Ron Paul rejects McCain's plea for endorsement

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Ron Paul says he rejected John McCain's appeal for his endorsement.

At a news conference Wednesday, Paul said he received a surprise call from McCain's campaign on Tuesday asking for his endorsement. Paul turned them down.

Paul said: "The idea was that he would do less harm than the other candidate."

Paul won no primaries in the Republican nomination contest but developed a strong following on the Internet. He appeared at a news conference with third-party candidates, including Ralph Nader and former Georgia Democratic Rep. Cynthia McKinney. Paul suggested backing the non-major party candidates.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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