Ron Paul Will Not Run For Re-Election To Congress, Plans To ‘Concentrate’ On Presidential Race

Jul 12, 2011 12:53pm

ABC News' Michael Falcone (@michaelpfalcone) reports:

Whether or not Texas Congressman Ron Paul wins his long-shot presidential bid in 2012, he won't be returning to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Paul told a Texas newspaper on Tuesday that he plans to "concentrate" on the race for the GOP nomination instead. A campaign spokesman confirmed Paul's decision to ABC News.

It could be the end of an era for Paul, the libertarian-leaning representative from the Lone Star State’s 14th Congressional district who has served in Congress for nearly a quarter of a century.

“I felt it was better that I concentrate on one election,” Paul told the Brazoria County newspaper, “The Facts” in an interview. “It’s about that time when I should change tactics.”

Campaign spokesman Jesse Benton told ABC News, "Ron is all in and will work tirelessly to win the Presidency and save this country."

As the paper notes, “His announcement will give enough time for anyone with aspirations for his seat to think about running, he said. Paul didn’t want to wait for filing in the 2012 primary to let people know he wasn’t seeking reelection.”

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., hasn’t made a definitive decision yet on whether she will seek to return to the House if her presidential bid fails. The conservative Republican presidential candidate has said she is not "actively seeking reelection."

However, she has not ruled it out entirely. Minnesota has a late Congressional filing deadline so she’s got plenty of time before she has to make a go-no-go decision.

ABC's Amy Walter contributed reporting.

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