COMMENTARY | The Blaze reports that on June 7, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul went on “The Sean Hannity Show” and gave his endorsement for Mitt Romney as president, even though his father, Ron Paul, is still in the presidential race. This comes after Rand had a secret 30-minute meeting with Romney on May 23, apparently to talk about important issues to the tea party and Ron’s supporters. As a Republican voter and Ron Paul supporter, here is why I think Rand was right to endorse Romney, and why it will pay off for the Republican Party.
Ron is such a hit with tea party supporters because he wants to audit the Federal Reserve, which was something that Rand mentioned during his interview with Hannity. Rand talked about how Romney felt there needed to be more transparency in the government, and also said Romney was supportive of the Federal Reserve audit. It was also great how Rand mentioned the young followers that Ron has on the Internet, and how the freedom of the Internet needs to be protected. Considering that Romney has been steadfast in his opposition of bills like the Stop Online Piracy Act, it makes sense that Rand would endorse Romney, because he has a similar stance to Rand and Ron on some issues.
Romney needs the support of the tea party and also needs the support of Ron’s followers, so what a better way to achieve that than getting an endorsement from Rand? I think Rand realizes that Ron does not have a legitimate shot to win the presidency, so it is time to start working together with Romney to oust President Barack Obama. Each vote that Ron gets in the general election is basically a vote for Obama, and that is something the country cannot afford. Rand is very fiscally conservative, so I think he can help Romney make policies that would drastically reduce the size of the government, cut entitlement programs, while also restoring our Constitution. Since Rand has now endorsed Romney and plans on campaigning for him, it will be interesting to see whether or not he still goes out on campaign stops with Ron. Romney could benefit from having Rand around, because Rand has been out campaigning with Ron since he was little, and know how to really speak to the people with compassion.
There has been a lot of talk that Rand could be a possible vice presidential pick, which would definitely get Ron’s supporters behind him, and would be a great way to show Republicans he is serious about changing the politics as usual. This move is great for Rand, because this can give him a chance to see what it takes to run in a presidential election from the inside of Romney’s campaign, and maybe drum up support for a future presidential run of his own. There will be some Ron and Rand supporters that will hate this endorsement, but now is the time to unite for the good of the country.