U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., will speak at the Maine Republican Party convention in Bangor at the end of the month.

Paul, who is considered a likely candidate for the party’s nomination for president in 2016, will speak at the convention on Saturday, April 26, the second day of the two-day convention. The convention is being held at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

“I can’t think of a better national figure to speak at our convention to the issues of individual liberty and economic prosperity than Senator Rand Paul,” said Rick Bennett, chairman of the Maine Republican Party, in a statement Saturday night.

Other speakers will include candidates for major offices, including U.S. Sen. Susan Collins and Gov. Paul LePage, both of whom are seeking re-election this year.

The party also plans a straw poll to gauge support for potential candidates for the party’s 2016 presidential nomination. The list of candidates includes Paul and others frequently mentioned as likely candidates, such as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

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