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“But what we are also doing here is training thousands of people and encouraging them to be involved in precinct work, and then getting involved in the Republican Party and have an influence that way.”

Some conservatives, including several prominent Republicans, privately support Mr. Paul’s aim, which they see as taking the party back from its neoconservative wing and restoring it to a tradition of limited-government conservatism.

He was asked why he was holding “training events” - one of which consists mostly of music groups performing - during the convention..

“Because this is where the action is,” Mr. Paul said with a smile.