Aug 24, 2012 No Comments ›› Pat Dollard
Excerpted from USA Today: Ron Paul will be saluted on Tuesday at the Republican National Convention in a video tribute, Mitt Romney’s campaign confirmed today. NBC News wrote that the tribute was “a possibility” yesterday.
The Texas congressman with libertarian leanings fell short in his bid for the GOP presidential nomination. But his supporters, who have been among the most passionate this year, have been able to win planks in the Republican platform and impact the party in other ways.
“Congressman Paul’s people came to us and said we’d like to do a tribute to him, and we said absolutely,” Romney campaign strategist Russ Schriefer told reporters today. “We know not everybody will agree with us all the time, but we’re going to unite and beat Barack Obama in November.”
Mitt Romney and Ron Paul have a unique relationship, which was on display at times during the numerous GOP presidential debates. Schriefer described it as one of “mutual respect.”
Paul’s supporters had hoped to win a plurality of delegates in at least five states to formally nominate him for president from the convention floor. They fell short by one state, but have been taking part in such things as shaping the GOP party platform that will come up for a vote next week.
The GOP platform will call for a commission to audit the Federal Reserve and establish a commission to review the gold standard, both longtime issues supported by Paul.
The congressman’s son, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, is scheduled to speak to the convention on Monday.