June 13th, 2008
06:14 AM ET
14 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. karam

    sorry Mr. Paul-sad to see you leaving the race. I hope more people like you in ithe politics.I expect you do not endorce mr. Mc-Beer.You might have heard he is going to veto every single beer if he is president and for him bringing troops home is not very important for him. God bless you

    June 12, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  2. Mike in PA

    I was expecting our next president in office and he would still be campaigning.

    June 12, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  3. David, Ventura, calif

    good riddens – paul is just another profit for oil – ruin the environment guy – it's a great day – now get down the road

    June 12, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  4. John in New York

    Ron Paul's gonna run with Bob Barr, take away a lot of votes from McCain (Paul was still getting near 20% in the last couple of primaries) and he's gonna clear the way for Obama.

    Go Ron Paul (A good Republican defense for a Democratic offense)

    OBAMA 09 (They don't become Pres until January people)

    June 12, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  5. john

    Libertarians – right on social issues, dead wrong on economic issues. It is a myth that big government never works, and equally false that free markets automatically serve the best interests of all. Long live the Revolution!

    June 12, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  6. S Callahan

    I think this article really didn't speak about what people are seeig in Ron Paul....i know i give him some consideration to my thoughts after hearing a few of his vd's..i like that he is about protecting our liberties..i value that most in our country....we should be protecting them!
    I wish him well in his new organization..he has alot of young people listening....pretty good for an ole' man 🙂

    June 12, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  7. CB

    Paul is pointing out that we need to remove the liberal Democrats (and many same Republicans) from Congress and replace them with conservative Republicans in order to make any changes for our country lean toward conservatism ideals. As long as those in Congress remain, we will continue with stagnation and degredation of our laws and our lives.

    June 12, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  8. dilmont

    It looks like someone's medication is finally starting to have an effect.

    June 12, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  9. too bad

    He should have stayed in till the end.

    June 12, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  10. James

    Why is my comment in moderation- There is nothing wrong with my comment . Hillary should be respected and not called Billary.Only shows that what I said about the media befor is true.

    June 12, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |

    What is wrong with you folks who have posted???
    Ron Paul is clearly the most honest Representative in the Congress!
    His history of supporting the Constitution is unparalleled – his voting record one to be looked at with admiration.
    And you know what else? His army of followers is huge. WE will be the ones to save the rest of you sheep from being overrun by a totalitarian socialist government. Shame on anyone who questions Ron Pauls' Character and his true Patriotism. WAKE UP EVERYONE – he is not "the fringe" – He is the center and reminds us how far we have strayed from the intentions of the Founding Fathers.

    June 12, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  12. Evangelist Evelyn

    In the midst of this crazy election process keep in mind to "look up". That is what God's word says to do. Our government gave us the right to vote. Regardless what happens everyone should vote. To my fellow americans, I say to you "vote, until there is an option for NONE OF THE ABOVE, choose McCain or Obama." We should pray for our President!

    June 12, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  13. Chris P

    I like Ron Paul, but it's time he moved out of the way because all he would do is ruin it for the realest candidate to run for President in YEARS, Barack Obama. I respect his decision.

    June 12, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  14. Ronny Regan

    Mccain is a democrat.

    June 12, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  15. Franky

    You know, I'm just gonna enjoy the game(Boston and Lakers). I don't feel like picking on the Reps...

    June 12, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  16. danandor

    I am an independent voter who endorsed Ron Paul. It is helpful that he is forming a new group but it is my opinion it will fall short. We need some really conservative ideas like balancing the budget and looking for ways to reduce government and taxes and overseas cash giveaways. We also need some liberal ideas to help take care of our military and ensure healthcare. Not necessarily socialistic ideas but sound ones. The last thought is social security. We talk about fixing it now but what happened to the lock box that was promised in the 2000 election. Fortunately I was smarter than that and did not waste my vote on a republican or a democrat. It was fixed then and then our elected officials messed it up. You will never see them take responsibility for thier mistakes, only your donations for re-election.

    June 12, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  17. Tom, Lake Worth, FL

    What a shame. I doubt Washington will ever see another like Ron Paul.

    Good luck to his educational efforts. He is going to need it if he hopes to wake up the American people. One wonders if it is already too late.

    June 12, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  18. Phil, FL



    JT June 12th, 2008 5:12 pm ET

    This is going to spell serious trouble for Obama in 2012 after his economic policies run our country in to the ground and people realize that liberals don't know anything about responsible economics.


    I think the Bush admin. has already taken that oscar JT – get a brain

    June 12, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  19. John

    Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo he was so close!

    June 12, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  20. Jon

    Finally. An accurate piece about Ron Paul without any bias. Good job.

    June 12, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  21. Jack

    Why is the first poster even talking about McCain? This is a Ron Paul article. I tell ya, the world is full of idiots.. idiots that are electing goverment officials.. and here Ron Paul is the only candidate trying to steer us in the right direction and folks only talk about McCain and Obama. . You think Obama is for change? What did he change in south Chicago? Its still full of crime, with no jobs down there. Go ahead, elect McFake or O'bummer, see what "changes".... pfffft.

    June 12, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  22. jean Greer

    Lane politicans are big liers. They tell the people what they want to hear just to gain offices. After they get in office they break all of those promises.

    June 12, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  23. valerie


    June 12, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  24. Crush Rush

    Lets hope we have seen the last of the chainsaw neocons,Cheney Rove etc.

    June 12, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  25. Nancy

    I just read the official announcement. In it, there's no mention that he's suspending his campaign.

    June 12, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
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