Rand Paul endorses Romney; Update: Video added

posted at 10:09 pm on June 7, 2012 by Allahpundit

I didn’t get to watch “Hannity” tonight but the Freepers say that it happened. So that’s what that meeting in late May was all about.

Dustin Siggins, one of our Greenroomers, interviewed Paul recently and asked him what he wants from a Romney presidency. Quote:

DS: There’s been talk about you being asked to be VP by Mitt Romney, especially in light of the meeting between the two of you in late May. What are the top three specific policy solutions you would like to see the GOP’s presumptive nominee and whomever he picks to be VP to focus on in the general election and subsequently sign into law if elected?

Sen. Rand Paul: I believe the number one threat to the nation is our debt. We have to balance the budget in a finite period of time, and it probably won’t happen until we get a Balanced Budget Amendment. Now, a President doesn’t sign a constitutional amendment, so I don’t know how much of a difference support from a President will make. But it will take a difference in governing. When we were in charge with Bush and in charge of both Houses, we doubled the size of Department of Education and expanded Medicare. Bush I expanded the wetlands nonsense. Will we do a better job with a GOP Administration and Congress in 2012? I hope so, and I’ve tried to get actively involved, including endorsing endorsed Ted Cruz in Texas and Mark Neumann in Wisconsin.

I think people are kidding themselves in speculating about Paul as VP. He has only two years of experience, would be demagogued even more gleefully by the left than Paul Ryan would for his willingness to make deep cuts, and almost certainly wants to preserve his independence from Romney’s inevitable shift towards the center. He won’t be on the ticket, but his endorsement is important in (hopefully) keeping Paul’s legions inside the tent in November. And it’s important to Rand too, of course, insofar as it means he’s a lock to speak at the convention now and can introduce himself to the country in anticipation of a future run. If you were worried about some sort of floor revolt among Paul-supporting delegates in Tampa, you probably don’t have to worry anymore.

I’ll post the video as soon as it’s available. Stand by.

Update: And here’s the video now.



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{from another thread} So?

A solid 8% believed that Elvis did not die in the bathroom in the 70′s but lived to a ripe old age in anonymity. The rational 92% don’t give a flying fig what the loons think.

socalcon on June 8, 2012 at 3:48 AM

Ah, just like in Bubba Ho-Tep.

Vanilla Salt on June 8, 2012 at 4:00 AM

Ah, just like in Bubba Ho-Tep

The documentary? Why, yes!

socalcon on June 8, 2012 at 4:53 AM

Mittens has done well here. If he has committed to some of the Paulian agenda, primarily smaller FedGov, then it is a positive development.

Quartermaster on June 8, 2012 at 6:51 AM

If Inexperience is a deal breaker for Rand Paul……..

Then what about Rubio and Susanna Martinez or Scott Walker?

They are just as “untested” as Paul.

His VEEP pick will tell us by ACTION how Mitt wants to govern.

PappyD61 on June 8, 2012 at 7:44 AM

Rick? Hello Rick? Anyone seen Rick? Is Rick in the house?

right2bright on June 8, 2012 at 7:54 AM

Who really cares who a first term Senator, who has been in office less than two years, from a state with only eight electoral votes, endorses?

However, it does indicate Rand may have more practical political sense than his old man. But it also means, if they run true to form, the dogmatic idealistic uncompromising LP crowd masquerading as Republicans will not be very happy with Rand. Not that it matters. They weren’t going to vote GOP anyway unless by some miracle Ron became the candidate.

farsighted on June 8, 2012 at 8:01 AM

This underscores one thing…the defeat of Obama is mandatory, to defeat his policies, to change direction of this country, you first have to remove what is in the White House.

It doesn’t matter how many things you agree with, how many things you don’t agree with, it doesn’t matter if you never have a chance to negotiate those differences, if the person you need to negotiate with has no power, no influence.

In this case, unless Mitt is in the White House, it doesn’t matter what differences Rand and he has…but if in the White House, Rand has a chance to make an impact.

One scenario, Rand and others have no say, no influence…and the other scenario, they have a chance of implementing some or all of their programs.

Rand chose the latter…as all conservatives, Republican’s, Libertarian’s, and independents should.

right2bright on June 8, 2012 at 8:02 AM

I sure hope ZeroHedge posts something on this…can’t wait to see the PaulBots go ballistic.

insidiator on June 8, 2012 at 8:05 AM

Who really cares who a first term Senator, who has been in office less than two years, from a state with only eight electoral votes, endorses?

farsighted on June 8, 2012 at 8:01 AM

I guess you missed the part where he is the spokesperson for the “conservative” Republican budget. He has been the most eloquent speaker on the budget from the Republican side…just getting you up to speed so you don’t get hung up with the “new guy on the block” syndrome.

right2bright on June 8, 2012 at 8:06 AM

I sure hope ZeroHedge posts something on this…can’t wait to see the PaulBots go ballistic.

insidiator on June 8, 2012 at 8:05 AM

You’ll be waiting a long time, you NeoCon troglodyte.

Now If Ron had said this, then we’d be mad.

MelonCollie on June 8, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Now If Ron had said this, then we’d be mad.

MelonCollie on June 8, 2012 at 9:24 AM

You should probably start preparing yourself for disappointment…

JohnGalt23 on June 8, 2012 at 9:27 AM

I guess you missed the part where he is the spokesperson for the “conservative” Republican budget. He has been the most eloquent speaker on the budget from the Republican side…just getting you up to speed so you don’t get hung up with the “new guy on the block” syndrome.

right2bright on June 8, 2012 at 8:06 AM

Ummm, I actually like Rand.

However, the point was his endorsement means little. I doubt it will change anyone’s position on Romney, not even among supporters of his father or LPers calling themselves Republicans.

And I guess you missed the part where I said this indicates he is more politically practical that his father, which I view as a good thing.

farsighted on June 8, 2012 at 9:53 AM

LOL…Romney…what a goon. You “conservatives” are truely kidding yourselves if you think Romney – the architect of Obamacare – is an actual conservative. He’s just another big government welfare/warfare queen. If you think he will balance the budget, shrink government or support individual liberty you Hotair people are simply ignorant.

MoreLiberty on June 8, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Now If Ron had said this, then we’d be mad.

MelonCollie on June 8, 2012 at 9:24 AM

I think most Paul supporters are so relieved that Bachmann and Santorum are out they don’t care what happens next.

shinty on June 8, 2012 at 12:49 PM

I think most Paul supporters are so relieved that Bachmann and Santorum are out they don’t care what happens next.

shinty on June 8, 2012 at 12:49 PM

El wrongo. I care very much that our ‘best’ chance relies on the hope of electing a liberal-lite in a dollar-store disguise and strongarming him into acting conservative.

MelonCollie on July 2, 2012 at 11:33 AM

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