Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.) and his son, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), are teaming up again for another joint event on the campaign trail.
The father-and-son duo will hold a rally Sunday afternoon at the Texas Capitol in Austin. The national group Tea Party Express is sponsoring the rally, and Ted Cruz, a tea-party favorite who is running for the GOP nod to succeed retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Tex.), is also expected to attend. The Lone Star State holds its primary May 29.
According to the latest Associated Press count, Paul is far behind GOP front-runner Mitt Romney in the delegate race; the libertarian-leaning Texas congressman, who has not won a single caucus or primary, has garnered only 80 delegates to Romney’s 841.
Even so, Paul continues to draw thousands of attendees at his events on college campuses and elsewhere, and to hear his national campaign chairman, Jesse Benton, tell it, this Sunday’s event will be nothing less than “historic.”
“The nation already witnessed history twice when a sitting U.S. Senator — Rand Paul — campaigned for his father — Ron Paul — for the presidency,” Benton said in a statement. “It occurred ahead of the Ames Straw Poll where Ron Paul was statistically tied for first place, and again during a daylong whistle-stop tour the Pauls held prior to the Iowa Caucus.
“One day this rally will occupy a special place in our history books when the Paul family and tea party are credited with restoring American government to its constitutional limits. How soon this recognition comes is up to voters,” he added.