Kentucky Senator Rand Paul announced this Wednesday that he will suspend his presidential campaign, putting an end to his attempt of expanding the libertarian base started by his father, former Texas Senator Ron Paul, states The Washington Post.
“It’s been an incredible honor to run a principled campaign for the White House,” the Senator said in a statement. “Today, I will end where I began, ready and willing to fight for the cause of Liberty.”
No chances in a race dominated by Trump and Cruz
For a lot of people, Rand Paul‘s decision won’t come as a surprise, as his retirement from the Republican race for the White House was expected, considering the domination of the two main candidates, Texas Senator Ted Cruz and real estate mogul Donald Trump.
Besides this, it seems that Rand Paul and the GOP had different views when it came to external policy, the Senator being known for his non-interventionist approach. Considering so-called rise of terrorism, this attitude wasn’t exactly what the party wanted.
During his campaign, Rand Paul tried to persuade the supporters of his father, but his attempt didn’t succeeded, despite his popularity among libertarians, who considered him too mainstream.
You can’t rely just on your name
“His decision to move to the middle and support a number of moderate Republicans in the 2014 elections, that sent us a real signal about the application of his ideology,” said Drew Ivers, Ron Paul’s 2012 Iowa chairman, who decided to not endorse Rand Paul.
“He muddled on his message, tried to get the left, and I told him it would backfire. … I just saw someone trying to do too much and be too many things to too many people. His name is Paul, I told him. You can’t defy gravity,” Mr. Ivers added.
Finally, the main reason behind Rand Paul‘s decision was the result he obtained in Monday’s Iowa caucuses, where Ted Cruz obtained the first Place, followed by Donald Trump and Macro Rubio.