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Rand Paul's Play to Win Over Black Voters at Howard University
National Journal ^ | 04/09/2013 | By Elahe Izadi

Posted on 04/09/2013 9:25:22 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

The GOP minority outreach efforts continue: This time, it’s Sen. Rand Paul taking the message to a historically black university.

How the libertarian-minded senator is received will indicate how well GOP is making inroads with minorities.

Paul will be delivering a speech at Howard University on Wednesday, where he’ll talk about “the importance of outreach to younger voters, as well as minority groups,” according to his office. He also plans to address school choice and civil liberties.

The Kentucky Republican’s appearance echoes the recommendations made in the Republican National Committee’s autopsy report, detailing why the party lost the 2012 election and urging the party to court minority and young voters. Paul’s positions on foreign policy, Internet freedom, and reforming drug laws appeal to younger voters on college campuses. He also has targeted mandatory minimum sentencing for drug crimes, which disproportionately affects African-Americans.

But Paul makes for an unusual GOP emissary to black voters. His libertarian, small-government bent is a tough sell in the African-American community, which has long viewed federal government intervention as necessary for securing equal rights. Blacks also make up a disproportionate share of the federal workforce.

While running for Senate in 2010, Paul’s comments that the federal government shouldn’t be involved in forcing private businesses not to racially discriminate created a firestorm. He had to scramble to clarify that he supports the Civil Rights Act and is against segregation in public spaces, and by the next day, he seemed to reverse his position on discrimination by private entities.

The choice of venue for Paul’s speech is also notable. Howard University rarely draws prominent Republican speakers to campus: Colin Powell gave Howard’s commencement speech in 1994, and in 1981, then-Vice President Bush received an honorary degree and delivered the commencement speech. But George W. Bush declined the invitation to speak at Howard during his 2000 campaign, and Al Gore spoke instead. The younger Bush’s name was floated to deliver the 2002 commencement speech, which was met with wide protest.

Republicans haven’t completely ignored major black communities or organizations. Mitt Romney spoke to the NAACP convention in 2012—but he was met with boos when he said he wanted to repeal President Obama’s health care law.

The party’s tactics appear to be shifting after Romney lost the 2012 election while only pulling 6 percent of the black vote. National Republicans are increasingly acknowledging that the party can no longer ignore minority groups if it wants to remain relevant in the future. RNC chairman Reince Priebus met with black leaders in Brooklyn for a “listening session” as part of GOP outreach efforts. The political impetus for Republicans to embrace immigration reform is tied to how badly they lost the Hispanic vote in 2012. Republicans like Jeb Bush have pushed school reform as an issue that could help the GOP make inroads with urban, minority voters.

It appears Paul has gotten the message. He’s already delivered a major speech to an important Hispanic group on immigration reform—even peppering it with some Spanish, for good measure. His plans to address school choice during his Howard speech also underscore an effort to speak on issues that resonate within the black community. That kind of approach, while not likely to win over many African-Americans, could at least make them think twice about the Republican Party. That alone could do wonders for the party’s outreach efforts.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: blacks; blackvote; howardu; howarduniversity; libertarians; outreach; randpaul

1 posted on 04/09/2013 9:25:22 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
Hey Rand. Just talk about freedom.

One side wants it for all people. Another side doesn't.

2 posted on 04/09/2013 9:33:28 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

If Paul does that, and if he delivers the message clearly, it will be a major step forward for freedom. With the right messenger, we could put the racist politics of the 1852-2012 Democrats behind us - finally.


3 posted on 04/09/2013 9:34:59 AM PDT by Pollster1 (A war can only be just if it is fought with a reasonable chance of success.)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

Good Old Howard.

I remember back in 68 when they burned one of our fire trucks up there.


4 posted on 04/09/2013 9:35:49 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Pollster1

Agree. I wish him much success.


5 posted on 04/09/2013 9:35:58 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,)
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To: SeekAndFind; Revolting cat!

6 posted on 04/09/2013 9:36:54 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: SeekAndFind

When Sen Paul goes to here: http://www.brandeis.edu/ then I will be impressed.


7 posted on 04/09/2013 9:41:01 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: gov_bean_ counter
Just talk about freedom. One side wants it for all people.

I think that's the ticket, though it's going to be a tough sell. That there are no solutions for "the black community" or the "latino community", etc., but a single set of solutions for the benefit of everyone.

8 posted on 04/09/2013 9:44:12 AM PDT by kevkrom (If a wise man has an argument with a foolish man, the fool only rages or laughs...)
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To: SeekAndFind

Message to Rand:
Ignore the advice of the GOP establishment, ignore the “groups” and speak to the people.

The GOP is trying to piece together a coalition of groups. That is a losing game, the dems already have it down pat. The way to fight them is to speak directly to the hearts of individuals, like Reagan did, an let them know that they aren’t seen as a nameless segment of a group, but as a living, breathing, loving, laughing, struggling, individual human being.

The GOP is just TOO stupid to understand the dignity of that approach.


9 posted on 04/09/2013 9:44:53 AM PDT by GilesB
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10 posted on 04/09/2013 9:45:16 AM PDT by onyx
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To: SeekAndFind

I am sure he will brush over the parts about cutting spending and getting rid of departments and privatizing SS and medicare, all the stuff they will boo him for.

Jack Kemp claimed his happy face talk would get get him minority votes, that ‘capital gains tax cuts’ would make them all rich. In practice it didnt get him any in 1996.


11 posted on 04/09/2013 9:48:47 AM PDT by sickoflibs (To GOP : Any path to US citizenship IS putting them ahead in line. Stop lying about your position.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Lost cause.......


12 posted on 04/09/2013 9:59:57 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: GilesB

Freedom is a tough sell....hell, you can’t even give it away.................


13 posted on 04/09/2013 10:01:08 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: SeekAndFind
"Paul will be delivering a speech at Howard University on Wednesday"

He will be addressing a crowd in a city wherein 30% of its adult male population are convicted felons. At this juncture, three consecutive generations have been raised dependent upon government largess. They want their free stuff, AA programs preserved for all time, Section 8 housing, priority college entrance, tuition, day care, school breakfast and lunch programs (even when there's no school), and they want you to pay for it. Fearless prediction: he will be shouted down, and forced to abandon the podium.
14 posted on 04/09/2013 10:08:27 AM PDT by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: SeekAndFind; All

” The Kentucky Republican’s appearance echoes the recommendations made in the Republican National Committee’s autopsy report, detailing why the party lost the 2012 election... “

If you want to know why we need an “autopsy report”, just look at the RNC.


15 posted on 04/09/2013 10:18:40 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker
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To: gov_bean_ counter
Hey Rand. Just talk about freedom.

Exactly! Don't go wandering into the mushy swamp of grievances. Stay with first principals, the right to life(abortion in the black community), liberty(not a plantation with rations for the slaves), the pursuit of happiness(not a handout to keep you happy). Stay with eternal truths. Don't PANDER!

16 posted on 04/09/2013 10:55:15 AM PDT by mc5cents
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To: GilesB
The way to fight them is to speak directly to the hearts of individuals

To talk to those individuals, it is easiest to go where they group.

In Rand Paul black individuals will find a President who actually wants to end the counterproductive War on Drugs.

17 posted on 04/09/2013 11:07:40 AM PDT by Gunslingr3
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To: kevkrom

They don’t want “freedom”. They already have it, and can’t handle it. They want to be taken care of. They also want stuff.


18 posted on 04/09/2013 11:09:37 AM PDT by CPO retired
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To: Red Badger

Freedom is an easy sell. It’s the responsibility that comes with it that some communities want no part of.


19 posted on 04/09/2013 11:10:26 AM PDT by DwFry (Baby Boomers Killed Western Civilization!)
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To: Gunslingr3

There is a difference between speaking to a group of individuals, and speaking to individuals as a group.

I am advocating for the former.


20 posted on 04/09/2013 11:30:27 AM PDT by GilesB
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To: CPO retired

Your description could apply to single/divorced women as well.


21 posted on 04/09/2013 11:33:23 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: MrB

....and Hispanics.

Which mean’s we’re screwed. Now what?


22 posted on 04/09/2013 11:44:46 AM PDT by DwFry (Baby Boomers Killed Western Civilization!)
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To: DwFry

The only way out is through.

The system has to crash. We might as well go Cloward on them. Prep ourselves for the crash and push it over the edge.

Hard times are comin’. This is unsustainable.


23 posted on 04/09/2013 11:47:55 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: MrB

By idiots, it could.


24 posted on 04/09/2013 12:41:10 PM PDT by rhoda_penmark
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To: MrB

You know we can hear you here, right?


25 posted on 04/09/2013 12:44:42 PM PDT by rhoda_penmark
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To: rhoda_penmark

OK, OK...

single and divorced women DON’T vote overwhelmingly for democrats and the government as replacement fathers/husbands as protector and provider
despite what the statistics and outcomes of the last few elections have shown.

How foolish of me to state that.


26 posted on 04/09/2013 12:48:53 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: rhoda_penmark
You should absolutely not read this link,

Single women voted overwhelmingly in favour of Obama, researchers find

nor read this exerpt:

Mitt Romney actually did better than Obama among married women, outperforming the president by seven points. But Obama obliterated Romney when it came to the battle for the votes of unmarried women, beating him by 36 points.

27 posted on 04/09/2013 1:04:14 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: SeekAndFind

I sincerely hope that it will not be a waste of time, but it probably will. He will be more likely to get shouted down by protesters than to be listened to and have his words given honest consideration.


28 posted on 04/09/2013 2:00:06 PM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: JimRed

The Libertarian tactic might actually work here... all those cannabis supports may give him a chance to articulate his ideas...beyond the liberty to light up.


29 posted on 04/09/2013 4:47:36 PM PDT by pithyinme (Oh great 4 more years of crap to wade through....)
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To: MrB

I shall not. Go away now, idiot.


30 posted on 04/10/2013 7:29:53 AM PDT by rhoda_penmark
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To: Red Badger

Live Devo sang:

Freedom of Choice, is what you’ve got.
Freedom from Choice, is what you want.


31 posted on 04/10/2013 7:33:39 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: rhoda_penmark

Very amusing that I’m an idiot be because you refuse to see reality.
Now you go away.


32 posted on 04/10/2013 7:40:45 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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