Ron Paul

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Ron Paul on Sunday revealed his reasoning for staying in the GOP presidential race: He’s trying to “save the Republican Party from themselves.”

While the Texas congressman admitted the “conventional wisdom” is that Mitt Romney will be the party’s nominee, he said “the votes haven’t been counted” and “there’s no way I’m going to give up on the effort to get the Republicans back to their roots.”

“The truth is, I’m trying to save the Republican Party from themselves because they want perpetual wars, they don’t care about presidents who assassinate American citizens, they don’t care about searching our houses without search warrants, and these are the kind of things people care about,” Paul said.

Criticizing his fellow candidates and President Barack Obama for “represent[ing] the past,” Paul said the views he holds are “very, very popular. We represent the future.”

“We represent the future about what freedom really brings us: Free markets and sound money and civil liberties and a sensible foreign policy,” he said.

Asked whether he could see himself supporting Romney should he secure the nomination, Paul demurred.

“I haven’t made that decision yet, I’m still campaigning,” he said.

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