“Although, today, I will suspend my campaign for president, the fight is far from over. I will continue to carry the torch for liberty in the United States Senate, and I look forward to earning the privilege to represent the people of Kentucky for another term.” — Rand Paul
Wednesday morning Senator [score]Rand Paul[/score] (R-KY) announced that he would be suspending his campaign for the presidency. Instead, Paul will now be turning his attention and energy towards his campaign for reelection to the Senate in Kentucky. I am personally quite sad to see Senator Paul’s campaign come to an end because he is a principled conservative who offers a different take on some very important issues. Whether it’s his passionate defense of the Bill of Rights, or his vociferous opposition to the military industrial complex, Senator Paul has always fought in defense of the Constitution and our liberty. Now we’ll get to cheer him on as he continues to work to defend those values in the Senate.
— The Associated Press (@AP) February 3, 2016
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— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) February 3, 2016
“It has been an honor to participate in the 2016 Republican Presidential Primary.
“I am proud of our principled campaign and the thousands of young people that have been energized by our message of limited constitutional government.
“Ours has been a unique voice in this race – one that says Big Government threatens Americans from all walks of life, rich and poor, black and white – from the coal miner who has lost his job over President Obama’s destructive EPA regulations… to the teenager from a poor family facing jail time for marijuana. I will continue to fight for criminal justice reform, for privacy, and your 4th amendment rights. I will continue to champion due process over indefinite detention.
“I will continue to be a voice against the out of control regulation, spending and debt that is crippling our country’s economy and the future of our children. I will not ignore the terrible cost of decades of war and chaos in the Middle East, and the unintended consequences of regime change and nation building. I will never forget the thousands of American soldiers who have given their lives – and the thousands more who live everyday with catastrophic injuries.
“These are the issues that have defined my campaign. Kelley and I are deeply grateful to our outstanding staff and tireless volunteers and supporters – people who believe in liberty. It has been a privilege to give voice to the liberty movement in this race and I believe we have broadened the debate by being part of it. Although today I will suspend my campaign for the Presidency, I will continue to fight on for liberty, for the Constitution, and for justice in the United States Senate. Thank you, and God Bless America.”
Thank you, Senator Paul, for running a principled campaign, for sticking to your beliefs, for defending the Constitution and for offering a different conservative voice on important issues.
Posted by Rand Paul on Wednesday, February 3, 2016
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