Rand Paul: Would be 'an honor' to be Romney's VP
June 8th, 2012
03:20 PM ET
6 years ago

Rand Paul: Would be 'an honor' to be Romney's VP

(CNN) – A day after endorsing Mitt Romney, Sen. Rand Paul said it would be an honor to run alongside the presumptive GOP presidential nominee.

"A year, year and a half ago, I was a physician in a small town," Paul, the junior Republican senator from Kentucky, told CNN's Don Lemon. "And it would be a great honor to be considered as a vice president for the Republican Party. I think that would be something that anybody who said otherwise would not be being truthful."

Paul, who on Thursday came out in support of Romney, said on CNN he had not discussed with the candidate the prospect of joining the GOP ticket.

Paul, a tea party favorite and son of presidential candidate Ron Paul, said his father "has always been my first choice," but that the nominating process favored Romney.

"The nomination is now done and Romney has achieved the amount of delegates necessary to be the nominee," Paul said. "Those are just facts. And I've decided to endorse Romney after meeting with him and talking about a lot of areas that we actually do have common ground on."

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 he's still technically a presidential candidate and will have delegates at the Republican National Convention in August.

CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report.

Filed under: Mitt Romney • Rand Paul
soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. Marie MD

    This is even funnier than his endorsement of the bishop.
    Just when you think fhe teapublikkkans can't go any lower they amaze you.
    Another one who will do absolutely nothing dorm the ticket. He had his henchmen take down a woman and he is against civil rights even if it's the law!!!

    June 8, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  2. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The only reason Romney would consider it would be to get the libertarian leaning Republicans to follow him. I think that they know he stands on the same policies as George W. Bush, conservative light.

    June 8, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  3. skokie

    VP Not going to happen.

    June 8, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  4. Bill

    This arrogant, jerkwater puke will be a one term senator. He is a real creep. VP, not this time folks.

    June 8, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |

    Smoke screen. His Dad and the teabaggers plan to cut Mitt McCain off at his knees in Tampa very soon.

    June 8, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  6. Ex-GOP Con

    (cough) RINO! (cough)

    I love how all the closet liberals of the GOP are coming out of their liberal closet to support their most liberal candidate.

    June 8, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  7. Scott

    SO have Republicans given up on running actual politicians? Now they want a CEO and a physician???

    June 8, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  8. V in Chicago

    God help us if this idiot is even considered . . . A true racist if I've ever seen one. And belive me, I've seen them. But for a public servant to have made the racist comments he has, this is the bottom of the barrell.

    June 8, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  9. scarf

    And so the Tea Party darling sells out.....

    It profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world...But for Vice President!

    June 8, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  10. anotherGDlefty

    Wow, it's a democrats wet dream....
    Mitt and his teatard twit.

    If only you had someone in the party that could wear a pencil shirt and FM pumps to be your VP pick and "energize" the base......
    Maybe an anchor baby like Rubio?

    So much stupid and he can only pick one.
    This will be his toughest decision since deciding where the dog could ride on the trip north.

    June 8, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  11. Expat American

    Rove is going to be Romney's VP.

    June 8, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    He'd be a better VeeP selection than Sarah Palin.

    You know you're a Romney when you hang out with the likes of Donald Trump.
    You know you're a Romney when you consider Rand Paul for your running mate.
    You know you're a Romeny when you like firing people who perform services for you.
    You know you're a Romeny when you attend fundraisers in rooms display Adolf Hitler's original paintings.
    You know you're a Romney when you tell lies and mislead the public, and are proud of it.

    June 8, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  13. cali girl

    Oh Rand-y, don't count your chickens.... There is a long and undistinguished list way ahead of you.

    June 8, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  14. John

    It would be like having Dumb and Dumber running. Why don't he just get Saran Palin can't be any worst.

    June 8, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  15. Lynda/Minnesota

    I can't see that it makes any difference NOT to put Rand Paul on the ticket. Paul certainly represents all that is left of a once proud and very powerful political party no longer interested in what is best for America.

    June 8, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  16. The Real Tom Paine

    Wow. Too bad he does not have the ability or morals to match his ambition.

    June 8, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  17. Shann

    I would vote for Sarah Palin. She is the one who can make it happen.

    June 8, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  18. v_mag

    Well, the Repugnants have a long history of bad, bad VP choices: Nixon, Ford, Dan "you're no JFK" Quayle, Daddy Bush, Darth Cheney, Sarah Palin. Why not the Doctor from Mars? Who wouldn't be comfortable in their bed at night knowing that Door Number 3 was a heartbeat away from the presidency?

    June 8, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  19. Voice of Reason

    Yes. It would be an honor, indeed.

    Considering Rand Paul's Tea-Party-fueled delusions of adaquacy – it would be a tremendous honor for him to be considered for dog-catcher in Wasilla, AK – let alone VP of any party with better standing than 'Deluded Fruitcakes Anonymous'.

    Regardless, it isnt going to happen. His aspirations are overpowered by his epic levels of incompetence – tempered only by his rampant idiocy.

    June 8, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  20. The Real Tom Paine

    Ahhh, Vice-President Aqua Budda, I presume?

    June 8, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  21. Jack

    I thought the Paul guys were the hard-core principled libertarians. Now we learn they'll support anyone in their party, especially if they can get something for themselves. So much for the hype.

    June 8, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  22. Leroy

    Christine O'Donnell would be an excellent VP candidate! She's been looking for a government job.....

    June 8, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  23. fullclarity

    He needs to go back to his small town doctor business, of course, not accepting any governmental assistance for his medical work.

    June 8, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  24. Voice of Reason

    Maybe Romney is trying to pull all the Ron Paul people in by nominating Rand Paul? The problem here is that they are very differenc politically. They both fall under the GOP tent, but at opposite ends.

    Ron Paul is a libertarian. Rand Paul is a Tea Partyer. If they were split into different parties – the Libertarians would never nominate Rand, and the TPs would never nominate Ron.

    Apples and Oranges, and just another publicity stunt by the Romney campaign.

    June 8, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  25. billythekid

    a pathetic sellout. disgrace to Ron Paul. or Ron Paul is just another fake.

    June 8, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
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