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Mitt Romney, Ron Paul Deal Could Include Rand Paul VP

The rumors that Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney may select U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., as his running mate were given more credibility by sources from within Congressman Ron Paul’s campaign who claim a deal is taking shape.

Reports about a so-called “non-aggression” pact between Romney and Paul’s father, GOP presidential candidate U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Tx., have been circulating for weeks. During the debates, Congressman Paul frequently attacked former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum and former Speaker Newt Gingrich, but often gave Romney a pass.

A new wrinkle is being added by insiders from the congressman’s campaign who claim the libertarian-minded lawmaker is thinking about the future of his movement—namely Rand as vice president—rather than winning the nomination.

From TIME:

Even as they tamp down rumors of a pact, Paul’s advisers concede that the friendship between Paul and Romney is the initial step toward a deal. And behind the scenes, discussions between the two campaigns — as well as initial discussions with the Santorum and Gingrich camps, according to one Paul adviser — are slowly taking shape.

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The Texas Representative might also be enticed, says campaign chairman Jesse Benton, by the prospect of serving as a presidential adviser, a Cabinet position for someone in his orbit or “perhaps a vice presidency.”

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Rand Paul VP Rumors Continue But Face Growing Skepticism

Despite the ongoing Republican presidential primary, rumors about who GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney might select to be his running mate continue to mention U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., as a potential vice presidential candidate.

Paul’s father, Congressman Ron Paul, R-Tx., who is also running for president, downplayed the rumors that his son is on Romney’s short list. But as WFPL reported last month, Sen. Paul is open the door on the idea and would be honored at the consideration.

And while many believe such a selection—if Romney wins the nomination—would boost the former Massachusetts governor’s support among Tea Party members, some political observers are skeptical that Kentucky’s controversial junior Senator would benefit him at all.

From The Nation:

The recent political chatter has centered on Rand Paul. On the surface it seems plausible. First, it would at least explain why Ron Paul has been so uncharacteristically tame toward Romney. Second, Rand Paul is a conservative Southerner, an identity that Romney does not connect well with.

However, Rand Paul’s brand of conservatism is far too extreme for the general voter. In Paul’s Senate campaign he argued that private businesses should still have the right to discriminate. It’s one thing to advocate for states’ rights in general terms, and another to try to argue against the long-settled constitutional and societal norm that discrimination is unacceptable. While this position did not harm his election, it may not play as well outside of his home state of Kentucky and the Deep South.

Thoughts?