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      Rand Paul talks spending cuts and Republican empowerment on visit to the Midlands

      WEST COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) -- Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky) was in the Midlands Friday. He was the featured speaker at the SC Republican Barbecue.

      Paul is a name often mentioned as a possible 2016 presidential candidate.

      He spoke Friday about ways he is trying to improve the nation, from spending cuts to national security, and how he thinks Republicans can become a powerhouse again.

      Paul spoke for about 20 minutes mostly about the sequester and spending cut strategies.

      He said for one, we need to stop sending money and military resources to countries who don't like us, like Egypt and Pakistan.

      Paul says another way he would save money is by not re-hiring government employees who have retired and by cutting air travel for government employees.

      He also wants to get rid of the Davis Bacon wage law. He says that will save $10 billion per year.

      He also mentioned cutting spending on unimportant government studies like a robotic squirrel that cost $325 thousand last year.

      Paul spoke about the importance of honoring the justice system and giving fair trials, even when it comes to terrorists.

      Paul finished his speech saying that to expand the Republican Party again, it is going to take Republicans standing up for the government system and putting out a message of positivity.

      "When I think of what our message should be, I think of Patrick Henry -- 'give me liberty or give me death,'" said Paul. "I think of the passion of our founding fathers -- of people who stood up for the forth amendment, the second amendment, the first amendment with passion, even when it's uncomfortable, even when we're talking about someone who is an evil person. You think about oh terrorists are bad people. So are rapists, so are murderers. We give them all trials. That's what America is about."

      State GOP Chairman Matt Moore says the state will host other potential 2016 White House hopefuls in the coming months.