The field of candidates seeking the Republican presidential nomination continues to shrink.
Coming on the heels of Monday’s announcement by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee that he was dropping out of the race, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul announced Wednesday that he was suspending his campaign.
Paul finished fifth in Monday’s Iowa caucuses. In most polls throughout the Republican pre-primary season, Paul drew single-digit support. Paul campaigned on a platform of reducing the federal government’s role in America and around the world.
Paul’s statement announcing his decision was brief.
“It’s been an incredible honor to run a principled 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 upon thousands of young people flocked to our message of limited government, privacy, criminal justice reform and a reasonable foreign policy. Brush fires 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 United States Senate and I look forward to earning the privilege to represent the people of Kentucky for another term.”
In one of his last campaign tweets, Paul sounded a note of defiance and captured the main themes of his campaign.
“We are not trading our liberty for anything. Not now, not never. Hell no,” he tweeted.
In the race to keep his Senate seat, Paul faces Democrat Jim Gray, who is also mayor of Lexington.
h/t: Fox News