Paul to college audience: 'I'm not here to send you to war'

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul told students at Upper Iowa University Tuesday they could count on him not to send them to war if he becomes the next president.

The notoriously dovish Republican presidential candidate, who is tenth in the Washington Examiner's presidential power rankings, addressed a modest group of undergraduate supporters at the relatively small, private university as part of his college tour through the early voting state.

"I'm not here to send you to war," the libertarian-leaning senator said to the sparse auditorium Tuesday. "I think the Iraq War was a huge mistake."

According to a survey of Americans taken on the 10th anniversary of the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, 50 percent of young adults, ages 18-29, said sending troops to fight in the Middle Eastern country was a mistake.