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

    If Romney ............(Hmm! I reserve my comment until Romney makes his pick)!

    June 8, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  2. Anonymous

    It's one thing for what might well be a future President of the United States to lie his way into the White House - and let's be clear here - there are very few Americans who don't know Romney is lying every time he opens his mouth, but for a major news organization to become head cheerleader for those lies is a good indication of why America is where it is today politically.

    Shame, shame, CNN. Why fault America for what is happening within your own internal political power struggle by printing one article after another filled with bias and untruthful reporting? First FOX ... now CNN. Doubt me? Read the today's headline articles.

    Sorry, but I for one am done playing the Tea Party shuffle at CNN.

    June 8, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  3. PittUSMC

    This is very disappointing. As a Ron Paul supporter and proponent of real change from our phony two-party corporate owned establishment, I has considered Rand Paul geniune. As soon as I read this, I unsubscribed from the Campaign for Liberty newsletter and will no longer support Rand Paul. I would still vote for his father, but this will likely push me completely to the Libertarian Party. I am very conservative, but the Republican Party is just a warmongering big spending party as much as the Dems are a welfare big spending party. $16 Trillion in debt! Romney is NOT the answer.

    June 8, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  4. Joe

    Republican endorses Republican candidate is a Big Endorsement now? What's next, "Obama's huge endorsement: Nancy Pelosi"?

    June 8, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Boy i bet you Romney never thought he'd see the day when his own politcal brethren would STOP holding their noses, and turning their backs on him whenever he happenned into their midst.
    One of the biggest political outsiders, bigger than Ron Paul even, has been MADE into the Golden Child of the very Party who shunned him and his many millions until just 1 year ago.
    It's gotta make you at least stop and wonder, has he really changed that much to be so accepted? Or more than likely was he the MOST willing to denigrade himself into the most pliable poltical pansy they could purchase in order to achieve his dream of having a shot at the Oval Office?
    Obama 2012. Think America.....and remember.

    June 8, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  6. mark

    None of these endorsements mean anything to me, I will vote however I choose.

    June 8, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  7. honeybee

    Rand, don't forget who you are endorsing – the flip-flopping flim-flam man. Just because you think he shares similar values now, doesn't mean he will in the future if it becomes politically unpopular. And if you think that your endorsement of Romney will bring your father's supporters to vote for Romney, think again. Most of us view your endorsement as a betrayal of the man we respect and love.

    June 8, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  8. Ken in MD

    Who cares?

    June 8, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  9. zisee

    Good job Paul, now I know you are smart for endorsing Romney. You rule.

    June 8, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  10. Martha in CF

    And why is this news!!!!!!

    June 8, 2012 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  11. Jimm

    This is a big endorsement?

    June 8, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  12. ciabella23

    Romney - had said he would promise Rand some personal consideration and possibly some position, if Ron Paul were to drop out and have Rand "endorse him".....more than money trading ensure Ron Pauls debt for his campaign get paid off...

    June 8, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  13. carlos

    and who is r. paul........a NOBODY like the one he has ENDORSED

    June 8, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  14. Jill

    Big endorsement? You are being sarcastic, right?

    June 8, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  15. good

    tea party sell out.

    June 8, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  16. Lynda/Minnesota


    This is a big endorsement?

    Yeah, well, "Aqua Bubba" can't be too careful who he endorses and now that his dad is out of the picture who was left for him TO endorse? Let's face it, it's not as if Romney hasn't already won the GOP nomination so this isn't exactly breaking news, is it?

    June 8, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  17. 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!

    June 8, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  18. Bristol

    Based on the story headline, I thought this was going to be a meaningful endorsement.....from, say, Joe the Plumber?

    June 8, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  19. Irene Clark

    Good for Rand! He fights the Democratic led Senate every day and knows that Obama could have sent an email to Reid rather than give a speech, since Reid is the man who sits on, tables Job bills. But wait, Obama is now blaming Europe for his failures. Guess he thinks they'll lose sleep over his dribbling lies.

    June 8, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  20. GonzoinHouston

    Rand has just betrayed both the Tea Party and his own father. Wonder what his price was?

    June 8, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  21. Roadrunner2

    Big deal. (yawn)

    June 8, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  22. ZoeyJ

    YAWN..........CNN must be hard up for news......who cares.......The 99% will support Obama, the news media LOVES TO SELL the drama of polls, opinions, etc..........anything to insight fear and debate.
    OBAMA 2012

    June 8, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  23. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Rand Paul must be one of the Communist in Washington that Alan West was talking about because he denounces everything in History and that may also include the Holocaust. Go back to your medical practice Rand, you'll never be President.

    June 8, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  24. rs

    There's a shock!

    June 8, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  25. steven harnack

    And ,in other breathtaking news, today is Friday. Did anyone think that the Pauls were going to vote for President Obama, thereby standing up for what they SAY that they believe in? No, they're going to vote for the huge military, war mongering guy.

    June 8, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
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