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Paul: GOP Needs to ‘Look Like the Rest of America’ to Win Again

Senator suggested Republicans should decide if they are going to “go bold” on fiscal issues or become “Democrat light.”

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February 7, 2014 - 9:29 am
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WASHINGTON – Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul said the Republican Party has to embrace a message of optimism and “look like the rest of America” to win again.

“If we want to win again, if we want to be a bigger party, not only do we have to be a party that looks like the rest of America – black, white, brown, with tattoos, without tattoos, earrings, without earrings – we have to look like the rest of America but we also have to have a party that has the message of optimism,” said Paul in his keynote address at the American Principles Project gala on Wednesday evening.

When the GOP becomes the party of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and liberty, Republican ideas “will win the day again,” he said.

Paul suggested that Republicans should decide if they are going to “go bold” on fiscal issues or become “Democrat light.”

“We need to talk about how when you borrow and spend money, you steal the value of the dollar. Who does it hurt? Not the wealthy. It hurts the working class,” Paul said at the event, hosted by political commentator Erick Erickson.

“These are issues that we shouldn’t give up and say, ‘oh, issues of poverty, Democrats care more.’ Not only do they not care more, their policies don’t work and aren’t working so we shouldn’t give them the high moral ground,” Paul added.

Paul recalled a letter that he wrote to President Obama when sequestration started to take effect.

“Why don’t we look for the $100 billion that is missing – we don’t know where $100 billion is. It was spent, but every year within a $3.8 trillion budget there’s $100 billion not accounted for, a little more than $100 billion,” Paul said he wrote in the letter. “Why don’t we look for it?”

Paul told the audience that he is still waiting for a response from Obama.

“Five different agencies said they would have to furlough people but after about 6 months of the sequester, nobody was furloughed. They all found some other savings,” he said.

Paul criticized the Ryan-Murray budget plan passed by Congress since it reversed sequestration, which he argued was slowing down the growth of government.

“S&P judged that the sequester was inadequate and they downgraded our debt. They didn’t downgrade our debt because we were debating and fighting over it – they downgraded our debt because they said it wasn’t enough,” he said.

In his remarks, Paul also mentioned that the U.S. taxpayer is paying $3 million to advertise American walnuts in India with “Twiggy the squirrel” as the program’s spokesperson.

“They had a vote in the House of Representatives to get rid of the ‘Twiggy the squirrel’ program,” Paul said. “We lost 320-98. We lost the majority of the Republicans.”

“So you ask yourself,” he continued, “how are we ever going to talk about Social Security and Medicare? That’s two-thirds of the budget.”

Nicholas Ballasy is a video journalist based in Washington, D.C. His interviews with prominent politicians and celebrities have been featured by media outlets including Fox News, NBC News, ABC News, Access Hollywood, Inside Edition, the Washington Post. Follow his work at www.nickballasy.com.

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Sorry Rand, that's a swing and a miss. Our side needs to be color/gender/age/preference blind. We have principles that transcend the marxist framework the radicals have invented to Balkanize the greatest country ever created.

When you play the other guys game with the other guys rules, you lose. Period.
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Kung Fu Pander.

I'm not convinced about Rand Paul. Sometimes he hits the nail on the head, the other times he seems to hit both thumbs.

His skeezy non-answers about Iran really bother me. And while I am generally for a big tent and finding ways to defeat a common enemy, I just don't know how far from the nut tree this acorn fell.
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What does the GOP "look" like?

I don't know, I've never seen the whole party in one place. And neither has anyone else.

The "image" and "message" of the party is a matter of effective PR and successfully articulating a coherent "vision".

THAT'S where the GOP has failed, and failed miserably. It's allowed the Dems to shape the public's perception of both parties, and that is suicide.
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He sent a mixed message, didn't he?
Do we have to look like America first, then sell our ideas to them? Or do our ideas, better sold, render us to look more like America?
I presume he means by the second route.
41 weeks ago
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Didn't he say this last July?
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"Not only do we have to have a party that looks like America BUT..." Can mean a couple of things:

1) it can mean, we checked that box, we now look like America, but we need to do more.

2) it can mean, we don't "look like America yet" but even that isn't going to be enough.

OR, and this is what I read the message to be...

3) if we have a freedom agenda, we look like America de facto in that lots of traditionally non-republican voters will jump to us if we are right on that issue.

Please note that we have attracted an increased number of DU trolls and KosKids spouting the racist/sexist/anti gay BS.

They tell you who they're afraid of. Libertarians can win over primarily social freedom issue voters who are feeling the pinch from Obamanomics. That's why Rand Paul scares them.

To my mind, we're probably not ready for a Rand Paul, yet. I think Mike Lee or Ted Cruz for eight years gets us to a level of economic growth that America could be ready for real "without a net" liberty, but it took 70+ years to get here.
41 weeks ago
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So... We're all getting matching tattoos right?
41 weeks ago
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Noooope. The GOP already looks like America. Rand Paul, no matter what, No Matter What - the Liberals, the Mainstream media and Hollywood will define you as evil. Do not try to defend yourself or our party from Liberal delusion. The proper reponse to anything the Left says or does is to attack. If you do not learn this you have no business advising our party's leadership. Do not try to appease Liberals. Do not even think about appeasing Liberals. Your job is to kick the s#%¥ out of Liberals... You are welcome, TM
41 weeks ago
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The GOP is viewed in US politics the way Israel is viewed in world politics, a pariah, and is all because it has allowed itself to be defined by others.
41 weeks ago
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More proof that the GOP is the reactive, not the proactive party. The notion that the party doesn't look like the rest of America is one promoted by Democrats and their media echo chamber. Giving it any credence whatsoever is stupid and self-destructive.
41 weeks ago
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Sorry Rand, that's a swing and a miss. Our side needs to be color/gender/age/preference blind. We have principles that transcend the marxist framework the radicals have invented to Balkanize the greatest country ever created.

When you play the other guys game with the other guys rules, you lose. Period.
41 weeks ago
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Basic Republican coalition...& why they lost last 5 out of 6 popular votes

20% Religious fanatics
20% White Supremacists
20% Fox watching knuckleheads
20% Corporate-Fascist campaign funders bamboozling the above
20% Actual conservatives who...

...hate government waste but who just don't know enough about history to know the difference between right-wing central planning and good government.

The right-wing propagandists would have you believe that the HALF percent of GDP that goes to help the poor in welfare is destroying the country while THEIR...

farm subsidies,
off-shore tax evasion scams,
their oil and gas subsidies,
their Faith Based Initiative scheme,
their military-industrial complex,
their foreign aid (like three billion to Israel EACH YEAR),
their privatization schemes that add PROFIT to double the cost that taxpayers pay for services...

...add up to TRILLIONS in right-wing WELFARE.

This country is being turned into a banana republic because the US Congress (the HOUSE, who under the Constitution controls the MONEY) has been helping their corporate masters to gut this country's treasury. This Congress has had a CONSERVATIVE majority for the last twenty years straight. Transpose the word "conservative" with the term "corporate owned".

When the Democrats had Congress for four years out of the last twenty, their conservative wing voted with the GOP, giving the GOP twenty years of uninterrupted control of America's money and why there is no healthcare public option that progressive Democrats wanted.

Does anyone actually believe that this current economic debacle is the first time the rich and corporate right-wing central planners did this to America?

Let's take a look at the last THREE times CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICANS had an 8 to 12 year run in the White House.

Harding-Coolidge-Hoover 1920 to 1933 = Great Depression, banking collapse, taxpayer bail-outs

Reagan-Bush 1980 to 1992 = Recession, Savings & Loan banking collapse, FOUR HUNDRED BILLION taxpayer bailout

Bush-Cheney 2000 to 2008 = Great Recession, banking collapse, EIGHT HUNDRED BILLION taxpayer bail-out.

What a coincidence. Three times in extended power and three times the banking system collapsed and progressives had to step in to SAVE CAPITALISM.

No...the GOP is not just incompetent...this is no coincidence. It's what they do to transfer fortunes back into the hands of the old money that owns them. Yes...some of you are real "conservatives" that hate government waste...but the GOP isn't about that at all...they are about transferring wealth to themselves or their rich corporate campaign contributors. Don't even try blaming the progressives or liberals who haven't had a majority in Congress the last 20 to 25 years.

And don't say the Democrats are the same. The Democrats are "infected" and are about one third corporate owned. The progressive wing of the party is America's last best hope before we become a true banana republic with corporations acting like complete fiefdoms and all working-class citizens as serfs.

This is not the first time a nation was taken over by corporate-fascism. Mussolini was installed as dictator when Italy's top 20 corporate heads met and organized a "march on Rome" to take over the government. Mussolini wrote the Fascist Manifesto to create the first "Corporate State". Know your history, gentlemen... and you may never vote Republican again.

41 weeks ago
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Un huh...take it back to DU. You actually have to have some basic command of the facts to be taken seriously here and the Tubby Riefenstahl Talking Points ain't gonna cut it.
41 weeks ago
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Sorry I won't vote for Paul nor will I vote for Lying Ryan, I will not vote for Kristie Kupcake, for the first time since I voted for Reagan in 1980 I will not vote for this POS get along Rino party.

41 weeks ago
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"Paul: GOP Needs to ‘Look Like the Rest of America’ to Win Again"

If that's true, then the GOP will always lose as it's never going to get 50% of the black, Hispanic and gay vote, or even 50% of the Jewish vote.
41 weeks ago
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All the Republicans need to do is get its own base to vote. Using the liberals' demographic pigeonholes sounds terrible, but even if the GOP writes off blacks, Hispanics, Jews, homosexuals, and feminists as immovably resolute 100% Democrat, they comprise a small percentage of the total population. There are far more center-to-right than center-to-left people in America. The challenge is simple: communicate the conservative position clearly and effectively, WITHOUT relying on the mainstream media.
41 weeks ago
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You say that blacks, Hispanics, Jews, homosexuals, and feminists comprise a small percentage of the total population. Even though there is considerable overlap (an Hispanic homosexual feminist for instance), the combined total of the groups you mentioned might be 30 percent of the population (I'm only guessing, if you disagree say your own guess).

That means that the GOP would need to win over five out of every seven voters not in the groups mentioned.

Lots of luck.
41 weeks ago
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The GOP would need to win over 5/6 whites, if it excluded all other races.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_the_United_States

Politics should not be about race, but the Dems push racism every chance they get to divide people and force them to take sides. Unfortunately, many people are stupid and vote based on their own physical features instead of thinking about the long-term impact of overspending and devaluing the dollar.

Both parties pander to everyone with handouts like "Twiggy the squirrel" for the walnut corporations, ethanol mandates/corn subsidies for farmers, etc. At this point the only way to win back America is to let the dollar implode quickly and people to realize the hard consequence of overspending and the colossal waste found in government agencies.
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Many homosexuals are wealthy, they would potentially jump if you got out of their bedrooms and let the only group that actually seems to value marriage have access to it.

Blacks are pretty monolithic, but school choice is a massive wedge issue, and one Dems are terrified of because the NEA owns them.

Best shot at Hispanics is to nominate Cruz. Since we do pretty good in Texas, it is likely prosperity will get us more votes there, and tribalism (no pejorative intended) will help Cruz. Not that we should nominate a candidate because he is Hispanic, but if the candidate is right, it is a "nice to have".

Women will not be an issue if we talk only about late term abortion and quit nominating Todd Akin.

Not sure about the Asians, they seem worse than Hispanics about going dem...
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