Friday, May 01, 2009

Rand Paul at UK on 4/30/2009

Blog post draws Ron Paul’s son to UK

If a speech Thursday is any indication, getting the son of a former presidential candidate to campus is as easy as blogging about it.

The speech by Rand Paul, son of U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, was planned after the vice president of the UK group Students for Liberty wrote a blog post about how badly he wished Rand Paul would come to the university. The next day, Rand Paul contacted Students for Liberty about visiting, group president Michael Otis said.

Students for Liberty will sponsor Rand Paul’s speech on freedom and what it means to be a Republican, 7 p.m. Thursday in Memorial Hall. Otis expects about 200 to 300 people to attend.

Rand Paul is the founder and president of the anti-tax organization Kentucky Taxpayers United. He is a rising star in Kentucky politics and may run for the U.S. Senate next year, Otis said.

Otis said Rand Paul and his father represent a movement that suggests the size of government should be reduced.

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