Skip to comments.Rand Paul: Without change, GOP will "not win again in my lifetime"
Posted on 02/14/2014 8:55:19 PM PST by neverdem
Just days after warning his party that it will lose its electoral grip on Texas if it doesn’t broaden its appeal, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., offered an even more dire prediction on Thursday: Forget losing Texas – the GOP might never win a presidential election again if it doesn’t change its tune.
“I think Republicans will not win again in my lifetime…unless they become a new GOP, a new Republican Party,” Paul said during an interview with conservative radio host Glenn Beck that aired Thursday. “And it has to be a transformation. Not a little tweaking at the edges.”
The Kentucky Republican said the GOP needs to do a better job of tailoring specific messages to specific groups.
With young people, he said, he would stress an opposition to excessive government surveillance and a respect for personal privacy. And among minority communities, he said, a message of criminal justice reform – including changes to the “war on drugs” and sentencing laws – would resonate.
“There are many people who are open among all these disaffected groups, who really aren’t steadfast supporters of Obama or an ideology,” he explained. “I think they’re open to listening, but we have to have a better message and a better presentation of it.”
Paul said he welcomes a robust debate within the party about how to move forward.
“There is a struggle going on within the Republican Party,” he said. “I tell people it’s not new, and I’m not ashamed of it. I’m proud of the fact that there is a struggle. And I will struggle to make the Republican Party a different party, a bigger party, a more diverse party, and a party that can win national elections again.”
And he compared this new attempt to rejuvenate the GOP to Ronald Reagan’s own effort to refashion the party after Watergate, when he challenged then-President Gerald Ford for the Republican presidential nomination in 1976.
“Everybody told Reagan to sit back and shut up,” Paul recalled. “They told him it wasn’t his time, and it wasn’t going to be his time. The establishment wanted Ford…It was bitterly fought, but in the end, Reagan won and the party became a better place, at least for a while. We need to have that debate again, and we need to be a bigger, stronger party.”
It may surprise Paul to hear that even some Democrats are hoping the Republican Party can resuscitate itself.
Vice President Biden laments the disorganized state of the Republican Party, saying Democrats would benefit from having a viable negotiating part...
“There isn’t a Republican party,” he lamented. “I wish there were, I wish there was a Republican party. I wish there was one person we could sit across the table from and make a deal and make the compromise and know when you got up from the table that the deal was done.”
“All you had to do was look at their response to the State of the Union, what were there, three or four?” he added. “I think we should get a little focused here, let's get a little focused.”
Rand... stop being a concern troll.
One of the few things I agree with regarding Rand Paul.
Crazy cousin Rand.
I concur too. BTW, who in Congress would you so you most agree with politically right now?
And by the way, the biggest threat to the GOP is the GOPe who lose elections continually.
You want to save the Republican party? Unendorse Mitch McConnell.
Without change, it won’t matter.
Nobody for sure ... Mayhap Cruz? Time will tell. Other than that, I have no clue.
The nut doesn’t fall very far from the tree.
Very True, but that doesn't mean that Rand has the answer either.
One reason libs love what Obama is doing is that they are sure that a GOP can never win the WH again, to use all those precedents against them. .
I still go for Scott Walker as the GOP's best hope for that, no first term Senators.
Another argument that the GOP has to be more pro-homo, pro-dope and pro-open borders to win?
Whatever. It seems increasingly moot regarding the GOP and elections anyway, with the country in such a rapid state of decomposition. Economically, culturally and morally decaying into a degenerate cesspool before our eyes. I fully expect to see the end of this country to occur in my lifetime.
Knock it off, Rand. You are not ‘16 material but I’ll bet you will be the spoiler your father was.
"What a tragedy it would have been that America wouldn't have gotten to see Barack Obama as a leader."
No Rand, the tragedy is that Barack Hussein Obama isn't serving hard time in a maximum security prison.
BINGO! Rand go away and shut up for a few months, we’ll call ya when we need the College kids!
Yep, the GOP needs to broaden its appeal to conservatives. If it “broadens” its appeal to those who currently vote Democrat, then it just becomes the Democrat Too party.
Ran wants the GOP to be more like the Democrats.
I am thinking in your lifetime and mine that a Republican has never won without Democrat votes, and a conservative (Reagan) only once. By today’s low standard of education, even charming, affable Reagan would be rejected, considered too socially liberal by the Right, and infinitely too fiscally and socially conservative for the Left.
Yeah Rand, pro-amnesty to, say LaRaza?
Paul to Beck, one Libertarian to another.
So Rand thinks legalizing weed is the key to victory?
He’s being a mite vague.
I agree. The TEA trend must continue.
Rand Paul has inherited his father’s insanity.
Rand is an interesting character.
He is trying to carefully maneuver the political waters between Dems, GOP and conservatives.
Much smarter than his dad.
He votes ‘no’ on everything, yet he doesn’t say things to alienate the GOP, or the public in general/. .
Watch for his next move.
Reagan would have done great in 2012, and he was supported by the religious right.
I think he makes some good points. But, Reagan didn’t win in ‘76. He lost to Ford. The gopE wanted Ford and they got Ford. Then they got Carter.
Rand Paul is an idiot. If you want a big tent and cannot stand on principle, switch to the democrat party.
I agree. We need to oust the RINOS. I don’t think this is the change Rand desires, however. We do not need to accept indolent criminal invaders into our already screwed up society. We have enough criminals in the U.S. to have to handle the rest of the world’s criminals as well.
Reagan had ideas. He promoted those ideas often. What’s Paul doing? Spouting vague stuff. I tune him out.
From the article: "With young people, he said, he would stress an opposition to excessive government surveillance and a respect for personal privacy. And among minority communities, he said, a message of criminal justice reform including changes to the war on drugs and sentencing laws would resonate."
You first. I like the Bill of Rights. Fast and Furious was built on the War on Drugs. Paul agrees with border security first, IIRC.
Rand Paul is a Libertarian just like his old man. He just hides it better. A wolf in sheep’s clothing.
Rand Paul is absolutely right on both points, and I agree with him wholeheartedly. Let's save prison for the real criminals: those who commit crimes of force or fraud against their fellow citizens, regardless of their excuse or motivation.
There are many people who are open among all these disaffected groups, who really arent steadfast supporters of Obama or an ideology, he explained. I think theyre open to listening, but we have to have a better message and a better presentation of it.
Once again, I agree.
Paul said he welcomes a robust debate within the party about how to move forward.
There is a struggle going on within the Republican Party, he said. I tell people its not new, and Im not ashamed of it. Im proud of the fact that there is a struggle. And I will struggle to make the Republican Party a different party, a bigger party, a more diverse party, and a party that can win national elections again.
... Everybody told Reagan to sit back and shut up, Paul recalled. They told him it wasnt his time, and it wasnt going to be his time. The establishment wanted Ford... but in the end, Reagan won and the party became a better place, at least for a while. We need to have that debate again, and we need to be a bigger, stronger party.
Well said, all of it. Some of you might not be fans of Senator Paul or other TEA party favorites, but between him, Cruz, Palin, and a few others, it's shaping up to be a very interesting and halthy 2016 campaign season for the GOP. The GOP establishment is not going to stand a chance against the TEA party coalition this time around!
I, for one, welcome this debate, because it will expose the Democrats' fraud just like the GOPe, and if there is any patriotic soul left at all in America, the Democrats will get electorally slaughtered for at least the next 2 cycles...
That's it in a nutshell.
Randmesty Paul pushing Illegal Alien Amnesty again...
The GOP will lose if it continues to attack its conservative base
Rand Paul is no Conservative. Amnesty Liberal, Open Borders, supporting McConnell over Bevin in Senate race
This guy is more dangerous than his father
I’ve been leery of supporting Rand Paul. And this is a good example why.
“better job of tailoring specific messages to specific groups.”
Nothing wrong with that as long as we’re not caving on the issues. Conservative principles work. Socialism doesn’t. There’s no reason to become Venezuela.
The BS media buried it. The war on drugs gave us Fast and Furious. I can live with potheads. Most can't beccome a doctor. That's their problem.
That Virginia Governor election should have been won if we had just ran a conservative. I am so sick and tired of the GOPe. They always pick losers.
I still go for Scott Walker as the GOP’s best hope for that, no first term Senators.
God bless you! I agree with you 100 percent. So sick and tired of putting those loser one term senators on the pedestal who haven’t done a dang thing except run their mouths. Scott Walker all the way .the only one that has achieved RESULTS!
What do we win if the GOP wins?
Lets hope we can hold on until christ returns..but it may need to fall to bring about God’s changes.
The GOPe aren’t interested in winning. Their goal is to stop the conservatives so the Democrats can finish transforming our country.
He happens to be right in that the gop faction of the uniparty is not doing well and is unlikely to win nationally. I think this will become very apparent this coming November.
The base for the gop faction, generally speaking, is aging. Fewer and fewer of it’s steadfast supporters from even 5 years ago can be bothered to show up to vote. We’re seeing this in VA right now and saw it in the November elections. The oft cited excuse for the gop failures in the last election was that the population of the People’s Republic of Northern Virginia is growing and coming to dominate. While that’s true, it’s not happening overnight and it doesn’t explain the fairly sudden shift we’re seeing toward the ‘rat faction here in VA in spite of nationally unpopular measures like deathcare and a notso hotso economy. The former supporters of the gop faction have either switched teams or are not showing up.
Whether what Rand is suggesting is a “solution” is highly debatable. I believe the gop faction has jumped the shark, and having it go the way of the whigs would be a good thing. Whatever came to replace the gop faction of the uniparty would likely be an improvement.
“Knock it off, Rand. You are not 16 material but Ill bet you will be the spoiler your father was.”
And if the gop faction of the uniparty nominates someone like jabba the christie or paul ryan, I’ll be pleased to see him play the spoiler.
Which is another way of saying that America is allowing too many freeloading, Marxist foreigners into the country who are dependent upon the money stolen from U.S. taxpayers for their survival.
Paul is right. The future of the GOP lies with Cruz, Lee and Palin.
The country club elite tenaciously hangs on at all cost, yelping about their coming demise to Obama himself, under the tender ministrations of Karl Rove, resisting the flood of the conservative unwashed.Soon that flood will be irresistable, and the treason of men like Boehner will be intolerable.Who do you think remains silent while Obama sicks the IRS on conservative charities....Rube Goldberg?Boehner anmd Rove were in on it, which is why Obama is so smug.
“One of the few things I agree with regarding Rand Paul.”...
Same here. The repubs and rhino’s need to get their act together or they are going to be history. It is very possible the Tea Party or some other politically inspired group will replace them and I do not see that as being a difficult task by any means. The repubs are “ripe” for replacement.
Wrong. Obama's promise of a "backdoor route to gun control" gave us Fast and Furious.
Rand Paul might say "secure the border first" when speaking to American audiences, but he's all for open borders when speaking to La Raza.
Notice how PAul omitted his embrace of illegal alien amnesty during his Beck talk, which he expressed in his TX speech. He is a such a snake.
Well I’m okay with all that but how about trying reach the republican base (6 million) who sat home in 2012. That would go a long way toward a 2016 victory.