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Rand Paul: GOP Must Get the ‘Door Ajar’ for Minorities, Not be ‘Party of Deportation’

One way to appeal to Latino voters, the senator says, is ensuring that “Mrs. Garcia’s nephew is not going to be sent home to Mexico."

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April 1, 2014 - 11:58 pm
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WASHINGTON – Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said the future of the Republican Party depends on what the Republicans do to expand its appeal among Hispanic voters and show them that the GOP is not “just the party of deportation.”

“I’ve been saying over and over that the Republican Party cannot win until it’s more diverse, until it looks like the rest of America,” he said.

During a Tuesday symposium hosted by the Media Research Center (MRC) and the American Principles Project (APP), the Kentucky Republican and potential 2016 presidential candidate said that if the GOP wants to appeal to minority groups it has to “show up” and “say something.”

Paul said Republicans should work to get the “the door ajar” for minority groups.

“I think that what’s happened is that there’s not the perception of empathy coming from the Republican Party, that we care where they are coming from and that we care what their problems are. Until we get to that point, they’re not going to listen to any of the next message,” he said.

Paul highlighted Mitt Romney’s poor showing among Hispanics in the 2012 presidential election as a reason for winning their support.

“There’s enormous upside potential. We could probably double our vote, but we’ve got to get the door ajar.”

While Paul opposed the comprehensive immigration reform package in the Senate last year, he has indicated his support for other approaches to reform.

He said one way to appeal to Latino voters is by ensuring that “Mrs. Garcia’s nephew is not going to be sent home to Mexico” because “everybody, even those who are here legally, know somebody who is here who doesn’t have the proper visa.”

“The other thing to acknowledge is, it’s not always the individual’s fault,” he said, referring to those who are undocumented. “Sometimes it’s a child who has no control over this. But sometimes it’s also someone who came here and tried to use our system.”

“We as conservatives talk a lot about big government and how [it] never seems to work. We’re always talking about Obamacare now, how big government is a disaster…. Well, guess what? Big government is not very good with the visa system, either. Part of the problem is not the fault of those who are coming to this country and try to use it, part of the problem is big government,” he added.

In contrast to the strategy laid out by some conservatives who argue that the GOP should move beyond immigration and focus on issues where Latinos and conservatives share common ground like abortion and marriage, Paul called for a change in tone when talking about illegal-immigration reform.

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So Rand's another amnesty pusher... Losing respect for him more and more every day.
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"somebody who is here who doesn’t have the proper visa.”

"Doesn't have the proper visa", like it's a mere technicality only. So maybe I should just withdraw $100,000 from one of Rand Paul's bank accounts and then expect no complaint from him for not having the proper withdrawal form. Yes, that should work.
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Might I suggest that the Republican Party introduce a bill to immediately issue Green Cards to every foreigner who has patiently awaited one from a foreign country. They would all be beholden to the Republican Party, rather than to the Democrats, who side with law-breaking immigrants.
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Try as they might, thinking is not one of the Republican Party's strong points. The one thing they do well is insult everybody else and treat them like crap. The damage they do to themselves blowing their own foot off on a constant basis. The they get all upset after the folks they just crapped on won't vote for them.
So they concoct things like restrictions on voting times complaining that it's costing too much for the Secretary of State to check all those folks out looking for some they can deny the vote to.

Look, it's not going to work for the Republicans if they keep crapping on the people they need to vote for them.
27 weeks ago
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Rand Paul is literally MY Senator, elected with MY vote. I've been very much a supporter, approving of his positions and the battles he has taken on.

In this case, he is raising red flags, and causing me to doubt the wisdom of continuing my support. What part of "Illegal", as in criminal, not suitable for American Citizenship, does he not understand?

Rand Paul can try to help the innocent children of these criminal invaders, and I will support his efforts, but to aid the invader is a step I will not support. Senator Paul should walk this line very cautiously, or lose much of the support he enjoys.
28 weeks ago
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RP is an atheist. As such he cannot prove that God does not exist, but is in a position to substitute himself as the supreme arbiter. We already have the nutcake in the White House doing this.Why continue our aggravation?
28 weeks ago
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Rand calling Conservatives racists and shilling for Amnesty, pandering to Marxist Agitated Minority Identity Groups, ditching Christian so-cons.

Your presidential aspirations are dead Rand.
28 weeks ago
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If Mrs. Garcia is not a citizen she should not have a vote.

If she is a naturalized citizen, she swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution and _laws_ of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

Natural born citizens have the same obligations, tho they may not know it.
28 weeks ago
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it is very difficult to make it to the comments section on this article.

please fix it.
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Rand Paul believes that we should throw open the borders and then hide from the rest of the world.

He would make a fine vice president for Barry Soetoro's first term, after Barack Obama finishes his second.


"Former Pennsylvania senator and 2012 presidential contender Rick Santorum accused Rand Paul last month of having a foreign policy worldview similar to that of President Barack Obama.

“I see the Rand Paul wing of the Republican Party for what it is: allied with Barack Obama’s foreign policy,” he said.

Santorum has a point. Since entering the Senate in 2011, the Kentucky senator has often drawn from the leftwing foreign policy playbook in order to try to discredit the longstanding Republican foreign policy consensus in favor of his non-interventionist outlook. How so? Here are three examples:"



Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/04/01/weinstein-rand-pauls-liberal-foreign-policy-deceptions/#ixzz2xlUI27MP
28 weeks ago
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Libertarians keep on telling us that they can beat Leftwingers, but they havent made a dent in Blue States.

Don't swallow the Blue Pill.

Libertarians are faux conervatives, RINOs.

Bob Barr was a good man and patriot. Rand and Ron are nutters.
28 weeks ago
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Hey Rand, smoke another bowl, dude....

Did you bring enough for the crowd, or do you fugure on maintaining your buzz just by being in the room with all those Party Crashers you let into my house...while I was busy at work?

You talk a good game on a couple things, but overall youre a lazy, empty-headed slacker Living on The Dole.

And... you'll say just about ANYTHING to keep youself on that couch, wont you?

Effing Loser...go get a Job.
28 weeks ago
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Rand never had my vote. He is surrounded by suspicious characters who have friends involved in narcotics trafficking, white supremacist groups, and neo-confederate agitation. Not to mention that it all seems to lead back these days to Russia... in particular one Aleksandr Dugin.
http://nyyrc.com/blog/2014/03/the-problem-with-the-pauls/
28 weeks ago
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That's right Rand. Our laws don't really mean anything if opposing them might help you succeed where your father failed. Kowtow or compromise is the new GOP way.

We no longer have 2 separate major political parties we have only ONE divided into 2 divisions to create the ILLUSION of 2 parties. It's well past time for Americans to wake up for REAL and setup a third party totally owned and controlled by the people themselves and NOT by the present owners of America's government.

You just lost any respect that I had for you sir.
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Yeah, just what we need is another Perot to put another Clinton into the White House. "a third party totally owned and controlled by the people themselves and NOT by the" political class is a bigger pipe dream than Rand has going (gee, why didn't the Founders think of that)- and enthusiastically supported by those who really do want another Clinton in the White House.

"America was founded on the notion that most politicians can only be expected to be ornery, low-down, crooks. Nobody in those days was fool enough to believe they could be Light-workers, Messiahs and create a world without guns. Thus in the Founder’s view the only way to guard against rogues was to ensure that government remained as small as possible relative to its essential jobs; to change those in office frequently and often, like we change underwear.
The Founders saw roguery as the byproduct of high office. And so they wrote a constitution — you know, the document more than a hundred years old that nobody smart reads any more — to keep the weeds down. For they knew better than our modern enlighteneds that any politician sufficiently powerful to disarm the people is sufficiently powerful to sell missiles bought from Russia to Muslim rebels in Mindanao.
Unless one remembers this there is no defense against crooks in high places.
http://pjmedia.com/richardfernandez/2014/03/27/yee-gads/
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