Several sources from within both the Rand Paul and the Austin Petersen camps confirmed talks have been taking place for Senator Paul’s endorsement of the Libertarian Party’s presidential candidate Austin Petersen.
One source said that Senator Paul had considered endorsing fellow Tea Party candidate Ted Cruz, saying if Rand thought he had a future with the GOP, he would have endorse Cruz. Interesting, considering Justin Amash, another Libertarian leaning congressman from Michigan, was highly criticized earlier for endorsing Cruz.
Another Libertarian leaning congressman, Thomas Massie, from Rand Paul’s home state of Kentucky, has along with Senator Paul, refused to support the eventual nominee (likely Donald Trump) saying they are not endorsing any one at this time.
Senator Paul has said in the past he will support the eventual GOP nominee, but events over the last few days have him reconsidering. Several GOP candidates have expressed they might not support Donald Trump as the nominee.
Another source said that Rand has commented, “I like Cruz if I had a future in the GOP, but I don’t. My choices are Chump (which Trump is commonly referred to in the Paul camp) or third party. I won’t endorse Gary Johnson, and can Austin Petersen really help him or me?” After considering his options, Senator Paul has decided to make a surprise announcement and endorse Austin Petersen at a news conference on Friday morning, joined alongside by Congressman Thomas Massie.
This could be huge for the Libertarian Party and could pave the way for the Libertarian Party to be the Party of the future once the GOP implodes.
Congressman Justin Amash, Rand Paul and Thomas Massie are often linked together as the future of the GOP. Justin Amash could not be reached for comment. It is unknown whether Amash would also change his endorsement from Ted Cruz to Austin Petersen.
Stay tuned for further developments and Happy April Fools Day!