WATERVILLE — Republican Party presidential candidate Ron Paul, who said he would abolish the U.S. Department of Education and end the federal government’s role in education, will speak today at Colby College.

The congressman from Texas is slated to talk at 2 p.m. in the Diamond Building’s 182-seat Ostrove Auditorium.

Paul, 76, is expected to make his way to Maine for six campaign stops after Thursday night’s debate at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.

His weekend tour starts with a 10 a.m. visit today at Brick Church in Bangor.

After his speech and question and answer session at Colby, he is scheduled for a 7 p.m. appearance at Ramada Inn in Lewiston.

Saturday at 11 a.m., Paul will deliver a talk at University of Southern Maine in Gorham, then have lunch at Linda Bean’s Maine Kitchen & Topside Tavern at 1:30 p.m. in Freeport.

Paul will wrap up his Maine tour at 5 p.m. at Alfred Town Hall.

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