h/t Vision to America
After Wednesday night’s debate, in which Ron Paul and Mitt Romney repeatedly attacked Rick Santorum over his 16-year record in Congress, the former US Senator for Pennsylvania hinted that something nefarious was going on.
“You have to ask Congressman Paul and Governor Romney what they’ve got going together,” Santorum told reporters in the spin room in Mesa, Arizona. “Their commercials look a lot alike and so do their attacks.”
Santorum’s top strategist John Brabender went even further, charging that the two men had “joined forces” and were coordinating attacks against his man
“Clearly there’s a tag team strategy between Ron Paul and Mitt Romney. For all I know, Mitt Romney might be considering Ron Paul as his running mate. Clearly there is now an alliance between those two and you saw that certainly in the debate.”
The was also coordination in their attack ads, he charged. “Ron Paul for all practical purposes has pulled out of Michigan. Correct? Where’s he running negative ads against Rick Santorum? Michigan.
Interesting side note on this, neither camp has made a denial. Yesterday on the Dr. Gina show, she asked RP fans ( many listeners are Paulites) would you STILL vote for RP if he ran with Mitt, when his policies are the antithesis to Romney’s. Well, the lack of patriotism from them on supporting ‘whoever’ the candidate will be, was absent when this query came up.
First reaction was RP would ‘never’ do that. Then it became divided at 50/50, some saying they could not, many saying they would. I have asked this very question to a few Paulites I know. The best response I got was the left’s diversionary tactic of RP would be cheated out of the nomination and no reply to will they write in RP in November. This was before the Mitt/RP ticket came up.
So I went onto Gina’s FB, because I knew she was at a Tea Party event and could not reply to the beefs she was getting on her FB and left this message:
My poor baby girl who I have no doubt can kick butt Unleashing the wrath of Paulites is worse than the liberals. At least we know what to expcet from them. All of us know there is no such thing as a perfect candidate. WE can admit they have their flaws. I guess RP is an exception to that rule.
I also asked her followers:
RP can attack Rick. I get the impression they feel their candidate can do no wrong. My question to them was. ‘What do you not agree with on his policies.’? I JUST sat stunned at the responses. They were out of left field and did not answer my simple question.
Ron Paul turns attention to Santorum:
Doug Wead of the Ron Paul campaign shares his thoughts on the presidential candidate’s performance during Wednesday’s GOP debate.
There is this morning Update:
As many commenters point out, a much more plausible scenario than a Romney-Paul ticket would be some kind of future role for Senator Rand Paul. Or it could simply be that Ron Paul, knowing he cannot win the nomination, is positioning himself for maximum influence at the Tampa convention – he’s all about furthering the cause of his movement rather than personal advancement.
I was on the Scott Hennen Show this morning talking about this and Scott drew my attention to Ron Paul’s apearance on the show on February 7th in which he addressed this issue on the back of a Washington Post story (On Feb.1) about a “strategic alliance” between the two candidates.
Paul’s denial was not exactly definitive.
“Not exactly, I mean I never sat down with Mitt and said ‘Well let’s do this or that’,” he said. “There’s no doubt that he’s been more of a gentleman when I talk to him. It’s never been in my interest to go after him. Everyone else was doing that.
“Matter of fact, I don’t even like that part of politics. But then on the other side of this, we did some ads where we called him a flip flopper, and things like that. There’s nothing strategic. There’s been no decision. The staffs have talked to each other on some of the things like debates – and which debates we should go to – I don’t know how many things we have a strong agreement on.
~ Herein lies the key hypocrisy if RP does hook up with Mitt:
“Our foreign policies are different – he certainly is not attacking the Federal Reserve – and his record up in Massachusetts wasn’t anything I could get too enthusiastic about, but I would say that the most important thing is that he’s someone I could talk to. I sort of like that approach in everything I do.”
Here’s the audio:
Thanks to Tony for covering this unreported story here!
In closing, JUST the day before the debate, it was my contention RP would be a spoiler in November by way of write-in votes. I hope RP does not join Romney. If he does become his VP candidate (which I was hoping would be Allen West and for RP I thought would be Judge Napolitano ), then that would be highly disappointing.
I recently heard Larry Sabato give a verbal composite of the ‘Perfect’ GOP candidate. What bother’s me most is RP supporters have nothing positive to say about any candidates other than RP, but almost in a cult like demeanor turn the talk to RP and vehemently protect his policies. It is very rarely a two-sided discussion.
~ Special Thanks to Kyle Kondik, Political Analyst, Sabato’s Crystal Ball ~ University of Virginia Center for Politics for emailing me the link to this appearance…
Sabato’s perfect GOP candidate :
* Romney : Economic acumen
* Santorum : Social Conservatism
* Newt: Debating Skills
* Paul: Enthusiasm of ‘young’ voters
So my suggestion to Paulites is, Ron Paul is not perfect. He does have flaws. I certainly hope one of them is not joining Mitt Romney.
As for me? I will vote for Romney/Paul should that be the ticket. Despite the fact they are neither my candidate of choice. Because we know that it is ‘Making it ALL about Obama!