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Jesse Benton Interview on MSNBC: On the cordial relationship between Paul and Romney

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I wish

This bullshit would stop being reported. Jesse, please don't say Paul supporters would vote for Romney if he agreed to Paul's views. I for one would never vote for Romney or anyone else, but Ron Paul.

All this crap does is dilute Ron Paul's campaign and message, so lets cut the shit and move on.

Benton clearly needs training...

to not make mistakes so he can be a better spokesperson for liberty and not give the impression he wants to run RP supporters into the establishment candidate that they have annointed to be 'the one'.


I'm with you. I can't

I'm with you. I can't believe what I'm hearing, actually. Romney's style? is acceptable? Sheesh. He's a protege of G.H.W. "Icepick" Bush, for Christ's sake. He's up to his ears in ill-gotten funds from the same financial swindle cartel operated by Bush and his cronies, like James Baker and the evil Henry Kissinger, the peace prize recipient.


Being cordial is one thing, but I think this coziness with Romney is a bad idea. I'm disappointed.

Romney = Obama; Others are Pretend Ron Pauls

I see that Romney is way to the left of McCain. The others have been fake conservatives running as fiscal conservatives - which is Ron Paul's territory. The others have been taking away the Not-Romney/tea party people vote from RP and have tried to sound like they are suddenly for limited government and spending. Romney is and always has been Big Government and cannot hide from Romneycare.

Once the field is narrowed down to Ron Paul, Mitt Romney and Barack Obama - only one is different and his view of our nation (and world) is a thousand times better than Romney/Obama's.

Until then, the media's flavors of the week are only distractions to take the spotlight off Ron Paul. When Newt & Rick are out, the choice will be obvious.

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weird interview

That was cool how estoeric it got in the end. As far as the Paul/ Romney bromance thing goes, here's my short answer: They both know it's a two man race. They want to get the other two losers out of the way and then may the best man win.

You will be disappointed if...

you are genuine about wanting a two-man race. Do you really want Paul to tear down Romney with multi-million dollar ads like with newt/santorum? Newt and Santorum have stated and will go to the tampa convention.

The race is over half over - do you want Paul to go positive and not hit on Romney as the tactic?

What? you say they are being friendly and then will turn on each other?


Just playing adults: doh

That's about it! Though suggestions that Ron Paul would consider any kind of political alliance with any of the establishment vampires makes me see red just a little...

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

That is a reasoned explanation

Weird interview is right..Selling your own story, not the real story, CNN?

"Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern." ~~C.S. Lewis
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

Utter rubbish

Many of these phony mainstream talking heads are nothing but paid actors who follow a script. I don’t know why Jesse Benton thinks, “that there’s a chance [Ron Paul Supporters] might come his way…” if Romney “talks” to them about this or “talks” to them about that. Romney can talk and sound like Ron Paul all he wants … if RP supporters decide to support him they will be supporting his banker backers who own the Federal Reserve and they in turn will support Ron Paul supporters into an early grave.

"When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace."
Jimi Hendrix

Benton's comment...

...just echoes what Paul has always said. He always says in a kind of sarcastic tone, "well, if they come around a little maybe I could support them." This is like saying, "well, if the pigs grew wings I guess they could fly." Don't take it too literally/seriously...it's just his way of saying "Fuuuu$k No!" in a polite and sarcastic way.

"Alas! I believe in the virtue of birds. And it only takes a feather for me to die laughing."

There is no way

any staff member of the campaign should be trying to predict what establishment whore RP supporters will endorse if Ron Paul doesn't win the nomination. This kind of talk should never be coming from a campaign staff member at any time especially on MSM.

"When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace."
Jimi Hendrix


...so you had better write them a stern letter I guess, tell them what's what.


"Alas! I believe in the virtue of birds. And it only takes a feather for me to die laughing."

The idea...

...that a little common decency and minor tactical cooperation between Paul and Romney signifies any kind of alliance is delusional.

As for why Paul doesn't attack Romney as much as he has the "anti-Romneys" that have risen and fallen, that's clearly a conscious strategy. No, not a strategy to secretly hand Romney the nomination...yea, RP was a sleeper along along, his 30 years of being a staunch libertarian was just a trick...gimme a break. The strategy is obvious. Romney is the favored establishment candidate. He gets the money from the establishment and he gets the most favorable media coverage. Ron Paul has set his sights on defeating Romney, because Romney is the real enemy. But in order to get to Romney, Paul needs to get rid of the rest of them. He need to make a fight between JUST him and Romney. We're almost there. Santorum is the last obstacle between the fight Paul's raring to fight. And, low and behold, Paul is in the process of crushing Santorum as he did the rest of them. Have a little faith, there's method to the campaign's madness. If anyone's being tricked, it's Romney, who's going to have a rude awakening when it comes down to him and Paul. And by rude awakening, I mean a swift bat to the noggin.

"Alas! I believe in the virtue of birds. And it only takes a feather for me to die laughing."

That's one way to put it :)

We can see a focused attack on his Health Care Plan on the horizon, with two men out in a double play!

Couldn't resist the baseball metaphor, when Ron Paul was only one to hit a home run in the Congressional Baseball game. This is even on Ripley's Believe It or Not.

"Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern." ~~C.S. Lewis
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

Ron Paul considering Romney for VP

another answer:

maybe Ron Paul is thinking about bringing on Romney for VP because of his management experience and money that he could help bring in to the campaign. He'd be a great guy to take on the business end of the presidency!


1) Paul doesn't need to pack the ticket to beat Obama. Paul could pick mickey mouse as his running mate and he'd crush Obama. Romney offers nothing as a VP. Romney's only advantage is his backing by the establishment, which would dry up in a NY minute if he accepted a RP VP slot. This is not even a possibility in the first place anyway...Paul would never offer it to Romney. Think McKinley and Roosevelt, or JFK and LBJ. Non-starter.

2) There is no "business end of the presidency." The whole idea that the Presidency is a management position is based on the idea that the the role of government is to manage the country. And that's anathema to Paul. What we need and what Paul's offering is a person with the right principles to sit in that chair and veto things, and propose things to Congress. There's no "business" about it. The aspect of the President which is running the executive internally is not important compared to the President's role in pushing or stopping legislation. President Paul can hire competent technicians to manage the bureaucracy and handle the day to day operations, that's not what you elect a President to do.

"Alas! I believe in the virtue of birds. And it only takes a feather for me to die laughing."

answer to Romney friendship

Q: are you in an alliance with Mitt Romney?

A: No, in fact, in the state of Virginia, I am the only GOP candidate who made the effort to get on the ballot to oppose Mitt Romney. Why don't you ask Newt and Rick if THEY are in an alliance with Mitt?

Ron & Rom

The MSM must be short of real news. Being cordial to each other does not mean either will choose the other as running mate.

Ron would not accept a VP job; it is almost powerless (unless your name is Cheney and your boss's, Shrub) so he could carry out almost none of his platform. Nor would he offer Romney the 2nd spot; there are far better qualified people ready and waiting. And a VP takes over if the Prez dies in office; no way would he give Romney that chance, however remote.

Rather, if there is any strategy here at all other than plain civility, it is to make sure nobody goes to Tampa with the nomination locked up. If it's a brokered convention, there's a fair chance Ron can cause the delegates to see sense. He is, after all, the only one in sync with reality.

I don't care how nice Romney is...

He will not be getting my vote!


Even if Mitt changed his positions I would not trust him to follow through. Although it is great to see Mitt totally back off of Ron no longer calling him names and dismissing him. We all remember this clip http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJzwtde3vHU&feature=player_em.... Well Mitt you are not laughing anymore are you?

Another Media Stategy

In my opinion this is another media strategy to try and minimize Ron Paul as a presidential candidate. I think they are trying to paint the picture that Ron has decided to become Mitt's vice president (or have Rand Paul become Mitt's VP), this way people don't vote for Ron.

I just think this is ridiculous. Typical media BS show a few clips of the two giving each other compliments or not attacking each other. Ron decided not to bash Mitt for his quote that was taking out of context and Ron answered a question about who would be the best manager of the other opponents. Mitt complemented Ron that he would actually cut the budget, I don't see how these clips conclude the two have an "alliance."

Also I remember a while back Ron running attack ads on Mitt as a flip flopper in Iowa. Not to mention the disagreements they have had at debates. It is just recently, with Rick and trying to play a conservative card, that Ron has been focusing pointing out the facts. This is what Ron does and Rick has been very aggressive towards Ron in debates.

Ron also frequently criticizes Mitt for not wanting to audit the Fed and frequently says that he would not consider endorsing Mitt or anyone unless they change their tune on the constitution, over-seas, and spending which Ron does not see happening.

This was an awkward interview and Jesse was put in the awkward position of talking about an alliance that is not there. He simply mentioned that Ron and Mitt are now cordial towards each other. I think Ron is pretty much cordial with anyone who has mutual respect. I have never seen Ron attack anyone for personal beliefs only positions.

Again this is my opinion, I just do not see why Ron would ally with Mitt (I understand his son Rand could benefit, but endorsing Mitt would undermine not only Ron but also Rand). I also think Rick is being a baby because he can't take the heat of having multiple candidates point out obvious facts about him. A while back Mitt was the man getting heat from all sides (including Ron).

And lastly in regards to the Rick ad in Michigan, I believe that Rick is leading the polls in Michigan. It would make sense for Ron to attack Rick so he can pick up the more conservative votes. Mitt was born in Michigan so I would assume that the Paul camp is targeting Rick because many will likely vote for Mitt just because he is from Detroit.

I tend to agree, it's

I tend to agree, it's probably a media strategy for whatever reason... the fact that so many reporters are happily covering this story is a tip off that whatever is going on between Romney and Paul, it's being overblown and sensationalized.

what is wrong with you people?

you are buying in to this MSM conspiracy. Ron Paul has a plan for Romney and you can't trash the guy and then appoint him as a member of his cabinet. Romney like him or not he wouldn't make a very good President but he is a very smart business man with good management skills. Besides his campaign has limitless funds for attack ads, and that is something Ron Paul campaign does not want to stare down the barrel of.

"Give me liberty or give me death" Patrick Henry

I don't really like this

We need to be concentrating on Ron Paul winning.
This in some ways is compromising the message.
We see Romney platform is completely the opposite
of what we are all fighting for.

This is our last chance to take our country back for liberty.
We need to be in it to win not make deals. Go Ron Paul 2012

Agree with You

I think this was part of the MSM strategy here. Take away from Ron's momentum of concentrating on winning. Ron is 2nd in delegates, he has a very legitimate shot of winning. We shouldn't let this one interview throw us off our game here. I don't think Jesse compromised the message, but I don't think it was a good interview on his part. I think his response should have been "We are focused on winning and there is absolutely no agreement between the Paul and Romney campaigns. Ron and Mitt respect each other but have huge disagreements over huge issues such as the budget, constitution, and foreign policy." It should have ended there.



I'm starting to feel betrayed

Why is Ron Paul spending so much money on attack ads that go after whoever is challenging Romney for the lead, first Gingrich, now Santorum?

Why not further the message of liberty? If Ron Paul is going to win, it's going to be by distinguishing himself from all of the other candidates, not by trashing the current not-romney.

This stupid, shady, reality-show style alliance is heartbreaking.

gold = money
war = health of the state
liberty = prosperity

Betrayed - or not paying attention

You will only feel betrayed if you failed to listen to RP. The fact is -it is about delegates - Ron is playing smart ball here. Nobody is getting 1144 - so why not pick the best of the others to share some common ground with and promote your own agenda. I said it long ago - Ron will be Mitts VP - or Rand will be(though I tend to think not since his vote in the Senate is more powerful). Romney flip flops all the time - so Ron is going to him and saying - hey - if you flip flop to my side on these issues - we can play on the same team. I think this strategy plays out until Virginia - nobody is saying it - but that really is the acid test - Mitt vs Ron - only those two on the ballot - do we get the "not-Mitt" vote? Once we see that - we will know where we stand.

The idea that Romney is going

The idea that Romney is going to turn into an Austrian School Libertarian is delusional.

gold = money
war = health of the state
liberty = prosperity

And the idea...

...that Paul's not one, or would ally with Romney who isn't one, is bat-$hit crazy.

"Alas! I believe in the virtue of birds. And it only takes a feather for me to die laughing."