Paul releases video video addressing campaign withdrawal

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U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky
Sen. Rand Paul

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTVQ) – Senator Rand Paul has released a “thank you” video on his youTube channel, addressing his withdrawal from the 2016 Presidential race.

The transcript is is follows:

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“It has been an honor to participate in the 2016 Republican Presidential Primary.

I am proud of our principled campaign and the thousands of young people that have been energized by our message of limited constitutional government.

Ours has been a unique voice in this race – one that says Big Government threatens Americans from all walks of life, rich and poor, black and white – from the coal miner who has lost his job over President Obama’s destructive EPA regulations…  to the teenager from a poor family facing jail time for marijuana.   I will continue to fight for criminal justice reform, for privacy, and your 4th amendment rights.  I will continue to champion due process over indefinite detention.

I will continue to be a voice against the out of control regulation, spending and debt that is crippling our country’s economy and the future of our children.   I will not ignore the terrible cost of decades of war and chaos in the Middle East, and the unintended consequences of regime change and nation building.  I will never forget the thousands of American soldiers who have given their lives – and the thousands more who live everyday with catastrophic injuries.

These are the issues that have defined my campaign.  Kelley and I are deeply grateful to our outstanding staff and tireless volunteers and supporters – people who believe in liberty.  It has been a privilege to give voice to the liberty movement in this race and I believe we have broadened the debate by being part of it.  Although today I will suspend my campaign for the Presidency, I will continue to fight on for liberty, for the Constitution, and for justice in the United States Senate.   Thank you, and God Bless America.”

You can watch the video here.