Throughout the 2012 presidential campaign, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has been complimentary towards Texas Congressman Ron Paul. Although they do share differences, Romney seems welcoming. Would a Romney administration include Dr. Paul?
The political landscape in the United States has been dramatically altered since four years ago. I’m not sure if it’s because there is a Democrat in the White House, but either way, issues that were taboo four years ago have become front and center on the political main stage.
During the 2008 presidential campaign, there was only one individual who discussed monetary policy, debt and deficits, the Federal Reserve System and ending the interventionist foreign policy that has been prevalent in U.S. foreign policy since WWII.
Of course, that person was Texas Republican Congressman Ron Paul. At several debates, particularly during a CNBC/MSNBC GOP debate, Dr. Paul would discuss the economic ruin that faces the U.S, which received laughs from his opponents – primarily New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
Four years later, Dr. Paul’s passionate issues have finally been taken seriously. Although I do not hold any expectations that the Republican Party, as well as the Democratic Party, will make any substantial change after the 2012 election, I do believe sooner or later that either party will eventually address the budget and make serious cuts due to (inevitable) bankruptcy.
Since the three-time presidential candidate has been taken more seriously among his field of rivals, Romney has been quite complimentary towards Paul. From what I have gathered, Romney continually states that Paul is correct on many domestic issues. The only negatives that Romney exudes during interviews and debates regarding Paul are his stances on foreign policy.
Former Massachusetts Governor and 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at a media event.
In an interview with MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, the former governor explained that he would have to talk with Paul regarding his foreign policy if the Texas Representative became the nominee. Other than that, Romney – and others – has praised Paul, which leads to my main point.
The mainstream media has basically concluded that Romney will be the GOP nominee, even though there are still many primaries to go. Let’s say that they are right, Romney becomes the Republican nominee, but how many votes would he lose because a large number of Paul supporters would not vote for him?
The mainstream media constantly asks the same question to Paul: will he run a third-party bid? The best-selling author has repeatedly answered the question the same way. If he does, or doesn’t win, this could be quite detrimental to the Republican Party.
Out of panic, would Romney promise the American people, particularly Paul supporters, that he will include the libertarian-leading Republican into his cabinet? Could Romney say that if he defeats President Obama that he will appoint Paul as Secretary of Treasury? Federal Reserve Chairman (highly unlikely)? Secretary of State? Secretary of Commerce (Paul wants to abolish this department)? Dare I say it, the vice-presidency?
If Romney and the Republican Party want to defeat the president and win the White House, then there could be a good chance that Paul could see some sort of role in the cabinet.
According to Real Clear Politics polling averages, Obama holds a two-point advantage against Romney. Some polls show Obama having a seven-point lead, while another poll suggests Romney is ahead with two points.
It is important to note, however, that Paul is basically tied with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in a matchup against Obama. Who knows? Anything can happen because polls are generally skewed, misleading and do not contain interview responses from independents and young people – Paul’s huge base.
The next question, though, would be: would Paul accept such an offer?
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