Sen. Rand Paul: The Republican Party Needs to Embrace Libertarians In Order to Win
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) sat down with Sean Hannity from the convention center in Tampa. He was scheduled to speak Monday night, but due to weather delays, he is slated to speak now on Wednesday night. As the country braces for Tropical Storm Isaac, which is set to turn into a hurricane as it reaches the coast, liberals have voiced their concerns over the fact that the storm bypassed the RNC.
Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm tweeted:
Actor Samuel L. Jackson also tweeted that it was “unfair” that Isaac spared the GOP as it heads toward New Orleans. Sen. Paul responded, “It seems like they have a sense of humor when they’re the ones providing the humor, but when it comes back at them they don’t. You know, Mitt Romney makes a joke and Chris Matthews jumps all over this.”
The senator was referencing MSNBC host Chris Matthews’ interview with Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus. Matthews lectured Priebus for the GOP playing the race card after Romney joked that “no one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate.”
Sen. Paul said it’s the president’s rhetoric that is dividing the country and his policies that are punishing businesses and those who are successful. He added, “We want to judge President Obama simply on his policies."
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In hopes of unifying the Republican Party, Sen. Paul held a rally with his father, Rep. Ron Paul. Explaining their message further, Sen. Paul said, “I think a big part of sort of the libertarian Republican or the Ron Paul Republicans is that I think they can help the Republican Party. There are many places in New England as well as California where we’re not winning state-wide races; it’s very difficult for Republicans to win. So I think embracing and bringing these liberty-minded, Constitution-minded people and making them an integral part of the party is the way we might start winning races where we’re not winning races.”