If you’re a Republican, you can win in a blue state, says U.S. Sen. Rand Paul. All you have to do is listen to the people and stand up for their wants and their rights.
That was Paul’s message in New Jersey recently during a campaign event for Steve Lonegan. Lonegan is running against Democratic Newark Mayor Corey Booker for the open U.S. Senate seat, with a special election set for mid-October.
Booker has a big lead right now over the right winger Lonegan in a traditionally left-leaning state. But that’s not insurmountable, says Paul, as Kevin Mooney of The Daily Caller reports:
“Republican candidates who favor restraint in foreign policy abroad and a renewed commitment to civil liberties at home can build new coalitions in blue states and win upset victories, Sen. Rand Paul told The Daily Caller at a campaign stop in New Jersey Friday…
‘By calling for the U.S. to stay out of the Syrian civil war, Steve Lonegan can appeal to Democrats, Independents and Republicans,’ Paul told TheDC. ‘N.J. is a tough state for the GOP, it’s a blue state. But there’s an opportunity for Steve to expand the party’s appeal and to win by reaching out to voters who favor a return to these constitutional restraints.’”
Paul said that Lonegan, and other GOP candidates in Democratic states, need to stress fourth amendment and privacy rights, speaking to a larger group of voters and broadening the GOP voter base. This is even more relevant after this summer’s NSA spying program outing, which has since raised the ire of American citizens concerned about their privacy in the 21st century.
“’The debate within our party over the use of drones and the direction of our foreign policy is a healthy debate to have,’ Paul told TheDC. ‘We can win by making it clear that we favor a return to constitutional restrictions and by building a new Republican Party.’”
A lot of people are feeling violated by their own government. Tap into that, and it doesn’t matter whether the state is red or blue. That’s Paul’s advice.
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