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The pundits have reported that Mitt Romney did not have a single Republican friend among the 2008 presidential candidates. Perhaps, there were talking about the top-tier candidates but Romney and Paul became personal friends in 2008 and so did their wives. No real news there, but even I have noticed how Ron Paul has stayed away from directly attacking Mitt Romney doing the debates.

It's a strange alliance because the two differ on many issues, but it could be a strategic partnership because Ron Paul wants a platform at the GOP convention, and Mitt Romney could use a little help from the Ron Paul supporters.

http://blog.chron.com/txpotomac/2012/02/romney-paul-alliance-a-strategic-partnership/

According to another one of those unnamed sources, Romney aides have been in close touch with Ron Paul. The anonymous source said that both camps had been coordinating their events such a staggering the timing of each candidate's appearance on television to maximize effect.

Ron Paul will be in a race as he was in 2008 until the very end because he's trying to acquire delegates and use them to get a prime-time speaking slot for Paul and his son, Senator Ron Paul to Kentucky. In all Ron Paul wants from Mitt Romney and is a promise to audit the fed, and to tackle reducing the deficit in a serious manner. Ron Paul doesn't spend much money, so he doesn't need a lot of contributors. For example," When Republican presidential rival Rick Perry stayed in Council Bluffs, Iowa, his campaign racked up a $1,204 tab at the Hilton Gardens Inn.

When Paul visited Council Bluffs, he spent $64.38 at a Super 8 motel.

The Texas congressman’s campaign disclosure report, released to the public this week, reveals that he has worked to stretch his dollars on the presidential trail. His list of expenditures includes purchases from businesses known for low prices, including Walmart, The Dollar Tree, Super 8, Subway, and Casey’s General Store. http://tinyurl.com/7268bph

Ron Paul is pulling out all the stops like all the politicians. The Ron Paul regional coordinator in Reno, Wayne Terhune used a slide show to teach volunteers how to participate in a precinct meeting to win delegates during the state's upcoming caucus. It was a message of “cover your tattoos and cut your hair" or as Paul's campaign manager Jesse Benton likes to say," dress for business, because we mean business."

The alliance is strange but Romney might not need it because he won big on all the categories such as conservatism, electability, the religious and the Tea Party vote in Nevada. The state was favorable to run in because 26% of the vote are Mormons a but it also favored Ron Paul because is considered more of a Tea Party/libertarian state for those identifying themselves as Republicans. I have yet to see the Republican enthusiasm because the turnout in Florida and Nevada was less than in 2008. I agree with the pundits. It looks like the Republican voters are reluctantly accepting the fact that Mitt Romney will be the eventual nominee. It's still early but Super Tuesday is just around the corner. If Mitt Romney is still the frontrunner after that, then it becomes a race and for the delegates to use as bargaining chips. Then again if you use Gingrich's math, he has not lost a primary because if you all count all other candidate votes (as a vote for Newt) then Mitt Romney loses. That might be GOP math because all I heard yesterday was that if you think the recent job numbers were good then it was because of republicans but if you considered them bad then it was because of Obama. Talk about having your cake and eating it too.