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Originally published Friday, March 2, 2012 at 5:20 PM

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Paul campaigns in Spokane

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul says he expects to do well in Washington's caucuses on Saturday.

Associated Press

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SPOKANE, Wash. —

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul says he expects to do well in Washington's caucuses on Saturday.

Paul says his Libertarian-tinged message has always played well in Washington. That's one reason that, seeking his first win, Paul has started running a TV ad in the state attacking his opponents.

Paul, wearing a plaid shirt and blue jeans, spoke for more than half an hour to an enthusiastic crowd in Spokane on Friday that interrupted him frequently with applause, and then took questions from the audience. He was to later Friday in Vancouver, Wash., and Seattle.

"We expected to do real well here," Paul told a crowd of about 1,000 people at the Spokane Convention Center. "We have always had broad, good support here and enthusiastic crowds."

The longtime Texas Congressman repeated his themes of abolishing the Federal Reserve, cutting foreign involvements and lowering or repealing taxes.

He decried the war on drugs and the Patriot Act for eroding the rights and liberties of Americans and said the Transportation Security Administration should be abolished. He also opposed a military draft.

Paul called on his audience to turn out for the caucuses, which could provide momentum heading into the Super Tuesday contests in 10 states.

"We want to show this country that the state of Washington is behind the cause of liberty," Paul said.

Paul is battling Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich for the GOP nomination to take on President Barack Obama.

He is the only candidate on the airwaves in the state, having spent roughly $40,000 to run ads on cable channels.

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