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Romney Woos Senator Rand Paul
National Review ^ | 05/25/2012 | Robert Costa

Posted on 05/25/2012 6:00:16 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Sources close to Senator Rand Paul tell National Review Online that Paul and Mitt Romney had a private meeting on Wednesday. Details of the topics discussed are hazy, but Paul — the son of Texas congressman (and presidential candidate) Ron Paul — reportedly found the meeting productive.

The one-on-one conversation in the nation’s capital lasted 30 minutes. Sources say the tone was cordial but it wasn’t meant to be an exchange of pleasantries. The Kentucky Republican focused his questions on policy.

Senator Paul is one of the GOP’s rising stars. Many of his father’s followers are wary of Romney, the presumptive nominee. Ron Paul has slowed down his campaign in recent weeks, but tension between the party’s libertarian wing and Romney supporters remains.

For now, there’s no word from Paul World beyond that; no word on whether Romney sought an endorsement or brokered a deal regarding the Tampa convention. But it’s clear Romney is intent on wooing Senator Paul, who has been touted by his father’s aides as a potential presidential candidate down the road.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: randpaul; romney

1 posted on 05/25/2012 6:00:25 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

“My first name is strange than yours!”


2 posted on 05/25/2012 6:07:23 AM PDT by iowamark
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To: iowamark

“stranger”


3 posted on 05/25/2012 6:08:23 AM PDT by iowamark
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To: SeekAndFind
Can't stand his dad, but Rand would be a pretty darn good pick

My first choice, hands down, is Allen West.

4 posted on 05/25/2012 6:08:45 AM PDT by NE Cons (Huge Palin Fan. Was a Hard-Core Perry supporter. Now Hard-Core ABO)
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To: SeekAndFind

I have a dem friend at work who predicted this, that this was probably RP’s endgame with the delegate wars. He will love to hear about this.


5 posted on 05/25/2012 6:14:17 AM PDT by Springfield Reformer (Winston Churchill: No Peace Till Victory!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Ron Paul’s strategy is now crystal clear. All agreed???


6 posted on 05/25/2012 6:14:17 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

Yep.


7 posted on 05/25/2012 6:17:30 AM PDT by NoKoolAidforMe (I'm clinging to my God and my guns. You can keep the change.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Hopefully Rand gave Mitt some absolute terms if he wants his support, pre and post election.


8 posted on 05/25/2012 6:18:04 AM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Romney could do far worse than to pick Rand Paul as his VP.

Rand Paul is not shy about taking on Dem Senators, including Reid.

Wish the other GOP Senators had the same take.


9 posted on 05/25/2012 6:18:26 AM PDT by exit82 (Democrats are the enemies of freedom. Be Andrew Breitbart.)
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To: SeekAndFind

To the headline: of course he does, just firms up what’s been in the rumor mill for months.


10 posted on 05/25/2012 6:32:24 AM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: exit82

Rand Paul is excellent when it comes to fiscal and monetary policies.

But what about FOREIGN POLICY? My fear is he might be silent now but he could be as kookie as his dad.


11 posted on 05/25/2012 6:33:10 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

RE: Ron Paul’s strategy is now crystal clear. All agreed???

I found it quite strange that Ron Paul would attack guys like Ric Santorum and call him a fake during the debates but never ever attack Romney.


12 posted on 05/25/2012 6:34:50 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: SeekAndFind
But what about FOREIGN POLICY? My fear is he might be silent now but he could be as kookie as his dad.

Well on foreign policy he has already kept us out of World War Three once by refusing unanimous consent on Senator Rubio's attempt to get Georgia into NATO.

13 posted on 05/25/2012 6:40:55 AM PDT by NeoCaveman ("If I had a son he'd look like B.O.'s lunch" - Rin Tin Tin)
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To: SeekAndFind
If the guy on the right was as right as the guy on the left, I'd vote for him.

As it is, while Romney appears to be very practical with the human resources he relies upon, I can't help but wonder if picking Rand Paul is more to remove him and his influence from the Senate.

14 posted on 05/25/2012 6:43:20 AM PDT by GBA (To understand what is happing to America and why, read The Harbinger by Jonathan Cahn)
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To: SeekAndFind
But what about FOREIGN POLICY? My fear is he might be silent now but he could be as kookie as his dad.

Agree with you, BUT I fail to grasp the argument that we should never fix the fiscal and monetary policies and must compromise on them every single time when the choice is between a strong foreign policy and a strong economic policy.

Foreign policy can always be taken care of later. It is not possible to take care of the economy at a later date when we have become completely socialist. Once we are socialist, the foreign policy will get destroyed anyway.

15 posted on 05/25/2012 6:43:46 AM PDT by JimWayne
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

Yep...I’ve thought so for months.


16 posted on 05/25/2012 6:48:09 AM PDT by pgkdan (ANYBODY BUT OBAMA!)
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To: SeekAndFind

But what about FOREIGN POLICY? My fear is he might be silent now but he could be as kookie as his dad.”

Here are his policy positions, per www.ontheissues.org:

Rand Paul on Principles & Values

This election really is about the president’s agenda. (Oct 2010)
A career doctor, not a career politician. (Jul 2010)
Son of Rep. Ron Paul; endorsed by Sarah Palin. (Apr 2010)
Member of the Tea Party movement. (Aug 2010)

Rand Paul on Social Security

Raise the retirement age to deal with Baby Boomers. (Feb 2011)
Raise retirement age gradually; allow opting out. (Feb 2011)
I’ve never challenged constitutionality of Social Security. (Oct 2010)
Raise the retirement age for people under age 55. (Oct 2010)
Social Security is a Ponzi scheme. (Aug 2010)
Supports private retirement accounts. (Aug 2010)

Rand Paul on Tax Reform

Opposed to increasing taxes during recession. (Feb 2011)
Balanced budget amendment to pay to extend $4T Bush tax cuts. (Oct 2010)
Lower taxes encourage spending, saving, and investing. (Jul 2010)
Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes. (Aug 2010)
Supports flat-rate federal tax; opposes increased tax rates. (Aug 2010)
Adopt a single-rate tax system. (Jul 2010)
Repeal tax hikes in capital gains and death taxes. (Jul 2010)
Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)

Rand Paul on War & Peace

Opposed to Iraq War; no direct threat & no declared war. (Feb 2011)
Would have voted against a declaration of war against Iraq. (Feb 2010)


17 posted on 05/25/2012 7:07:27 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Buying Drain-O requires photo I.D... yet voting doesn't???)
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To: SeekAndFind

Two white men on the ticket? I doubt it, unless Romney’s people are even dumber than I thought.


18 posted on 05/25/2012 7:09:33 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: SeekAndFind

One thing is for sure. Rand is assertive enough that he’d insist his policy positions have a prominent place in a Romney Administration. This is a guy who stands his ground rather tenaciously.


19 posted on 05/25/2012 7:09:58 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Buying Drain-O requires photo I.D... yet voting doesn't???)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

All agreed.

Of course, Romney’s not nearly desperate enough to have to take a libertarian tea partier like Rand onto his RINO GOPe ticket, but I’m sure the niceties were performed on whatever goodies the Pauls are extracting from him.


20 posted on 05/25/2012 7:12:17 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: SeekAndFind

All this said on this thread aside, I can only see Romney going with bland and vanilla. Watch for Sen. John Thune, SD.


21 posted on 05/25/2012 7:12:26 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Buying Drain-O requires photo I.D... yet voting doesn't???)
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To: ScottinVA

Re: my previous post... Thune would constitute bland and vanilla, but would be a capable VP... leagues better than the buffoon sitting in that seat now.


22 posted on 05/25/2012 7:14:02 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Buying Drain-O requires photo I.D... yet voting doesn't???)
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To: ScottinVA
One thing is for sure. Rand is assertive enough that he’d insist his policy positions have a prominent place in a Romney Administration. This is a guy who stands his ground rather tenaciously.

He can 'insist' all he wants, but unless there is a tie in the Senate the VP is powerless.

I don't think Romney is talking to him about VP, and I'd be surprised if Paul bailed on the Senate in his first term for VP or a cabinet post.

My guess is that this meeting has everything to do with defusing a blow up between Paul and Romney delegates at the convention. I'm sure they want to get most things agreed to before the platform planks are brought up for vote to avoid giving the press a field day (week) on dissension in GOP ranks.

23 posted on 05/25/2012 7:17:32 AM PDT by Gunslingr3
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To: Bigg Red

RE: Two white men on the ticket? I doubt it, unless Romney’s people are even dumber than I thought.

OK, who do you have in mind?

Marco Rubio will be considered a “White Hispanic” in the mould of that other Floridian, George Zimmerman.

Herman Cain? Do we really want Gloria Allred and these group of women distracting us again?

Let’s forget the color of a candidate’s skin and focus on what matters -— POLICY, INTEGRITY and COMPETENCE.


24 posted on 05/25/2012 7:21:22 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: ScottinVA

RE:

Opposed to Iraq War; no direct threat & no declared war. (Feb 2011)

Would have voted against a declaration of war against Iraq. (Feb 2010)

____________________

No mention of Afghanistan?

Would he have rallied the nation to fight the Taliban?

Would he have ordered the killing of Bin Ladin in Pakistan? (our so-called “ally”?)


25 posted on 05/25/2012 7:24:53 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: Gunslingr3
He can 'insist' all he wants, but unless there is a tie in the Senate the VP is powerless.

I agree the VP has virtually no power beyond tie-breaking. However, the potential VP selectee has some measure of power, because he/she can require the nominee to adopt some of his/her policy positions before agreeing to become the running mate.

26 posted on 05/25/2012 7:50:12 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Buying Drain-O requires photo I.D... yet voting doesn't???)
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To: SeekAndFind

I do not know about his take on foreign policy, but as VP he would have a limited role there, and would not be responsible as the President would be for directing it.

After our sixty years of getting involved in military adventures and then not finishing the job, We need to think very long and hard before committing troops to any foreign endeavor.

The present Dem Senators, including John McCain(yes—I mean that) are entirely too trigger happy.


27 posted on 05/25/2012 7:50:57 AM PDT by exit82 (Democrats are the enemies of freedom. Be Andrew Breitbart.)
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To: NE Cons
Can't stand his dad, but Rand would be a pretty darn good pick My first choice, hands down, is Allen West.

Full agreement on both counts.

28 posted on 05/25/2012 9:01:35 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: JimWayne

“Foreign policy can always be taken care of later.”

The USA was essentially non-interventionist (Ron Paulish) during the 1930s and early 1940s while Japan and Germany felt free to invade, expand and terrorize.

Yes, foreign policy got taken care of later, but at what additional cost in American lives?


29 posted on 05/25/2012 10:07:53 AM PDT by truth_seeker
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To: NeoCaveman

WWIII? How do you figure that?


30 posted on 05/25/2012 10:23:04 AM PDT by ansel12
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To: ansel12

Russia can’t be counted on to be passive if we took such an aggressive action, (From their perspective of course)


31 posted on 05/25/2012 10:55:57 AM PDT by NeoCaveman ("If I had a son he'd look like B.O.'s lunch" - Rin Tin Tin)
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To: NeoCaveman

What does Russia and NATO have to do with a World War? Nothing.

Do you think the Soviet Empire and it’s alliances and it’s power, and it’s global reach and influence still exists?


32 posted on 05/25/2012 11:31:37 AM PDT by ansel12
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To: truth_seeker
The USA was essentially non-interventionist (Ron Paulish) during the 1930s and early 1940s while Japan and Germany felt free to invade, expand and terrorize.

Sure, blame America first for not meddling in the squabbles of the Old World.

33 posted on 05/25/2012 11:36:47 AM PDT by NeoCaveman ("If I had a son he'd look like B.O.'s lunch" - Rin Tin Tin)
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To: truth_seeker
The USA was essentially non-interventionist (Ron Paulish) during the 1930s and early 1940s while Japan and Germany felt free to invade, expand and terrorize.

There is a difference between prioritizing your work and fixing the economy first and ignoring real threats as you point out. You need to stop living in constant fear and seek security in socialist rule. With your mindset, the economy never gets fixed because you are too terrified to fix the economy.

34 posted on 05/25/2012 1:01:50 PM PDT by JimWayne
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To: NeoCaveman

In truth, I’m an olde fashioned Reagan conservative, and he advised “Peace through Strength” and it worked.

So in my educated opinion, the US was wrong (and vulnerable) by disarming in the 1930s, and would be wrong in the future to disengage from our powerful leadership role.


35 posted on 05/25/2012 2:13:01 PM PDT by truth_seeker
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To: JimWayne

In truth, I’m an olde fashioned Reagan conservative, and he advised “Peace through Strength” and it worked.

So in my educated opinion, the US was wrong (and vulnerable) by disarming in the 1930s, and would be wrong in the future to disengage from our powerful leadership role.


36 posted on 05/25/2012 2:16:02 PM PDT by truth_seeker
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To: SeekAndFind

Let’s forget the color of a candidate’s skin and focus on what matters -— POLICY, INTEGRITY and COMPETENCE.

&&&
Oh, how I wish it were that simple. For conservatives like us, it is, but, unfortunately, there are voters who focus on factors such as race in making their choice.

My pick? Allen West. It’s a win-win; we thinkers get what matters, a man with integrity and competence who understands and respects our Constitution, and the superficial voters get a person of color to vote for.


37 posted on 05/25/2012 5:17:42 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Rand Paul is among several Tea Party types who would be excellent choices as running mate, and Allen West would be another. Let’s hope Romney has the good sense and ideological bent to pick one of them.

But, personally, it would be hard for me to ignore Allen West.


38 posted on 05/28/2012 5:09:53 PM PDT by izzatzo (Just beat Obama.)
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