U.S. News: "Ron Paul Still Not Endorsing Mitt Romney, Refusing to Withdraw From Race"Submitted by Peace Gold Love on Mon, 07/23/2012 - 12:25
[ U.S. News: ] Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul says he still hasn't made up his mind whether to endorse presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney. This is causing considerable angst among Romney supporters and making it more difficult for Romney to present a united front at the Republican National Convention in Tampa next month.
"I have not made a decision" about backing Romney, Paul told Fox Business News.
Many Paul supporters are libertarians who don't consider Romney sufficiently conservative, and an endorsement by Paul could be seen by them as an act of betrayal.
Paul, who is retiring as a GOP representative from Texas, technically remains in the presidential race even though Romney has locked up the nomination. This refusal to withdraw is causing some hard feelings among party regulars, many of whom don't want Paul to be given a speaking slot at the convention.
Paul's refusal to endorse Romney is a contrast to his son Rand, a U.S. senator and conservative favorite from Kentucky, who has admitted that his father has no chance to win the GOP nomination and has backed Romney.