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Ron Paul Will Not Support McCain

Posted on 2/13/2008 2:46:00 PM

Ron Paul, the maverick Republican candidate has declared that he would not endorse the John McCain, the leading Republican candidate. While it is confirmed that he will not be that he will not be running as a third party candidate, he has also stated that he would not be dropping out of the race for presidentship. He also seems to be tuning down his bid for the Republican nomination.

Paul, who holds libertarian views and principles, has always argued for bringing military troops back to America. The 10-term congressman once more called for folding up the operations in Iraq and instead, investing the money conserved into domestic causes. In contrast, McCain has consistently declared his intention to continue operations in Iraq for as long as necessary. According to Andrew Malcolm of the Los Angeles Times, Paul said, "I cannot support anybody with the foreign policy he advocates — perpetual war," adding, "That is just so disturbing."

Paul won 21 percent of the vote, thus finishing third place in the Washington State caucus that was held last week. However, he recently reduced the size of his presidential campaign by letting some of his staff members go, though he seems adamant about continuing the fight. A recent post on his website says, "With Romney gone, the chances of a brokered convention are nearly zero. But that does not affect my determination to fight on, in every caucus and primary remaining and at the convention, for our ideas, with just as many delegates as I can get."

The reason Paul is scaling down the presidential campaign is because of the re-elections due in the Texas Congressional district. The Texas law allows Paul to run for president without having to give up his Congressional seat. Paul needs to contend with Chris Peden, a Friendswood city councilman, who has already raised more finances. Paul needs to catch up with him; besides, he cannot pool in finances he raised for the presidential campaign, for this purpose. According to Malcolm, even if Paul were to win every delegate still available, he would still not be able to make it for the Republican nomination.


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