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RAND PAUL to Hannity: There is nothing wrong with Voter ID, letís just not emphasize it as much
The Right Scoop ^ | 05/14/2014

Posted on 05/14/2014 6:59:07 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Sean Hannity had Rand Paul on his radio show today to ask him about the NY Times article where it was reported that he said “I think it’s wrong for Republicans to go crazy on this issue because it’s offending people.” In short, Paul explained that while both sides have over-emphasized this issue, his point had nothing to do with the reality of the law, but the perception of the law.

Paul argues there are a group of voters we need to court who have the wrong perception of voter-ID and because of that, we need to be careful not to over-emphasize voter-ID because it will turn off those voters. In reality he has no problem with the law, he just feels like we should talk about other issues that will help draw in those voters instead of pushing them away by talking about voter-ID.

Listen to the interview below. I’ve transcribed a relevant portion of it below as well:

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PAUL: No I agree, there’s nothing wrong with it. To see Eric Holder you’ve got to show your drivers license to get in the building. So I don’t really object to having some rules for how we vote. I show my drivers license every time I vote in Kentucky…and I don’t feel like it is a great burden. So it’s funny that it got reported that way.

But I do mean what I said, that Republicans need to be aware that there is a group of voters that I’m trying to court and that we should be trying to court who do see it as something directed towards them. So that’s why what I’ve been trying to emphasize is not voter-ID, but trying to emphasize that I would like to give people back the right to vote if they committed a youthful non-violent crime and have served their time. I think you do get a second chance in life. I believe in redemption as a Christian. And I think also the law should allow people who committed youthful crimes to get their voting rights back.

HANNITY: Why are people so offended by this? Anybody offended by the idea that they have to present an identification to show that they are who they say they are… Why is that so offensive to people?

PAUL: Like I say, I think both sides have made mistakes in…this issue. But it’s mainly in presentation and perception, not in reality. In the sense that, if Republicans are going to go around the country and this becomes a central theme and issue, you have to realize, rightly or wrongly, it is being perceived by some — and this is the point I was making and I think it’s still a valid point, that I’m trying to go out and say to African Americans ‘I want your vote and the Republican Party wants your vote’. If they perceive, rightly or wrongly, that showing their ID is an attempt to get them not to vote because they perceive it in the lineage of a time when it truly did happen through poll taxes and questioning to try and prevent people, if they perceive it that way, we have to be aware that the perception is out there and be careful about not so overdoing something that we further alienate a block of people we need to attract.



TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: hannity; liberal; libtardian; randpaul; voterid

1 posted on 05/14/2014 6:59:07 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

That boys back up beeper is going to need new batteries soon…….he’s wearing it out this week.


2 posted on 05/14/2014 7:00:14 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: SeekAndFind

Rand Paul, you are INCREDIBLY TRANSPARENT. You are clearly pandering to folks on the left while trying your best to somehow maintain your conservative bona fides—possibly with the hope that you’d become acceptable to the GOPe as a presidential candidate in 2016. You’ve failed. You are NOT a true conservative and you lack internal integrity.

Just as Rubio has done, you’ve destroyed any chance you may have had to become the 2016 nominee. Now just go away and hug your pander bear.


3 posted on 05/14/2014 7:05:46 AM PDT by House Atreides
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To: House Atreides

I get the feeling he is hiding a lot of what he believes.

He is likely much more like fruit n nut, Ron Paul than he wants to admit.


4 posted on 05/14/2014 7:06:58 AM PDT by rbmillerjr (Russians to the Left of me, Useful Idiots to the Right...)
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5 posted on 05/14/2014 7:07:43 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: SeekAndFind

LOL...Randie says “Nothing wrong with Voter ID, let’s just not emphasize it too much”. He IS the one who brought the recent attention to it, IIRC.

No thanks, No Sale, Randie.


6 posted on 05/14/2014 7:10:15 AM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: House Atreides

I don’t think he is pandering to the left so much as he is listening to RINO consultants in DC. His father has a pair - Rand, not so much.


7 posted on 05/14/2014 7:11:30 AM PDT by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: SeekAndFind

Control Freak.

Which also makes him a hypocrite.


8 posted on 05/14/2014 7:13:23 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: achilles2000

I don’t think he is pandering to the left so much as he is listening to RINO consultants in DC. His father has a pair - Rand, not so much.
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Well, if so he’s registering off the chart on the gullibility meter. Plus pointing out to all of us how much he is lacking a moral core.


9 posted on 05/14/2014 7:14:48 AM PDT by House Atreides
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To: SeekAndFind

The Libtardian bastard is trying to weasel out of what he said.

I notice he didn’t mention the fact that he also claimed that voter fraud was nothing to worry about, and overblown.


10 posted on 05/14/2014 7:15:18 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: SeekAndFind; Jim Robinson

This tard (and all the followers he still has) isn’t even a RINO any more.
He and they are now openly liberal.


11 posted on 05/14/2014 7:17:52 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: SeekAndFind
From the interview: "But I do mean what I said, that Republicans need to be aware that there is a group of voters that I’m trying to court and that we should be trying to court who do see it as something directed towards them".

So, he's courting the 'multiple voter' vote?

12 posted on 05/14/2014 7:19:25 AM PDT by Sans-Culotte (Psalm 14:1 ~ The fool says in his heart, ¬ďThere is no God.¬Ē)
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To: SeekAndFind

Rand Paul, if he had any aspirations for higher office, is crashing & burning.


13 posted on 05/14/2014 7:27:36 AM PDT by Amagi (Lenin: "Socialized Medicine is the Keystone to the Arch of the Socialist State.")
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To: SeekAndFind

If you use weasel words, you are probably a weasel. Cross Paul off the list.


14 posted on 05/14/2014 7:30:42 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: SeekAndFind

Yes, that’s the way to win in American politics: Be a p- about everything. Don’t make strong stands on principles. Be nice. That’s how Democrats win, right?


15 posted on 05/14/2014 7:33:14 AM PDT by servo1969
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To: SeekAndFind
Yes I heard the interview on Hannity yesterday and Paul would not let it go. He reminded me of other Repubs that hammer conservatives over "social issues". They constantly harp on "got to be more like the RAT party" to attract the moderates, as if the GOP is enough "democRATic" already.

One more item to put on the list of reasons why Rand Paul should not be a Presidential candidate in 2016 if the country still exists and we still have elections.
16 posted on 05/14/2014 7:36:30 AM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: SeekAndFind
No one has the right to rob my vote of value.

Rand Paul - you need to understand - the sanctity of the vote is the freedom that anchors the rest of our freedoims...

A mandatory death penalty for anyone changing more than 100 votes willfully should become law.

17 posted on 05/14/2014 7:44:33 AM PDT by GOPJ (Want to keep your doctor? Remove your Democrat Senator. - - Freeper Balding_Eagle)
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To: SeekAndFind

Rand Paul is starting to make a career out of walking it back. He needs an advisor to tattoo the word “think” on the back of his hand.


18 posted on 05/14/2014 7:50:49 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Rand, you useless idiot, try fighting the bad guys for a change!

Just because the MSM makes it uncomfortable to defend conservative positions, is NOT a sign we should give up or shut up!

FIGHT THEIR LIES!

If you’re unwilling to do that, then get out of the way!


19 posted on 05/14/2014 7:59:10 AM PDT by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: SeekAndFind

He has a point. Candidates need to spend most of their time talking about Obamacare, Common Core, Benghazi, stopping amnesty, and other substantive issues, not emphasizing voter ID. But we shouldn’t shy away from it either. I think this is a tactical judgment on Rand’s part.


20 posted on 05/14/2014 8:20:39 AM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: rbmillerjr

You are soooooo wrong. Rand Paul says just what he believes, but you have to LISTEN. Pander Bear? (LOL. Haven’t heard that in awhile.) but, YES. That is how you get elected, by getting more votes than the other guys. Call it pandering or smart politics who cares.

Rand Paul is only saying that this minor issue is important to a segment of voters that he is trying to attract to the GOP.

And then the lazy comparison to his dad. He is his own man, he is not his father, but he will get the votes of his father’s past supporters. (no small thing). It’s called a “coalition”.


21 posted on 05/14/2014 8:24:14 AM PDT by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: SeekAndFind

One of the disturbing parts about what Paul said and is now saying is that he fails to recognize that the negativity that comes from advocating showing an ID to vote comes from the media. The media twists this issue into “modern day Jim Crow.” No matter what Republicans emphasize, the media will twist it. And he is a useful idiot for criticizing the GOP on this — he plays right into the trap.


22 posted on 05/14/2014 8:42:29 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: House Atreides

Isn’t the idea is that we WANT to turn off voters - like fake voters.


23 posted on 05/14/2014 8:46:39 AM PDT by Sam Gamgee (May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't. - Patton)
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To: faucetman

“Rand Paul is only saying that this minor issue is important to a segment of voters that he is trying to attract to the GOP”

Absolutely. Exactly what Boehner is saying, Cantor is imploring and the GOPe is trying to sell. Walk it back Rand, walk it back.

And when it comes to open borders and foreign policy, Rand is every bit his fruitcake father.


24 posted on 05/14/2014 8:48:49 AM PDT by rbmillerjr (Russians to the Left of me, Useful Idiots to the Right...)
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To: SeekAndFind

Too late. He’s revealed his true colors.


25 posted on 05/14/2014 8:51:31 AM PDT by DesScorp
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To: SeekAndFind

geeez, this guy... tells *everybody* what he thinks they want to hear.


26 posted on 05/14/2014 8:57:00 AM PDT by KGeorge (Till we're together again, Gypsy girl. May 28, 1998- June 3, 2013)
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To: DesScorp

Paul believes that interest groups that harbor irrational fears based on previous success in seeking victim status need to be courted. No thanks.

And Hannity isn’t smart enough to counter with a simple question: what is wrong with requiring voter ID and combining it with provisional ballots? The percentage of elections where provisional ballots would need to be counted to decide the winner is tiny - and, thus, the cost would be insignificant.


27 posted on 05/14/2014 9:05:16 AM PDT by FirstFlaBn
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To: SeekAndFind

“The Back-Pedal” by Rand Paul


28 posted on 05/14/2014 9:19:30 AM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SeekAndFind

No voter-ID no voting photo must be included but the democrats hate voter-ID because it would cause an honest election it’s something they have never done JFK winks.


29 posted on 05/14/2014 10:10:59 AM PDT by Vaduz
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