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Rand Paul builds momentum for potential Presidential run

CINCINNATI (Brad Underwood) -- The Junior Senator from Kentucky is looking to the Ohio side of the river for votes.

Rand Paul was the main speaker at the Hamilton County Republican party's Lincoln-Reagan Day dinner Friday night.  He drew a big crowd, many of whom know he's eying a bid for the White House in 2016.
 
Friday night Senator Paul took some shots at President Obama, government agencies who don't fire employees despite fireable behavior, and Hillary Clinton regarding the embassy attacks in Benghazi.  Word on the street is there won't be any kind of announcement from Senator Paul about running for President until after the November elections.  However, the Senator is certainly testing the waters with recent visits to Ohio.

More than 600 Hamilton County Republicans stood and clapped for Ky. Sen. Rand Paul Friday night inside the Duke Energy Convention Center.  Sen. Paul hasn't officially announced he's running for President in 2016, but many supporters say what's he's done over the last year has put him at the top of the GOP candidate list.
 
Mike Mestemaker of Green Township said, "Fantastic speech, I think that he is right on the button.  There's a lot of things we have to do as a country, let alone as a party."
 
Ohio Sen. Rob Portman introduced Sen. Paul.  For Mike Mestemaker, having both Paul and Portman together gives the Republican party momentum moving forward.
 
"I think there is a lot of opportunity for him to do well the next couple of years, it's going to be close, going to be tight obviously.  Before we know it, voting on election night," Mestemaker said.
 
Chairman of the Hamilton County Republican Party, Alex Triantafilou, says having Portman and Paul pull this large of a crowd shows how strong the county party is.
 
"The big crowd makes me feel good about the future of the GOP," said Triantafilou.

As for Sen. Paul in the White House? 

Triantafilou said, "He's certainly in that mix. He's intelligent, committed, and conservative, so he would be a terrific choice but we're going to have lots of terrific choices." 
 
Senator Paul also spoke out Friday night on taxes, throwing his support behind one flat tax for everybody.




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