Ron Paul Won’t Run for Reelection

The 2012 election will send Rep. Ron Paul to the White House or else out to pasture—the Texas Republican says he won’t seek reelection to his House seat. Paul, a libertarian darling who’s seen as a long shot for the GOP presidential nod but whose views have been a major influence on the Tea Party movement, is 75 and has served nearly a quarter century in the House. “I felt it was better that I concentrate on one election,” Paul told a local newspaper in Texas. “It’s about that time when I should change tactics.” Paul has run for president twice before, in 1988 and 2008, and his son Rand Paul is a freshman senator from Kentucky.