February 11th, 2008
06:00 PM ET
15 years ago

Ron Paul won't back McCain

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(CNN) – John McCain is lining up quite a few major endorsements now that he’s the GOP’s likely nominee - but at least one Republican said Monday he won’t be backing the Arizona senator.

Speaking to the Chicago Tribune, Ron Paul said he'd only support McCain for president if the Arizona senator "has a lot of change of heart" on his Iraq war stands.

“I can not support anybody with the foreign policy he advocates - you know, perpetual war…I think it’s un-American, unconstitutional, immoral, and not Republican," Paul said.

The comments come two days after the Texas congressman definitely ruled out running as a third party candidate, and said he was phasing back his presidential bid to focus on his home district and the re-election race he faces.

"If I were to lose the primary for my congressional seat, all our opponents would react with glee, and pretend it was a rejection of our ideas. I cannot and will not let that happen," Paul wrote on his Web site Saturday.

Paul also acknowledged he was cutting back his presidential campaign staff, but said he will not formally bow out of the race before the convention.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: John McCain • Ron Paul
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  1. Edias

    I am not surprised. I am sure that Ron Paul has other reasons However have you noticed how arrogant Senator McCain is? How could he possibly be somebody that cares for anybody else other than himself and the people that he allows in his cyrcle of friends? He was a hero..blah...blah... blah..blah...blah....blah. It happened long time ago and we are all thankful for his service up to his involvement in condoning and helping president George W. Bush's terror and borderline criminal tactics.It is time to move on. Just today Senator McCain called Dana Bash a jerk to her face. The fact that she just took as a joke just shows that she must be an awesome individual and reporter because if it were me I propably would tell him about his behind faster than than the speed of light.

    February 12, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |