By GRANT SCHULTE, Associated Press
DES MOINES, Iowa â€“ U.S. Sen. Rand Paul was hailed in Iowa Saturday as an emerging party player for his government-shrinking, deficit-cutting message â€” nearly four years after his father championed similar themes but was excluded from a Republican presidential forum because of his poor showing in the polls.
The Kentucky senator’s message sounded much like the one delivered by his father, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, whose low-budget presidential campaign ended with a fifth place showing in the 2008 caucuses. On Saturday, the younger Paul delivered the keynote speech at an Iowa Republican Party event dubbed “Night of the Rising Stars.”
The change speaks volumes about the respect now given to the Pauls and the Republican Party’s acceptance of much of the father and son’s message.
“It is a message that the father started out with some years ago and I think it is resonating more today than it did four years ago,” said former Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Stewart Iverson. “People are understanding the spending side of it better than they did four years ago.”
Rand Paul, a leader of the national Tea Party movement, was elected to the Senate in November.
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