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. bbrooker88

    Oh really?? I thought for sure the face of the tea party in congress would endorse Obama!

    June 8, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  2. California Gary

    Add one more "nut case" for Romney to the list. Can't you just picture what a Romney cabinet would look like? Rand Paul, Newt, Trump, Walker, and the rest of the GOP hot shots sitting around a table deciding our fate........that's the stuff of nightmares.

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

    Funny how this anti-semetic man get's named after a jewish libertarian who went on to collect Social Security. The world is chock full of hypocrisy

    June 8, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  4. ART

    Its good to see people who back a losing horse in any race

    June 8, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  5. Allison

    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.
    Well obviously they didn't finish the job, did they?? BTW, what are you people going to do when Obama loses, will you also be unemployeed along with him? From the looks of all of your continuous post for the past several years, you work for his administration. Fortunately for you and you other cohorts, Romney will be better for jobs and the economy than the current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania St. so maybe you will be able to find gainful work outside of trolling. BTW, GO WALKER!!! I know that had to hurt..

    June 8, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  6. wgf

    What a disappointment. I thought for sure he would endorse Obama. ;>)

    June 8, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  7. sonnie3

    Good for Rand, He is one of the few with common sense for the good of America

    June 8, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  8. AEK

    Although I disagreed with the group of Republicans who were running against Mr. Romney in many ways, they were at least honest to their principles and dedicated to their individual platforms. The fact that most of them are now endorsing the man they vilified constantly during the primaries is a little disconcerting. But, after making Mr. Romney out to be exactly what he has morphed into must be very distressing for the honest ones.

    June 8, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  9. scoto

    Another brainless clown who should go get a proper job.

    June 8, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  10. Eddie The Barber

    Rand Paul – a one issue senator endorsing a one issue presidential nominee – Cut Taxes, Cut Taxes, Cut Taxes.

    So you had a bad car accident – lots of trauma – broken bones, external and internal bleeding and more pain than you've ever had to endure. And you're in intensive care and you get a little better after round the clock care and feeding over several weeks and after awhile you're just about off life support but you've gone from critical to only guarded condition and suddenly you're doctor comes along and advises you to go on a strict diet and start training for a marathon. Does that make any sense? So why is it that the Romneys and Pauls and Ryans are telling us to do the same with an economy that's just barely and recently made it off life support? Why, when the economy is still in the hospital do they think it's time for something strenuous ? And how will cutting taxes (mostly for the well off) and drastically decreasing spending (mostly for the not so well off) make this patient better (jobs)? I just don't see the connection. What I do see is a power grab based on stupid ideology – and then the patient is headed right back to the trauma center and soon will be headed for the morgue. Tax cuts and reductions on government spending are better left for times of prosperity – but not now. The patient is still too sick to run a marathon – it will certainly kill him.

    June 8, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |

    Can not wait until Mitt Romney becomes our President this November and get this loser out of the White House. Barack Obama is getting worse by the day. The private sector is doing well, really.

    June 8, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  12. Leroy

    Senator Rand Paul's accomplishments since taking office: ZERO

    June 8, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  13. Jim Hahn

    Like he was going to support Obama. This is hardly a BIG endorsement. It's kind of like Palin endorsing Bachmann. Hardly worth mentioning in the National police blotter.

    June 8, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  14. pellz

    I wish I could believe Romney would increase liberty and decrease government, but in reality I don't think he's any different or better than Obama.

    June 8, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  15. Tree

    Tell me why Romey will be a better fit ? Romeny can't explain why himself. Some of you are foolish going to bed with Unfit Mitt he does not care about you. He will say anything for a VOTE, some of you will go for it. Ask yourself what would Mitt bring to the table is he really for you?........remember this he is for the RYAN'S plan............ HELL no he is for the weathly and if you are not in that class you are SOL. I can't believe that people are falling for this. If he is voted in America you get what you get nothing...........

    June 8, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  16. shannon g

    Wow, a big endorsement. One fool supporting another fool, what's

    June 8, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  17. don in albuquerque

    And just what has Mr. Rand accomplished in office. Zip, nada, zero. Just like a good tea pottyer. Want Mitt for your prez? The economy will go ahead and finish tanking within six months. Enjoy that bread line and remind yourself how great the GOP do-nothing congress was. Yeah but we got that black guy didn't we. Destroyed the whole nation but we did it. Pathetic.

    June 8, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  18. Romney is not My Hero

    Really? Well this news just made my day!!! – NOT! I don't care what this clown thinks.

    OBAMA 2012!

    June 8, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  19. Gurgyl

    Very nasty idiot lacks brain!!!!

    June 8, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  20. A True Conservative

    Seeing the left come apart at the seams is so amusing.....

    June 8, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  21. Gina

    Given this nut's acting out at the airport, alexithymic Mitt might think twice about accepting his endorsement.

    June 8, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  22. Mark in Seattle

    Will mittens be sporting Rand's silly looking do soon. Republicans.....gotta dislike em.

    June 8, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  23. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Allison, Allison, Allison argumentum ad hominem, grasping at straws with a healthy dash of desperation, back-pedalling, and "I know you are but what am I" thrown in for good measure, that pretty much sums up your last post.
    I'm sorry I wasted my time responding to your first post.

    June 8, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  24. Maltheus

    Unfortunately, this will destroy his father's legacy as well. I know many hard core Paul supporters and delegates who are now done with him and regret their support. We should have backed Johnson from the beginning.

    June 8, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  25. Delusional Democrats Whining Crying Blaming, My Dream Has Come True

    Leroy - Senator Rand Paul's accomplishments since taking office: ZERO
    Democrats and Harry Reid control the Senate. They have shut it down for TWO YEARS now. 30, 40 50 bills sitting there, not brought to a vote, not discussed, not debated, not brought to conference. No budget passed in over 3 years. But he WILL be able to get something done once the Democrats get tossed in November so stay tuned.

    June 8, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
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