Politics

Ron Paul Won't Run for Re-Election to House in 2012

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

Texas Rep. Ron Paul announced on Tuesday that he will not run for re-election to the House seat he has held for 24 years, instead concentrating on winning the GOP presidential nomination.

"Dr. Paul will not seek re-election in the Texas-14 and will focus his efforts on winning the presidency," Paul campaign aide Jesse Benton told Fox News.

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Paul made the announcement on Twitter, and later told the Texas news service The Facts, "I felt it was better that I concentrate on one election. It's about that time when I should change tactics."

Paul has run for president twice before, both times also running for re-election to Congress when his presidential bids failed. But this time around the 75-year-old Paul sees things turning out differently.

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"We have a lot more support right now," he said. "Things are doing well for us."

His son, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, said his father will leave a lasting legacy in the House.

"History will record the legislative record of Ron Paul as an extraordinary one -- perhaps unparalleled. There probably has never been a more consistent believer in limited government in Congress. America deserves a statesman like Ron Paul as her president, a man I am proud to call my father."