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Wednesday
Aug292012

Rand Paul to Campaign for Romney While Dad Won’t Endorse

United States Senate(TAMPA, Fla.) -- Former GOP presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul has declined to endorse Mitt Romney, but his son Sen. Rand Paul will soon hit the campaign trail to support the newly-minted Republican nominee.

“We are hoping to help Gov. Romney get elected,” Rand Paul told ABC News’ Jon Karl after wrapping up his speech at the GOP convention Wednesday night.

The younger Paul said he is working out the logistics of appearing at campaign events for Romney between now and November.

“They’ve asked me to go places and I’m happy to,” he said.

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During a convention aimed at uniting Republicans and stoking enthusiasm leading into the last two months of the election, a rift seems still to exist within the party between a small but vocal group of ardent Ron Paul fans and the larger crowd of Romney supporters.

Shortly after Rand Paul wrapped up his speech, a boisterous group of about 100 Ron Paul supporters marched through the second floor of the convention hall shouting “So Maine goes, so goes the nation.”

The protesters, most of which were wearing Ron Paul shirts and buttons, said they were upset the Republican National Committee stripped Ron Paul’s Maine delegates of their convention seats.

Ron Paul was not given a speaking spot at the convention, as his fellow former GOP candidate Rick Santorum was, but Paul was the only Romney rival who was honored in a tribute video, which played directly before his son Rand took the stage. One of the largest applause lines during Rand Paul’s speech came when he mentioned his dad.

Ron Paul did not watch the video from the forum or anywhere in Tampa for that matter. The campaign said last week that the congressman would stay for both his video, originally scheduled for Tuesday, and for a speech by his son, but instead chose to skip out and head back to Texas.

The three-minute video featured clips of Paul, his wife Carol, and son Rand, and included several of his colleagues giving testimony to his “principles and his dedication to America.”

“The longer we go and the deeper in debt we get, the more apparent it is that Ron Paul was right all those years,” says Sen. Jim DeMint in the video adding that he thought Paul “was nuts” when they first met.

“Whether people want to admit it or not, Ron Paul changed the conversation,” adds Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Convention planners approved the video as an olive branch to the more than 300 Paul delegates that the congressman collected during his long primary battle with Mitt Romney.

“Congressman Paul’s people came to us and said we’d like to do a short tribute to him, and we said absolutely,” Mitt Romney campaign strategist Russ Schriefer told reporters last week.

Schriefer said that while Romney and Paul “certainly disagree on many issues,” the one time rivals had “a lot of mutual respect” for each other.

The Romney campaign still has some appeasing to do. Earlier this week, Paul supporters stormed out of the convention because of the dispute over the Maine delegation. His supporters were also upset about new rules that would allow the party establishment to reject certain delegates and to make rule changes with a supermajority of votes. The concern: Republican Party leaders are taking power from the grass roots.

Ron Paul told ABC News last week that it is a “possibility” that his son Rand would take his place as a leader of the supporters who have so diligently supported him through this year’s presidential campaign, as well as his two previous White House bids.

“I’m sure he’s the one who will finally make that decision on what he does and how far he goes, but I’m sure he’s interested and very much involved in trying to promote these ideas,” Ron Paul said.

While Rand Paul would not say whether a presidential run was in his future, the senator said after his speech on Wednesday that he does “see myself as part of the national debate.”

“Being in the Senate is part of the national debate,” he said. “If that’s all I do then I’m really pleased to do it. But there may be more. We’ll see.”

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Tuesday
Jun122012

Santorum Gives Tepid Backing of Romney

PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Rick Santorum isn’t exactly brimming with enthusiasm about the man he is supposed to be supporting for the presidency.

When asked on CNN if he now “trusts” Mitt Romney after railing against him during the primary, especially when he consistently compared his health care plan in Massachusetts to the president’s health care plan, he gave quite a tepid endorsement.

“Well, I trust him more than I do Barack Obama,” Santorum told John King. “This election is about a choice.”

Santorum went on to say he believes Romney when he says he will “repeal Obamacare,” and that, through his new organization Patriot Voices, he will keep a watch on the presumptive GOP nominee as well as other conservative candidates to hold “their feet to the fire.”

King asked the former presidential candidate if he worries that his supporters will see him as just choosing the “lesser of two evils.”

Santorum answered that he’s “passionate and enthusiastic about a lot of things that Governor Romney supports,” but he’s “made no bones about the fact that I have concerns about Governor Romney’s health care plan in Massachusetts.”

He was also asked if he is just “tolerated” by the Romney campaign or more welcome into the fold and whether he will be out campaigning for his former rival.

Santorum answered he feels an “obligation to go out and work hard” in the campaign and will be “helping the Romney campaign wherever they believe we can be helpful in working with them.”

Santorum and Romney have made no public appearances together since their meeting last month. The former Pennsylvania senator did formally endorse him last month, but it was in a middle-of-the-night email to supporters, which also seemed to push the message he was less than enthused.  Just last week, a Santorum senior adviser told ABC News they have had no formal requests from the Romney campaign to help out on the trail. On Monday night in Atlanta, Romney was joined by another former competitor, Newt Gingrich, for a fundraiser.

Santorum also wouldn’t weigh in on who he thinks should be Romney’s running mate, saying that since Romney is the person who “vanquished” him in the primary, “I’m not going to be out there as a former foe making recommendations to who he should pick.”

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Tuesday
Jan172012

Sarah Palin: ‘I’d Vote for Newt’

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Just one week after her husband Todd Palin “went rogue” and endorsed Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin said Tuesday night she would vote for Gingrich “if I were a South Carolinian” -- the closest she has come to an endorsement in this race.

Palin said Tuesday night on a Fox News show that she wants to see the race continue because “iron sharpens iron, steel sharpens steel.”

“These guys are getting better in their debates, they are getting more concise, they’re getting more grounded in what their beliefs are and articulating what their ideas are to getting the country back on the right track and getting Americans working again,” Palin said.

When asked if she was any closer to an endorsement of a presidential candidate, Palin replied, "Well, I could tell you what I would do if I were a South Carolinian.

“If I had to vote in South Carolina, in order to keep this thing going I’d vote for Newt and I would want this to continue,” Palin said. “More debates, more vetting of candidates because we know the mistake made in our country four years ago was having a candidate that was not vetted, to the degree that he should have been so that we knew what his associations and his pals represented and what went into his thinking, the shaping of who our president today is.”

The Gingrich campaign could not be reached for comment, but Gingrich’s Twitter handle @NewtGingrich tweeted, “Thanks @SarahPalinusa for throwing your support my way in the South Carolina primary.”

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Monday
Nov282011

Gingrich Says He’s ‘More Conservative’ than Romney

Ethan Miller/Jessica McGowan/Getty Images(CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich told Charleston, South Carolina's AM News he is “a lot more conservative than Mitt Romney” when he called into the show Monday.

Gingrich was asked about his recent endorsement from the New Hampshire Union Leader Sunday. While the Union Leader issued strong support for Gingrich over other Republicans in the New Hampshire primary, it said Gingrich was by no means the perfect candidate.

But the endorsement gave Gingrich a confidence boost, and he now claims he is the most electable candidate in the 2012 presidential race.

“Anybody who is honest about it knows that no person except Christ has ever been perfect,” Gingrich said. “I don’t claim to be the perfect candidate. I just claim to be a lot more conservative than Mitt Romney, and a lot more electable than anybody else."

“I think on substance, we can compete with anyone, and I was thrilled to have the Union Leader’s endorsement. I think it means that we can have a very serious race with Mitt Romney in New Hampshire when people didn’t think that was possible,” Gingrich said.

Gingrich now calls himself the conservative alternative.

“We think there has to be a solid conservative alternative to Mitt Romney, and I think I’m the one candidate who can bring together national security, economic conservatives and social conservatives in order to make sure we have a conservative nominee,” Gingrich said.

The host told Gingrich some voters have a problem with Romney because he is “way too eager” and asked Gingrich if there was anything he wouldn’t do to become president.

“Sure, there’s lots of things I wouldn’t do to become president. I wouldn’t lie to the American people. I wouldn’t switch my positions for political reasons. It’s perfectly reasonable to change your position if facts change, if you see new things you didn’t see. Everyone’s done that. Ronald Reagan did it,” Gingrich said. “It’s wrong to go around and adopt radically different positions based on your need of any one electorate because then people have to ask themselves, what will you tell me next time?”

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