Ron Paul: Santorum an ‘addict of conspiracies,’ alliance with Romney pure fiction

Steven Nelson | Associate Editor

Over the past week or so, Texas Rep. Ron Paul has been widely accused of being in cahoots with fellow Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. But Paul and his campaign say that charge simply isn’t true.

After primary polls closed in Arizona and Michigan on Tuesday, Paul suggested on CNN that Rick Santorum was an “addict of conspiracies” for alleging an alliance. “Some people are much more into conspiracies than others,” Paul said.

“There is no such ‘alliance’,” campaign spokesman Gary Howard told The Daily Caller. “Dr. Paul has on numerous occasions pointed out Gov. Romney’s bad record as he has for each of the candidates.”

The supposed alliance has incited a media frenzy. Many commentators have inferred that such an alliance would be designed to assist the political future of Paul’s son, Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul.

“You have to ask Congressman Paul and Gov. Romney what they’ve got going together,” Santorum said after a Feb. 22 debate in Arizona. “Their commercials look a lot alike, and so do their attacks.”

Adding to the speculative frenzy, Rand Paul said last week that “it would be an honor to be considered” by Romney as a running mate.

Paul’s straightforward denunciation of talk of an “alliance” with Romney might not put to rest the theorizing. On Monday ThinkProgress published an analysis of 20 debates and found that Paul hadn’t directly attacked Romney in any of them — despite attacking other rivals a total of 39 times.

“The other candidates in this race, as Congressman Paul has said many times, represent the status quo,” Howard told TheDC, “something he has fought against his entire political career.”

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