Skip to comments.Rand Paul: The Republican Party “could use a few more votes”
Posted on 04/26/2014 9:52:37 AM PDT by SoConPubbie
With his eye on a potential 2016 presidential bid, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is continuing his push to get the Republican Party to broaden its appeal.
Paul visited Chicago Tuesday to speak at an all-girls Catholic high school and the University of Chicago Institute of Politics, where he was interviewed by former Obama adviser David Axelrod.
He argued that talking about the need to win more minority voters means little without actually having something to say to them.
"We could use a few more votes," Paul told reporters at the Josephinum Academy, an all-girls Catholic high school, after speaking to students, parents and faculty, according to the Associated Press. "We have to figure out as Republicans how to get our message to the people who favor charter schools and favor choice in schools, and say, look, we do care about your kids."
Paul's ideas are broader than just promoting charter schools and school choice. At the University of Chicago later he promoted the idea of filming the nation's best teachers to show their work all over the country, and taking federal education funding and turning it over to the states.
"I would have it spent at the state and local level. I wouldn't spend it up there at all, I'd leave it at home," Paul said of the $100 billion spent annually on education at the federal level. And on the Education Department itself, he added, "I would cut them out of the loop. I don't think you would notice if the whole department were gone tomorrow."
Paul told Axelrod that that his party needs something different, because "the same old, same old's not working." He cited that experts say demographic trends don't favor the GOP in the long run because the growing minority populations tend to favor Democratic candidates.
"What I've been telling people is the Republican Party needs to be bigger, its got to have new people in it: African Americans, Hispanic, , Asian Americans, Jewish Americans, you name it, we need more people of a greater variety in our party."
One thing that won't necessarily help Republicans with minority voters: a continued focus on passing more stringent voter ID laws, which studies saydisproportionately affect young black and Latino voters in particular.
Though Paul said at the University of Chicago event that he supports efforts at voter identification, he also said Republicans "may have over-emphasized" the amount of fraud that currently occurs. And efforts to curb early voting, which is more heavily used by Democrats, was a mistake, Paul said.
"I don't think early voting is biased one way or the other," Paul said. "Republicans who want to make their whole thing eliminating early voting, I think that's a mistake."
He noted he has worked to expand voting in his home state by testifying in favor of restoring voting rights for people convicted of nonviolent felonies.
The Kentucky senator has been notable for his ability to attract young supporters like his father, former Texas congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul. The younger Paul attributes this to his focus on privacy issues.
"Young people don't have any money, they don't have jobs, they worry about their debt, they worry about getting a job, but they also communicate nonstop through their cell phone. I think they worry about their privacy," he said. "I've been a big advocate of privacy, I've been a big advocate that the government shouldn't be really looking at your records of any kind without a judge's warrant, without suspicion."
“Demographic trends don’t favor the GOP.”
Neither does widespread Democratic Party vote fraud. Gees, you can’t be this naive senator, or is this part of the price for selling out to the establishment?
...So I will campaign for the worst parts of it while spouting liberalism. CuZ I’m smart like that.
Correction: The Republican’s need a lot more votes. They don’t have enough dead people, illegal aliens, Donald Ducks, Micky Mouses and people voting multiple times. How do they ever expect to win anything when d’RAT’s have no respect for the law?
You won't see me at the polls in November for you, Rand...
Paul does that vague rhetoric pretty good but he doesn’t talk about what he stands for. Its like that hopey changey crapola.
Reagan had no problem being specific. And he got dem votes without moving to the mushy center left.
Rand Paul, eyeing a preezy run in 2016, makes a desperate dash for the middle.
Him and linda. Peas in a pod. Except linda is running from the opposite direction :)
I believe it is the Bolshecratic Party that use less votes.
His own words have shown he is just like the spineless others in the Groveling Old Party- milquetoast.
How about ‘reaching out’ to the conservative base that shunned Mitt and his gang of idiot consultants?
Somebody tell Rand to target the 6 million republicans who sat home in 2012.
AS long as RINO’s still live and breathe and are part of the GOP, I’ll gladly retain my Libertarian status. THEY tried to foist that senile McCain, and that waffling Romney, on me.
Once is happenstance,
twice is coincidence,
third is by intent.
I think that Paul’s liberalism on social issues and similarity to rinos on so many things, is finally showing people how rinos and libertarians share a lot of the same politics.
They are both opponents of conservatism.
Trashing your Conservatve base is a losers game. Bite me Ru Paul.
At least Boner's got a neat head of hair...
“I think that Pauls liberalism on social issues and similarity to rinos on so many things, is finally showing people how rinos and libertarians share a lot of the same politics.
They are both opponents of conservatism.”
I am a Libertarian, who holds Nativist views. The father/son Paul Team do not come near my views. That fool Gary Johnson did not either.
Do not lump Libertarians with RINOS. RINOS are career politicians, not really interested in anything else but their next-won election, as Neal Boortz used to say.
It doesn’t matter what you personally believe or what you might cherry pick from conservatism and libertarianism and rinoism, we all know what libertarianism is, and it is extremely, radically liberal in many areas, far to the left of rinos on many issues.
Rand Paul is revealing just how much of his libertarianism sounds just like rinosm, lets just hope that he is merely a rino on social issues and abortion, and gay marriage, and not full blown libertarian on them.
Find me the definition of “rino-ism”, please?
After Hurricane Katrina:
‘Ah’s ain’t no republicrat! Both y’all’s screwed me over, so very kindly **** you! Liberterrans want free dope, not me. Ah’s seen young air-men in the streets of Thai-land, go’n’buy d’at stuff ‘n’ die right d’ere dead. Liberterrans want nobody go ‘n’ messin’ w’id duh udder countries, at all. I been live too long, and I dun tol’ ya’s, d’em Russkies ain’t-a-mindin-messin’-w’id-ANYBODIES! Look-it U-krain, d’ere! D’ey’s a-messin some fierce, d’ere boy. Nope. B’fo’ d’is here no-nuthin’ and all mout’ fool come, we says “Stop!”, an’ d’ey’s stop, alright! Now? D’ey’s put d’ey’s thumb to d’ey’s nose, and wiggle d’em fingers all the livelong day. Most young-un’s don’ know what d’at mean no mo’, neither. We don’ need nobodies up d’ere in d’at house, d’at don’ got nuthin’ in his pants, and let’s everybody spend duh money. D’at’s like d’at blonde d’at got duh all d’ose checks she’s a-writin’, w’idout duh money in duh bank! My son cain’t go git d’at gee-tar he been a-wantin’, ‘cause now duh factory done shut down! D’at ain’t right! We done give all duh makin’ thangs, to udder countries? How we s’pose tuh be number one, if we done did d’at?
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