Romney: I Would Vote for Ron Paul Over Obama

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, with Texas Rep. Ron Paul during a GOP debate in October, said Wednesday he would vote for Paul over President Barack Obama if Paul were to win the GOP nomination. (AP File Photo)

GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney said Wednesday he would vote for Ron Paul over President Barack Obama, a day after Newt Gingrich said voting for either of the two “would be a very bad choice for America.”

Romney made his comments to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, who asked whether he would vote for Paul if the Texas congressman were to win the Republican nomination.

“You know I’ve already crossed that river, if you will, by saying on the stage a number of times — as I believe Speaker Gingrich has — that all of the people on stage would be superior to the president we have,” Romney said. “So yes, I would vote for him.”

Pressed about Paul’s stance on security issues, particularly his statements about a nuclear-capable Iran, the former Massachusetts governor added that he disagrees with “a lot” of what the Texas congressman says.

“I don’t agree with a lot of the things that Ron Paul says and I would vehemently oppose many of his initiatives,” Romney said, adding that he believes Paul could be moved “in a direction that’s more productive.”

Blitzer asked, “So you think Ron Paul would be a better president than Barack Obama?”

“I have said that and I think Newt Gingrich has said the same thing on the stage when we’ve spoken about our Republican contenders,” Romney said. He added, “This is not a race about people on the stage who I don’t think should be the nominee — my race is about getting me to become the nominee.”

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