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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  • Why wouldn’t Romney stand for America like Ron Paul does? Even the sick may not even know that answer.


  • Is Sicktorum still running? WHY?

  • Doug Wead is an excellent spokesman for Ron Paul.

  • This guy is right on. He insists that Ron Paul is the answer, and this dumb blonde just brushes it off with a comment about the other candidates, what a CLUELESS CUNT.

  • doug is a damned good spokesman for dr. paul

  • CAST IT INTO THE FIRE! Isildur!!!!!

  • You gotta remember, these journalists are cogs. They say what they are told to say. That’s all. Do you really believe that off camera they are trying to educate themselves as to how really bad the American people are being raped?
    I think not.
    This whole thing is a fucking freakshow.

  • Okay I have to say this in the interest of fair play. John King and Rachel Maddow from MsNBC have both been more than fair in providing coverage to Ron Paul. Particularly Maddow who has been on a mission to expose the fraud in the National GOP to silence Ron Paul. Yes does media bias exist, sure does, but stations like Fox who are more republican geared are also using bias to their advantage to skew the election. No ideology has a monopoly on media bias. Just saying.

  • Can he throw the presidency into mount doom? Eh wait we still have a congress and a judiciary that will rip us off.

  • Ron Paul is the ONLY one NOT FOR SALE!

  • love the ring of power comment, lol!

  • And they can’t assassinate him. They did so with Kennedy because he was compromised to a certain degree. Ron Paul is politically spotless. Killing him would only reveal the powers that be, which is the last thing they want.

  • Ron Paul just got about 100,000 votes when Doug Wead made a Lord of the Rings reference;And, I would put money on it that the newscaster did not understand it at all.

  • The morally corrupt can’t accept that Dr. Paul is an honorable man.
    The peace, freedom and prosperity movement is gaining momentum. It’s time to redouble our efforts!
    Ron Paul can and will win IF we all get behind him and give it our all. One man can’t do it alone. This is our fight, our cause, our future. The Founding Fathers pledged “our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor”. It will take nothing less today.
    Give something. Do something.
    ronpaul2012(dot)com ronpaulcountry(dot)com

  • First they ignore you
    then they laugh at you
    then they fight you
    then they try to associate you with the supposed frontrunner
    then you win.

  • What I wont ( and the world I suspect) is for Ron Paul to debate Obama? No teleprompters… just mind against mind, The Doc would tear him apart…

  • I was driving down the e way and seen somebody put a ron paul poster on an over pass gave me chills up my spine. This was in michigan. People all around the world want the DOC.

  • if ron paul is elected, I’m afraid for some sort of death.. It’s scary, I want him to win, but I’m afraid they’ll try and take his life. If he wins, and he was to die somehow. I’ll never work again.

  • Anyone else notice the got his name wrong on the screen at 1:11? It said Doug Mead.

  • when will the real battle begin Ron Paul vs Obama?