Rand Paul Skipping Republican National Convention

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – U.S. Sen. Rand Paul will skip the Republican National Convention next week.

The ophthalmologist and former presidential candidate is running for re-election in Kentucky. He is scheduled to perform pro bono eye surgeries in Paducah on Tuesday and has scheduled a number of town hall events throughout Kentucky on Wednesday.

Paul was one of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s harshest critics on the campaign trail, once referring to him as an “orange faced windbag.”

But since ending his presidential campaign, Paul has repeatedly said he will support Trump’s candidacy for president.

Paul faces Democrat Jim Gray in the November election. Gray is the mayor of Lexington, Kentucky’s second-largest city.