June 13th, 2008
06:14 AM ET
15 years ago

Paul suspends presidential campaign; forms new organization

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/12/art.paul.gi.jpg caption="Ron Paul is suspending his presidential campaign."]WASHINGTON (CNN) – Texas Rep. Ron Paul announced Thursday he is suspending his bid for the Republican presidential nomination to focus his time on building an organization to help recruit and elect “limited government Republicans.”

“We want to elect constitutionalists, limited government Republicans across the country at the state and federal level,” said Paul spokesman Jesse Benton.

The congressman will speak about his political plans at the Texas Republican State Convention being held in Houston. Late Thursday afternoon, Paul launched a Web site for his new organization where he explained the decision to suspend his presidential campaign and form “Ron Paul Campaign for Liberty.”

“With the primary season now over, the presidential campaign is at an end,” Paul said in the letter. “But the larger campaign for freedom is just getting started.”

Arizona Sen. John McCain locked up the GOP nomination back in March, but unlike his fellow Republicans running for president, Paul never abandoned his White House bid.

Paul’s decision to leave the race is an acknowledgment he had no chance of winning the GOP nomination. But even in loss, Paul is one of a handful of candidates who walked away from this presidential contest a winner. His presidential campaign had a broad base of support that included traditionally fiscal and socially conservative Republicans to young people who were angry about the U.S. decision to wage war against Iraq.

The Internet helped to tie together his group of supporters who joined the “Ron Paul Revolution.”

“The work of the Campaign for Liberty will take many forms,” Paul wrote in the letter posted on his Web site. “We will educate our fellow Americans in freedom, sound money, non-interventionism, and free markets. We’ll have our own commentaries and videos on the news of the day. I’ll work with friends I respect to design materials for homeschoolers."

He added, “Politically, we’ll expand the great work of our precinct leader program. We’ll make our presence felt at every level of government, where just a few people with our level of enthusiasm can make a world of difference. We’ll keep an eye on Congress and lobby against legislation that threatens us. We’ll identify and support political candidates who champion our great ideas against the empty suits the party establishments offer the public.”

Paul will not endorse McCain, unless the Arizona senator “wants to change some of his positions,” Benton said. But Benton added that this effort in no way is intended to hurt McCain in November.

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  1. Carl J

    Its amazing some of the ignorant statements that get spouted in these forums.

    Ron Paul knows the Constitution and abides by it better than any other Republican out there. You don't have to agree with all his platform (I didn't) but the man had some very wise things to say – and regardless of your affiliation, we should all take heed at the directions our government is taking us.

    Or is it [Constitution] just a "piece of paper" to some of you?

    June 12, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  2. Jason

    Kudos to Ron Paul for being so energetic and determined. I think he's nuts, yeah, but he's got the kind of spunk that the process needs more of.

    Now back to our regularly scheduled program-Obama '08. 😀

    June 12, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  3. Axel

    I think it's a good thing that Ron Paul is dropping out since he can't possibly win anyway.

    June 12, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  4. dave

    Oh god, please don't endorse McCain Dr. Paul...worst thing you could do.

    June 12, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  5. Porter

    Another election, another choice between two socialists. Nothing ever changes.

    June 12, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  6. RamRod

    Please join the military. Then come talk to me.


    June 12, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  7. Matt, Manchester, CT

    Great, now all those "Dr. Paul" morons can go back under their rocks.

    June 12, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  8. Paul Christenson

    A race well ran by Ron Paul.

    You have to admit he really took a BITE out of John McMUFFIN!

    And it only BEGINS here...

    June 12, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  9. Dean

    RON PAUL would've been change I would believe in

    June 12, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  10. kevin

    I am so sad to see the various CNN lookers' wrong perceptions. Remember, the ONLY candidate for president over the past year who voted against the war on PRINCIPLE was Paul. Maybe you anti-war guys should realized Obama is no different than Clinton or Bush.

    June 12, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  11. Jim in NC

    I've been a Republican my whole life as well as being a 31-year veteran defending this country. As closely as I have followed the candidates I cant find a good reason to support McCain. I despised Hillary and her efforts to turn this into a Socialist nation. After reading his book, I have even fewer reasons to support Obama. Now I'm hoping for a ringer independent because neither of the candidates have what it takes to lead this country where it needs to go.

    No Hillary.
    No Obama.
    No McCain.

    Ron Paul would have my support if he had stayed.

    Now it looks like I will be voting "NONE OF THE ABOVE".

    June 12, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  12. Ellen

    For those of you who think Obama would be a bad President, you beter take more of your reality medication. He is the ONLY person who can help this country. God help us.

    June 12, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  13. D. D.

    Maybe Sean Hannity can be his surrogate when he is not screaming anything and all things about Senator Obama.

    June 12, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  14. S.B.

    So finally the mainstream media actually pays some attention to the best candidate of the primaries.

    Too bad they wait until after everything is all but over, but I am sure that was the point

    June 12, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  15. Matt

    From : Wheres the March

    [ June 12th, 2008 5:38 pm ET

    What happened to the Revolution March on Washington…..was it not suppose to be today?? ]

    Well, if you are looking for the March today, you will be waiting a whole month. The date for the march is July 12th, not June 12th.

    And to the person who said that they do not like Ron Paul's facial expression. Stating that he looks "not wholesome" You my friend are ignorant. Ron Paul is the most wholesome, well informed, patriotic, upstanding presidential candidate there has been in some time. He speaks what he believes, he votes how he believes and he does not waffle on what he says or does. I don't think you have a very good sense of perception on people's personality if you think he is unwholesome and yet believe that Obama or McCain are more wholesome.

    June 12, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  16. J.C.

    I was hoping Dr. Ron Paul would go Independent, but he wouldn't.
    He thinks if he went Independent, nobody would have noticed him.
    But his strategy has worked. Many of us got to know him in this election.
    Dr. Paul: Can you now go Independent, please?

    June 12, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
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