Apparently “fight on” has morphed into “the fight is over.”

The Daily Beast’s Olivia Nuzzi reports that Paul is dropping out now — according to her source — “because he wants to do right by his party and help defeat Trump.”

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  • Doc Farmer✔ᶜᵒᵛᶠᵉᶠᵉ ᵈᵉᵖˡᵒʳᵃᵇˡᵉ

    Bummer. I may not have agreed with everything he stood for, but at least he stood up! Hopefully he’ll tell his supporters to keep true to their beliefs.

    • Eva_Galley

      …..and vote for Cruz.

      • Doc Farmer✔ᶜᵒᵛᶠᵉᶠᵉ ᵈᵉᵖˡᵒʳᵃᵇˡᵉ

        Cruz, Trump, Rubio, Fiorina, whomever THEIR individual beliefs guide them toward…

        • http://www.unpczone.com Chris Carter

          Cruz is the only one the Libertarian wing would vote for. They despise Trump and think Rubio is George W. Bush II.

          • Kate

            IDK, my fiance considers himself a libertarian in many ways and he likes Rubio’s tax plan over Cruz’s.

          • aztectrumpet

            libertarians and republicans don’t disagree on taxes, though.

          • Don Bivens

            Er, nope. No C Ruse

        • Johnny Sins

          Exactly…As Cruz said: “The media will not decide this election”.

      • Don Bivens

        Not gonna happen. Lovers of liberty don’t vote for neocon sand glowers with CFR/NAU wives and Goldman Sachs pro-Fed money

        • http://www.unpczone.com Chris Carter

          So you’ll be staying home during your primary.

  • TooFarGone1 ✓NeverTrump

    Somehow Kasich, Christie, Gilmore and Juan Ellis Bush are still running, but Walker and Paul aren’t? I’ve been for Cruz from the beginning, but the other people I would’ve held my nose and voted for in the general are getting fewer and further between. He’s 100% right about consolidating behind an anti-Trump, though.

    • https://twitter.com/fedupamerican5 EverydayWoman

      The “anti-somebody” movement is total BS. You need to sell your candidate, not hit be anti-somebody! That’s why we lose!

      • TooFarGone1 ✓NeverTrump

        No, we lost in 2008 and 2012 because the Republican nominees were spineless squishes, because the press helped deify $#!thead, and because the electorate has gotten frighteningly stupid.

        • tops116 ✓Quipper

          Couple that with the fact that the field was much weaker overall. I mean, c’mon, Santorum came in second in 2012 not by virtue of a solid campaign, but because he refused to drop out before the other non-Romney candidates.

        • Johnny Sins

          I’m with you on Cruz, but his fans should put all their energy into promoting him instead of Trump-hating or Rubio-hating.

      • http://www.almarquardt.com/ almarquardt

        It’s the nature of politics, unfortunately, but they’re also not mutually exclusive.

        We can uplift a candidate at the same time we tear down the competition.

      • tops116 ✓Quipper

        “You need to sell your candidate, not hit be anti-somebody!”

        The irony of a Trump supporter saying that is truly delicious. Remember, EW, your guy and your guy’s team chose to talk about Cruz’s citizenship, Rubio, water, and Carson’s stability rather than talk actual policy.

        • https://twitter.com/fedupamerican5 EverydayWoman

          LEGIT issues. Not an ‘anti-Cruz’ movement! Trump never said we need to be ‘ANTI CRUZ” alternative to the country!

          • Leslie

            Trump says crap about everyone, so he missed one anti-Cruz statement…give him time. Carson is an ok surgeon, look at that face, you’re low energy, your a maniac, no one likes you and you’re a Canadian. Republican voters are stupid, Iowans are stupid, Megyn Kelly us a B, every politician begs me for money, I bought all of them for my personal gain. Smh. If you haven’t been watching the Teflon Don for decades you need to research.

        • huitrecouture

          Rand Paul was WRONG about TPP at the debate & Trump correct. Paul later admitted to Ingraham he NEVER READ IT.

      • Johnny Sins

        BINGO! That’s what I try to tell these Trump-hating folks….Hating Trump is not a winning strategy. Thanks for this post.

      • Johnny Sins

        Simply hating a candidate instead of promoting your guy/gal is the equivalent of hating the rich while you sit on your ass and protest.

  • kennyraisin

    Actually I think he mind be a good contender/ better fit for SCOTUS.

    • Owl

      Eye Doctor > Law Degree for Supreme Court Justice? Hmmmm…

      • barefooted_rascal

        Hell, why not? He knows (or at least cares) more about the Constitution than our current president who holds a law degree.

        • http://www.almarquardt.com/ almarquardt

          Not only that, but I don’t think a law degree is even a requirement for SCOTUS.

          • Conservative4Ever

            You are correct. You need not be a lawyer to be a justice of SCOTUS. Something similar for Speaker of the House. One does not need to be a member of Congress to be Speaker of the House.

          • http://www.almarquardt.com/ almarquardt

            I’ve always believed the true beauty of the Constitution is as long as a person is a US Citizen in good standing, he/she can run for any public office including SCOTUS and POTUS.

            I wish more people knew that.

          • Suzyqpie

            It isn’t.

      • Deplorable AMERICAN™✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        Constitution > law degree.

        • http://wandererswaysite.wordpress.com Wanderer

          I have a law degree, and I endorse this message.

  • Mike Achertz

    Damnit!

  • https://twitter.com/fedupamerican5 EverydayWoman

    Even though he was not my first choice, I think Rand Paul is much better than many establishment candidates and he did not get fair treatment. I think Santorum, Christie and Kasich could drop out before Rand. He was moving the conversation to the right when it comes to government role and constitutional principles.

    • globalcrap

      Not a Rand Paul fan, but getting rid of those other three, I agree

  • globalcrap

    and take Jeb Bush with you, thanks

    • Giuseppe Franco

      As well as Christie, Kasich and well, everyone else except Cruz, Rubio, and jackass Trump.

    • Penny✓ItsSoFluffy! #GoBolts!

      …and Gilmore and Santorum, too.

  • nc ✓s & balances

    I’ve had some differences with Paul on foreign policy and I always thought his father was plain weird. However, whenever I heard Rand Paul discuss most other issues he sounded intelligent and competent. He’s a good man. I would have had no problem supporting him if he were our nominee.

    Hopefully, now his supporters will go to the other constitutionalist in this race, Ted Cruz. Will Paul endorse him?

    • Penny✓ItsSoFluffy! #GoBolts!

      He might. Now I hope he wins his reelection for Senate.

      • nc ✓s & balances

        Yes.

  • Giuseppe Franco

    Good, now we’ll stop hearing the annoying 5 man cult yelling and screaming in the audience during the debates.

  • Julescat

    Rand came up short?

  • tops116 ✓Quipper

    Well, it’s nice to see someone recognize that they have no chance and just need to move on. But, man, what does it say that he dropped out before Santorum, Jeb, Kasich, and Christie?

    • Penny✓ItsSoFluffy! #GoBolts!

      It’s sad that the others are still in this.

    • vetgal1970

      Kasich put all his eggs in the NH basket. He has said he will drop if he doesn’t win there

      • http://www.unpczone.com Chris Carter

        He’s #4, but that was a poll taken before the Rubio Hype Express after Iowa, so a lot of those voters could get behind Rubio.

        • vetgal1970

          I like Cruz and Rubio both so I’m rooting for them both to withstand the early ‘winnowing’

  • Obadiah_Plainman

    I’m very disappointed and saddened in hearing Rand Paul is dropping out of the race. In my estimation, he’s been the ONLY one–the only guy–to elucidate a FISCAL CONSERVATISM that seems to have been wholly omitted, inexplicably, from the debates. Moreover, Paul isn’t a neocon interventionist and believes in a strong defense (they’re not mutually exclusive, folks). He’s been a calm, reasoned, voice for individual liberty in a throwback sense more than any candidate I’ve seen in decades, quite honestly. And yet he never gained traction. What a damn shame. I know he’s going to still have a voice and I hope he can continue to frame the debate around liberty and Constitutionalism. But right now, I don’t know who I’m going to vote for. I am repulsed by the notion of once again having to hold my nose and perhaps vote for the lesser of two evils. I won’t do it anymore. I’m pissed and bummed.

    • Rogue Cheddar

      I hear you, I felt much alone myself when I refused to vote the establishment’s Romney, and voted for Ron Paul. Finding true statesmen is getting harder and harder these days.

    • huitrecouture

      Rand Paul was WRONG about TPP at the debate & Trump correct. Paul later admitted to Ingraham he NEVER READ IT

  • http://www.unpczone.com Chris Carter

    He’s young, doing this now will make him look like a hero if (God forbid) Hillary wins and we have to do another primary in 2020. Same for Scott Walker. And I think Rand finally realized the mistakes he made (being incoherent in who he really is until it was too late) and would do better in 2020. Plus in that scenario he wouldn’t have Trump as the anti-establishment candidate (although he might have to face Cruz again.)

    Everybody under 60 not in the top 3 should drop out, because you will get another chance at a nomination, even if a Republican gets an 8 year term.

    • Kate

      When it comes to 2020 and beyond, the future is FAR brighter for the GOP than the DNC.

      Beyond our crowded Presidental primary field, we have great senators like Tim Scott, Joni Ernst and Ben Sasse, Reps. like Mia Love and Justin Amash, and Govs. like Susana Martinez, Scott Walker and Nikki Haley.

      The Dems, on the other hand, have two dinosaurs battling for the nomination now, and in the future- who? Other than Cory Booker (proven liar), Elizabeth Warren (fake Cherokee), and the Castro Brothers (I expect Julian to get Hillary’s VP slot), I can’t think of any “rising stars” in the party. The GOP bench is deeper.

      • Suzyqpie

        “Obama is the MVP on a team with no bench,” quote Jonah Goldberg. Democrats have suffered devastating losses at all levels of government since Obama was inaugurated in 2009 including, 69 House Seats, 13 Senate Seats, 901 State Legislative Seats, 30 State Legislative Chambers, and 12 Governorships. Democrats still love Obama, he has devastated their party and they still love him.

  • Dan Abbett

    It remains to be seen if Paul will now support one of the other candidates. If he does, I suspect he will get behind Rubio, I think there is friction between him and Cruz. I can’t see him supporting Christie, Kasich or Bush.

    • http://www.unpczone.com Chris Carter

      No way he supports Rubio. The Libertarian wing of the party keeps comparing Rubio to GWB and they hated Bush. His supporters will definitely go to Cruz if they stick around (not a guarantee since Ron Paul voters disappeared last time. But I don’t think Rand has the same cult devotion Ron did.)

  • marcus tullius cicero

    …Honest and principled people have a hard time as politicians.!

    • Suzyqpie

      That is root cause of a portion of the mess in WDC. Ya gotta be cool with a sorta celebrity cult following and a sophomoric vocabulary. Eat ‘ur peas passes as profundity.

    • huitrecouture

      Rand Paul was WRONG about TPP at the debate & Trump correct. Paul later admitted to Ingraham he NEVER READ IT,

  • http://www.unpczone.com Chris Carter

    Of everybody dropping out, I see their voters going to:

    Paul: Cruz
    Carson: Cruz
    Christie: Rubio
    Fiorina: Rubio
    Jeb: Rubio
    Kasich: Rubio

  • vetgal1970

    Darn, he was on my list of possibles

  • TRUMP-THUM-KIN

    Sure, his six votes per state will bring it home for the Republican Party. Lol

  • TRUMP-THUM-KIN

    Go Trump 2016

  • Kevin Giltrud

    Memo to Rand:

    And take Jeb with you!

  • John

    He was running for the GOP nomination? Who knew?

    • Johnny Sins

      Weak, bro.

      • John

        Stronger than Paul’s candidacy, dude.

  • JV

    Grace and class in his exit demeanor

    I’m glad he ran to voice his ideas

  • huitrecouture
  • Isahiah62

    I do hope it’s true that Rand will try to defeat Trump…but always have doubt when the sources are not stated….
    makes me gain a bit of respect for him if it’s true b/c I had figured most of his voters (who I call liberal-tarians) would switch to Trump

  • huitrecouture

    Rand Paul was WRONG about TPP at the debate & Trump correct. Paul later admitted to Ingraham he NEVER READ IT

  • interestedobserver2

    Well, I give him credit for pretty much being intellectually honest throughout his campaign. And for having enough sense to know when to fold. It’ll be fun to see who he endorses, though…

  • Michael

    Rand Paul what’s my choice before Trump announced his candidacy. When Trump started saying what was on my mind and a lot of other people’s minds it’s when I went over to him. Paul is the only politician that I would have voted for in this election. I still have a lot of respect for him and his father but there is no way that I am voting for any politicians this time around. I’d like to remind everyone that our votes decide who the candidate will be, not the media, not the lobbyists, not the special interest groups, not career politicians, not superpacs. WE THE PEOPLE with OUR VOTES decide. And if we want Trump, the GOP establishment NEEDS to accept that. It is sickening how all of the candidates (except Trump and Carson) are seemingly more interested in keeping the establishment intact instead of backing someone who isn’t “one of them”