they were elected to do.

I don’t want Rand Paul, or Marco Rubio, or Chris Christie to be the Veep nom. The only possible exception to this is McDonnell due to VA’s silly one term and out rule.

Let them do what they are doing.

Plus, it is highly debatable if any of these fellows (or the gals who are out there even if I didn’t name them) are ready to be president.

Portman might be a very good pick. Romney will need somebody to “liaise” (I hate that phrase, but I’ll use it just this one time) with Congress and Portman might be perfect in that role.

Rand Paul is great, and for crying out loud, he’s only 49! He can hang around for the next 8 years, easy.

How many veeps make president, on their own, anyway?

Bush pere is the only one I can think of, Nixon, too but not running as the former veep, only later.

Jocon307 on May 26, 2012 at 4:02 AM

Here’s all the policy you need, Romney:

Quit spending like a drunken sailor in a casino, replace welfare with workfare, tell the greenies to go live in mud huts, and give the “Occupy Everywhere” movement what they want until you have the political capital to steamroll them.

MelonCollie on May 26, 2012 at 7:13 AM

I seem to recall some discussion -back in January – that neither Ron Paul nor Mitt Romney attacked each other in the primaries, but both seemed to focus, in turn, on Gingrich and then Santorum.
Some folks wondered then if the reason for the relative collegiality of Ron and Mitt indicated that Rand might be Mitt’s choice for VP.

Just throwing this out here for what its worth.

realwest on May 26, 2012 at 1:07 PM

has a chance at the nomination, but that problem should be solved on Tuesday when Texas finally puts Mitt over the top.

Maybe. Maybe not.

Ed’s State of Minnesota wasn’t the only one Ron Paul won in the GOP Primary. Odd thing, Drudge announcing that Paul would quit spending (the only candidate for POTUS refusing to overspend?) seemed to break the GOP Leadership from discrediting GOP voters for Paul.

So Allahpundit agrees with Webster Tarpley, lol.

maverick muse on May 26, 2012 at 9:38 PM

That is the most coherent I have ever heard either Paul. The fact that these two are now seen as spokensmen for the disaffected members of the conservative movement gives one pause for concern. Ron Paul? Really? I think not.

georgeofthedesert on May 27, 2012 at 12:40 PM

starts inveighing against our “one-party system,”

Cute how you like to believe there’s a difference.

George W. Obamney 2012! More of the same spending, borrowing and printing, big government, bailouts and other forms of corporatism, nullification of our Constitutional (natural!) rights, a metastasizing police state, and endless Islamic theocracy-building wars.

Go Team!

Rae on May 27, 2012 at 4:54 PM

It’s really a matter of degree, not kind. I really don’t know what the progs are whining about. The country has only ever moved left, no matter which “team” we’re being ruled by. #winning

Rae on May 27, 2012 at 5:31 PM