Recently there has been much speculation Republican Party Presidential candidate Ron Paul, should he not receive his Party’s nomination, may endorse the Libertarian Party nominee in August or earlier. With the sweep of Mitt Romney in yesterday’s primaries in two states and D.C., that speculation has picked up steam. The count for delegates needed at the Republican Party’s national convention is slipping away from Paul in favor of Romney which is making it harder each day for Paul’s campaign to make a credible case of winning the nomination.
As we reported late last summer, there is a very strong likelihood Mitt Romney will be the Republican Party’s nominee to face Barack Obama and the Libertarian Party’s nominee. Within the Libertarian Party, Gary Johnson is widely seen to be the LP’s nominee for President.
Ron Paul will face pressure from the GOP to endorse Mitt Romney and bring the large number of his supporters over to support Romney. Paul has been playing it close to the vest, however whenever the subject has been brought up in the past Paul leaves plenty of room to maneuver. Paul has stated he would support another GOP candidate other than himself only if he felt that candidate’s belief system was in line with supporting and defending the U.S. Constitution and protecting American’s individual freedoms. Based on prior statements from Mitt Romney and his record as Governor of Massachusetts, it would seem clear cut that Paul would not endorse Romney should he become the GOP’s nominee at the Tampa, Florida convention. Also, it is widely known that should Paul endorse Romney, the bulk of supporters would not follow along as most supporters of Paul want nothing to do with Romney.
Could Ron Paul endorse the Libertarian Party’s nominee for President of the United States? Yes, he can and most likely will. In the 2008 Presidential race, Paul endorsed three candidates from different political parties and did not endorse any Republican Party candidates for President. It would seem, should Gary Johnson or R. Lee Wrights win the Libertarian Party’s nominee for President next month at the Party’s national convention in Las Vegas, Paul is highly likely to endorse that person as they would be the candidate most firmly in line with Ron Paul’s ideology.
Should Ron Paul endorse the Libertarian Party’s nominee, it could pay huge dividends for not only the LP candidate, however the Libertarian Party as a whole. Paul’s large number of supporters around the country would be a natural fit to the Libertarian Party’s and its message of personal and economic freedom.