Republicans cheer LePage, Rand Paul at GOP convention

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Maine Republicans wrapped up their two-day convention in Bangor today, and say they should be in a strong position to win elections this fall.

About 500 delegates cheered Governor Paul LePage Saturday afternoon, as he talked about the past three-and-a-half years in office, and slammed Democrats for opposing his policies.

Delegates also heard from candidates in this year's one big primary race – the Second District showdown between former Senate President Kevin Raye and former State Treasurer Bruce Poliquin. Both candidates said they want to cut federal spending, shrink government and protect gun rights. Poliquin blamed Raye for losing the same election two years ago, while Raye hit Poliquin for not living in the second district before he entered the race.

The convention also heard from U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, who is considered a possible Presidential candidate for 2016. Paul told the crowd the country needs to cut the size of government and cut government spending.

Sen. Paul told reporters he is considering a run for President but won't decide for at least six months.

Two years ago, the Maine GOP convention was turned upside down when supporters of Paul's father, former Presidential candidate Ron Paul, brought the most delegates and took over leadership of the convention. Some party members blamed the resulting confusion for contributing to that year's losses at the ballot box.

This year, party leaders say the convention has run smoothly and on time, and say they are all committed to having a unified party for the campaign season.

Maine Democrats will hold their convention at the end of May.


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