Politico: How Romney may try to pull Paul into the foldSubmitted by kevinkervick on Wed, 04/11/2012 - 08:49
From Martin and Epstein, Politico
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One of the most fascinating subtexts of the GOP primary has been the de facto non-aggression pact between Paul and Romney. While Paul has taken a few swipes at the former Massachusetts governor, they were mild compared with his all-out assault on the other Republicans in the race.
Romney officials hope this era of good feeling continues into the fall and that the libertarian-leaning congressman doesn’t run as a third-party candidate or exhort his loyal followers to abandon the GOP.
This can partly be done by Romney continuing to show the septuagenarian the respect he’s offered during the campaign. But Paul has at least two other interests: the ambitions of his son, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), and the fate of his agenda. The first can be taken care of with a convention role. The latter is more delicate.
“It’s not a quid pro quo thing, but [Paul] should know that the issues he raised in the primary, especially on monetary reform, will get attention,” said Bell. “Romney should make clear he’s open to looking at different options at the Fed.”
The other issue with Paul: how to tame his youthful supporters, few of which have any allegiance to the GOP.
Romney officials will have to spend some time and money in the next months minding state Republican conventions to ensure that the actual delegates elected to be on the floor in Tampa are truly loyal to him.
“You don’t want to have closet Ron Paul delegates there,” Donatelli said. “We had to spend at least a half-million dollars after John McCain was the presumptive candidate on state convention stuff just to make sure real McCain people were elected as delegates.”