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. Sarah Siyufy

    read Ron's Paul's "The Revolution: A Manifesto." He is the only politician who acknowledges the real problems in government! It's amazing.

    June 12, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  2. Boise, ID

    It is a shame that the party nomination process is so skewed towards the first states that hold primaries and caucuses. By the time primaries are held in later states, a candidate has already clinched the nomination. However, I am proud that Idaho at least showed the most support for Ron Paul by giving him 25% of the vote I wish him the best.

    June 12, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  3. B. Churchill

    This just in – Ron Paul will soon guest star on PUMA PAC.org – where victims of media conspiracies go to howl at the moon...

    June 12, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  4. Trang, Fremont, CA

    Dr. Ron Paul,

    I thought you did well during the debate. You talked a lot of sense. Not sure why you didn't get many votes. Maybe you appear radical. But then, I must admit – I don't understand Republicans mindset.

    June 12, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  5. joe smith

    you see even in retreat, this gentleman is accutely aware of and sincerely shares the real dream of Americans accross the broad spectrum ethic, and social economic lines, we pray he will emerege with more great ideas and even greater appeal..

    June 12, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  6. Mike Mueller

    It's time to vote for "nobody" for president. I mean don't punch any holes, file any lines in, point to any boxes on a screen. Esentially vote for "none of the above."

    June 12, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  7. Tony

    Me being a Texas native, I want to know how Mr. Paul gets away with masking his Libertarian Party agenda and views with the Republican Party ticket? It appears that no one challenges him on that issue, not even Mr. Blitzer? If one of the Republican or Democratic candidates were to mask themselves as one party leader, and have a hidden opposite political party agenda as Mr. Paul does, Mr. Blitzer would be all over that subject, "but" Mr. Blitzer never asks Mr. Paul the tough questions. How can the State of Texas Republican Party allow a Libertarian Party supporter mask himself to be a Republican Party member, when Mr. Paul clearly is not? Please step up to the plate Mr. Blitzer and ask Mr. Paul the question. I am not stating that Mr. Paul is not worthy of running for any political office, I am just stating that he is masking himself as one party member, and he is clearly not a Republican Party player. Personally, I think Mr. Paul's vision of our country is about 250 years too late – he should have been running for office in Colonial America, because that is the only American era all of his fallacy views would have supported. My best advice I can give to Mr. Paul and all of his supporters is to go buy an uninhabited Island and startup a new country, because that is the only way you all will ever succeed in your vision mission – unless you can go back in time, you will never see your vision succeed in today’s America – so sorry!

    June 12, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  8. Liberty not Libertarianism closing our schools

    I love Libertarian values ... except those of the Libertarian party.

    June 12, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  9. Merriss

    I wonder what this will mean for all of the people who were planning to march for him at Washington D.C. on July 12th.

    June 12, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  10. Vito, NY

    Hey Ron Paul-do you think you could find something worthwhile to do? You're taking up valuable media space that CNN could use to promote Obama.

    June 12, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  11. jillian Hogan

    It's almost heartbreaking that he had to give up. He offered such a fresh, yet historically sound concept of what our country could and should be. I only wish him the best in his campaigns!

    June 12, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  12. James

    Wow do any of these obama or mccain nuts know about the issues or are they just in it for the horse race... I think they are whats wrong in american, oh and the media that made them this way. Keep watching Fox News or MTV!

    June 12, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  13. everyman

    Please, Dr. Paul, don"t abandon us!!!

    Do whatever it TAKES to tet into the White House- WHATEVER IT TAKES.

    We CANNOT afford another administration shilling for the corporate globalists, Obama and McCain alike!!!!!

    June 12, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  14. Kent Fitzsimmons,Illinois


    I think we are already run into the ground economically by the current Republican Administration. After Obama is elected, should anything happen wrong medically to you or any of these old people that won't vote for Obama, you will be relieved he won. The Govt. run healthcare system will take care of you. This system will be paid for by us.......in small insignificant deductions on our pay stubs. Instead of something going wrong medically ...........and you go bankrupt. That will be a great day when everyone is covered...............

    June 12, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  15. Mike

    Hey Wacky one,

    It must be nice to get paid for blogging and commenting for that empty suit the Dems are holding up.

    No Ron Paul supporter in their right mind would ever vote for Obama.

    Ron Paul is real "change."

    June 12, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  16. Drumz

    McSame vs. Status QuObama. Will we ever get a true choice again, without bloodshed?

    June 12, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  17. 58 old white ladies for OBAMA


    June 12, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  18. vahe

    we need you we dont want Mcshame. He doesnt care about our troops coming home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Obama o8

    June 12, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  19. Naomi

    Who is this guy again?

    June 12, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  20. Rod Patrick

    Unlike the Democratic Party, GOP and McCain honored Ron Paul by not forcing him to quit from the race and continue on what he is fighting for.

    DNC and Obama Campaign shamelessly forced a woman, Hillary Clinton to get out of their way just for the sake of winning, indicating how HUNGRY the Democrats are for power.

    In that sense, GOP got a another MAJOR BLOW to the Democrats.

    June 12, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  21. Mark Anthony

    In response to JT

    Are you kidding me, Obama to run the country into the ground. Where have you been the last 8 years.

    June 12, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  22. Nathan

    Bitter sweet. I have never been interested in politics until I heard about Ron Paul and his message. He's taught me more than anyone else about our Constitution and the ideals of our Founding Fathers. I feel grateful to have been around to see a man like him run for president. I hope it's not too long before someone else like him runs again. But men like him don't come along very often. That being said, I look forward to the future and to seeing what can be done with the Campaign for Liberty. Best of Luck Ron and good luck America.

    June 12, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    RP supports State's rights and state's rights = codeword for racism in the south!

    June 12, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  24. abdirahman abdi

    American people are choosing president in November, the world president. Barack Obama will change the direction that we are heading now. He is the only, presidential candidate who can do it.

    June 12, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  25. Ibrahim

    We love you Dr. Ron Paul, Since you're not in I'm Voting Obama!

    Someone has to stop the warmongers.

    My dream ticket would be:

    Obama/Paul '08

    June 12, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
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