BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Republican presidential hopeful Rand Paul stopped in Boise as part of his Western tour to rally support and attract voters in a red-dominated state that is likely to have its pick of candidates during the GOP primary election. Paul spoke to nearly 300 people at Boise State University on Thursday. He is also scheduled for an afternoon rally in Nampa that's followed by a GOP barbeque in Idaho Falls. The Kentucky senator's swing through the West has already included rallies in Alaska and Washington, with other stops planned in Utah and Wyoming. Paul criticized dysfunction inside Congress and drew applause while championing local management of public lands to help prevent large wildfires, which are currently ravaging many of the states he's visited during his Western tour.

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