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In a move that angered many of his father’s legon of die-hard supporters, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul Thursday endorsed former Massaschussets Gov. Mitt Romney for President.
“The time is right” to endorse Romney, Paul said on Sean Hannity‘s Fox News Show, adding that “my first choice has always been my father.”
Rand Paul’s endorsement of the GOP establishment came one day after Ron Paul emailed supporters with an acknowledgment that he would not win the nomination, noting that — at best — he would arrive at the August convention in Tampa with 20 percent or less of the delegates needed.
Ron Paul effectively ended his campaign for the nomination weeks ago but stayed in the race with hopes of picking up delegates in state caucuses and conventions in an effort to “influence” the convention. He is now urging his supporters to work for local, state and congressional candidates who support his causes.
Many of the elder Paul’s enthusiastic supporters still cling to the fading hope that their candidate can somehow emerge as the nominee in a brokered convention, although that hope is considered a fantasy by those in control of the nomination process. Romney captured enough delegates before the end of May to secure the nomination and padded that count with a sweep of five primaries — including delegate-rich California — on Tuesday.
Rand Paul said Thursday he would actively campaign for Romney.
I think I can be an asset in solidifying the conservative base of the party. I also think that myself, my father and the movement that he started attracts a lot of independents. A lot of these young people aren’t necessarily the conservative base.
The Kentucky Senator’s move is already triggering a backlash among some of his father’s flock.
“I’m not much interested in leading the masses into the Republican party,” wrote Michael Mystrom of The Daily Paul. “This site will not become the Daily Rand.”
Posters on the various Ron Paul forums Thursday night accused the son of “backstabbing his own father” and proclaimed the endorsement was “worse than patricide.”
Tweeted Ron Paul supporter Angie Ritchey:
Rand Paul is a SELL OUT I’d been hoping that the apple didn’t fall far from the tree, but it looks like it is growing in a different orchard.