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Fri., July 9, 2010, 3:22 p.m.

Ron Paul endorses Didier

Former Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul endorsed Clint Didier in the U.S. Senate race in Washington state.

Paul, a Republican congressman from Texas who battled Sen. John McCain for the presidential nomination in 2008, called Didier a "dynamic leader who understands our Constitution and will fight against out-of-control government to restore our liberty."

Paul's announcement comes about two months after Didier received an endorsement from former Alaska governor and GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Although Paul didn't win the nomination, it could carry weight in Washington state, where he did well in the precinct caucuses. It could also come with money from Paul's political action committee, Liberty PAC.

Didier is trying to knock off Sen. Patty Murray, a three-term incumbent Democrat, but first has to finish first or second in Washington's Top Two primary on Aug. 17. Because Murray is the only "name" Democrat in the race, she's assumed to be a shoo-in for one spot in the 15-candidate field. That means Didier will have to beat out a field that includes former state Sen. Dino Rossi, a Republican with high name recognition from two previous statewide runs for governor.

Didier and Palin have called Rossi the GOP establishment candidate, and Didier has attempted to position himself as an outsider who is a true instrument of change. In a similar battle of establishment versus outsider candidacies in Kentucky, Paul's son, Rand Paul, captured the GOP nomination.

Ron Paul's endorsment press release can be found inside the blog.

LAKE JACKSON, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Congressman Ron Paul has endorsed Republican Clint Didier for United States Senate from the state of Washington.

Said Dr. Paul, “I am proud to endorse Clint Didier for United States Senate.

“Clint Didier will do the work to fight for lower taxes and spending and for more freedom in Washington. We need people like Clint voting with me in Congress.

“Clint Didier is a dynamic leader who understands our Constitution and will fight against out-of-control government to restore our Liberty. Clint has the courage to stand up against the bailouts and government takeovers being forced down our throats by Washington insiders.

“As a farmer and family man, Clint understands the challenges that we face. And, he understands that solutions lie in our Constitution and the great American traditions of freedom.

“The American people need more than just another vote. We need a man of principle who will always stand up for what is right. We need a citizen politician who will represent US. Clint Didier is just that kind of individual.”

Said Liberty PAC director Jesse Benton, “We believe that Clint Didier is the best candidate in this race and is best poised to win in both the primary and general elections. We hope the people of Washington will send this fine conservative leader to D.C. at a time when he is sorely needed.”

Liberty PAC is Congressman Paul’s leadership Political Action Committee. Its mission is to identify and support candidates that believe in Liberty, limited government, fiscal responsibility and a common sense, pro-America foreign policy.

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