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-- back to Hannity and during the spirited Republican primary this election season Kentucky senator Rand Paul was out on the trail campaigning for his father Texas congressman Ron Paul.
But tonight he is here to make a major announcement about 2012 and the presidential race.
We welcome back to the program Kentucky senator Rand Paul -- -- -- -- good to see if John all right.
First of all before you say what I think you're going to -- Did you check in with your congressman father.
Presidential candidate -- I guess officially finally dropped out of the race.
My first choice had always been my father I campaign forum when I was eleven years old he's still my first -- But you know now the nominating process is over tonight I'm happy to announce that I'm gonna be sporting governor Romney if -- do you look if it isn't for you followed by the way I mean I would really question -- loyalty there and I think it was totally understandable.
And I know you know what you -- you respect your dad and I agree with you data many issues I have no idea why he's still mad at me and he would reject coming on this program -- -- a whole different story for another day.
How often tell me -- you supporting governor Romney.
But you know I think.
It's interesting the governor -- and I actually have quite a few similarities you know governor Romney's dad ran for president was unsuccessful.
Governor Romney then went on to support the nominee in same ways dad did.
Governor Romney comes from a big -- -- I don't know them that well but I think it's a big loving family said alive come from a family with five kids.
Governor Romney has five kids.
He's had a long and happy marriage so -- my parents.
I think we have a lot of the same family values and trust and and feeling.
Of the importance of the family unit and so that I think draws a kinship between our families.
But I met with him recently I had about a thirty minute meeting with him he was nice enough to -- -- was -- when he was in Washington recently.
We talked about a lot of issues it was a free ranging discussion.
We talked about issues frankly that are very important to me that are important my dad and to many of his followers.
And many invasion of governor Romney's already taken a position on one of the big issues.
For our supporters for myself and my dad is auditing the Fed we think there needs to be more transparency -- the Fed.
And more oversight by congress and this is something together Romney was supportive of throughout his campaign.
And also the supportive of in private to -- We talked about other issues that are important my dad's followers -- it as a legion of young followers who -- on the Internet.
And they think they rule the Internet maybe they do maybe they don't but they're very concerned about the freedom of the Internet.
There's been legislation recently so that governor Romney came out -- the debates and was opposed to this so which would.
Take away some of the process of ownership on the Internet we were very afraid that it would limit Internet freedom and governor Romney's right there with us on those issues -- -- So I think there's a lot of can -- on those issues.
Another big issue for me is the reins act on -- chief sponsor in senate.
On it a bill that would say that any major regulation and I think we've got so much over regulation now.
-- he major rule or regulation that would cost the economy over a hundred million dollars should have to come back -- be voted on in congress.
And governor Romney's right there with me on that issue so I think we have a lot in common a lot of things that we'll -- -- -- together on.
But senator to -- he had been mentioned that we will I believe this is a choice election.
And on Obama care.
There is one major difference.
Even on issues of spending even though maybe you don't agree that that for example the Ryan plan goes fast enough.
I know you support you -- none of the the Mac any plan.
I hope that goes through governor Romney when I asked him about it seemed pretty intrigued by the idea.
But when it comes to fiscal responsibility.
Obama care they are vast difference this year do you think this country -- -- 45.
Up four more years of Obama.
Now in my state is really suffering we stand to lose 50000 jobs in the coal industry -- President Obama continues.
I think one thing that governor Romney would make as the president is you'd bring a more balanced approach to regulation.
We're gonna have some regulation some regulation actually protects the environment.
But president -- allowed the tilt in the balance to go so far that he's crushing the economy now -- crushing jobs.
And I think governor Romney would have a more balanced approach to regulation by -- and just sorely need that excusing that energy in general senator I mean he's for all the above they'll start drilling immediately and he's been very clear about that.
Those 50000 jobs you mentioned in Kentucky and we go to West Virginia lingo and other places and fracking and all these other things.
He's in support of all these things which -- we all know the President Obama is not.
Well you know the energy industry the oil and gas industry employs nine point two million people and pays 86 million dollars a day in taxes.
And I want to encourage them to produce more oil and gas and our country he's a good American jobs these are jobs that can't be outsourced energy jobs are great for our country.
And I know governor Romney will allow the Keystone Pipeline to a car I know that he will encourage fuel and gas industry and he won't say.
-- this is terrible the corporations make money.
Jessica attitude is making companies wanna go overseas we need to encourage companies try to stay income come back to America not leave the country.
You are very well loved in the Tea Party movement will you go out on the campaign -- governor Romney.
Yes and I think that I can be an asset and solidifying the conservative base of the party.
But I also think that.
Myself my father and a movement that he started attracts a lot of independents -- -- So a lot of these young people aren't necessarily the conservative base -- idea in my discussions with governor Romney I brought forward exactly what I believe and that's that.
You and I've had this discussion before that there should be checks and balances.
That the right to declare war starts with the legislature.
And it's important that we separate these powers and we had a very good and I think honest discussion about a lot of these things.
And I came away from it feeling that he will be a very responsible commander in chief I don't think he'll be reckless I don't think he'll be rash.
And I think city realizes and believes his idea that war as a last resort and something that we don't rush Willy Nilly into.
And I came away feeling that he'll have mature.
Attitude and believe stores foreign policy all right ram -- think it's a bigger endorsement coming from you and will be looking Fiat on the campaign trail and as always.
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