It is a convention tradition for delegations to host breakfasts with special speakers.
Most often, the speakers are people connected with a current campaign or other major party officials.
And every once in a while, speakers are those considered rising stars in the party.
And that last category was filled Wednesday morning by Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who was a guest speaker at the breakfast for the Republican National Convention delegation from…wait for it…Iowa.
Now, if you think this will fan more speculation about Paul running for president in 2016 if this year’s Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, does not win, you’d be right.
We asked Paul before his appearance: why Iowa?
“Just coincidence, I guess, I don’t know,” he said, grinning widely.
Of course, Iowa holds the first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses every four years.
Paul was in Iowa this year and in 2008, campaigning on behalf of his father, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, whose supporters essentailly have taken over the GOP in the Hawkeye State.
Sen. Paul spoke at a $75-per-person fundraiser for the Iowa Republican Party, telling the delegates about his proposals to cut federal spending and ensure that only Congress will have the power to declare war.
The Kentuckian, a leader of the tea party movement, repeated his oft-spoken theme that “government is a necessary evil” that needs to be reined in.