Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), a potential 2016 presidential contender is now walking back his previous position on the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He spoke at the National Urban League’s conference in Cincinnati on Friday, saying that he’s one of the good Republicans.
Sen. Rand Paul said, “Not only do I support the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act, I’m a Republican who wants to restore a federal role for the government in the Voting Rights Act.”
Sounds like he’s walking back his previous claim that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was a case of federal over-reach. If he cares so much about the Voting Rights Act, why didn’t he sign on as a co-sponsor of the Voting Rights Amendment Act that would help repair some of the damage the Supreme Court dealt when it obliterated Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act? Sen. Paul was as quiet as a little mouse when SCOTUS gutted a portion of the VRA.
Let’s not forget while Sen. Rand Paul has said that some parts of the new requirements for voters, such as having photo ID, to cast a ballot are too strict, he hasn’t actually renounced the laws. Sounds to me like he’s trying to get the black vote by walking back a number of his positions that affect the black community. In other words, he’s laying the groundwork for 2016. Still, Rand Paul can’t run from his record and blacks shouldn’t be fooled by him.
Singer Cher tweeted “minorities beware” of Sen. Rand Paul for his position on the Civil Rights Act. She also tweeted that blacks were once not welcome at lunch counters during the Civil Rights era. She may have watched Rachel Maddow’s show before sending the tweet. Maddow reminded us of Sen. Paul’s objections to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when he first ran for the U.S. Senate:
Here’s Cher Twitter rant: