It had already crossed my mind that the ideal running mate for Mitt Romney was Ron Paul’s son, Rand Paul, the Senator from Kentucky, so it’s nice to see others are thinking along the same lines. I had met him at Freedomfest in July last year and was genuinely impressed. He fielded questions from a very conservative/libertarian group and made not a single political error, a political error in this case being a statement acceptable amongst conservative libertarians but which would disqualify him from winning wider support from the community in general.
I now see Rand Paul is being considered by Romney which would be the perfect alliance of conservative and libertarian. This brief article concludes:
On the surface, tapping Paul as veep might not make sense. But conservatives are refusing to go along and eat the dog food with Romney — and adding Rand Paul to the ticket would fire conservatives up – and ensure that Ron Paul drops any plans to launch a 3rd party challenge. And just imagine if Romney arrives at the GOP convention needing some of Paul’s delegates to win the nomination?
It’s not an absurd idea.
Rand Paul would be a great Vice President and one day possibly the President itself. This is not, as the article seems to imply, the politics of the backroom deal, but may be as good a ticket as the Republicans could imagine putting together if their aim actually remains to win the election come November.
Foreign Policy Addendum: Having written this post it occurred to me after whether Rand would have foreign policy notions similar to his Dad’s that would not really work for me. So I have had a look and found this article titled, “Rand Paul Outlines his Foreign Policy”. Here I think is the key passage which I found quite comforting:
But unlike his father, the younger Paul is not proposing immediate withdrawal of US troops, and said he supports increasing the percentage of America’s budget spent on the Pentagon—despite an 81 percent increase in defense spending since 2001.
‘When I prioritize spending, I think national defense is a constitutional function of government, so I think that it would have a priority for me over all other spending really,’ he said.
And this just in: Gallup: Romney up by four on Obama.