SEARCH BLOG: POLITICS and RON PAUL
If you believe in polls, you might want to consider this:
Romney-Santorum? Romney-Gingrich? Romney-Paul? Not so fast, voters say when asked about a potential Republican ticket for this fall’s election. Just 22% of Likely U.S. Voters, in fact, believe the eventual Republican nominee should pick one of the other three remaining candidates as his vice presidential running mate. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephones survey finds that 37% of voters don’t think that’s a good idea, but a sizable 41% aren’t sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)For the most part, the selection of the Vice President has been a fairly cavalier matter... an afterthought... a ruse to strengthen the draw from a region of the country where the candidate for President might appear weak. They seem to come from nowhere as did Sarah Palin. Or they have an undistinguished record of public service as did Joe Biden. Although they are supposed to be next in line if a President dies or is incapacitated, they seldom have any claim to popular support.
He has independently polled very strong against Barack Obama. His positions are clear, consistent and appeal to the conservative factions as well as a surprisingly high proportion of the younger voters and military... areas where Romney's support is questionable.
Dr. Paul's quasi-isolationist positions with regard to foreign policy and the military don't always sit well among conservatives who do not consider themselves Libertarians. That, and his age -- 76-years old -- are negatives, although Ronald Reagan did quite well at that age.
It would be both a risk and a big commitment for Mitt Romney to choose Ron Paul as a running mate. Dr. Paul is not known for his reticence on matters political. He will speak his mind and his mind may not be in tune with Mitt Romney's on some key points.
But I could see Romney selecting Dr. Paul with the objective of having him chair a "Get The Economy Going" committee ... an in-depth spending and regulation review with the goal of reducing the waste, fraud, and abuse in government ... and streamlining agencies and eliminating onerous regulations so that the marketplace can work rather than stumble over incomprehensible regulatory obstacles. If there is one person who would turn that into a personal crusade, it is Dr. Paul. He may be the one person who could actually pull it off. If Mitt Romney couldn't support that, his business background would be meaningless.
Can't you just imagine Dr. Paul at a press conference stating that his committee has identified $500 billion in waste and fraud and believes there are so many redundancies among agencies that many could be eliminated or combined and greatly reduced in complexity while simultaneously becoming more effective? He would be the nightmare of every pork barrel congressman and special interest group... and bureaucrat.
It is likely, under this scenario, that Dr. Paul would choose to serve only one term and that during his term would groom a potential replacement... a Paul Ryan, for example. At some point, the GOP has to make room for their young, dynamic corp.
Let's just say that Mitt Romney could do much worse than selecting Dr. Ron Paul for Vice President... and, unfortunately, that may be the case. Dr. Paul would have to be thoroughly convinced that there was meat on the bone being tossed to him.
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