The son of Congressman Ron Paul, Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, who holds many of his father’s libertarian leanings and who campaigned extensively for his father’s three presidential runs, including his 1988 bid as Libertarian Party nominee, appeared on Hannity earlier tonight and announced his decision to officially endorse presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
In his decision, Paul cites Romney’s plan to audit the Federal Reserve, reverse Obamacare, and oppose SOPA. He makes no mention of his contrasting views with Romney on the PATRIOT Act, the War on Drugs, or foreign policy.
Video of endorsement can be viewed here.
The news follows 2008 Libertarian Party presidential nominee Bob Barr’s own decision to endorse Romney in May, and The Daily Caller’s June 5 report that President Obama will attempt to paint Romney as a “radical libertarian” during the general election.
The official and only Libertarian Party presidential nominee is Gary Johnson, whose eight year tenure as governor of New Mexico amounts to four more years than Romney’s one term as governor of Massachusetts.