GOP Rep. Ron Paul Says He Will Not Seek Re-Election to Congress in 2012; Will Focus Entirely on Presidential Bid

News is out today that GOP Rep. Ron Paul has announced he will not run for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. Paul is 75 years old, and has been in the U.S. Congress since 1976, with a 12-year break between 1984-1996. Paul is going to put all his concentration on his Presidential bid:

CBS NEWS: Libertarian-leaning Texas Republican Rep. Ron Paul, who is currently running for president, announced Tuesday that he will not seek reelection next year. That means if his long-shot bid for the White House falls short, the 75-year-old lawmaker will be out of elective office after 12 terms in Congress.

Paul announced his decision on Twitter with a link to a story in a local newspaper called The Facts. He told paper that “I felt it was better that I concentrate on one election,” adding that it was time to “change tactics.” The comment was presumably in reference to his past failed presidential runs, including a 2008 Republican primary bid and a 1988 run on the libertarian ticket. Paul has been criticized in the past for running for two offices at the same time.

A former obstetrician who represents a district along the Gulf coast, Paul was first elected to the House in 1976. He served four terms before stepping down in 1984. He then ran again in 1996, after the 1994 GOP takeover of Congress. He has held the seat since, winning recent elections with relative ease. . . . Read More

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