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Rand Paul: 'When Republican Party looks like the rest of America, we'll win'
Christian Science Monitor via Yahoo News ^ | June 2, 2013 | Mark Trumbull

Posted on 06/02/2013 7:39:36 AM PDT by Innovative

Rand Paul is the latest Republican to tell his party to open up to a wider range of views within its ranks.

"The party can be big enough to allow people who don't all agree on every issue," Senator Paul told an audience in California, a state that produced three Republican presidents in the 20th century but now votes reliably Democratic.

"When the Republican Party looks like the rest of America, we'll win again," he said.

"It's not going to change who I am or what I talk about but I think we can be a big enough party to include people," Paul said at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., Friday evening.

In his Friday talk, Paul sought to define himself, among other things, as a Republican who cares about the environment.

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TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: elections; gop; gopagenda; idiocy; lunatic; newgop; randpaul
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What do the Rand Paul supporters think -- is this a sensible, winning strategy or betrayal of conservatives?
1 posted on 06/02/2013 7:39:36 AM PDT by Innovative
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To: Innovative

Does he mean gay and unemployed?


2 posted on 06/02/2013 7:40:44 AM PDT by The Toll
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To: Innovative

The door has been and always will be open!


3 posted on 06/02/2013 7:41:29 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Innovative

I’ve heard the big tent GOP model before. How’d that work out?


4 posted on 06/02/2013 7:42:10 AM PDT by rintense
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To: Innovative
Whatchootalkinboutwillis?

The only reason The Republican Party DOESN'T look like the rest of American is because whenever we nominate a Black or Hispanic or a Woman to represent us in the primary, the RATS and Independents DON'T vote for them in the general.

THEY are the racists, not us, my good sir, with the fine curly hair.

5 posted on 06/02/2013 7:44:03 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: The Toll

Sounds like the “If you can’t beat em, join em” strategy.


6 posted on 06/02/2013 7:44:17 AM PDT by Rennes Templar (The true Obama persona is emerging, the one from his first Presidential debate.)
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To: Innovative

I wonder in what way Rand believes that the Dem party looks like the rest of America? I thought that the whole idea of a two party system was to have two different parties, not two copies of the same.


7 posted on 06/02/2013 7:44:30 AM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Innovative

Yep, already going native and repeating MSMediot claims about the GOP. Of course since there is evidence he is a RINO like his father, well what could one expect.


8 posted on 06/02/2013 7:45:05 AM PDT by JLS
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To: Rennes Templar

This is loser strategy. And clearly a planned strategic move by the GOP to redefine what is “conservative”. It fits in with the Rubio “conservative” radio ads PAID FOR BY DEMOCRATS.

Why is it so difficult for the beltway GOP to engage the Dems? Too much work I guess. This is just more surrender from the stupid party.

This is descending into buffoonery on the part of the beltway GOP.


9 posted on 06/02/2013 7:46:34 AM PDT by lodi90
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To: Innovative

Elected Republicans are Democrats. Unelected Republicans are for the most part statists on social issues. Lots of Freepers are for Big Government....


10 posted on 06/02/2013 7:47:06 AM PDT by freebilly
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To: Innovative
People can look however they look, but they must subscribe to the fundamental compact that the founding fathers created.
11 posted on 06/02/2013 7:47:37 AM PDT by oldbrowser (We have a rogue government in Washington)
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To: Innovative

When the GOP stops pissing off its base, it will win.


12 posted on 06/02/2013 7:47:39 AM PDT by EricT. (Another Muslim terrorist. Who saw that coming?)
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To: Innovative

Ted Cruz is everything Rand can never be. There is a time and place for capitulation, and compromise, It’s called leadership, but until your the Leader, Presidential politics is a Blood Sport.


13 posted on 06/02/2013 7:48:51 AM PDT by swamprebel (a Constitution once changed from Freedom, can never be restored.)
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To: Innovative

“When the Republican Party looks like the rest of America, we’ll win again”

but at that point you will be voting like the ‘rest of America’, so what will you have won?

this is a tacit admission that there is very little difference between the parties.


14 posted on 06/02/2013 7:49:20 AM PDT by fnord (My life is like the movie Willard, except with hummingbirds)
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To: Innovative

Looks are always deceiving.


15 posted on 06/02/2013 7:49:56 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Democrats: Robbing Peter to buy Paul's vote.)
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To: Innovative

We will win when America realizes that America does not want what the pOpinjay in the White Hut wants to give them. America wants a rule of law. America wants make it own choices of what to purchase and how to earn the purchase price.


16 posted on 06/02/2013 7:50:21 AM PDT by depressed in 06 (America conceived in liberty, dies in slavery.)
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To: Innovative

I decline that offer.


17 posted on 06/02/2013 7:50:51 AM PDT by DooDahhhh
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To: Innovative

I was just informed that Rand Paul is the future.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3026366/posts?page=8#8

We do need to reach out in the right ways but unfortunately Paul talks about doing things differently then lays out a strategy for doing the same thing.

My strategy for reaching out includes not pandering to any specific groups. Instead I suggest installing policies at the federal, state and local levels that create jobs which is the only honest means government has of reaching out to anyone. On an individual level I hope people will reach out to the American plantation dwellers in their own way....or not if that is their choice.


18 posted on 06/02/2013 7:50:57 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: freebilly

Being against abortion and same sex marriage doesn’t mean that Freepers are statists.


19 posted on 06/02/2013 7:52:31 AM PDT by HawkHogan
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To: Innovative

One thing is sure — this language is NOT helpful. This is no way to frame a winning strategy.


20 posted on 06/02/2013 7:53:49 AM PDT by Maceman (Just say "NO" to tyranny.)
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To: Innovative

We will win when white women vote with their men. Not a moment before.


21 posted on 06/02/2013 7:54:22 AM PDT by The Toll
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To: EricT.

When the GOP stops pissing off its base, it will win.


There is no GOP base now. The beltway GOP tossed it overboard and are trolling for a new base among the American Idol crowd. That is the whole reason to redefine what is conservative. It’s all straight out of the leftist word game playbook.


22 posted on 06/02/2013 7:55:00 AM PDT by lodi90
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To: depressed in 06

I personally like Dr. Ben Carson’s approach of focusing on facts. (He is the famous surgeon who spoke at the Prayer Breakfast, outline what should be done to help the country)

Dr. Ben Carson (for president?) makes stop at conservative event in Wisconsin

http://host.madison.com/ct/news/local/writers/jessica_vanegeren/dr-ben-carson-for-president-makes-stop-at-conservative-event/article_cc3e45ce-ca28-11e2-8856-0019bb2963f4.html


23 posted on 06/02/2013 7:55:01 AM PDT by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Innovative

Quick get a bunch of unwed mothers.


24 posted on 06/02/2013 7:57:50 AM PDT by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: Innovative

If you are basing your ideas on how people “look” and not on principles, then you have already lost.


25 posted on 06/02/2013 7:58:45 AM PDT by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: fnord
this is a tacit admission that there is very little difference between the parties.

An observation that George Wallace made over 50 years ago.

Not a dimes worth of difference.

26 posted on 06/02/2013 7:58:49 AM PDT by itsahoot (It is not so much that history repeats, but that human nature does not change.)
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To: swamprebel

Senator Ted Cruz is unfortunately a false and untrustworthy leader who makes the right sounds andd then proceeds to violate the core principles of the Constitution like those he criticizes. In his recent interview he acknowledged that he is interested in being a future candidate for president of the United States despite the fact he was born in Canada. Since he chooses to not honor the Constitution’s denial of eligibility to persons who were born with or adopted a foreign citize4nship exclusive of or concurrent with a right to claim U.S. citizenship, voters must ask what other conservative principles this person will fail to honor when it suits his purpose?


27 posted on 06/02/2013 8:01:35 AM PDT by WhiskeyX (The answer is very simple and easy to understand economics. The U.S. Treasury is printing vast)
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To: Innovative

The “rest of Ameica”, I am sad to say, is not a place where traditional values and and a moral context to politics prevails. Giving up those virtues for political gain is a poor foundation for governance. I suspect we will continue to see a decline in the Republican national party, its survival for a while at the state level, and then the rise of a third party when it becomes evident to the “rest of America” that governmental and economic stability demands much more that relativism disguised as freedom.


28 posted on 06/02/2013 8:02:24 AM PDT by yetidog
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To: Innovative

Ah yes, another rino shooting his mouth off.....rand needs to change parties and take rubio and christie with him.


29 posted on 06/02/2013 8:04:28 AM PDT by rockabyebaby (We are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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To: The Toll

Then Christian churches need to stop teaching feminism.


30 posted on 06/02/2013 8:05:07 AM PDT by Thane_Banquo ( Walker 2016)
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To: freebilly
statists on social issues

Please explain.

By the way, "social" issues involve things like where you going to go out to dinner, or who you're going to invite to your party.

I'm pretty sure that you're referring to what are actually MORAL and CONSTITUTIONAL issues.

31 posted on 06/02/2013 8:05:23 AM PDT by EternalVigilance ('He frustrates the devices of the crafty, so that they cannot carry out their plans.' -- Job 5:12)
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To: Innovative

He is very vague. Does he mean the homos, wacko enviornment peeps, global warming freaks, gay scouts, etc?

If so, count me out. Romney was my LAST vote for the lesser of 2 evils.

Once, shame on you, twice, shame on me.

I don’t take kindly to shame, lol.


32 posted on 06/02/2013 8:07:51 AM PDT by NoGrayZone (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.)
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To: Innovative

Runt Paul is a Liberaltarian moron just like his old man.


33 posted on 06/02/2013 8:08:39 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: Thane_Banquo

If by church you mean the flat screen in the living room then you are 100% on point.


35 posted on 06/02/2013 8:09:08 AM PDT by The Toll
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To: Innovative

So ideology isn’t what matters it is race that matters except and unless you are white then it is ideology and about how we MUST diversify. God I loath politicians.


36 posted on 06/02/2013 8:10:16 AM PDT by Altura Ct.
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To: lodi90

It will also be the reason why we will not be able to win a national election.

They CANNOT win without the base. We know that, they know that; therefore, they are trying to “change” us.

Good luck with that.


37 posted on 06/02/2013 8:10:54 AM PDT by NoGrayZone (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.)
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To: Innovative

The Big Government republicans (who bear much of the responsibility for the destruction of the nation) will never voluntarily agree to sharing power with conservatives.

Old line republicans hate conservatives more than they hate democrats and other socialists and communists.

Democrats still allow republicans to suck at the public trough now and then.

Conservatives want to drain the trough, burn it and outlaw it forever.


38 posted on 06/02/2013 8:13:11 AM PDT by Iron Munro (Obama-Ville - Land of The Freebies, Home of the Enslaved)
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To: Thane_Banquo

Care to be more specific?


39 posted on 06/02/2013 8:16:22 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: Innovative

Whether GOP politicians play strictly to the conservative base
or play the liberal-lite game it matters little if our opponents
in the MSM and the Democrat party are able to define us in
the eyes of the masses. We are screwed unless we can secure
some semblence of parity and soon.


40 posted on 06/02/2013 8:16:23 AM PDT by Sivad (NorCal red turf)
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To: EternalVigilance
"social" issues involve things like where you going to go out to dinner, or who you're going to invite to your party.

Or what you're going to serve..., like pot brownies....

41 posted on 06/02/2013 8:17:27 AM PDT by freebilly
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To: Innovative
I think he is right. Since O took over, we have gained 9-10 Governorships, a few state legislations, 50 or so reps, and 2 Senate seats (which should have been at least 5 if not for self inflicted wounds). We have consolidated where we could. However, a national election means that we have to overcome 105% turnout and straight party line votes in every major city.

As my tag line says, the America we knew is gone. Started in the 60s with the immigration bill and- our beloved Reagan got snookered when he struck his immigration deal. The suburbs and Hispanic vote are where we will win or lose national elections.

42 posted on 06/02/2013 8:19:30 AM PDT by MattinNJ (It's over Johnny. The America you knew is gone. Denial serves no purpose.)
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To: NoGrayZone
He is very vague. Does he mean the homos, wacko enviornment peeps, global warming freaks, gay scouts, etc?

You left out the most important constituency, Pot Heads.

43 posted on 06/02/2013 8:20:03 AM PDT by itsahoot (It is not so much that history repeats, but that human nature does not change.)
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To: The Toll
If by church you mean the flat screen in the living room then you are 100% on point.

There are better preachers on YouTube than you find in your local church, you should try some of them.

44 posted on 06/02/2013 8:22:34 AM PDT by itsahoot (It is not so much that history repeats, but that human nature does not change.)
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To: itsahoot

Oops, my bad. Forgot it’s legal now. 20 lashes with a wet noodle for me!


45 posted on 06/02/2013 8:22:50 AM PDT by NoGrayZone (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

The teachings of feminism have drifted into churches, with the result that churches now are soft on single-motherhood, frivolous divorce, and female sexual promiscuity. The cute church-going girl with a string of non-Christian boyfriends, one of whom eventually gets her pregnant, is now a running cliche among the younger members of the church, the the older chuch members usually have no idea what is going on. Google “Sunday Morning Nightclub.”

In churches today you will often hear the false and unbiblical idea of female moral superiority over men on a regular basis. And especially, no pastor who wants to keep his job will ever tell women in Christian churches to submit to their husbands as the Bible demands. The result is rising single-motherhood, and the illegitimacy that characterized the black churches for decades is now growing in white churches. Illegitmacy causes women to want to seek the government as their father, and it causes them to want what Obama promised them in 2012: Free birth-control, free child care, and free abortions.


46 posted on 06/02/2013 8:29:14 AM PDT by Thane_Banquo ( Walker 2016)
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To: Thane_Banquo

Seems most of these problems could be solved by men living Biblical lives. Takes two to tango.


47 posted on 06/02/2013 8:34:19 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: Innovative

The Republican party needs to go their own way. “I didn’t leave the party - the party left me”...


48 posted on 06/02/2013 8:35:13 AM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: Innovative
I think he's smart to go to that part of the world with the message of fiscal and environmental sensibility conservative/libertarian republicans generally have.

No doubt they are ready to hear it in California.

The conservative/libertarian republican philosophy should contrast nicely with the manic hostility both areas receive from the other side that dominates their politics.

And, contrast nicely with the lip service given by the rinos, who have joined with the other side in trying to build an ever bigger, more powerful and intrusive GuvCo Beast.

An IRSS that profiles and then acts with malice aforethought against Richard Milhous obama's enemies and his friends' enemies should have their attention, along with their fear and loathing. And, honestly? That's just scratching the surface of the scandal feast they know their side is hiding.

Yep, there's likely to be a few who are ready to hear what Rand Paul has to say in that part of the world and I'm impressed that he's the one taking it to them.

49 posted on 06/02/2013 8:38:23 AM PDT by GBA (Here in the Matrix, life is but a dream.)
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bkmk


50 posted on 06/02/2013 8:39:28 AM PDT by novemberslady
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