Rand Paul has an important warning to the Republican Party: change or fail.
In a February 13 interview with Glenn Beck, Senator Paul (R, KY) said, “I think Republicans will not win again in my lifetime for the presidency unless they become a new GOP, a new Republican Party.”
Paul added, “And it has to be a transformation, not a little tweaking at the edges”
Senator Paul said that the Party should change its focus. Instead of talking about taxes, for instance, Paul advised Republicans to start talking to America about civil liberties “in a way they can understand it.”
Paul also said that he thinks that the GOP can make headway gaining African American and Hispanic votes by coming out against the so-called war on drugs because those policies have “disproportionately affected the poor and the black and the brown.”
“There is a struggle going on within the Republican Party,” the Senator told Beck. “It’s not new and I’m not ashamed of it. I’m proud of the fact that there is a struggle. And I will struggle to make the Republican Party a different party, a bigger party, a more diverse party and a party that can win national elections again.”
The Kentuckian has long been one of the strongest libertarian voices in the GOP and has gained an avid fan base for his views. He is expected by many to be a strong contender for the 2016 GOP nomination for President.
But unless the GOP makes that “transformation,” Paul said, the Party is doomed to failure, especially with younger voters.
“There are many people who are open among all these disaffected groups, who really aren’t steadfast supporters of Obama or an ideology,” Paul insisted. “I think they’re open to listening, but we have to have a better message and a better presentation of it.”