Ron Paul to campaign in Minnesota

Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul is making a big push to win Minnesota’s precinct caucuses.

Paul’s campaign announced today that the Texas Congressman will campaign in the state on Saturday and Monday. He has town hall meetings scheduled for Rochester and Chanhassen and a rally at Bethel University on Saturday. Paul has also scheduled a town hall meeting in St. Cloud and a Minneapolis rally for Monday.

Paul is the third presidential candidate to visit the state in the lead up to the caucuses. Rick Santorum campaigned in Luverne on Monday. Mitt Romney visited Eagan on Wednesday.

Santorum is also scheduled to be in Bemidji Sunday.

Paul is working to secure his first statewide victory in the race for president. AP is reporting today that Paul is gambling on caucus states like Minnesota to amass delegates to support him at the Republican National Convention in August.

Minnesota’s precinct caucuses are mostly a beauty contest since Tuesday’s straw poll results do not bind the delegates at the convention. But a strong showing will help candidates usher their supporters through the caucus system.

Here’s the schedule of Paul’s events:

Saturday, February 4, 2012

11:00 a.m.

Rochester Town Hall

Mayo High School

1420 11th Avenue SE

Rochester, MN 55904-5306

2:00 p.m.

Chanhassen Town Hall

AutoMotorPlex

8200 Audubon Road

Chanhassen, MN 55317

5:30 p.m.

Bethel University Rally

Sponsor: College Republicans of Bethel University

Bethel University

3900 Bethel Drive

Arden Hills, MN 55112-6902

Monday, February 6, 2012

4:00 p.m.

St. Cloud Town Hall & Rally

St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center

10 4th Avenue South

St. Cloud, MN 56301

7:00 p.m.

Minneapolis Rally

Minneapolis Convention Center

1301 2nd Avenue South

Minneapolis, MN 55403