Is Ron Paul Gunning for VP?

Ron Paul 2012

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“A brokered convention is now our stated goal, and winning the nomination for Dr. Paul at said convention will require extensive politicking” said Jesse Benton, Ron Paul’s campaign chairman. And if Ron Paul can’t get the nomination? “We’re looking potentially for Ron to be the vice presidential nominee” said Benton. A cabinet position or major changes to the party platform are also things the campaign is considering.

I’m actually surprised by this statement. I’m assuming Jesse Benton didn’t make the decision to say this, on his own, and that Ron Paul was aware that he was going to say this.

I know to many Ron Paul supporters, having Ron Paul be the VP or him getting a cabinet position, is not an attractive option. I mentioned in a previous post, that I would not want his son, Rand Paul, to be the VP, as I expect him to run and win, in 2016, assuming Obama gets his second term. Rand Paul as Romney’s VP, if they were to win, I think would hurt Rand Paul, as he would be associated with all of Romney’s status quo policies.

But Ron Paul as the VP ? I think I could get behind that. In a previous post I talked about the fact that Ron Paul has already won. He’s in the process of changing the republican party, and it’s working. He has woken up a lot more people in 2012 than he did in 2008. He has changed the political discourse and has brought to the forefront, issues that just were not discussed in the past.

If Ron Paul does not win the nomination at the convention, I think him having the opportunity to continue speaking about those very important issues, would be a big win for the liberty movement.

I’m not sure how I would feel about a cabinet position though, since Romney would have the authority to remove him if he wanted to. I know that as VP, Ron Paul wouldn’t have a lot of authority, but he would gain the respect of many traditional republicans, and it would do wonders in getting more of them to consider his ideas, that is, the ideas of real limited government.

Romney needs Ron Paul. A recent poll discovered that Romney and Santorum stir less enthusiasm than McCain did in 2008. The republican party is in trouble without Ron Paul supporters. We tried to tell them that Ron Paul is the most electable candidate, but they refuse to listen.

Here is one problem though. For me, the ideal scenario, as much as I hate to say it, is an Obama second term, if Ron Paul doesn’t get the nomination. Why? Because if anyone other than Paul defeats Obama, nothing will change, and Rand Paul would have to wait until 2028 to become president. Rand Paul wouldn’t be able to run against Romney in 2016, and by 2020, the American people would again forget that both parties are actually the same, and they would, once again, choose to put a Democrat in charge because they will feel Republicans are just not getting the job done.

Do I really want Ron Paul to help Romney become the president? Only if Ron Paul can use his new position to actually have an impact in the decision making process. But if the plan is for Romney to continue to ignore the Federal Reserve as the source of our economic problems, and to continue to refuse to cut spending, then I, as a real supporter of the ideas of limited government, don’t think the country has anything to gain from a Romney win.

Having a republican president who refuses to reduce the size of government would only mean that republicans will once again go back to ignoring the issues they claim to care so much about.

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  • bill

    For me, the ideal scenario, as much as I hate to say it, is an Obama second term, if Ron Paul doesn’t get the nomination. Why? Because if anyone other than Paul defeats Obama, nothing will change, and Rand Paul would have to wait until 2028 to become president.

    THIS IS PATENTLY FALSE, AND ABSURD. Obama could destroy the Constitution in 4 more years.

    • Yes, Bill, I agree with you. Another 4 years of Obama is a scary thought. And he would absolutely be way worse than Romney. But the way I see it, we can either just slow the destruction of the constitution with Romney, or we can try to completely restore that constitution in 4 years.

      But I don’t disagree with you that there is a difference between Obama and Romney. Just today I found out about Obama’s executive order that gives the executive branch the authority to basically take over everything. More crap like that, and I just may change my mind. We may not be able to withstand another 4 years of that man.