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Potential Candidates Visit GOP Convention

DES MOINES, IA (KCCI) - Republican delegates from around the state were in Des Moines Saturday to hear three potential presidential candidates.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum were special guests at the GOP State Convention at Hy-Vee Hall.

Sen. Rand Paul took shots at former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, who many see as the likely Democratic nominee in the presidential race for 2016. Paul then spoke of President Obamas recent decision to release five Taliban combatants in exchange for U.S. serviceman Bowe Bergdahl.

He also spoke of nonessential federal employees, wasteful spending and members of his own party.

"Some say for us to be bigger we have to dilute our message. We need to be Democrat-like, we need to be more moderate to get more electoral votes. I couldn't disagree more, Paul said.

He says the key is to figure out how Republicans can be true to their core but still reach every day Americans.

Sen. Rick Santorum said the last time he spoke for a large group in Iowa was caucus night. He also said his party needs to adapt to everyday American workers who are the base of the party.

Santorum said that during the 2012 election cycle, Republicans were too quick to push business owners, big and small, in front of the camera when their employees should have been standing next to them.

We need workers if we are going to win, and we need to start talking to workers if we are going to win, Santorum said.

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