Rand Paul to speak at Howard University

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), a potential 2016 presidential contender, will address students at Howard University on Wednesday in Washington, D.C.

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According to a release on the university's website, “Sen. Paul’s speech will focus on the importance of outreach to younger voters, as well as minority groups. He will also discuss the history of the African-American community’s roots in the Republican Party and current issues, such as school choice and civil liberties."

Paul's address at the historically black university may be seen as an early effort at outreach to young and minority voters, two voting blocs that typically vote Democratic. 

Young voters came out in support of Paul's father, former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), in his 2012 campaign for the Republican nomination for president, and supporters of the younger Paul believe he'll have similar appeal for young voters if he continues to champion the libertarianism his father brought to prominence.

Further stoking 2016 speculation, Paul will speak in New Hampshire, an early primary state, next month.