Sen. Rand Paul endorses Romney
June 7th, 2012
10:39 PM ET
3 years ago

Sen. Rand Paul endorses Romney

(CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, tea party favorite and son of presidential candidate Ron Paul, officially endorsed Mitt Romney late Thursday night.

"My first choice had always been my father. I campaigned for him when I was 11-years-old. He's still my first pick, but now that the nominating process is over, tonight I'm happy to announce that I'm going to be supporting Gov. Mitt Romney," Rand Paul said on Fox News.

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His announcement came one day after his father acknowledged he would not become the Republican nominee, despite maintaining for months that he would stay in the fight for the White House.

Ron Paul ended his official campaign events weeks ago, but has not technically suspended his candidacy and will have delegates at the Republican National Convention in August.

The endorsement from Rand Paul, who won his 2010 Senate bid with strong tea party support, could be a boost for Romney as the candidate attempts to shore up different factions of the Republican Party, including Ron Paul's vocal and active supporters.

Asked why he was throwing his voice behind Romney, Rand Paul listed off a number of ways his family values and family history line up with that of Romney–including the fact that both he and the candidate have fathers who ran for president. Romney’s father, the late George Romney, served as Michigan governor and was a presidential candidate in 1968.

The senator then went on to talk about policies, saying he met with Romney recently in Washington and discussed the candidate's support for reforming the Federal Reserve, limiting regulations, and opposing the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). The proposed legislation, which failed to garner enough support in the Senate, called for expanded federal power online in preventing internet piracy.

"I think there's a lot of kinship between us on those issues," he said.

Romney responded Thursday night to the endorsement, saying in a statement he was "honored" to have the senator's backing.

"Senator Paul has been a leading voice in the effort to scale back the size and reach of government and promote liberty," Romney said. "I am grateful for Senator Paul's support and look forward to working with him to get America back on the right track."

– CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report.


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soundoff (159 Responses)
  1. Kanti Shah

    It is the same Rand Paul who acted like a spoiled Brat at the airport–he wanted to be treated as a big shot at the airport and not go through the airport security details. His endorsement of Romney is very insignificant

    June 8, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  2. Donaldbain

    This is the real problem with American politics. Rand Paul. GWB. etc. How is it, in a nation of over 300 million people, multiple members of the same families are constantly being elected over and over and over. Look at the Bush family, the Kennedys and quite a few others. Just because daddy or grandpa was a leader doesn't confer those attributes to the offspring, all it does is create a permanent political class of recycled last names and undue power and influence based on who you are related to. Are people so stupid that they elect on name recognition only? The answer is clearly "yes". The only solution is term limits. There is for president, and it should be so for all. The tyranny of congress and the senate is totally overlooked.

    June 8, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  3. X liberal

    The liberals are still dusting themselves!! good job Mr. Walker!

    June 8, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  4. sure thats what they say

    Wow, what a big surprise! What was not a surprise is that he admitted that Mitt was his second.. and who knows maybe even third, choice. That pretty goes along with how most republicans feel about their nominee. Voter turn out is going to be low for the less enthused republicans and high for the motivated Obama supporters.

    June 8, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  5. stevetall

    Since when is the endorsement from a junior senator and Tea Party nut-job a "big endorsement"? CNN, you are not helping to unscrew politics or the way the half-smart interpret your reporting. Smarten up!

    June 8, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  6. X liberal

    "I've never seen a puppet as big as Romney. The Puppet Masters must be so pleased with their purchase. "Lie and don't blink!" they tell him,and he does. "Say this, not this!" they order, and he complies." The worst puppet in the American history is that gynecoid president occupying white house currently.

    June 8, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  7. JJ

    LMAO!!! That's what people call a "big endorsement"? LOL!

    June 8, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  8. cali girl

    A big endorsement of what? Really dirty since his own father only quit last night.

    June 8, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  9. timothy

    Billy Graham-Franklin Graham
    Mike Wallace-Chris Wallace
    GHW Bush-GW Bush
    Ron Paul-Rand Paul

    Were these dads away from home too much? What happened? Splinters off the old blocks?

    June 8, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  10. Allison

    food for thought

    What obama policies haven't worked? Congress haven't passed any for jobs, for debt control and or to help recovery. America don't be stupid and believe lies. Obama has tried, but congress (even some Dems) haven't done their job. Congress should lose their jobs in Nov. Congress should be made up of doctors(healthcare), lawyers, educators(education reform) and everyday workers(fair work laws and wages), those are the people who know best what the rest of the country needs. Crime is up throughout the country (not just major cities), small towns have more empty businesses than open ones and education in public schools is terrible. This is not on the president! and for all that think it is, need to take a 9th grade civics class!

    =================================================================================================
    I am not thrilled with Congress either, but you seem to be forgetting the fact that the Dems had full control for 2 years, and did nothing. Now that it is election season, they are fighting for equal womens pay, gay rights, etc. If it really mattered to them they would have done it during the first two years. Now they are just starting false wars, dividing the country even more for political gain. Before stating that others need to take a 9th grade civics class, you may want to look at recent history. Sometimes the truth hurts..

    June 8, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  11. ST

    @Donaldbain

    This is the real problem with American politics. Rand Paul. GWB. etc. How is it, in a nation of over 300 million people, multiple members of the same families are constantly being elected over and over and over. Look at the Bush family, the Kennedys and quite a few others. Just because daddy or grandpa was a leader doesn't confer those attributes to the offspring, all it does is create a permanent political class of recycled last names and undue power and influence based on who you are related to. Are people so stupid that they elect on name recognition only? The answer is clearly "yes". The only solution is term limits. There is for president, and it should be so for all. The tyranny of congress and the senate is totally overlooked.
    -----–
    What I can say to you is: America has a secret monarchy, doing it in its own way!

    June 8, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  12. Delusional Democrats Whining Crying Blaming, My Dream Has Come True

    EVERYBODY in the Republican Party will be united in their effort to save this country from the disaster the leftist Democrats are hell bent on bringing to this country. You need look no further than a bankrupt and disintegrating Europe to see the future that the leftist Democrats have in store for THIS country. So America, do you want prosperity, or do you want bankruptcy and rioting in the streets? The choice really is that simple. The stakes could not be any higher.

    June 8, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  13. dd

    At this point stimuli doesn't impress people. The youth – college graduates are disillusioned about the American dream of profession home and family; the over 30 crowd is unemployed with benefits that have run out and now the under 30 are taking their jobs; the 40 – 60 year olds have lost their homes autos, jobs, and businesses an forced to take on early retirement with an overload of debt and living on reduced pensions that state and cities have reduced and taken away colas. How do you recover? You don't. The banks recover, BIG BUSINESS recovers, the government and the wealthy recover. It's the middle class that abided by what America asked them to do to be good citizens to have a good life and have the American dream. The youth have seen their parents' lives destroyed with this economy. Bernanke nor Obama can do anything to right this. It's been too little too late...and yes, multi generational groups are bitter. We have all suffered within..... the middle class most of all....
    someone posted this earlier.....and wow it is sooooooo true....sadly.

    June 8, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ Allison
    Before stating that others need to take a 9th grade civics class, you may want to look at recent history. Sometimes the truth hurts..
    -------------------------------------------------
    Recent history will show you that the FIRST piece of legislation that President Obama signed into law was the Lilly Lebetter Act.....equal pay for women.
    Physician heal thyself.

    June 8, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  15. The GOP opens mouth and inserts foot

    I keep hearing this lame comment "they had control of the Congress for 2 years." So freaking what? Were they supposed to be able to fix 8 years of Bush nonsense and GOP stupidity in 2 short years? It doesn't work that way folks! The GOP are a plague in Washington that want to allow the American public to fester and die. The Democrats are trying to get this country back on track. It'll take time. We all knew that. Why in the world anyone was ridiculous enough to believe that it could be done over night obviously has no idea of how politics works.

    June 8, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    Of course he is going to endorse Romney. Why is this news. He is from the Tea Party and as far as they are concerned, anything is better than having an African American in the Presidential Office. Obama has made some gaffs, but even if he was the greatest president that America had ever seen, the Tea Party would be against him. And to blame Obama for the state of the American Economy is pathetic. Yes he has increased the deficit by trying to make sure that Americans who lost their jobs could have food on their tables and some health care. AS an uninsured american I get damn tired of going to the hospital/emergency room and am told that unless it is a dire emergency, i have to pay cash or credit card, but illegal immigrants are allowed treatment for free! Also, we send hundreds of thousands of dollars overseas to feed the hungry and do what ever the hell we are doing, but should sit and watch Americans going hungry and living in the streets. Oh Yeah, I forgot, the REPUBLICANS say that we're all lazy that's why we lack the basic essentials to survive. While they continue to dodge and evade taxes, hide money in foreign banks and hire illegals to do their domestic work!

    June 8, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  17. Blue

    Who cares what Rand Paul does? It should scare you to death to think of Mitt being president. He will be worse than Bush because he is smarter. You think that the rich goy richer under Bush, Mitt will blow him out of the water. He will raid sthe US governemnt and give it to himself and the rich among us.

    June 8, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  18. BK

    That's a great endorsement: "He sure is... second best; I guess I'll have to resort to him."

    June 8, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  19. logic N LA

    It is not news or a big endorsement when a Republican endorses another Republican. The same applies to Democrats. Fill your pages with real news.

    June 8, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  20. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ X liberal
    that gynecoid president
    -------------------------------------------------
    I see you found a new word in the dictionary and don't know what the hell to do with it, so in typical Rethug fashion you MISUSE it and try and slander our President simultaneously.
    You simpletons crack me up!

    June 8, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  21. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ Anonymous
    I feel your pain. Good post.

    June 8, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  22. Canuck

    @Delusional Democrats Whining Crying Blaming, My Dream Has Come True
    "EVERYBODY in the Republican Party will be united in their effort to save this country from the disaster the leftist Democrats are hell bent on bringing to this country"

    After all, the Republicans did such a great job last time they were in power....

    June 8, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  23. logic N LA

    Delusional D- Why are so many conservatives incapable of a discussion without name calling? Where are your facts?
    The entire world is in a downturn, including conservative countries.. This is not the1930's or 1980's- the economy is global. Our problem is not progessive thinking but backwards thinking. Infrastructure spending would have given us thousands of jobs and helped both employment and private sector. Not to mention fixing our decaying country.
    When we had money to do this, Republicans chose tax cuts and starting wars. Good choice of how to spend money.

    June 8, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  24. Norm

    Bunch of hypocrites...

    June 8, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  25. ted

    And this is news? Really? Big surprise. Who cares.

    June 8, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
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