Ron Paul ends presidential bid

The Associated PressJune 13, 2008 

— Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul said Thursday night that he is ending his campaign but will keep spreading his message by working to help elect libertarian-leaning Republicans to public office around the country.

"The campaign is going to shift gears. It's going to accelerate. It's going to get much bigger," Paul told The Associated Press in an interview before a rally where he was making the announcement. "To me, it's a technical change."

Paul was announcing his decision to supporters attending the Texas Republican Party state convention.

The announcement is a formality. The 72-year-old congressman won few delegates during the Republican primaries, but he raised large amounts of money online and developed a huge grass-roots following.

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