Doug Wead Officially Confirms There’s No Deal between Ron Paul and Mitt Romney


Alex Witt: To politics now, the build up to Tuesday’s Michigan Primary has seen a barrage of attack ads being launched between Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum. In an appearance in Michigan yesterday, Santorum accused Romney and Ron Paul of forming an alliance and colluding against him. It is a question that I asked Paul-campaign senior advisor, Dough Weed, when he joined us on the show over a month ago.

Here’s an exchange we’re going to play between Ron Paul and Mitt Romney.

Mitt Romney: If we want people who spent their life and there career, most of their career, in Washington, we have three people on this stage. Well, I take that back, we got a doctor out here that spent most of his time in the surgical suit, well, not surgery, the birthing suit.

Alex Witt: A lot of people interpreted that from Romney as being extremely differential to Ron Paul. What should we make of that, do you think he may be angling for Ron Paul’s supporters, eventually?

Doug Wead: I think that all of the candidates ought to, there’s no path to the White House without Ron Paul.

Alex Witt: And now, Dough is back. So, Doug, I ask you once again, with a welcome, is there an alliance brewing here?

Doug Wead: Brewing, well? There is no alliance, Ron Paul and Mitt Romney are exact opposites, maybe that’s why they like each other so much. Mitt Romney is the biggest flip-flopper in modern political history, Ron Paul is the most consistent. Ann Romney drives two Cadillacs, I don’t know how she does that, Carol Paul drives a Chevy. Now, Carol Paul would like to drive a Cadillac, and if we can reform the monetary policy the way Ron Paul wants and not be bailing out rich people but let all of us have a chance, maybe we’ll all get to drive Cadillacs. But there is no deal.

Alex Witt: Here’s one thing that was speculated with a political analyst earlier on the broadcast, saying that Ron Paul’s aiming for No. 2 here, he’s just trying to get rid of Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich.

Doug Wead: No, listen, Rick Santorum is actually leading in your poll that you just showed today. So what are we supposed to do? I mean, we have a flip-flopper on one hand, we have a fake conservative on the other hand. And Ron Paul looks at this, rick Santorum raised the national debt 5 times, he voted for that, Ron Paul didn’t. He goes around acting like have’s a social conservative, but he votes for millions of dollars for planned-parenthood, Ron Paul didn’t do that. So you’ve got Santorum saying in the national debate, “I voted for ‘No Child Left Behind’, but I didn’t believe it was the right thing, I did it for the team”. Well, his first loyalty is to the team, Ron Paul’s first loyalty is to the U.S. constitution. As Bob Dylan says, “You got to serve somebody”. So we don’t like either one of them, we like Ron Paul.

Alex Witt: Yea, you make a point about Rick Santorum leading in the national polls, Dough, and indeed he does. I believe it is 31% that 30% right now. But the point is, a month or so ago, he was up like 10 points, so there’s certainly a trend there. Whom do you think is the toughest for Ron Paul to beat among his colleagues, shall we say, in the GOP campaign?

Doug Wead: Well, we’re in almost like a different campaign, because we are in an educational as well as a political campaign. You have to understand that it’s not which candidate is tougher, it’s how quickly can we get our message out to the people in time. Because once the lights go on, once they understand what’s at stake, our people stick with us. When Ron Paul came to Congress, everybody was taking money from the lobbyist. It wasn’t like some were and some weren’t; all of them were. And Ron Paul was this Gandhi-like creature who wouldn’t take bribes, who wouldn’t take money from the lobbyist, who wouldn’t go on a junket because he knew that was a tax payer paid vacation, who wouldn’t go into little rooms, pick stocks, and then decide the policy that would dictate whether those stocks go up or down. He was pure. So now he’s in a presidential run, and he’s trying to reform the whole system. It’s not an easy task, but we’re pleased with what’s happening.

Alex Witt: But, Dough, Ron Paul essentially is not campaigning in the state of Michigan which holds its primary on Tuesday. He is running an attack ad against Rick Santorum. So my question to us is, why Rick Santorum, why not Mitt Romney?

Doug Wead: Well, you know, if you follow the money, and you’ll see our ads, most of our money was spent on the “three-of-a-kind” ad. We had to get a Rick Santorum ad out, he was No.1. And we are running in Michigan in certain districts and we want out people in Michigan to work hard, they know what we’re doing. But we’re in for a marathon run, this isn’t going to be over very quickly, very easily. And I can tell us this, if Ron Paul got the ring of power, he’d throw it at Mount Doom. It’s not about glory and power for him, it’s about reforming this government and bringing it back to the constitution and opening the free marketplace again for everybody.

Alex Witt: Does Ron Paul want primetime speaking to have his policies considered at the convention at Tampa?

Doug Wead: Listen, if 22 years or lobbyist money and women and appeals to his ego and “Let’s play the game and buy stocks and then write the rules to determine whether those stocks go up”; if he couldn’t be corrupted by 22 years of what he’s being through in Washington, then there’s no promise from Mitt Romney of a speech or anything else that will make him roll over on the principles he believes in.

Alex Witt: Alright, Dough Wead, always good to talk to you, thanks for joining us.

Doug Wead: Thanks, Alex.

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  • i like how this dude laughs at all the BS b4 he even starts talking lol he even laughed when she said it was good talking to him lol

  • “Because he’s a FAKE”. true story

  • i like how this dude just laughs at all the BS b4 he even starts talking lol he even laughed when she said it was good talking to him lol

  • I am definetly buying a Ron Paul bumper sticker. Even if he loses, it will never come off.


  • santorum is such a bitch lol

  • gosh. when Americans are suspicious about other nations of having WMD, terrorism, etc they get paranoid and plot to kill them…then mitt romney and ron paul show some kind of amicable banter or light heart respect, the American people are suspicious about his too…shit, this is a culture of pure paranoia.

  • Wead is a former advisor of GEORGE H.W. BUSH of all people! How the fuck can you trust this guy associated with Ron Paul?

  • RP has probably won every poll so far


  • How does Ron Paul only have 11% and Santorum has 31% according to their poll? That makes absolutely no sense, everyone I talk to really likes Paul. All across the country, there are all kinds of Ron Paul bumper stickers and signs everywhere. I haven’t met anyone who actually supported any of the other candidates. Where are all these fans of these other candidates because I can’t find any

  • “It’s not about glory and power for him(ron paul), it’s about reforming this government by bringing it BACK TO THE CONSTITUTION.” When your country is very ill and down, who ya gonna call? The DOCTOR!! Save U.S. as our president, Dr. Paul!!

  • She just looks pissed to even be talking about Ron Paul. Does she always have that bitchy condescending look on her face?

  • Dr. Paul and the message of Liberty is excellent. As for the 2 others Mitt bothers me far less than Sick Rantorbum. Newt is a lame duck.

  • The MSM alternately ignore Dr Paul, smear him or promote outright lies — which they invent themselves — about his campaign.
    You know how to tell when the MSM presstitutes are lying, folks?
    Yup: when their lips (and teleprompters) are moving.
    Here’s a little fact that the MSM hacks don’t want you to know:

  • I love RP’s strategy. He has been so calm and passive up till the end and he is now STRIKING and STRIKING F*&$ING HARD!

  • I would be happy with Ron Paul VP, but we NEED President Ron Paul.

  • HIS NAME IS DOUG WEAD not doug Mead! dumb msnbc! Ron Paul!

  • Angling toward his supporters? Like he’ll get them. Joke of the century.

  • As long as Romney supports the globalist and keeps his money oversees to avoid taxes and buys out businesses while putting thousands out of work,and attends secret bilderberg meetings i will not vote for him..

  • Why does it look like Doug Wead’s wearing eye liner?