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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  • If Ron Paul does not go independent then he’s a Fraud !…


  • What? Have people forgotten common courtesy and respect? It’s a bond between people who value one another. Get real world

  • That was awesome!! Every time she asked a question to try and make the 3 globalist scum bags look good, Doug turned it around and brought out the TRUTH and focused on how corrupt they are and how Ron Paul cannot be bought for any price! Amazing info for the dumbed down Americans voting for this three crooked globalist!

  • The fact that the lib media is on his side cause they know he could not beat obama.. You ron paul supporters need to see that..

  • I knew this was bull shit off the bat.

  • Im4freedom

    Why isn’t he exposing Romney to the public like he is doing to all of the others?

    • Think

      Why Attack Santorum or Gingrich but not Romney?

      Ron Paul’s critics continue to note that Paul seems to reserve more scorn for Rick Santorum than Mitt Romney at the moment. I pretty much do the same on this blog. Does this mean the Paul camp is somehow pro-Romney? Or in “cahoots” with Mitt, as people continue to speculate?


      Most observers agree that throughout this election there has been Romney and the campaign to become the anti-Romney, with Romney being the moderate, establishment choice and the anti-Romney being the conservative, anti-establishment choice.

      If Republican voters are already supporting Romney then they’ve already made peace with his big government, anti-conservative record. Newt Gingrich wanted to be the anti-Romney, until conservatives could no longer ignore that Newt’s big government record wasn’t much different from Mitt’s. Santorum now wants to be the anti-Romney. The problem is Santorum is every bit the big government politician Romney is. Mr. “politics is a team sport” Santorum was literally a water carrier for the GOP establishment throughout the last decade and then some.

      Throughout January (and before), Ron Paul pointed out how Gingrich differed little from Romney. Paul now points out how Santorum is no different from Romney.

      Only Ron Paul is drastically different from Romney, Gingrich and Santorum, with a limited government record that is without compare. The other candidates never attack Paul on his record because they can’t.

      Paul’s primary task at the moment is to remind conservatives that the latest supposed anti-Romney, Santorum, is no conservative.

      And once Paul becomes the anti-Romney, then we’ll finally see the war for the heart and soul of the Republican Party that needs to happen. If Romney thinks it’s tough debating phonies like Santorum and Gingrich over who has a marginally less big government record, wait until Mitt has to face the only Republican candidate who has no big government record.

      There has been only one anti-Romney in this election the entire time. Ron Paul’s job at the moment is to remind conservatives of this otherwise glaring fact.

  • I like Wead!

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  • WOW that dingbat is one of the more clueless MSM whores out there.

    • Surfisher

      The only way to prevent voter fraud is to get a receipt.

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      Without a RECEIPT, what government assurance do you have that your VOTE actually COUNTED…?!

  • Growing up in the 70’s I recall the powerful influence of a generation of Americans who had endured three wars; World War II, Vietnam, and Korea. They had seen the enemy, and the consequences of allowing tyrannically dictators to go unchecked. These Americans lost sons and daughters defending the freedom that America enjoyed. They knew the benefit of living in a land where freedoms like speech, press, worship, privacy, and the right to bear arms were protected under the Constitution

  • “Cause once the lights go on –once they understand what’s at stake– our people stick with us.”

    This is why Ron Paul is the only candidate who can beat Obama.

  • Doug Wead would be a dangerous man if went over to the dark side. Thank you Doug for standing up for what is right and not the Right.


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  • Anyone who believes there is an alliance between Romney and Paul needs to have their head examined! so to speak. The mainstream media is employing some very evil tactics again. Throw the mud against the wall and see what sticks. Unfortunately, there are many brain dead individuals in the USA who will believe whatever B/S mainstream throws on that mud soaked wall. Ughhhhhh!

  • What is actually happening is Santorum and Romney are colluding AGAINST Ron Paul. That is the exactly what Doug Wead explained in another interview; Santorum is going to throw his delegates over to Romney!

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  • They fucking spelled his name wrong! It’s not Doug Mead, it’s Doug Wead! Really MSNBC? That’s just fucking lame.

  • Ron Paul is simply astonishing. He is the only glimmer of hope in our political system, yet people somehow refuse to see the light. It’s literally mind boggling at this point. Ron Paul absolutely slays the neo-con fucks at the debates, and people just IGNORE it? And he shrugs it off and keeps on fighting. This guy is up there with Ghandi no doubt in my mind.

  • Doug Wead is the fucking man, always stands up for the Doctor so good. Love his enthusiasm.