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. An Independent Hillary

    I saw Ron Paul interviewed on TV, and he had even less charisma than John McCain. Yet Ron Paul is VERY popular with the youth of today. Go figure.

    Best of luck to Mr. Paul and his supporters.

    June 12, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  2. Dan

    Congratulations Dr. Paul on a hard fought campaign. I wish you the best in your future political endeavors with the Campaign for Liberty. And I know for sure that he won't be endorsing John McCain.

    June 12, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  3. Alex

    It's a ridiculous notion to think that Ron Paul is jockeying for the VP position. McCain represents everything that Ron Paul does not like.

    June 12, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  4. valerie

    Iam so sorry to here that Dr.Ron Paul is dropping out of the race.I'ts a very sad sad day for the American people,they were all to blind or brainwashed to see the truth about this man's intent on trying to save them from losing their freedoms and liberties.If only Americans did more research,about him.Instead of relying on the mainstream media dictating to them who they should vote for.It's a sad sad sad day.

    June 12, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  5. scott in GA

    I wish him well. I'm not ready to vote for him for POTUS, but 200 Ron Pauls in the House and 40 or so in the Senate would be a good thing. I imagine he's built up quite a war chest.

    to the first poster up there, what.
    what the h#ll are you talking about?

    June 12, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  6. Mike

    I hope he takes just enough Republicans with him so McCain does not win this Fall!!!!!!!!

    June 12, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  7. What What?

    Hey "What" do you think before you type? You should like a reactionary lunatic

    June 12, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  8. tired of it all

    he ran as a Republican is why is lost...
    his message was a truthful and honest one and he seems like a good man, however, to be a Republican, one must love Iraq and believe in the propoganda patriotism that it has generated .... for clarification, just listen to Sean Hannity for further insane commentary on Iraq and his beloved Republicans

    June 12, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  9. jean Greer

    McCain Stop Attacking women, we all need more Education and
    training. What happen to you the reason that you haven't taking
    advantage of upgrading your education in economics?

    June 12, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  10. RW

    Quitting from what?!! .. Texas Rep. Ron Paul announced Thursday he is suspending his bid for the Republican presidential nomination !!! WOW... Does he need to QUIT?!!!

    June 12, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  11. Al, California

    Paul seems like the only reasonable republican candidate, who best represent republican values. I am a democrat and fully for Obama, and I think Paul and his supporters are very close to Obama by their inacceptance of the criminal war and their appreciation of our constitution. There are differences, but those are civilized differences.

    June 12, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  12. Lane Meyer, Salt Lake City Utah

    Dr. Paul is right on with so many issues that he would have been the best choice for this country. I will not vote for the choices that were bought and paid for from either side because it no longer matters as they are birds of the same feather.
    I will support the organization that is seeking to elect true conservatives as opposed to the neo-con thugs in power now.

    June 12, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  13. Loanpro71

    Not surprising, he had no real chance after all. Plus it is shocking after all the money he wasted. He should have quit long ago.

    June 12, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  14. William Courtland North43ºWest93º

    Article VI, Clause 3.

    An oath of affirmation to support this constitution, don't create another party outside constitutional law; create a coalition that will uphold this above clause.

    June 12, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  15. After further review,Texas.

    The last true and Honorable Republican. As an Independent,I salute you Sir.

    June 12, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  16. Shelly

    Ron Paul may not endorse McCain in the Fall, but given the choice between Obama and McCain, McCain is closer to his belief system than is Obama.....so in the end, it's all rhetoric.

    All the Clinton supporters who are mad at Obama right now, they will eventually warm up to Obama, just like the Republicans who supported Mitt, and vowed to vote for Obama, because McCain and Huckabigot played dirty, eventually came around because in he end, the party platform is more important to them than the candidate.

    June 12, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  17. EBC


    June 12, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  18. Colin

    It's a sad day for America. You now get to pick from the lesser of two evils again.

    June 12, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  19. bill

    'bout freakin time!

    June 12, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  20. Herman in LA

    U can see who is really interested bye the number of comments the story has gotten.

    June 12, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  21. Jenna

    Dear Ron Paul:

    Get on the wagon and join McCain, I would like to see more of you in politics, I am sure there is a high ranking position that would enable you to enhance America...

    Jenna in California

    June 12, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  22. Melanie, MD

    What is the difference of what Ron Paul is suggesting and the libertarian party (Barr)? Why not leave the Republican party and enhance the libertarian cause?

    Just curious...

    June 12, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  23. jadaryl harris


    June 12, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  24. Jenna

    To What:

    Are you aware that his wife is a Stroke vicitim?

    June 12, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  25. Joe, Dallas, TX

    God Bless Ron Paul.

    June 12, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
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