Rand Paul to meet with Iowans during two-day trip

Alex Hanson

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., will travel to Iowa later this week to meet with Iowans as he considers a presidential bid in 2016.

Paul’s PAC, RANDPAC, released the finalized details on Monday about his trip, which includes stops in Ames, Des Moines and Marshalltown.

This Friday, Feb. 6th, Paul will attend an “Audit the Fed Rally,” being hosted by the group Liberty Iowa, in Des Moines at Jasper Winery on George Flagg Parkway at 12:30 p.m.

Paul has several events scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 7th. In the morning, he hosts a meet and greet alongside U.S. Rep. Rod Blum, a Republican from the first district. The event is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. at Legends American Grill in Marshalltown.

Paul reintroduced his bill to Audit the Federal Reserve in the Senate last week, while Blum cosponsored an identical bill in the House.

Later in the day, Paul will stop in Ames and attend the Iowa State vs. Texas Tech men’s basketball game at Hilton Coliseum. The game begins at 12:30, but Paul will finish the game in Suite 102 of the Scheman Building. He will gather with the Young Americans for Liberty and College Republicans student groups to finish watching the game, make remarks and speak to the media.

This weeks trip will be Paul’s first of 2015. Paul was in Iowa in Nov., making stops in the Eastern part of the State. Paul also campaigned in Iowa for candidates during the 2014-midterm elections.

Paul was notably absent from the “Iowa Freedom Summit” on Jan. 24th, but a new Iowa poll from The Des Moines Register and Bloomberg Politics shows it may not have hurt his chances in the Iowa caucus, which are scheduled for just under a year on Feb. 1st, 2016. The poll showed Paul picking up 15 percent of the vote from likely caucus voters, just one percent behind Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.