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March 27, 2013

Sen. Paul will attend 3 events here today

Somerset —  

One of the nation’s biggest newsmakers is coming to Somerset today.
Sen. Rand Paul of Bowling Green will be making several stops around the county today, most notably a unique opportunity to chat with some of the community’s business and institutional leaders.
Paul, the junior U.S. senator for Kentucky along with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Louisville, will participate in the Somerset-Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce Business/Community Roundtable discussion, to be held from noon to 1 p.m. today at the Hendrickson facility on Pin Oak Drive off of Ky. 461, across from the Valley Oak Commerce Complex.
“It’s huge,” said Bobby Clue, executive director of the Somerset-Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce, of Paul’s decision to visit this community. “We are honored that Sen. Paul feels Pulaski County is worthy of a stop with all the things he has going on with the national agenda. We don’t take this lightly. This is a big deal.”
Paul has positioned himself in the eyes of numerous political observers as a possible Republican candidate for the White House in 2016, and has made national headlines for many of his actions and policies since first being elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010. The son of former Texas Congressman Ron Paul, and a self-described “constitutional conservative,” with connections to the Tea Party and Libertarian sections of the political spectrum, Paul is a graduate of the Duke University School of Medicine and an ophthalmologist in western Kentucky for 17 years, and founded the organization Kentucky Taxpayers United to combat the spread of excessive taxation.
Paul made a splash in Washington earlier this month when he held the Senate floor for almost 13 hours in a filibuster to block a vote on the nomination of John Brennan as CIA director and draw attention to questions about the U.S. President’s ability to use lethal drone vehicles. He also discussed ideas about immigration reform this month, including that illegal immigrants should get a chance to become U.S. taxpayers and citizens and calling on “conservative Republicans ... (to) become part of the solution.”

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