“Rand Paul is doing more outreach in the African American community than most Republicans in the past,” Mike Forbush, a Louisville community activist, said. “Whether it helps or not is a different story, but at least he’s making the attempts that Bush, Reagan and other Republican leaders have not.”
In a speech this past weekend, Paul looked to demonstrate his stance against discrimination in Shelbyville, Kentucky, at a ceremony honoring the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.
Forbush said although black voters won’t be easily drawn to the Republican Party this upcoming election, GOP representatives like Paul might have a chance in redefining conservatism to minorities, according to a July 6 article on Cinnincinati.com.
It is no secret that fixing the minority gap could push Paul over the top. However, he is still considering his options for a presidential run, as he light-heartedly pointed out in a July 1 interview with WDRB 41 News.
“I jokingly say there are two votes in my household, and at least one of them is uncommitted,” Paul said.
There seems to be very little slowing the bluegrass state’s go-to man down however, and as the certainty of opting into a candidate position next spring (when he plans to make his announcement) increases, Paul has carved his name into the political table as a formidable threat to the Democratic Party.
Of course, the catch-22 of political self-establishment resides in making oneself a bigger target for frantic scrutiny. However, the last time Democrats drew Paul’s blood was over four years ago in an interview with Louisville Courier-Journal. Liberal media pounced when he critiqued the 1964 Civil Rights Act for its restrictions on private business rights, not racism, which he plainly stated.
“In a free society, we will tolerate boorish people who have abhorrent behavior,” Paul said. “But if we’re civilized people, we publicly criticize that and don’t belong to those groups, or don’t associate with those people.”
Paul knows to expect irrational battle tactics by now, like he knows the big picture for the GOP on the horizon. He made it simple.
“If we’re going to be the white party, we’re going to be the losing party,” Paul said.
Do you think that politicians should learn from Rand in trying to reach out to diverse people? What would you like to see the GOP do in the future? What about the Tea Party or Libertarians? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments below.
Photo Courtesy of WDRB 41 in Louisville, KY
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