Romney-Paul Alliance Brewing

Mitt and Ron have reportedly become pretty close friends
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 2, 2012 8:57 AM CST
Ron Paul, R-Texas laughs with Mitt Romney during a break in a Republican presidential debate, Jan. 23, 2012, at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Fla.   (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
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(Newser) – The Republican primary has gotten pretty vicious, but two competitors have pretty much never attacked each other: Mitt Romney and Ron Paul. That's because Romney and Paul are actually pretty good friends, having become close after their unsuccessful 2008 bids, the Washington Post reports. Wives Ann Romney and Carol Paul are close, too, and the Pauls and Romneys make a point of greeting each other following debates. And that friendship appears to be turning strategic.

Romney's aides are "quietly in touch with Ron Paul," one Republican adviser in contact with Romney's campaign said, and the campaigns have coordinated on a few minor things, like making sure their election night speeches don't overlap. But a larger partnership could have benefits, as well. Paul would help Romney win over the GOP's most vibrant faction. In exchange, Romney would give Paul the convention platform he craves, the adviser said, and might make some policy concessions—like agreeing to audit the Fed.

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