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Ron Paul, Phasing Out?

Updated: 11:37 a.m.
By Matthew Mosk
Remember Ron Paul?

Well, apparently the maverick Texan's Republican presidential campaign is hanging up its Constitution, ending his campaign yesterday in a 7 minute video posted on his web site. Paul tried to soothe anxious supporters by letting them know his "campaign for freedom will continue in this new phase." While his campaign would not formally organize future events, he encouraged supporters to continue to organize on behalf of a broader movement.

"I don't mind playing a key role in this revolution, but it has to be more than a Ron Paul revolution," he said. "Our job now is to plan for the next phase."

Ron Paul spokesman Jesse Benton confirms that the video means the candidate recognizes he will not be the nominee.

"Winding down" is how Benton described the campaign. "Dr. Paul acknowledges that he will not be the nominee, but will continue to travel to address supporters and encourage grassroots activism to influence the process and return the Republican party to its traditions of limited government and personal freedom."

So what's this next phase going to look like for Dr. Paul? A book tour, of course. Paul tells supporters on his video that the message of liberty that suffused his bid for president was about to go on sale.

"A more detailed outline of this message has now been put into book form, titled, 'The Revolution: A Manifesto' and can be pre-ordered on," he said.

Paul also noted that he would be continuing to raise money -- something he did better than just about any other Republican during the past year -- for his political action committee and his educational non profit, the Free Foundation.

His final words to supporters:

"Let us all stick together in this great cause of liberty and show the love that we all share for our country and the constitution. Thank you for joining in."

By Washington Post editors  |  March 7, 2008; 10:59 AM ET
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