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Game change » The time has come for endorsing their one-time rival.


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"Gov. Romney enjoys firing people. I enjoy creating jobs."

"When you combine a record of uncertainty — running first as a senator, as a liberal; governor as a moderate; then as a conservative for the presidency, people wonder where your core is."

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"He’s been on three sides of every major issue of the day. And because of that it’s going to be very tough in the end to be able to make that trust argument to the American people."

NOW » "It is now time for our party to unite around the candidate best equipped to defeat Barack Obama. Despite our differences and the space between us on some of the issues, I believe that candidate is Gov. Mitt Romney."

"I think he’s the best equipped by far to deal with the economic issues and challenges that confront us. ... He’s grown a lot, he’s learned a lot. He’s probably better prepared to lead."

RON PAUL

The scrappy Texas congressman was the last man standing among Romney’s GOP opponents, and he’s not ready to make nice yet. Paul announced this week that he won’t campaign anymore, but he’s still collecting delegates at state party conventions and could give Romney grief at the national nominating convention in Tampa, Fla., come August. Paul ran some scorching ads against Romney earlier this year but shied away from going after Romney in person.

THEN » Narrator in Ron Paul radio ad: "Mitt Romney can’t fight against Obamacare because he supported the same mandates and government takeovers as governor of Massachusetts. Romney can’t stand up against more bailouts because he supported them. He can’t lead the charge to shrink the government because he has grown it. Romney’s record is liberal and putting him up against Obama is a recipe for defeat."

NOW: » "Not soon." Paul’s answer when he asked Tuesday when he’ll endorse Romney.


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