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Former Congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul is stirring up controversy with a Tweet about the death of Chris Kyle over the weekend.

Kyle, a retired Navy SEAL who authored the best-selling American Sniper about his tours of duty in Iraq, was shot dead with a friend over the weekend.

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Eddie Ray Routh, who admits killing Kyle, is said to be a PTSD-suffering former Marine Chris was trying to help by taking him shooting at a hunting range.

Ron Paul had this to say on Twitter Monday:

"Chris Kyle's death seems to confirm that 'he who lives by the sword dies by the sword.' Treating PTSD at a firing range doesn't make sense."

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U.S. Rep. Ron Paul bid farewell to the U.S. House Wednesday. Watch the Texas Congressman's final speech on the floor of the U.S. house here:

Not surprisingly to those familiar with Dr. Paul's career and philosophy, he spoke for a LONG time (48 minutes) and touched upon his usual themes:

Liberty, freedom, peace, and tolerance.

Yes, there are the obligatory gold standard and raw milk references. This is Ron Paul, people. But wherever you are on the political spectrum, this is worth listening to.

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Ron Paul's son, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), addressed the Republican National Convention Wednesday, making the case for Mitt Romney and American liberty.

Paul continued the theme the convention, "we built it," by focusing most of his speech on the president's now-infamous "you didn't build that" remarks.

"Anyone who so fundamentally misunderstands American greatness is uniquely unqualified to lead this great nation," the younger Paul said.

"The engine of capitalism - the individual - is mightier than any collective."

Ron Paul, who never endorsed Romney, refused an invitation to speak at the RNC because, in part, he would have to clear his speech with Romney's campaign.

Rand Paul has endorsed Romney, though he still has some work to do to convince his father's passionate backers that he's ready to step into those shoes.

Rand, one of many GOP speakers preceding Paul Ryan's RNC speech last night, mentioned Romney only once during his speech (above), at the end.

"To lead us forward, away from the looming debt crisis, it will take someone who believes in America's greatness, who believes in and can articulate the American dream."

"Someone who has created jobs, someone who understands and appreciates what makes America great, someone who will lead our party and our nation forward."

"I believe that someone is our nominee: Governor Mitt Romney."

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Two-time Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul made full use of his final campaign rally on Sunday to take his final shots at an establishment that never quite delivered on promises to include him and his libertarian followers.

His rally at the University of Southern Florida's SunDome drew over 7,000 fans, an event staged in response to a Republican convention that will not include Paul.

Mitt Romney's campaign offered him a speaking slot at the national event this week on condition that he provide his remarks to them in advance for their approval.

Paul declined.

He'll still be honored in a video tribute on Tuesday night, but his convention presence - or lack thereof - was one of the first subjects Paul covered Sunday.

"Today I was very excited to get a call from the RNC," Paul said, before cracking a joke related to the weather-related postponement of Monday events.

"They said they changed their mind. They're going to give me a whole hour and I can say whatever I want - tomorrow night! Just kidding."

Paul directly referenced rules changes that may keep similarly insurgent delegates from succeeding in future elections, seeming stung by disappointment.

The RNC "learned how to bend rules, break rules, and now they want to rewrite the rules," the 77-year-old said. "That's what we have to stop."

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Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky endorsed Mitt Romney for president Thursday, even if he admits he would prefer his father, Rep. Ron Paul.

"My first choice had always been my father. I campaigned for him back when I was 11 years old. He's still my first pick," the Republican told Fox News.

"But now that the nominating process is over, tonight I'm happy to announce that I'm going to be supporting Gov. Mitt Romney in the fall."

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Paul's father suspended his formidable active campaign operation in May, but is still pursuing delegates so he can have an influence at the GOP convention.

Paul noted in the Fox interview that Mitt Romney's father, Michigan Gov. George Romney, also fell short in his own presidential bid in 1968.

In response, Romney said in a statement on his campaign website that he was "honored" by the endorsement of the first-term Kentucky Senator.

He called Rand Paul, who campaigned actively for Ron, "a leading voice to scale back the size and reach of government and promote liberty."

The younger Paul has been mentioned as a possible Vice Presidential pick and/or a GOP candidate for President himself in 2016 or 2020.

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Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul may not capture his party's nomination for president, but he's determined to play a key role in the process.

Paul's supporters propelled him to an historic win in Minnesota this weekend, his second this month, even as he is no longer actively campaigning.

With wins in Minnesota and the Maine caucuses, and delegate gains in multiple other states, Paul’s delegate-attainment strategy is in full swing.

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In Minnesota, Ron Paul organizers won a decisive 12 of 13 delegates to this summer's RNC at the Rivers Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud.

Earlier this spring, Paul supporters won 20 of 24 delegates at district conventions. In all, Paul's camp won 32 of the state’s 40 national delegates.

In addition to Paul’s consequential victory in Minnesota, organizers working for the Texan won delegates in Mitt Romney’s home state of Michigan.

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Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul announced Monday that his campaign will no longer spend money on future nominating contests due to lack of funds.

Ron Paul is the final challenger to Mitt Romney still running at all.

The Texas Congressman wrote the following letter to supporters:

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"Our campaign will continue to work in the state convention process. We will continue to take leadership positions, win delegates, and carry a strong message to the Republican National Convention that Liberty is the way of the future."

"Moving forward, however, we will no longer spend resources campaigning in primaries in states that have not yet voted. Doing so with any hope of success would require tens of millions of dollars we simply do not have."

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Ron Paul supporters took control of the Maine Republican Convention and elected a majority slate supporting him to the GOP national convention.

The results gave the Texas congressman a late state victory.

In votes leading to the close of the two-day Maine GOP convention, Paul supporters were elected to 21 of 24 delegate spots from the state to the Republican national convention in Tampa, Fla., giving him a demonstrative win in the state.

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Paul, the last challenger to Mitt Romney to remain in the contest, finished a close second behind Romney in Maine's GOP caucuses in February.

Those results were nonbinding, however, and not everyone had a chance to cast a ballot before the results were announced, as a snowstorm forced the cancellation of some caucuses, including one in a Paul stronghold.

Romney won the February election with 39 percent of the vote to Paul's 36 percent. Rick Santorum's 18 percent and Newt Gingrich's 6 percent.

Nevertheless, the caucuses merely selected the delegates to the state's party convention, and at that event, 21 of 24 voted to nominate Paul.

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Rick Santorum posted another convincing win in yesterday's Louisiana's GOP primary, but still faces doubts over whether he can broaden his appeal to win the race.

The Republican presidential candidate said the race was far from over, recalling the naysayers who said Ronald Reagan was too conservative to win the nomination.

But the road ahead is difficult for Santorum, who's slogging it out a game of numbers to clinch the 1,144 delegates needed to clinch the party's nomination.

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Santorum will win at least eight of the 20 delegates up for grabs, according to CNN. Going into Louisiana, Mitt Romney had 563 delegates to Santorum's 251.

At this point, it is very unlikely that Santorum, Newt Gingrich or Ron Paul can overtake Romney, with their only chance being to keep him from hitting 1,144.

If that were to occur, the nominee could be decided at an open convention when party officials convene this summer, but it remains a long shot at best now.

The candidates get a few days of breathing space before the next round of primaries on April 3 when Wisconsin, Maryland and the District of Columbia vote.

Louisiana Republican primary results:

  1. Rick Santorum 91,305 (49%)
  2. Mitt Romney 49,749 (27%)
  3. Newt Gingrich 29,655 (16%)
  4. Ron Paul 11,460 (6%)

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Mitt Romney rolled to victory in the Illinois Republican primary Tuesday, regaining some momentum in a race in which he has been unable to put away his opponents.

The presidential hopeful made the case that he has the best chance of beating President Obama as he sought to overcome doubts from more conservative voters.

After narrow margins of victory over Rick Santorum in battleground states like Ohio and Michigan and a string of losses in the South, Romney cruised in Illinois.

Mitt in IL

He was poised to collect three times as many delegates as Santorum, which aides hoped would increase his lead enough to tamp down talk of a contested convention.

Romney is looking to build an unassailable advantage in the race for the GOP nomination and look ahead to a bruising fall campaign against President Obama.

Yet unless his Republican rivals decide to step aside, that won't happen.

While he has a sizable lead in delegates, Romney has only about half the 1,144 needed to win and will not be able to move beyond the primary for at least two months.

Things are looking up for the frontrunner though. The Illinois electorate is reflective of relatively moderate states that will vote across the Northeast in April.

Illinois Republican Primary Results

  1. Mitt Romney 428,434 (46.7%)
  2. Rick Santorum 321,079 (35.0%)   
  3. Ron Paul 85,464 (9.3%)       
  4. Newt Gingrich 72,942 (8.0%) 

Ron Paul Biography

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