Paul won't run for re-election to Congress
July 12th, 2011
12:35 PM ET
7 years ago

Paul won't run for re-election to Congress

Washington (CNN) - Rep. Ron Paul of Texas won't run for re-election to his House seat next year.

"I have decided not to seek re-election to Congress," said Paul in a Tweet Tuesday.

The Republican lawmaker, who has served nearly 24 years as representative of Texas' 14th Congressional District, is currently making his third bid for the White House.

"Dr. Paul will not seek re-election in Texas-14 and will focus his efforts on winning the presidency," Paul political director Jesse Benton told CNN.

"I felt it was better that I concentrate on one election," Paul told "The Facts," which covers Brazoria County, Texas.

Paul said his announcement will give candidates who are thinking of making a bid to succeed him enough time to prepare.

"I didn't want to hold off until in December. I thought it shouldn't be any later than now," Paul said.

Paul's district includes ten counties along the state's Gulf Coast, from suburban Houston south towards Corpus Christi.

After running for the White House in 1988 as a libertarian candidate, Paul made a bid in 2008 for the GOP nomination. He is now making a second run for the Republican nomination.

Watch Rep. Paul on CNN's "John King, USA" at 7 p.m. ET Tuesday.

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Filed under: 2012 • Ron Paul • Texas
soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. The Other Michael in Houston

    Good Congressman Paul. Although I don't think you could beat President Obama, it is nice to see a different party get in the mix. Heck, I mignt just vote for you.

    July 12, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  2. michaelam

    Good! One less crazy Texan occupying space in the House! Thankfully, his chances of occupying the White House are slim and none as well!
    Texas: Go Blue! Quit voting AGAINST your very own best interest! Help move our country forward!

    July 12, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    How much anyone wants to bet that a Democrat will win his seat? I'm not calling favorites. I just call 'em as I see 'em. Republicans are less popular than Congress right now.

    July 12, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  4. John

    This Is good ,now If you could talk your son not to run for re-elected America would be In better shape. Because I don't think you have a chance In hell of winning the Republican Nomination.

    July 12, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  5. P. U

    Too old to be in congress; Too old to be POTUS. Period!!!!!

    July 12, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  6. GI Joe

    So, basically he's saying he's retiring in January 2013, because he will never win the Presidency. Maybe he should go ahead and take early retirement, his social security and medicare ........ oops - he gets full benefits from his time in the House. He won't have to settle for what the working people of this country have had to settle for.

    Take your son with you.

    July 12, 2011 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  7. Marie MD

    Good,onepaul out of politics. Next the trampling son.
    You are NOTgoing to win anything but at least we won't have to worry about your kind anymore

    July 12, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  8. Whoosh

    ..and so it is written

    July 12, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  9. vet in texas

    He's a racist, there are articles and statement to prove it. The things you say in the 80's and 90's will follow you to the grave.

    Since he's a racist, then his son is obviously one too.

    don't believe me, then why is Obama a marxist/kenyan/socialist, remember Newt's famous mau mau comparison, lol.

    July 12, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  10. Me

    Awesome! He won't win the WH let alone get the GOP nomination so he'll be out of a job. Good news for America.

    July 12, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  11. Republican Robber Baron

    Wow all the fanatic Fruit Loops will not be happy about this. The lunatic at the grocery store that always rambles about Ron Paul being the savior will have a let down – but insist Ron Paul should be the next President. Good luck the Republican Establishment would NEVER nominate someone that doesn't support their Fascist Military-Indusrial complex welfare program.

    July 12, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  12. ryan

    Any of you have a legit reason for hating him so much? How is he crazy? Seems like the path our country is on now is pretty insane to me.

    July 12, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  13. kurtinco

    I will be glad to see the old coot go.

    July 12, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  14. A Kickin` Donkey

    Ms. Bachmann, drop your safety net too!

    Afterall for the past 3 years you`ve not spent the majority of your time doing your "day job" anyway.

    July 12, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  15. Jay W.

    @Michaelam, and Rudy.....
    Texas is just fine as a red state and is likely to stay that way for the foreseeable future. We have an economy that is creating half the jobs in this country right now, a government that spends within its means and a very positive climate for doing business, and government. Not too bad considering those notorious blue states...cali and ny are always in debt, and companies are leaving in droves to move to texas. Yeah ron pauls a nutjob, but its not like every state doesnt have one or two. AND RUDY...if the GOP is soooo unpopular....should i remind you about the 2010 elections? sounds like you need reminding that the GOP had a recordbreaking win streak in do you reconcile that with your belief that the nation hates the GOP? sounds like your in denial!

    July 12, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  16. Mike

    GI Joe how little you know. Ron Paul like him or not is the only congressman elected that turned down his retire and benefits from congress. He served 24 yr and paid his way. have a little respect. What he says he means. People bash him because they are so narrow minded that they never actually saw or heard what he is about. That is the problem with this country. You do what your party says not what the canidate is about.

    July 12, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  17. Phil in KC

    So it's the White House or nothing? I hope he's ready for disappointment. Of course, some other whack-job right-winger will replace him in Congress.

    July 12, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  18. CarolO

    Too bad his son doesn't quit.

    July 12, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  19. Oath_Keeper

    Dr Paul Texas will be less without you. You're a great man. I admire your steadfast dedication to the Constitution, our founding principles, and freedom of the people. Our founding fathers knew the disastrous potential for misplaced power and made many statements about it. I just wish the other candidates and elected officials would follow our ideals and not give in to special interest influence and corruption. If that were the case we would not be in the mess we see today. You have had and will have my support and vote in 2012.

    July 12, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  20. JD in Moraga, CA

    He's been in Congress longer than Representative Aaron Schock has been alive. Yeah, it's time to go.

    July 12, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |

    The old man needs to retire anyway. Good bye and good luck, Mr. Paul. Your time's up. See ya and I wouldn't wanna be ya!

    July 12, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  22. Rand from VA

    @GI Joe Ron Paul does not participate in the Congressional Pension Program and refuses to take part in the other benefits afforded to members of Congress. He has never voted for a Congressional pay increase, he has never taken a government paid junket, and he gives part of his congressional office budget back to the Treasury every year. You obviously don't know Ron Paul's record or the commitment to his values that he has maintained for years.

    Ron Paul does have a chance of winning because he does not just appeal to the Republican base as many believe. Recent articles on the Huffington Post show there is a growing movement of liberals and progressives that are switching party membership to the GOP just so they can vote in the primary for Paul. A big upset is coming. The way he is running his campaign is different and the response he is getting from all parts of society is different then last time. He has a definite chance of winning the nomination no matter what the mainstream media wants you to believe.

    July 12, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  23. gt

    i will take bet ...this texas ..not southern california or new york..

    July 12, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  24. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    as much as I would like to see certain congress-folks leave their positions here in Texas, Paul would be very LOW on my list. Now Louie Gommert on the other hand would be very HIGH on it and he can take Gov Perry with him if he were to go..they are both lamebrains.

    July 12, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  25. Johnny

    This man is a true American PATRIOT!

    July 12, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
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