Romney campaign to air Ron Paul tribute during convention
August 24th, 2012
10:30 AM ET
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Romney campaign to air Ron Paul tribute during convention

Tampa, Florida (CNN) - Mitt Romney's presidential campaign said Friday that they plan to air a video tribute to Rep. Ron Paul, his former Republican primary rival, during the second night of the Republican National Convention.

The olive branch from the Romney team comes after months of grassroots organizing by Paul's fiercely loyal supporters, some of whom had hoped to nominate the libertarian-leaning congressman on the convention floor.

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In a briefing with reporters, a Romney adviser said the Paul tribute on Tuesday will feature "several of his colleagues" who will "give testimony to his principles and his dedication to America."

The Romney adviser said the idea came from Paul advisers who approached the campaign.

"We said absolutely," the Romney adviser said. "Gov. Romney and Congressman Paul, while they certainly disagree on many issues, they have always have had, if you watched the debates this year, you have seen a lot of mutual respect between the two of them."

The Romney adviser said they feel they are in "a good place" with the Paul team. The adviser also noted that Paul's son, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, is slated to speak on Monday night of the convention.

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soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    Anything for a vote.

    Romney treated Ron Paul like a insignificant human being during the primary. Now he honers him .


    August 24, 2012 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  2. Randy, San Francisco

    This tribute is a meaningless display of pandering to Paul supporters in the political theater of the absurd.

    August 24, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  3. The Other Dale

    The tribute will feature Paul bringing back a ball that Romney had thrown out into a field. Good doggie, Ron, good doggie.

    Oh, look, a chance to hear his insane, idiot son Rand speak. Yay!

    August 24, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  4. Four and The Door

    Ron Paul has given an excellent delivery of a great message for America, especially as we have watched the federal government become so wrapped up in political decisions and values so different than those the country was founded on.

    August 24, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    After trashing Paul and his delegates, this is an act as shallow as the North Platte River. Shame on Mittens and his running mate, Ayn Ryan.

    August 24, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  6. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    So, after denying anything and everything they could for Ron Paul, they throw him this little thing? Really, that is the best that they can do? They could have let him win one state like Maine. This is all they could muster? The money that has been raised for them speaks volumes to their arrogance and greed. This is one time I wish Ron Paul could have won more.

    August 24, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    I will not forget Ron Paul's debate reply to Wolf Blitzer on the issue of health care for someone who couldn't afford it. Paul suggested that the person should go to their local church and speak to their pastor about conducting a fund raising drive. That's pretty hard to do when you are flat on your back with a terminal illness.

    August 24, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  8. Woman In California

    It sounds like Ron Paul is trying to become a part of the awful (I hate to think about it), Romney administration. While I don't support RP, I do think he's a far better person inside than Willard, but then again, that doesn't say much does it?

    August 24, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  9. Edmond J. Chevalier

    Why a special video re. Ron Paul. It is no sustitute for Dr. Paul speaking to the convention which he could have easily done if last minute rule changes had not been used to disrupt sincere delegate positions.

    August 24, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  10. Liberty Brad

    Let Ron speak at the RNC! He has done more to grow the party than any Republican in the past twenty years.

    August 24, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  11. Brett Knueven

    Ok. So we are just supposed to forget about the massive election fraud because they are putting a tribute together? Am I supposed to set aside the fact that Romney is in favor of the Patriot Act (i.e. No 4th amendment), NDAA (No 6th Amendment), government bailouts of failed private institutions, he is the author of Obamacare, he flip flops on issues depending on who he is talking to. Mitt Romney has no idea what is in the Constitution, he would have to consult his lawyers. We need to stop looking for government to solve our problems. They are the problem. They should be as small as possible.

    August 24, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  12. eric

    What................. The GOP will do anything to shut up Ron Paul. However cnn and every other biest news channels have done the same to Mr. Paul. Anyone with the idea of changing the tax system and who's against our foreighn policy will never get as much coverage has the other candidate who doesn't want to change anything.

    August 24, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  13. Pander Bear

    Any Ron Paul supporter who switches their allegiance to Romney is a complete tool. It means they've been lying since the beginning.

    August 24, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Hell, I'll say it: It looks like the Libertarian has turned out to be just another sell-out.
    I guess he figured he's too old for another run so he might as well fall in line with the rest of the sellouts of Party First.

    August 24, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  15. @OmegaRaiel

    If Ron Paul was principled, he wouldn't endorse Romney.

    August 24, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  16. DIANA

    Nothing to see here, more pandering. Now pandering to Ron Paul supporters because they're scared of them.

    August 24, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |

    Yup, Mitt Romney absolutely positively PANDERS to EVERYBODY whom he thinks can help him. The ONLY reason he's doing the tribute is to get Paul's delegates. Plus, he's pulling a fast 1 by having the vote on Monday the first day of the convention so Ron Paul's supporters can't voice their opinions. If he'll SCREW the GOP, he'll SCREW the USA.

    August 24, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  18. Hahahahahahahha

    I'll bet that Romney and Ryan worship that same "Owl Statue" that the illuminati Bush family worship. Google it!!! It's hilarious!! Hahahahahahaha

    August 24, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  19. The GOP Voucher Plan will include a "Legalize Euthanasia" clause and a free gun to commit suicide

    The old people will need it when their health care dollars run out.

    August 24, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  20. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I wonder what all was involved in his "out of court" settlement with the Koch brothers/anonymous corporations/Addelson/Romeny campaign?
    What comprised Paul's "30 pieces of silver"?
    I must say that he held out brilliantly unlike all the others: Newt, Cain, Perry, Santorum et al. All were told to "shut up, sit down and not move" by the GOP puppet masters and they quickly complied, probably out of political fear and/or for peanuts.
    Did you arrange for your crazy son to be given a more meaningful place within the dysfunctional Party?
    Good for you Paul.... (?)! Not.

    August 24, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  21. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Four and The Door

    Ron Paul has given an excellent delivery of a great message for America,
    Yeah, yeah, blah, blah, blah.............He SOLD OUT just like all the other ones you hung your weak hopes on. It just took him a little longer to work out the settlement details.
    Embrace it. Live with it. And ultimately in your typical fashion: LIE AND SPIN IT.
    It doesn't change the truth.

    August 24, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  22. Say No to Willard Romney Hood and Personhood Ann Ryand

    A laughable pandering exercise, predictable and par for the course for Whining Wimpy Wee Willy Romney and his boy blunder Paula Lyin Ryan.

    August 24, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |

    Ron Paul sold out!
    Vote OBAMA Now!

    August 24, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  24. myviewis

    Ron Paul is doing a Hillary Clinton, first she trashed Obama than she went to work for the Obama administration.

    August 24, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  25. larry

    I use to be a Republican, This year I saw the light and switched over to Dr. Paul. I will be voting for Gary Johnson if anyone this election.

    August 24, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |