Rand Paul threw his weight behind the former Massachusetts Governor.
“My first choice had always been my father. I campaigned for him when I was 11-years-old. He’s still my first pick,” Paul told Hannity. “But now that the nominating process is over, tonight I’m happy to announce that I’m going to be supporting Gov. Mitt Romney.”
The Romney campaign quickly shot back with an official press release welcoming the endorsement.
“I am honored to have earned the endorsement of Rand Paul. Senator Paul has been a leading voice in the effort to scale back the size and reach of government and promote liberty. Over the past three and half years, President Obama has made government more and more of a presence in our lives, and Americans can’t afford four more years of the same failed policies. As President, I will reform the federal government and make it smaller, simpler, and smarter. I am grateful for Senator Paul’s support and look forward to working with him to get America back on the right track.”
Listed below are just a handful of the thousands of comments attacking Rand for his apparent decision to jump in bed with the Republican establishment.
“Not another penny for Rand! THAT IDIOT! He got himself infected by the Washington, shifting, turning, spinning, compromising, eye shutting WASHINGTON BUG!”
“Son betrayed the father. Looks are perception. Perception is marketing. No kid does this to his father. Rand could have quietly gone to the polls and voted. I can’t see it as anything except spineless.”
“He was an equivocator from the beginning. He does not have the same commitment to the Constitution. He’s feathering his own bed. Now, let him lie in it!”
“This weakens us by making us have to bend to the establishment and compromise our beliefs. Paulistas, we never compromised one hair during this whole journey. Are you willing to begin compromising now?”
“Rand Paul is a pathetic sellout! I just emailed the Campaign For Liberty to let Rand know exactly how I feel. He is a traitor. He has lost my vote in 2016.”
However, there’s still a minority who believe Paul is cleverly trying to cosy up to Romney so he can inject constitutionalist ideas into the presidential run off and potentially secure a VP slot.
“Rand needs to be getting his ducks in a row for I suppose a second choice which would be Mitt for POTUS & Rand for VP….Rand is evidently playing Paulitics here folks… So I would appreciate for all of those who have been attacking Rand to please STOP,” wrote one commenter.
“Rand is not capitulating. Rand is not genuflecting. Rand is entrenching himself in the GOP. The liberty movement has a guy in the heart of the GOP in Rand, and how can that be bad? When Rand becomes President, we’ll see strength in a leader that’s been unseen since Reagan,” added another.