Senator Rand Paul has been speaking his mind for a week or better, he’s covered many topics while doing so. I do think some of the views he speaks of you will agree with, maybe not so much when it comes to his dire warning to Texans. Either way, see what you think about all he encompassed and speak your mind afterwards:
Here’s the main report:
HOUSTON — Sen. Rand Paul on Saturday predicted that Texas would turn blue within a decade if the Republican Party doesn’t become more inclusive.
“What I do believe is Texas is going to be a Democrat state within 10 years if we don’t change,” Paul (R-Ky.), who grew up in Texas, said at a dinner held by the Harris County GOP. “That means we evolve, it doesn’t mean we give up on what we believe in, but it means we have to be a welcoming party.”
Paul, who is heavily weighing a presidential bid, noted that his assessment was shared by the chairman of the Republican Party of Texas. The Lone Star state, currently the largest Republican bastion in the country, is nearly 40 percent Hispanic — a demographic that has overwhelmingly supported Democrats in recent elections.
The senator, whose father was a longtime congressman from Texas, acknowledged that immigration reform is a “touchy” subject before offering his vision for people who want to come to the United States.
“We won’t all agree on it,” he said. “But I’ll tell you, what I will say and what I’ll continue to say, and it’s not an exact policy prescription … but if you want to work and you want a job and you want to be part of America, we’ll find a place for you.”
There was some quiet applause in the massive hotel ballroom, in which hundreds of Republicans — a mix of high-dollar donors, activists and state officials — were gathered. But Paul remarked that the response was “kind of tepid.”
“Doesn’t mean I don’t believe in securing the border first, doesn’t mean I don’t believe it’s important we have a secure country,” he said. “But it does mean we have to have a different attitude.”
More people applauded when he quoted his colleague, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah): “Immigrants are assets, not liabilities. We were all immigrants once.”
In his 25-minute address, Paul also offered up some 2016 red meat: He went after Hillary Clinton, a likely Democratic presidential contender, over Benghazi.
“We’re talking about six months of ignoring repeated, one-after-another requests for security,” he said, referring to the months leading up to the September 2012 attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. He added that the issue that “should limit Hillary Clinton from ever holding high office, when she was asked for reinforcements, she turned down reinforcements, and we should never, ever have a commander-in-chief who won’t send reinforcements.”
A spokesman for Clinton didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. “With specific security requests they didn’t come to me. I had no knowledge of them,” Clinton said during congressional testimony last year.
Paul was introduced by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), who praised his Kentucky colleague for pushing to expand the party.
“I’ve been particularly impressed with Rand’s efforts to broaden the base and appeal of our party without sacrificing our principles,” said Cornyn, who is in the midst of a primary contest of his own. “To me, that’s the most important challenge our party faces.”
Here’s Rand Paul from a segment on last Sunday’s ‘Meet the Press‘ speaking his mind about the ‘Clintoon Duo‘ and the hypocrisy from the left with their never-ending ‘War on Women‘ bullsh!t. See if you think he’s using good strategy here:
DAVID GREGORY: Final political question for you. Whoever the Republican nominee is, there’s a good chance, as we look at it now, that one candidate on the Democratic side who’ll have a lot of momentum, whether she gets the nomination or not we don’t know, is Hillary Clinton. And an interesting profile in Vogue magazine, including this analysis.
“While her husband jokes,” meaning you, “that his gut feeling is that Hillary Clinton will not run for president is good a thing since all the polls show her trouncing any opponent, Kelley, the wife of Senator Rand Paul practically cuts him off to say that, ‘Bill Clinton’s relationship with Monica Lewinsky should complicate his return to the White House, even as first spouse. I would say his behavior was predatory, offensive to women,’ she tells me.” Are these issues something that you really think will be fair game and an appropriate part of a campaign, should she be the nominee?
SEN. RAND PAUL: Well, you know, I mean, the Democrats, one of their big issues is they have concocted and said Republicans are committing a war on women. One of the workplace laws and rules that I think are good is that bosses shouldn’t prey on young interns in their office.
And I think really the media seems to have given President Clinton a pass on this. He took advantage of a girl that was 20 years old and an intern in his office. There is no excuse for that, and that is predatory behavior, and it should be something we shouldn’t want to associate with people who would take advantage of a young girl in his office.
This isn’t having an affair. I mean, this isn’t me saying, “Oh, he’s had an affair, we shouldn’t talk to him.” Someone who takes advantage of a young girl in their office? I mean, really. And then they have the gall to stand up and say, “Republicans are having a war on women”? So, yes, I think it’s a factor. Now, it’s not Hillary’s fault. And, I mean–
DAVID GREGORY: But it should be an issue–
SEN. RAND PAUL: –but it is a factor in judging Bill Clinton in history.
DAVID GREGORY: Right, but is it something that Hillary Clinton should be judged on if she were a candidate in 2016?
SEN. RAND PAUL: Yeah– no, I’m not saying that. This is with regard to the Clintons, and sometimes it’s hard to separate one from the other. But I would say that, with regard to his place in history, that it certainly is a discussion. And I think in my state, you know, people tend to sort of frown upon that. You know, if there were someone in my community who did that, they would be socially– we would dissociate from somebody who would take advantage of a young women in the workplace.
So, do you think he’s using wise tactics here regarding both issues above for run in the presidential primary for ’16… or not? Also, from what you know so far…would you pull the lever for Rand Paul come election time?
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