For Romney & Paul, A Strategic Alliance Between Establishment & Outsider...

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    RENO, NEV. — The remaining candidates in the winnowed Republican presidential field are attacking one another with abandon, each day bringing fresh headlines of accusations and outrage.

    But Mitt Romney and Ron Paul haven’t laid a hand on each other.

    They never do.

    Despite deep differences on a range of issues, Romney and Paul became friends in 2008, the last time both ran for president. So did their wives, Ann Romney and Carol Paul. The former Massachusetts governor compliments the Texas congressman during debates, praising Paul’s religious faith during the last one, in Jacksonville, Fla. Immediately afterward, as is often the case, the Pauls and the Romneys gravitated toward one another to say hello.

    The Romney-Paul alliance is more than a curious connection. It is a strategic partnership: for Paul, an opportunity to gain a seat at the table if his long-shot bid for the presidency fails; for Romney, a chance to gain support from one of the most vibrant subgroups within the Republican Party.

    “It would be very foolish for anybody in the Republican Party to dismiss a very real constituency,” said one senior GOP aide in Washington who is familiar with both camps. “Ron Paul plays a very valuable part in the process and brings a lot of voters toward the Republican Party and ultimately into the voting booth, and that’s something that can’t be ignored.”

    To ensure that they are heard — not just now but after Election Day, too — Paul and his followers are working to gain a permanent foothold in the Republican Party nationwide. One state at a time, Paul’s supporters are seating themselves at county committee meetings, and standing for election as state officers and convention delegates, to make sure their candidate’s libertarian vision is taken into account. The goal is a lasting voice for an army of outsiders that has long felt ignored and sees the nation headed toward ruin if things don’t change.

    That is just fine with the Romney campaign, which would be happy to bring Paul’s constituency — perhaps the most intense and loyal in the country — into the fold.


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    Romney's playing this one smart. The other candidates have thoroughly alientated Ron Paul and his supporters. But Romney has not engaged in that. Could be a brilliant calculation on his part. He's really gonna need Ron Paul's supporters come November.
     
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    I keep sayin' that Dr. Paul is staying in so he can trade his delegates to get Rand in the VP slot.

    Mark it down.
     
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    Very interesting assessment. Something to chew on for sure. Thanks.
     
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    That might be a really smart move on Romney's part. He would win over the tea party peeps as well as a lot of Ron Paul supporters. I can't get past the NDAA thing though. Would you vote for a Romney Rand Paul ticket Oddball?
     
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    Paul is not a threat to anyone.
     
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    Probably not....That smarmy shoe salesman from Utah is still at the top of the ticket.

    But I can't speak for all the noobs to the process, who aren't anywhere near as jaded as I am.
     
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    You're a fool to think that snubbing him would have any effect other than bad upon the GOP.

    Are you really so short-sighted as to want to run off all those potential voters?
     
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    Having a Paul at VP sounds nice, it would get the fiscal responsibility and small gov't conservatism message a loud platform.


    But wouldn't change the machine that is the gov'ts facist style of buddying up with certain corps, warmongering, spending, etc. Frankly, nothing will, we're passed the point of no return.


    I wouldn't vote for that ticket.
     
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    Another McCain- Palin moment any attempt at that and Paul will lose support.
     

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