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Ron Paul Says He Will Retire From Congress

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“I felt it was better that I concentrate on one election.”

AUSTIN, Texas (The Blaze/AP) -- Texas Rep. Ron Paul says he will retire from Congress when his term runs out in 2012 and will focus on his campaign for president.

The 75-year-old Republican said Tuesday that he has been criticized in the past for running for Congress and the presidency at the same time. He says he believes he can fight for the issues he believes in from outside of Congress.

“I felt it was better that I concentrate on one election,” Paul told The Facts in Lake Jackson, TX. “It’s about that time when I should change tactics.”

“I didn’t want to hold off until in December [to make an announcement],” he said. “I thought it shouldn’t be any later than now.”

Paul, a doctor, has served 12 terms in Congress. He will serve out his term through December 2012.

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