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Paul: ‘No Intention’ to Make Third-Party Run

Ron Paul said today he has “no intention” of making a third-party run if he is not the GOP nominee.

“I have no intention of doing that,” he said on Fox News Sunday in an interview this morning. Asked why not, Paul said, “Because I don’t want to do it.”

But he wouldn’t commit to supporting the GOP nominee in the general election. “If they believe in expanding the wars, if they don’t believe in looking at the Federal Reserve, if they don’t believe in real cuts, if they don’t believe in deregulations and a better tax system, it would defy everything I believe in [to endorse],” Paul said, noting that he didn’t want his supporters to think that all they had done was “for naught” because he ultimately backed someone who didn’t agree with him on key issues.

Speaking about the sexual harassment allegations against Herman Cain, Paul derided the media for having “blown that way out of proportion.” Adding that he’d rather be discussing Cain’s views on foreign policy, Paul said, “He believes in the bailouts, and the Federal Reserve, and all this. I think that’s what we should be talking about, and I don’t like these distractions.”

Katrina Trinko — Katrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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