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."on the Idaho GOP website
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.
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:
"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.
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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.