Rand Paul suspends 2016 presidential campaign

Paul finished fifth in Monday's Iowa caucuses with 4.5 percent of the vote, behind rivals Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, Marco Rubio and Ben Carson.

WASHINGTON (WATE) – Kentucky Senator Rand Paul says he is ending his bid for the Republican nomination for president.

Paul campaigned on defending liberty and shrinking the federal government’s influence in the United States and abroad. Paul was seen as a possible mainstream libertarian alternative to his father, the former Texas congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul.

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Rand Paul issued the following statement on his presidential campaign:

“It’s been an incredible honor to run a principle campaign for the White House. Today, I will end where I began, ready and willing to fight for the cause of Liberty.

“Across the country thousands of upon thousands of young people flocked t our messaged of limited government, privacy, criminal justice reform and ra reasonable foreign policy. Brushfires of Liberty were ignited, and those will carry on, as will I.

“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 Untied State Senate and I look forward to earning the privilege to represent the people of Kentucky for another term.”

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