Rand Paul to campaign next week in Minneapolis, Duluth, Rochester
November 5, 2015 — 4:28pm
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is bringing his presidential campaign to Minnesota on Monday for a series of rallies in Minneapolis, Duluth and Rochester.
Paul, a Kentucky Republican, is holding a pair of "Students for Rand" rallies at the University of Minnesota campuses in Minneapolis and Duluth. The Minneapolis rally will be held at 11:30 a.m. in Coffman Memorial Union.
Both that, and a 1:45 p.m. rally at Kirby Event Center at UMD, are open to the public. Later in the day, Paul will headline a general rally at the Rochester Eagles Club at 4:30 p.m.
Paul's call to drastically shrink the federal government echoes that of his father, former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, a GOP presidential candidate in 2008 and 2012.
Ron Paul amassed a significant following in Minnesota in those two cycles, and Rand Paul will look to capitalize on that as he competes in Minnesota's March 1 presidential caucus. At the moment, Paul is the only Republican presidential candidate to have a paid staff member working full-time in Minnesota.
A Duluth native who just barely lost Virginia's GOP gubernatorial primary said that politicians have not gone far enough in condemning the left for violence during a rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville. "I think that the left is going to try to use this as an excuse to crack down on conservative free speech," said Corey Stewart. "I think they're going to try to use this as an excuse to remove more historical monuments."