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GOP presidential hopeful Rand Paul stops at Columbia brewery

Republican presidential hopeful Rand Paul came out swinging at GOP frontrunner Donald Trump Friday at a campaign stop at the River Rat Brewery.

The U.S. senator from Kentucky, beer nearby, asked the crowd how many people watched the first GOP presidential debate Thursday.

“We’ve got a frontrunner...what is he famous for? He’s famous for buying politicians,” Paul said, referring to New York real-estate mogul Donald Trump and his claim during the Fox News debate that he gave money to politicians to make them available to him.

To an enthusiastic crowd, Paul also talked about the importance of defending constitutional rights meant to protect against unlawful searches – including of phone records – and ensure that the accused have access to a speedy trial.

Paul said when Republicans begin to protect those rights “with the same fervor that we defend the 2nd Amendment” – the right to bear arms – “we’re going to be the dominant party that rocks and rolls to victory.”

Paul started a two-day tour of the Palmetto State on Friday with stops in Rock Hill, Spartanburg, Laurens and Columbia. On Saturday, Paul is expected to speak at 9 a.m. to the Berkeley County GOP at the American Legion Post 166 in Goose Creek.

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