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Rand Paul warns of blue Texas: GOP needs people ‘with tattoos’
The Washington Time ^ | February 10, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley

Posted on 02/10/2014 1:43:01 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper

Sen. Rand Paul, who represents Kentucky, said his home state of Texas could easily switch from a Republican stronghold to a Democratic voting block if the GOP doesn’t open its arms and take in more working class and more minorities.

“Texas will be a Democratic state within 10 years if you don’t change,” he said at a Houston dinner with Sen. John Cornyn, CNN reported. “That doesn’t mean we give up on what we believe in, but it means we have to be a more welcoming party. We have to welcome people of all races. We need to welcome people of all classes — business class, working class.”

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TOPICS: Mexico; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: 2014issues; 2014midterms; aliens; amnesty; hispandering; massamnesty; mexico; outreach; paul; rand4amnesty; randnesty; tedcruz; texas; tx2014
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Rand Paul plays the Race Card.
1 posted on 02/10/2014 1:43:01 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Didn’t crazy Maxine Waters or one of those ‘RAT loons request taxpayer money from Congress to pay for tattoo removal for her constituents so they could get jobs?


2 posted on 02/10/2014 1:48:07 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (ObamaCare. The "global warming" of healthcare plans.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

“We have to welcome people of all races. We need to welcome people of all classes — business class, working class.”

We already do welcome all people. If I wanted to hear the propaganda that the republican party doesnt welcome people of certain races and classes, I can get that garbage from the democrats. Why is rand paul repeating such nonsense?


3 posted on 02/10/2014 1:50:03 PM PST by lowbridge
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To: Berlin_Freeper

To bring in minorities and the working class, the message is simple- The promise of big government is a lie.


4 posted on 02/10/2014 1:50:08 PM PST by 11th Commandment (http://www.thirty-thousand.org/)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

“That doesn’t mean we give up on what we believe in, but it means we have to be a more welcoming party. We have to welcome people of all races. We need to welcome people of all classes — business class, working class.”

Pssst...Rand. The KKK and Planned Parenthood were founded by Democrats. And the Democrats abhor rich people. Who’s not being welcoming?


5 posted on 02/10/2014 1:50:20 PM PST by Politicalkiddo (Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crused it. -M. Twain)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Serious whats wrong growing your Hispanic base? They don’t like being violated by the Feds any more then anyone else! We’re talking about tax paying citizens here not illegals.


6 posted on 02/10/2014 1:50:24 PM PST by pithyinme (Oh great 3 more years of crap to wade through....)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

He is entirely right that the GOP needs some kind of image makeover. You can protest that all you want, but the 2012 elections, for both Congress and the White House, sadly speak for themselves. They need to understand how the public perceives them it is not enough that they know themselves what they advocate.


7 posted on 02/10/2014 1:50:44 PM PST by freedom462
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Disappointing. The implication is that the GOP isn’t welcoming.


8 posted on 02/10/2014 1:51:17 PM PST by uncommonsense (Liberals see what they believe; Conservatives believe what they see.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Yet, another story where Rand claims must become dems so they can win.
What is the deal with the Paul family?


9 posted on 02/10/2014 1:53:10 PM PST by svcw (Not 'hope and change' but 'dopes in chains')
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To: Berlin_Freeper

For what it’s worth.. I have always despised the attempt to put all Conservatives into a specific group. Upper middle class, white, country club jetting people.. Just look at FR. The ages vary, the incomes vary, the religions vary, the employment/education vary. Conservatives accept ALL types of people that hold one thing in common: conservative values.


10 posted on 02/10/2014 1:53:53 PM PST by momtothree
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To: Berlin_Freeper

I have tattoos...I’m just not showing them off, like they think you should...

And I do not consider it a distraction to my extreme right-wing conservative roots which have never been compromised or waivered in my adult life...


11 posted on 02/10/2014 1:54:14 PM PST by stevie_d_64 (It's not the color of one's skin that offends people...it's how thin it is.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Piercings. The GOP needs people with piercings. Preferably in “private” places.


12 posted on 02/10/2014 1:55:32 PM PST by glorgau
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To: Berlin_Freeper
“Texas will be a Democratic state within 10 years if you don’t change,” he said at a Houston dinner with Sen. John Cornyn, CNN reported. “That doesn’t mean we give up on what we believe in, but it means we have to be a more welcoming party. We have to welcome people of all races. We need to welcome people of all classes — business class, working class.”

I would have LOVED to have heard the sentiments of the Texans who were threatened by that "Yankee" from Kentucky that they, the TEXANS had to change, or else. I bet they just LOOOOOooooved it. [NOT!!]

13 posted on 02/10/2014 1:55:37 PM PST by cloudmountain
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To: Berlin_Freeper

I’ll compromise with Sen. Paul.

Let’s recruit those guys with tattoos of an Anchor, or a Heart with the word “Mother” on the upper arm. Maybe the occasional sailing ship or hula girl on the chest.

Required qualification:
Must have served in the U.S. Navy or Merchant Marine. A good story about a rambunctious night of the town filled with some regrets would help.


14 posted on 02/10/2014 1:56:04 PM PST by Dr. Sivana ("We are not sluts."--Sandra Fluke)
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To: momtothree
For what it’s worth.. I have always despised the attempt to put all Conservatives into a specific group. Upper middle class, white, country club jetting people.. Just look at FR. The ages vary, the incomes vary, the religions vary, the employment/education vary. Conservatives accept ALL types of people that hold one thing in common: conservative values.

Well put. Thank you.

15 posted on 02/10/2014 1:56:36 PM PST by cloudmountain
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To: glorgau

Also, NOT people with the Charles Manson type swastika on their forehead or anywhere on their face for that matter.


16 posted on 02/10/2014 1:56:47 PM PST by glorgau
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To: Berlin_Freeper; All

Besides, the apple does not fall far from the libertarian tree where Rand Paul’s political ideology rests...Just like Ron Paul...

This is political subversion 101...Divert attention, get everyone’s bowels in an uproar on something so stupid that it occupies the mindset of what is left of republican party leadership where they cannot tie their own shoes without tripping over themselves...


17 posted on 02/10/2014 1:56:57 PM PST by stevie_d_64 (It's not the color of one's skin that offends people...it's how thin it is.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

What is the GOP doing to be “not welcoming”? A vote is a vote is a vote. Telling the GOP to be “more welcoming” just means that they must pander to people who will never vote for them, anyway.


18 posted on 02/10/2014 1:56:59 PM PST by Nea Wood
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To: Berlin_Freeper

“We have to welcome people of all races. We need to welcome people of all classes — business class, working class.”

...this certainly gives liberals ammo to continue their idiotic claim that we exclude the above. It’s the exact opposite and he knows it. This is complete BS!


19 posted on 02/10/2014 1:57:12 PM PST by albie
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To: Berlin_Freeper

A false assumption. People of all races, with or without tattoos, are welcome in the R party And it can only hurt the party for a Visible R to be running around saying otherwise.


20 posted on 02/10/2014 1:57:36 PM PST by faithhopecharity
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Sounds like Rand Paul is laying the groundwork for getting Dennis Rodman to join the GOP.


21 posted on 02/10/2014 1:57:44 PM PST by greene66
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To: Dr. Sivana

I believe I would qualify under those auspices...;-)

And I have NO regrets whatsoever...


22 posted on 02/10/2014 1:58:08 PM PST by stevie_d_64 (It's not the color of one's skin that offends people...it's how thin it is.)
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To: lowbridge
We already do welcome all people. If I wanted to hear the propaganda that the republican party doesnt welcome people of certain races and classes, I can get that garbage from the democrats. Why is rand paul repeating such nonsense?

We do what is minimally required: we're indifferent on principle.

But just because the government should be indifferent doesn't mean we ought to be socially indifferent.

23 posted on 02/10/2014 1:58:10 PM PST by freerepublicchat
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To: pithyinme
Serious whats wrong growing your Hispanic base? They don’t like being violated by the Feds any more then anyone else! We’re talking about tax paying citizens here not illegals.

The problem is that the GOP strategy for "growing their Hispanic base" inevitably boils down to de facto amnesty for illegals (I don't care if you want to call it "path to citizenship", it is what it is), liberalized immigration law, and support for multiculturalism.

In other words, the GOP strategy of appealing to minorities is to become more like the Democrats.

24 posted on 02/10/2014 1:59:02 PM PST by ek_hornbeck
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Texas is the lynch pin. Texas goes purple, then the conservative movement is dead.

Conservative texans BEST be getting out the vote or we’ll end up with a liberal senator, a tramp/gold digger for a governor and a lound mouth cow for a lutienent gov.


25 posted on 02/10/2014 1:59:51 PM PST by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: Dr. Sivana
A good story about a rambunctious night of the town filled with some regrets would help.

If you remember it, you weren't there. I knew a couple of Warrant Officers who would try to drink one another under the table and the first one that passed out got a tattoo of the other's choice. That game ended...badly...

Never got one myself. I wanted "USN" but the tattoo artist said he could only fit "S" on my manly bicep. I get no respect.

26 posted on 02/10/2014 2:00:04 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Berlin_Freeper

If voters don’t believe in the Conservative message like Smaller Government, Best Armed Forces, Tax Reform, Less Regulation, The Constitution & Rule of Law, it doesn’t matter what the voters look like!


27 posted on 02/10/2014 2:00:11 PM PST by TexasCajun
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To: Berlin_Freeper

I saw an article last year that showed two out of three new Texas Hispanic voters were registering Republican. Rand should do some research before speaking.


28 posted on 02/10/2014 2:00:34 PM PST by PALIN SMITH (In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

“We need to have people with ties and without ties, with tattoos and without tattoos, with earrings without earrings,”


Hey Rand, I don’t think it’s the EAR rings anyone is worried about.


29 posted on 02/10/2014 2:02:14 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Rand Paul: "That doesn’t mean we give up on what we believe in, but it means we have to be a more welcoming party. We have to welcome people of all races. We need to welcome people of all classes — "

Rand is essentially saying that the Republican party doesn't welcome people of all races, which is the same dispicable lie the Democrats have been telling for my entire life.

Thanks for carrying the enemy's water, Rand.

30 posted on 02/10/2014 2:02:15 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

As a Texan, our Bubbas many have tattoos but they also have their hunting rifles and shotguns ready to use and they don’t like “no sticking govn.” men messing around Texas”. Perhaps our “working class” is different than other states. I don’t think they like Hussein one bit.


31 posted on 02/10/2014 2:02:26 PM PST by Marcella ((Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.))
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To: Berlin_Freeper

And how do you plan to attract more minorities? Promise more government handouts or support amnesty for illegals?

What really needs to be done is to curtail the power of the various alphabet agencies to destroy jobs and give people a chance to work their way out of poverty.


32 posted on 02/10/2014 2:02:57 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

All the e-GOP and LSM spout the same thing. You have to be a Dem, or sleep with a Dem to win an election. I’ve decided I don’t care about winning. I’m tired. Oh, but not voting is a vote for a Dem. Voting for and e-GOP is a vote for a Dem.


33 posted on 02/10/2014 2:05:28 PM PST by showme_the_Glory (ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government)
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To: freedom462
He is entirely right...

The GOP-e seems to be launching their FR infiltration campaigns earlier and earlier, it seems.

34 posted on 02/10/2014 2:05:57 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: All

Cornyn needs to count his blessings that he will be able to, more than likely, buy another 6 years in Washington D.C.

Otherwise I could do without his feckless ass...And if I get a chance, I would say that to his face...

I plan on doing what I can to go to the state convention later this year...There are a few people I want to address a thing or two with...

I’m not going to be well liked either...And I could give a [expletive deleted]


35 posted on 02/10/2014 2:06:21 PM PST by stevie_d_64 (It's not the color of one's skin that offends people...it's how thin it is.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Vote Republicans and we’ll let you bang our daughters. It’s true, just ask the speaker of the House.


36 posted on 02/10/2014 2:07:05 PM PST by RC one (Militarized law enforcement is just a nice way of saying martial law enforcement)
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To: glorgau
Piercings. The GOP needs people with piercings. Preferably in “private” places.

Yeah. Maybe we should see if we can get Dennis Rodman to switch sides and become a GOP spokesman. /s

37 posted on 02/10/2014 2:07:30 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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Paul articles on Texas turning blue if anyone is interest in reading the comments thereon


38 posted on 02/10/2014 2:07:33 PM PST by deport
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To: Windflier

What do you mean? It is the GOP-e that is under the idea that they don’t need to change. Rand Paul, love or loathe the guy, is about as far from GOP-e as you can get. Seriously, if he is GOP-e, then who, save for possible Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, would not also qualify as GOP-e?


39 posted on 02/10/2014 2:07:45 PM PST by freedom462
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To: Berlin_Freeper

So much for you people that were putting your hopes in Paul. “More Welcoming” is just code for amnesty.


40 posted on 02/10/2014 2:08:06 PM PST by DesScorp
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To: freedom462
Rand Paul, love or loathe the guy, is about as far from GOP-e as you can get.

Don't try to sell that bs here.

Rand Paul is on a fast track to taking a leadership position in the GOP-e. You'd know that if you were keeping up, and not shilling for the establishment.

41 posted on 02/10/2014 2:13:24 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Rand Paul just lost me.


42 posted on 02/10/2014 2:14:27 PM PST by MeganC (Support Matt Bevin to oust Mitch McConnell! https://mattbevin.com/)
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To: PALIN SMITH

“two out of three new Texas Hispanic voters were registering Republican. Rand should do some research before speaking.”

Or maybe you should do more research before posting.

Your facts are wrong. Period.

Texas is turning purple because of the influx of immigrants from Mexico. Perry is attracting all the parasites from Mexico by offering free stuff, in state tuition, etc.

This is not a racial thing. The problem is that all the free stuff is attracting the bottom feeders from Mexico. The conservative, productive Mexicans follow the immigration laws and stand in line for years. But the illegal, socialist bottom feeder outnumber them by the millions.

Rand Paul is right.


43 posted on 02/10/2014 2:15:08 PM PST by BarnacleCenturion
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To: Windflier
Rand is essentially saying that the Republican party doesn't welcome people of all races, which is the same dispicable lie the Democrats have been telling for my entire life. Thanks for carrying the enemy's water, Rand.

That's why his comments are an epic fail from every conceivable angle. This is the kind of dumbassedness we saw from the Missouri candidate who made the not-well-thought-out remarks on rape, pregnancy and abortion.

44 posted on 02/10/2014 2:15:25 PM PST by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Who gives a damn, America is finished anyway. We are so close to becoming a communists run empire that there is nothing to stop it. Just a question of time. The Democratic party and those who support it believe that the only way to survive is to have the government control us.


45 posted on 02/10/2014 2:15:29 PM PST by Logical me
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Rand Paul is an unprincipled surrender monkey, just like his dear old dad.


46 posted on 02/10/2014 2:15:53 PM PST by meadsjn
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To: freedom462
What do you mean? It is the GOP-e that is under the idea that they don’t need to change. Rand Paul, love or loathe the guy, is about as far from GOP-e as you can get. Seriously, if he is GOP-e, then who, save for possible Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, would not also qualify as GOP-e?

Agree with him or not on this, Rand Paul is about as far from GOP-e as you can get.

47 posted on 02/10/2014 2:20:31 PM PST by middlegeorgian
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To: 12th_Monkey; All
“Conservative texans BEST be getting out the vote”

I worked in Texas elections for ten years and studied trends and I know for damn sure that Republican show up in a non-presidential year and Democrats numbers are low in off years. It's a matter of education - Republicans tend to know more about how politics works and they will show up to vote, period. Democrats are not that keen on politics, likely don't know who represents them but they do know who the president is so more vote in a presidential year. It happens the same way every single time.

As far as reaching others, the state party has opened Republican offices now, this year, in more Spanish speaking population areas in order to get the conservative message out to them. The Texas Republican Party is not stupid and are pouring money into this effort to open more offices.

An open Republican county office when there is no Democrat office, is a winner as we used this method to get our Republican message to our county and we turned that county from Democrat to Republican. Part of our effort was to have big signs directing people to our office right across from the courthouse.

My husband was the county chair and one time he made a big sign and put it on the front door saying something like, “Due to the large turnout for the election, Republicans will vote on Tuesday and Democrats will vote on Wednesday.” You see the election was on TUESDAY. Well, the woman Democrat chairman saw that sign and went stomping into the county clerk's office demanding to know why they had changed the date Democrats vote. One of our people was in the clerks office area at that time and called my husband to say the sign was causing hell at the courthouse. We all laughed our heads off and later he removed that sign. My husband was always saying, humorously, that he thought Democrats put a sign at graveyard with the date of early voting so those buried there could vote early. :o)

48 posted on 02/10/2014 2:22:51 PM PST by Marcella ((Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.))
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To: Berlin_Freeper

If they rule out voters with tattoos, they won’t be able to fill a small diner...


49 posted on 02/10/2014 2:23:44 PM PST by aMorePerfectUnion
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To: Berlin_Freeper
We need to welcome people of all classes — business class, working class.”

He needs to get out more. We've always been the party of the non-union entrepreneurial working class.

We've always been the color-blind party. All you have to do is love America, love freedom, love the constitution, love God, and you get a front row seat. No hyphens or sub-groups. Love what we love and you are us.

50 posted on 02/10/2014 2:23:51 PM PST by marron
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