Ron Paul Scales Back Campaign, Won’t Endorse John McCain for Republican Nod

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 12, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
February 12,

Washington, DC ( — Ron Paul has officially scaled back his campaign for the Republican nomination for president, but he says he is unable to endorse likely GOP nominee John McCain. Paul hasn’t suspended his campaign like Mitt Romney or quit the GOP race but issued a video over the weekend to his supporters saying his focus is changing.

In the statement to supporters, Paul admitted that his ability to play a role in a potentially brokered convention is gone.

"With Romney gone, the chances of a brokered convention are nearly zero," Paul said. "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."

Simple mathematics may have also gone into Paul’s decision to focus on keeping his Congressional seat — as he faces a challenger in the primary election in early March.

"If I were to lose the primary for my congressional seat," he said, "all our opponents would react with glee, and pretend it was a rejection of our ideas. I cannot and will not let that happen."

Paul has captured just 42 delegates and were he to win every other delegate remaining before the convention, Paul would still not have enough to become the Republican nominee.

Some Paul supporters have been hoping he would wage a third-party bid and possibly accept the nomination of the Libertarian Party or by running an independent campaign.

Paul dashed those hopes in the message the way he has done in the past by saying he is a Republican and plans to stay in the party.

"I am a Republican," he said, "and I remain a Republican."

However, that doesn’t mean the pro-life physician plans to support McCain, who opposes abortion himself.

Paul told the Baltimore Sun newspaper that disagreements about the situation in Iraq prevent him from backing McCain.