Rand Paul closes Western states campaign swing in Utah

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OREM, Utah (AP) — Rand Paul trumpeted his message of less intrusive government to supporters in Utah on Saturday, the last day of a five-state Western campaign swing.

The Republican presidential candidate says he will make sure the U.S. government stays out of people's lives and give power back to the states.

Paul spoke before a rally of 600 people in Orem at the headquarters of Alder Home Security. He also toured the Moran Eye Center in Salt Lake City and took a photo across from the National Security Administration data center in Bluffdale.

Paul called the support for billionaire Donald Trump "insane," The Deseret News reported (http://bit.ly/1JDOYIA). When asked if he thought Trump's surge in the polls would eventually wane, he said: "We can only hope so."

Paul said during a brief post-rally news conference that voters will "come to their senses" and pick a candidate with more substance. He also criticized Trump's "stupid" comments about how to secure the border.

"I think saying, 'Mexicans will pay for it' is an incredibly stupid thing to stay," Paul said. "This sort of hostility towards Hispanics is something that is really bad for our party, bad for the country."

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