Ron Paul has laughed off suggestions put forward by rival GOP candidate Rick Santorum that he and Mitt Romney are colluding as a running team, aiming to lock in the roles of president and vice-president between them.
On Saturday CBS News reported Santorum said "Yeah, look, I didn't know we picked president and vice president before the election" as he complained that Ron Paul does not expend his energies attacking Mitt Romney.
Paul responded to the suggestions by confirming he does not agree with Romney on many things. Speaking at Central Michigan University he said "No, we've never had a conversation, anything like that ... but he's a family person, I've known him for five years, so it is a little bit different. But I don't agree with [him on] hardly anything, probably" CBS News
Santorum's repeated suggestions left Paul labelling him "desperate" whilst admitting he now needs to pick up Santorum's votes as the anti-Romney candidate. However Santorum's accusations have gained some ground in the media. They were clearly rebuffed though by Tim Pawlenty, national co-chair for Romney’s campaign.
Infowars reported Pawlenty said “I know Mitt and I know Ron Paul, I really don’t believe there’s any deal between [them]. Think about Ron Paul cutting a deal as an insider to get some political favors. Probably the last person to ‘cut a back room deal’ in American politics would be Ron Paul.”
Pawlenty's remarks went down well with Ron Paul who "I thought Pawlenty cleared it up pretty well."