Sen. Rand Paul endorses Romney
June 7th, 2012
10:39 PM ET
11 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.

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Rand Paul
soundoff (159 Responses)
  1. jose

    It would be kind of ironic if this corporation kind of campaigning would leave CNN behind right after the elections because they are not doing so good in the ratings. Maybe if a chain of events happened where it lead to CNN being drowned out by extremest voices, it would be responsible for its own disappearance, and also Turner Broadcasting might take a big hit.

    June 8, 2012 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  2. John The Electrician

    Has Meg Whittman endoresed him yet. After he loses, they can both work at HP. They still have a few employees to get rid of.

    June 8, 2012 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  3. julien vergara

    Hooray for romnie

    June 8, 2012 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  4. nick

    We gave Obama a chance, i voted for him in 08, but our economy is still not great and families are still hurting... I think its time to give Romney a chance!

    June 8, 2012 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  5. Forest

    BOO. That garners no support from me. I never really liked Ron Paul's son (I do more than basically every other Senator, sadly), and his endorsement of Romney (settling for Romney) seems no more than an attempt to stay relevant. This country is so screwed it's not even funny. This sickens me.

    June 8, 2012 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  6. vosky

    Wow, Rand Paul endorsed Romney? What a gigantic endorsement!! What a surprise; I thought that he was going to endorse Obama. Obama must be disappointed!

    June 8, 2012 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  7. Thomas

    Now that his Father is irrelevant ! So much for comitment and integrity of princable.

    Mitt Romney / Paul Wolfowitz 2012
    Illegal Aliens are WMDs .

    June 8, 2012 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  8. ditty1991

    Romney is still not getting my vote. Neither is Obama. They are both the same and you sheep need to wake up to this real fast.

    June 8, 2012 02:32 am at 2:32 am |
  9. krehator

    There are too many Republicans and Democrats in this country, and not enough Americans.

    June 8, 2012 03:40 am at 3:40 am |
  10. Kevin

    This guy is a joke. It is always funny to me how the GOP wants to literally destroy the government but at the same time work for the government.

    June 8, 2012 04:33 am at 4:33 am |
  11. Jimbo

    This is a BIG endorsement...? Did anyone think he would endorse President Obama...?

    June 8, 2012 05:03 am at 5:03 am |
  12. Roy

    Ask Romney if he is willing to donate all of his $200 to $300 million to help to pay off USA debt but he can keep his $10 million so in that way we can see if he truly cares about our country.

    June 8, 2012 05:06 am at 5:06 am |
  13. Dddd

    wow,that must have hurt ron paul, even if a little bit

    June 8, 2012 06:02 am at 6:02 am |
  14. max

    Don't vote. The act of voting is placing your signature on the status quo and declaring it acceptable. I hope voter turnout this election cycle is drastically lower than it's ever been in recent years, to the point where those in a position to enact change will be compelled to do so.

    Voting for the lesser of two evils is still a vote for evil.

    June 8, 2012 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  15. Errm

    I'd be embarrassed to be endorsed by this guy. His "budget" cuts funding for the poor and the elderly. So wrong.

    June 8, 2012 06:39 am at 6:39 am |
  16. Marie MD

    Goodness, BIG endorsement. The racist clown who wants to take us back to pre Civil Rights era.
    LOL, no really, LOL 🙂 🙂

    June 8, 2012 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  17. Blindersoff

    America, doomed to implode, if the conservative right get's it's grubby hands on her again. America, as she is still recovering from the dirty hands of the rich and greedy, pillaging, plundering, raping and gutting her very essence, while prostituting her out to any foreign tom, dick or harry who would have her . . . Mainly, the groping hands of China. Hands off Republican leadership, haven't you done enough?

    June 8, 2012 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  18. RepublicanTony

    What a sell out!

    June 8, 2012 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  19. artraveler

    Wow. What a follower!

    June 8, 2012 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  20. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It figures that he would only do that after most figure that Romney has the nomination locked up. I don't think he is a real enthuseastic Romney booster.

    June 8, 2012 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  21. Revolution 2012

    dont care what Rand thinks.
    RON PAUL 2012!!!

    June 8, 2012 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  22. PTBarnumboy

    You can't have too many raving maniacs on your side.

    June 8, 2012 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  23. sbssue1

    Rand could be the next VP.........

    June 8, 2012 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  24. Evangenital

    This is a very big news. I am so glad CNN is on top of things.

    June 8, 2012 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  25. TomNPitt

    This is a real game changer! Who'd ever think he would have gotten this backing.
    Of course, "Iran Paul's" other choices were Obama or not voting at all.

    June 8, 2012 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
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