Ron Paul halts campaign, sort of

Republican hopeful and noted gold bug Ron Paul announced to his followers Monday that he would stop actively campaigning in new states.

From the NY Times:

Mr. Paul made no mention of Mitt Romney, and he did not say he would spend time helping defeat President Obama. Instead, he vowed to continue pursuing a “delegate strategy” that would provide his movement influence at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., this summer.

“I hope all supporters of liberty will remain deeply involved — become delegates, win office and take leadership positions,” he wrote. “I will be right there with you. In the coming days, my campaign leadership will lay out to you our delegate strategy and what you can do to help, so please stay tuned.”

What exactly Paul plans to do at the convention remains to be seen. Some believe he’s mostly angling for a prominent speaking role at what is, essentially, a televised infomercial for the Mitt Romney campaign. Others, however, believe he’s in it at this point to build cache for his son, and likely successor to his movement, Rand Paul.

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