“Veteran Congressman Ron Paul announced Tuesday that he will not be running for re-election to Congress next year, instead focussing his attention on his run for President.
Rep. Paul, who won the Republican Straw Poll in New Orleans last month, is receiving growing support for his Presidential run, but he has said he will serve out his current term which ends in December 2012, regardless of the outcome of his bid to become President.
“”I think that you have more credibility if you run for only one office at a time,”" said Paul, who has been criticized in the past for running for both President and Congress at the same time. “”I felt it was better that I concentrate on one election,”" he said. “”It’s about that time when I should change tactics.”"
A former obstetrician, Paul has been a Congressman for 24 years, serving 12 terms for a Southeast Texas district. His unorthodox mix of Republican and libertarian politics has earned him the name “”the intellectual godfather”" of the tea party movement.
“”Ron has served Texans in Congress with distinction for nearly 24 years as a fierce advocate for a more limited government. His steadfast devotion to his core beliefs has earned him the respect and loyalty from Texans and Americans of all walks of life,”" said Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas.
Paul is opposed to US military overseas involvement, is in favor of legalizing marijuana, and is strongly opposed to the Internal Revenue Service and Federal Reserve, going as far as introducing legislation to abolish them.
Paul’s run for presidency has delighted the Texas Democratic Party, especially with the possibility of another Texas Republican, Governor Rick Perry, entering the race.
Texas Democratic Party spokesperson Kristen commented “”Ron Paul has long been an unorthodox politician, someone who’s defied GOP politicians as well as Democrats. He’s likely to carry that quality into the GOP presidential field, where he could cause problems for Rick Perry and other Republicans by calling them out for the hypocrisy and inconsistency within their party.”"
In June, Paul became the first 2012 Republican Presidential candidate to sign the Cut, Cap, and Balance Pledge, which calls for changes in the debt limit, taxation and spending cuts. It also supports a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution.”