Why Ron Paul May Cut a Deal With Mitt Romney

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For Ron Paul, victory is finally in sight. No, not a swearing-in
ceremony next January 20, or even a single statewide win. Halfway
through the primary season, Paul has won only a preference poll in the
U.S. Virgin Islands, and he is running dead last in delegates among the
four GOP candidates for President. He has spent a lot, if not always
wisely: the $31.55 he has dropped per vote (more than even Mitt Romney)
is a sum that might shock even a Democrat.

But winning the presidency was never Paul’s foremost goal, and as he
nears the end of his last presidential crusade, he has one more chance
to promote his ideas. The Republican race is a muddled mess. Even after
his southern losses, only Romney has a real shot at amassing the 1,144
delegates required to wrap up the nomination, and he would then face the
task of unifying the GOP’s warring factions. Which is why Paul’s
campaign has sent discreet signals to Camp Romney that the keys to
Paul’s shop can be had for the right price.