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Ron Paul Says He Doesn’t Plan Third-Party Bid for White House in November

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul said he doesn’t plan to begin a third-party bid for the White House, although he didn’t rule out the possibility.

“I’m not an absolutist,” the Texas congressman said in an interview that aired today on the “Fox News Sunday” program. “Everyone knows I have no intention of doing that. It would be a bit of a burden.”

Ahead of the Jan. 10 New Hampshire primary, Paul is trying to convince voters that he is the best alternative to former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. Separate polls released Jan. 6 by NBC News and Suffolk University found Paul in second place, and more than 20 percentage points behind Romney.

Paul’s libertarian views including opposition to the Iraq war have set him apart from his rivals for the Republican nomination. Still, he said he would need the support of traditional Republican voters to win his party’s nomination.

“The message has to be across the board,” Paul said. “I still have to attract the votes” of traditional Republicans.

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