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Campaign 2012: A Libertarian Case for Mitt Romney

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By Tracy Daniels
Posted Jul 12, 2012 in Politics
It’s been a long and exhausting primary season for the GOP this election cycle, and things are finally winding down as we head toward the Republican Convention in Tampa next month. Some in the liberty movement, aren’t planning to rally behind the presumptive nominee, and some are even hoping to pull off an upset, to nominate Ron Paul on the floor of the convention.
The Truth to the matter is as simple as this: Mitt Romney will be the Republican Nominee for President of the United States.
But, never fear kids, it’s not the end of the world. If we gain a majority in the Senate, I have little doubt that we can get a lot of good, pro-liberty legislation passed under Romney. Romney will approve the Keystone Pipeline, repeal the Affordable Care Act, and bring more fiscal responsibility to our budget. If we can get a good number of Liberty Republicans in office, we may even have some leverage with foreign policy issues as well. None of this will happen if we re-elect Barack Obama.
If we present ourselves as reasonable and supportive of the party during the Republican National Convention in August, we’ll have a lot of pull on deciding Romney’s running mate, which could be a make or break for Romney come November. There’s been much speculation on Mitt Romney and Ron Paul’s relationship. They supposedly are on very friendly terms, and from what I understand their wives have become very fond of each other as well. And surely Rand Paul’s endorsement of Romney didn’t hurt anything either. Romney realizes that his base has an enthusiasm gap, and he realizes that he’s going to need the Liberty Republicans to support him in November, if he’s going to win the Presidency. With that said, there’s a very good possibility that Rand Paul could be his choice for VP, as well as possibly even his father receiving the VP nomination, or possibly a cabinet position.
Imagine Rand Paul getting the Vice-Presidential nomination, and Ron Paul getting a Cabinet Post of Treasury Secretary. A lot of that will depend on how we act in the weeks leading up to the convention.
Of course, I can already hear some of you screaming at your keyboards:
“What about Gary Johnson?”
To be clear, I admire Gary Johnson. I wish Republicans were in such a place to where he could have been nominated by the Republican Party. Unfortunately, most Republicans weren’t ready for some of his ideas, such as being pro-choice, and his advocacy for the legalization of Marijuana. So, in result he switched parties, and he went on to win the nomination from the Libertarian Party instead. As much as I hate to say it, and as much as I think Johnson would be a better President that Romney, he really has no chance of winning. If he can get into the debates, that may cause me to sing a different tune. However, we all know that’s not going to happen.
Romney, may not be the candidate that we brag about, and he is arguably the worst candidate the GOP could have elected; but he’s what we have. Also, he’s far better on liberty issues than the unacceptable alternative offered by the other major party. I ask for libertarians and Republicans to join me in supporting Mitt Romney for President 2012!

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