In what is clearly a nod toward the libertarian-leaning Senator and his longtime fiscal conservative Congressman father and former GOP candidate Ron Paul, the Romney campaign has just confirmed Rand Paul will be among a select group of primetime speakers at the upcoming GOP convention this month.
Inside-the-campaign reports have long suggested both Ron Paul and Mitt Romney were on friendlier terms than other was the case between other Republican candidates during an often bitter fight for the nomination. This good nature is now being extended to Ron Paul’s son and rising star within the Republican Party – Rand Paul. There remain whispers that the popular Kentucky Senator was being considered for the VP slot – though such considerations never reached beyond mere campaign speculation.
Romney is also extending another prime time speaking slot to Rick Santorum, possibly his fiercest rival during the Republican primary race. Both men have since mended fences (at least publicly), and Santorum has publicly declared his intent to help make Barack Obama a one and done president.