IRVINE ( — Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and presidential hopeful will deliver the keynote address at the Republican Party of Orange County’s annual Flag Day dinner in Irvine Friday night.

Friday night’s event will be Paul’s second visit to Orange County since declaring his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination on April 7.

The 52-year-old Paul was elected to the Senate in 2010, the first public office he sought. He had previously combined a career as an ophthalmologist with political activism, working on behalf of his father Ron’s campaigns for the House, Senate and presidency and founding Kentucky Taxpayers United, which examined Kentucky legislators’ records on taxation and spending and encouraging votes against tax increases.

Paul recently addressed the College Republicans National Convention in Washington, D.C., where he said that “We need to be a more diverse party” and “We were the party of emancipation. We were the party of civil rights. We need to be a party that believes in the entire Bill of Rights.”

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