Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky decided the time had come tonight to abandon his father’s presidential bid and endorse presumptive nominee Mitt Romney. This, naturally, set off a flood of tweets.
Many Ron Paul supporters labeled Rand a traitor:
Rand Paul = Traitor.
— sean bateman (@basedtswift) June 8, 2012
Rand Paul is a SELL OUT I'd been hoping that the apple didn't fall far from the tree, but it looks like it is growing in a different orchard
— Angie Ritchey (@AngieRitchey) June 8, 2012
— Minerva Divine (@minerva_divine) June 8, 2012
A good chunk of conservatives and Republicans were happy about the news:
::slow clap for Rand Paul:: very brave, good sir.
— big tuna (@keder) June 8, 2012
Rand Paul just endorsed Romney & says he will be on the campaign trail for him. YEA!! Only hope Ron supporters will do the same in the end.
— cefva0752 (@ladynchesapeake) June 8, 2012
Rand Paul, Republican, endorsed Romney, the Republican nominee. That means Rand Paul is not, in fact, a RINO.
— RBe (@RBPundit) June 8, 2012
I'd be happier if Rand Paul were in a position to report to us all that Romney had agreed to reverse civil liberties violations under Obama.
— Liz Mair (@LizMair) June 8, 2012
I thought Rand Paul's endorsement of Romney was very sincere. He spelled out their agreements & got in his shot re:preemptive strikes.
— George Gamard (@GeorgeGamard) June 8, 2012
"@BrentTeichman: Rand Paul just endorsed Mitt Romney on #Hannity." Paulbots heads explode!
— Karen Fesler (@Gabesmom) June 8, 2012
Others were … confused:
Rand Paul endorsed Mitt Romney? OK, now I'm just confused.
— Rick Klein (@rickklein) June 8, 2012
Confusing! RT @ethanklapper: Looks like Rand Paul endorsed Mitt Romney: “I am honored to have earned the endorsement of Rand Paul."
— Ben Smith (@benyt) June 8, 2012
You and me both. RT @rickklein
Rand Paul endorsed Mitt Romney? OK, now I'm just confused
— Josh Shultz (@joshshultz) June 8, 2012
And still more just found the endorsement to be kinda … meh:
So it would appear Rand Paul is starring in the latest episode of "People Who Endorse Mitt Romney When No One Is Watching".
— Sabrina Siddiqui (@SabrinaSiddiqui) June 8, 2012