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Presidential candidate and former U.S. Representative Ron Paul to speak at UF

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Former presidential candidate Ron Paul will speak at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center on April 15, courtesy of the ACCENT Speaker’s Bureau.

ACCENT Chairman Josh Holtzman said the bureau chose Paul because he inspires college students more than most politicians do. ACCENT brings prominent, controversial and influential speakers to the university, Holtzman said. He expects there to be opposing views expressed during the question-and-answer session following Paul’s remarks.

Paul has run for president three times: in 1988 as the Libertarian Party candidate and in 2008 and 2012 in the Republican primaries. Paul has a bachelor’s degree from Gettysburg College and a medical degree from Duke University.

Coincidentally, the event will be held on Tax Day.

“It worked out perfectly. So much of his message revolves around issues of taxing and spending,” Holtzman said.

ACCENT is paying Paul $55,000 for the visit.

The event, which begins at 8 p.m., is free and open to the public. Seats will be first come, first served. Doors open at 7 p.m.

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