Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is slamming the Republican Party for making harder for blacks and Hispanics to vote. In other words, he’s saying, Republicans who support voter ID laws are engaging in racist behavior. Um, I never thought I would say it, but I share comedian Bill Maher’s sentiments on Rand Paul, I could vote for him, if he put together a great platform.
Paul blasted Republicans over the drug laws that “disproportionately affect minorities and has also championed restoring voting rights for some non-violent felons,” Politico reports. He made the comments during a speech at the Liberty PAC conference.
“So many times, Republicans are seen as this party of, ‘We don’t want black people to vote because they’re voting Democrat, we don’t want Hispanic people to vote because they’re voting Democrat,’” he said. “We wonder why the Republican Party is so small. Why don’t we be the party that’s for people voting, for voting rights?”
“The bottom line is, we’re not winning,” he said. “…We’re not winning because, it’s pretty simple, we don’t have enough people in the group yet. The liberty movement has been more open to receiving people of all walks of life… I think we have been much more open, sometimes, than the Republican Party in general.”
He also skewered what he characterized as excessive use of force by police in Ferguson, Missouri, where an unarmed teenager was shot by a police officer, an incident that kicked off weeks of protests fueled by racial tensions.
For what it’s worth, he was associated with a nationalist, but Obama was associated with Bill Ayers at one point and many people didn’t really hold it against him. He went on to win in big numbers in 2008 and then won reelection in 2012. As I stated before, Rand Paul is rough around the edges, but if he packages himself right, and really believes what he’s saying, then he’s a far more credible Republican presidential candidate than New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie or Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz.