Given former Representative J.C. Watts’ emphasis on minority outreach, along with Sen Rand Paul’s commitment to same, it should not come as a total surprise that Watts will reportedly endorse and share the stage with Paul when he formally announces his campaign.
That, according to this report in the New York Times.
When Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky kicks off his campaign for president on Tuesday, one of the people who will endorse him and share the stage is former Representative J.C. Watts, one of the few black Republicans to have served in Congress.
Mr. Watts is expected to be a vocal surrogate for Mr. Paul, who has made clear he is trying to show he can broaden the Republican Party’s base to newer voters.
It’s also something of a win for Paul when it comes to social conservatives, given Watts’ high-profile as a social conservative. What remains to be seen is if Paul’s minority outreach can be effective in a Republican primary, let alone a general election against Hillary Clinton. The Clintons have a long history of being a favorite with minority voters. That trend will not be easy to reverse.