WASHINGTON — Leaving no coin, metal, or commodity unturned, retiring Rep. Ron Paul made a final push on one of his signature issues on Thursday, seeking stronger ground for the U.S. to implement a parallel currency in lieu of the U.S. dollar.

"There is no reason why Americans should not be able to transact, save, and invest in the currency of their choosing," said Paul. "Unfortunately, decades of government restrictions and regulations have hampered and prevented the circulation of parallel currencies and destroyed the familiarity of American with any sort of money aside from the Federal Reserve notes or bank deposits denominated in U.S. dollars."

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