Rand Paul bows out

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Rand Paul addresses an AFP conference in Dallas, Texas in August 2014.
Rand Paul addresses an AFP conference in Dallas, Texas in August 2014.

Rand Paul is leaving the 2016 race, Save Jerseyans, after an Iowa contest where he dramatically under-performed his father’s 2012 numbers.

“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,” the Senator said in a statement released to the media.

Paul finished fifth in Iowa with under 5% of the vote but he’s projected to finish much further back in New Hampshire next Tuesday.

I’ve never been a fan of his foreign policy, it’s true, but Dr. Paul possesses a strong intellect; he contributed positively to an all-too-often tedious GOP debate circuit. The last debate, pre-Iowa, was his finest performance. By a mile. I, for one, will miss him on the stage but I’m equally glad that he’s likely to remain in the U.S. Senate for at least another six years. His voice adds something important to the mix.

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