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Top GOP presidential hopeful Rand Paul to speak at U of I's Kibbie Dome

Idaho Republican Party Chairman Barry Peterson's wish came true and Sen. Rand Paul — the current leader in GOP presidential polls — will address the Idaho GOP State Convention at the University of Idaho's 17,000-person-capacity Kibbie Dome. Paul will keynote the convention banquet June 13.

"I am thrilled to be joining the Idaho Republican Party this June," Paul said in a news release from the Idaho GOP. "It is vital that we take our message of limited government and personal freedom to every corner of the United States. Idaho has a proud tradition of supporting conservative values, and I look forward to meeting everyone in Idaho."



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Tickets are $50 and may be purchased

on the Idaho GOP website

, according to the release.

Peterson leaked the advance word five weeks ago that the Kentuckian had committed to speak at the invitation of Idaho GOP Congressman Raul Labrador. But he wasn't sure whether interest would be high enough to book the biggest venue possible, where the Idaho Vandals play football.

"Wouldn’t it be something if we had 18,000 people in the Kibbie Dome?" Peterson said April 4. According to the U of I, the Dome's actual number of seats is 15,200 and fire code allows for 17,000 people at a football game. With the field available for seating, perhaps Peterson can reach that 18,000.

Paul is the son of former Libertarian Party presidential nominee and two-time GOP candidate Ron Paul, a retired Republican congressman from Texas.

Paul topped the two most recent polls for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016.

In the May 2-4 CNN/ORC poll, Paul tied Jeb Bush at 13 percent. They were trailed by Paul Ryan at 12 percent, Mike Huckabee at 10 percent, Chris Christie at 9 percent, Rick Perry at 8 percent, Ted Cruz and Scott Walker at 7 percent, Marco Rubio at 6 percent and Rick Santorum at 2 percent.

In the April 24-27 ABC News/Washington Post poll, Paul led with 15 percent. Behind him were Huckabee at 14 percent, Ryan and Bush at 12 percent, Christie at 9 percent, Cruz at 7 percent, Rubio at 6 percent, Perry and Walker at 5 percent, Bobby Jindal at 2 percent and John Kasich at 1 percent.

The Republican Party's news release follows:

Idaho GOP Announces Senator Rand Paul to Speak at State Convention
Boise, Idaho -  The Idaho Republican Party is pleased to announce that Senator Rand Paul will be the keynote speaker at its State Convention Banquet on Friday, June 13 th at the Kibbie Dome in Moscow, ID. Tickets for general admittance to the banquet are $50 per person and can be purchased online at www.idgop.org .

 

"We are excited to have such a prominent Republican leader join us at our State Convention," shared Idaho GOP Chairman Barry Peterson. "We are confident that Senator Paul will help rally and energize Republicans going into the general election."

 

In response to being the keynote speaker at the Idaho Republican Party, Senator Paul said, "I am thrilled to be joining the Idaho Republican Party this June. It is vital that we take our message of limited government and personal freedom to every corner of the United States. Idaho has a proud tradition of supporting conservative values, and I look forward to meeting everyone in Idaho."

 

"Having someone come to Idaho who has consistently polled at the top of all 2016 national and early state polls is already generating buzz statewide," commented Executive Director Trevor Thorpe.

 

Senator Paul is the junior United States Senator for Kentucky. Elected in 2010, he has proven to be an outspoken champion for constitutional liberties and fiscal responsibility, and a warrior against government overreach. A graduate of Duke University School of Medicine, Sen. Paul was a practicing ophthalmologist in Bowling Green, Ky., for 17 years. Sen. Paul has been a vocal advocate for term limits, a balanced-budget amendment, a Read the Bills Act, and an audit of the Federal Reserve. He has gained prominence for his independent positions on many political issues.

 

The Idaho GOP State Convention will be held at the Kibbie Dome at the University of Idaho from June 12th-14th. Tickets for all convention events and information for special hotel group rates can be found on the Idaho GOP website.

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