June 19th, 2012
05:50 PM ET
10 years ago

Ron Paul: 'No way' on being ready to endorse Romney

(CNN) – While his son came out in support for Mitt Romney last week, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas said Tuesday he won't be following suit.

"No. Not ready. No way," Paul said on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer" when asked if he was ready to endorse Romney.

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In May, the congressman decided to end his active campaigning for president, though he still technically remains a presidential candidate.

His son, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, caused a stir nearly two weeks ago among some of his father's diehard supporters when he announced he was backing the presumptive GOP presidential nominee–a candidate whose more moderate Republican platform contrasts with several of the libertarian ideas championed by Sen. Paul and his father.

While Rep. Paul acknowledged on Tuesday that Romney would become the nominee, he argued the candidate "doesn't have control of the hearts and minds of the people" and gave no hint that he would stand behind Romney at the Republican National Convention in August.

"What's he going to achieve? I think it's legitimate for us to continue the debate. I know they don't want the debate at the convention; everything has to be smooth and proper," Paul said.

He added that as a taxpayer, he helps pay for the conventions-or what he called "grand parties"-and therefore has a right to push his own message at the event.

In recent months, Paul supporters have aggressively made waves at state conventions in order to shore up more delegates for Paul at the national convention.

"I'd like to have these conventions mean something and continue the debate and decide what we as a party actually believe in," Paul said.

The congressman also did little to shoot down a lawsuit spearheaded by his supporters against the Republican National Committee.

The suit, CNN has learned, argues that the party's "binding delegate" rule–in which delegates in some states are required to vote for their primary's winner–violates federal law and impedes on delegates' "Constitutional right to vote their conscience" in Tampa.

Responding to the claim, the RNC has dismissed the suit as "frivolous."

While Paul, himself, is not involved in the lawsuit, he said he encouraged his supporters to stand up for themselves and their cause if they feel cheated against.

"If they have a legitimate argument that they can make and that's what they want to do, I'm not going to say 'Don't do it'," he said.

- CNN Political Reporter Peter Hamby contributed to this report

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Ron Paul
soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. Cam

    Thanks Dr. Paul.

    June 19, 2012 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  2. Dustin

    Ron Paul 2012!

    June 19, 2012 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |

    He's winking and nodding to his Paulbots as they plan to gut Mitt McCain in Tampa.

    June 19, 2012 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  4. J.V.Hodgson

    Well,well, some division in the ranks still. I think he Paul has a point in so far as Romneys position on some key matters remains really unclear, and still capable of flip flopping.
    Good for him and frankly his party as well.

    June 19, 2012 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  5. J parker

    Good for you Paul, Im glad to see you standing behind the people that have worked so hard for you and the liberty movement. Glad you are not planning on endorsing romney. He is not what this country needs.

    June 19, 2012 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  6. The GOP needs to pack up and leave

    No one can legally endorse Romney because he hasn't shown anyone his birth certificate yet. Why aren't the GOPers standing on their head about that and screaming for him to do so? He's no eligible, so he can't run for office. The GOP are hitching their wagons to him, so now what? He's not eligible, so he can't run for president. He can't be president. That just goes to show that the GOP are still as clueless as they've always been.

    June 19, 2012 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  7. Marie MD

    One thing you have to say about paul (not his son though) is that at least he can be truthful. Nobody in the teapublikkan party is ready to endorse the bishop.
    They are stuck with him but they stay together for the children in spite of what a horrible candidate this guy is.
    He ran for governor because he wanted some government experience. Now he is running on being a businessman and he wants us to forget bain and the job losses and the jobs sent overseas to India. It's NOT going to happen.

    June 19, 2012 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  8. The Funky Truth

    There is war on for your mind, the GOP/Tea Party wants to lower the standard of living for America to match Central and South America immigrants, thats why the borders are open. They will control the masses with drones, TV (mind control, the power of suggesstion), laws that take awy your rights, no Unions, no worker rights. Welfare for Corporations, not people.

    June 19, 2012 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  9. Larry L

    Paul may be the only Republican candidate with any measurable level of true ideology. I don't agree with his extreme Libertarian platform, but unlike Romney, Paul would at least tell the people what he believes in. Romney flip-flops on every issue but never actually says what he would really do. He never says anything except he is "against" everything done by President Obama. That's not a platform – that's a spoiled preppy.

    June 19, 2012 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  10. krp

    Unfortunately, he did not say that Romney would be the nominee; he only said that Romney appears to have the delegates. He still has to milk more contribution from his PaulRats.

    As far as this lawsuit that the PaulRats are running. What do they hope to accomplish?

    First of all, the Republican Party is a private entity, It can choose to run its primaries and its conventions any way that it wants.
    Second of all, there is nothing in the Constitution about parties, delegates and conventions, so any claim that their Constitutional rights are violated, it total hogwash.
    Third of all, and most important, if, IF the case is heard at all, it will be heard by either a Democrat judge or a Republican judge. These are people that say that the two parties are the same and in their paranoia they think that both parties are attacking their candidate, so how could they possibly accept that any Federal judge would rule in their favor. It would destroy their delusion.

    If they face a GOP judge, he would obviously tell them that they had the chose to be delegates or not and follow the rules of the state that they were in.
    If they have a Democrat judge, and he rules in their favor, then it would prove what I have been saying all alone, that Ron Paul would be the easiest GOP candidate for Obama to defeat, and the Democrat judge would rule however it would be that would cause the most disruption at the convention

    June 19, 2012 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  11. Cassie Gilmore

    Go Ron Paul!!! That's right, Romney doesn't have the hearts and minds of the people. Many Romney delegates are Paul people, or liberty loving people. I CANNOT WAIT UNTIL TAMPA!

    June 19, 2012 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  12. RonPaulFTW

    Ron Paul is BOSS!! "No way!" to Romney! We have the right as taxpayers to delegate what goes on in these conventions Democrat or Republican!

    June 19, 2012 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  13. Squigman

    Intelligent. Something the American people look down on, regardless of race creed or origin is intelligence.

    June 19, 2012 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  14. rkm

    Romney will get no free ticket...he is going to have to make a huge commitment. As of now, he still is not fit for my vote. Only Ron Paul get my vote.

    June 19, 2012 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  15. Garrett

    Go, Ron Paul. There has been so much controversy over this campaign and let it be known to all the people that have already chosen Romney or Obama in their heads: They're the same candidate. It doesn't matter which one you vote for. It doesn't matter which one wins. Everything will remain the same where our country gets more and more broke each year and things don't get any better. That's not an opinion either. A vote for Ron Paul is a vote for freedom; to replenish this country; to get things back on track. So what's it gonna be?

    June 19, 2012 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  16. WhereIsPalin

    Paul should fade away and his followers should get a good grip on reality.

    June 19, 2012 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  17. jeffrey rice


    June 19, 2012 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  18. GonzoinHouston

    Ron Paul is starting to look a lot like the Ralph Nader of the right. He hasn't gone third party yet, but at the rate he's going, he is still going to cost Romney 1-2% in November, and if that happens in a battleground state, well, remember Nader in Florida in 2000

    June 19, 2012 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  19. Ins1te

    Who could support Mr. Etch-A-Sketch?

    June 19, 2012 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  20. Cade

    It would not be surprising for the philosophically/politically/logically/Constitutionally consistent Ron Paul to not endorse Mitt Romney. Ron Paul did not endorse McCain back in 2008 and McCain had a much stronger delegate presence (~1500) than Romney and Ron Paul was much weaker than now (~ 30 delegates). Now that Ron Paul is a much stronger candidate than four years ago (at least ~ 245 delegates), even against Obama, it would be expected for Ron Paul to "step up to the plate" and further champion the cause of liberty. Ron Paul's platform crosses the political divide (independents, democrats, republicans) in a favorable way that the Obama and Romney platforms do not.

    June 19, 2012 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  21. Wesley

    Nothing like a congressman with a spine, thank you Dr. Paul for clearing the air.

    June 20, 2012 05:09 am at 5:09 am |
  22. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Pul's supporters are trying to take "The Memo" to court.
    Brave souls.
    Good luck with that.

    June 20, 2012 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  23. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Correction: "Paul's supporters are trying to take "The Memo" to court.

    June 20, 2012 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  24. Dwight Mann

    God Bless Ron Paul, and the USA. Whats left of it. . .

    June 20, 2012 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  25. v_mag

    A Paul third party candidacy would pull Obama supporters, too. Frankly, I would vote for him in Texas just to try and keep Rob-money from winning. A vote for Obama in Texas is worthless, as it will not add a single vote to anything but the "popular vote", which does nothing to elect a president.

    In fact, no vote in Texas is meaningful, unless it is a protest vote. The outcome of presidential voting in Texas is already known, and it is amazing to me that they even bother to hold the presidential election here. Why don't they only hold the presidential election in the so-called "swing states", since that is where the election will be decided?

    Why keep the pretense that voting matters anywhere else? Why is everyone not up in arms about the electoral college? It changed history in 2000 and led to 2 meaningless wars and the Great Recession, but nobody even talks about it.

    June 20, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
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