Ron Paul says he's ending active campaigning


Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul is now engaged in a feud with ex-presidential candidate Donald Trump, after he said he would boycott the debate Trump is set to moderate. Trump, in turn, called Paul "a joke."


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Texas congressman Ron Paul said in a statement Monday that he plans to end active campaigning in the GOP presidential race, but will still continue efforts to win delegates at state conventions.

"I hope all supporters of Liberty will remain deeply involved - become delegates, win office, and take leadership positions. I will be right there with you. In the coming days, my campaign leadership will lay out to you our delegate strategy and what you can do to help, so please stay tuned," the statement read, according to Politico.

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Paul is the last remaining major candidate still standing against former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich have suspended their campaigns in recent weeks.

As of April 1, Paul's campaign had $1.8 million cash on hand, according to CNN.

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The news comes two days after Paul and Romney supporters came to blows at the Oklahoma GOP convention after a decision to take a voice vote to determine which candidate would get the 25 national delegates and 25 alternates rather than using the traditional and longer method of roll call. Tensions exploded after the controversial vote went against Paul and a Romney supporter allegedly punched a Paul supporter in the back of the head, according to the Washington Times.

In Arizona, supporters of Paul booed Romney's son off the stage Saturday at the Arizona Republican Party convention as Josh Romney sought to solidify support for his father's nomination, the Arizona Republic reported.