Julie Jacobson, Associated Press
Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, hugs his wife Carol after presenting her with flowers at the end of a news conference, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, in Las Vegas. Paul and his wife were celebrating their 55th wedding anniversary on Wednesday.

LAS VEGAS — Whether he wins or loses the Republican presidential nomination, Ron Paul is celebrating a milestone. He and his wife, Carol, have been married 55 years on Wednesday.

The Texas congressman ended a press conference by presenting his bride with a bouquet of flowers. The couple shared a kiss and hug.

The Pauls were in Las Vegas, where Ron Paul is campaigning ahead of Saturday's caucuses.

Paul said he had let his wife sleep in late Wednesday morning and had ordered a room service breakfast to be delivered when she woke up.

The couple planned to go out to dinner and attend a performance of "Phantom of the Opera".

The Pauls were married on Feb. 1, 1957, in Pittsburgh. They have five children and 18 grandchildren.