Republican Senator Rand Paul visited Howard University, making the case for the GOP as part of a party-wide effort to appeal to minorities.
Paul acknowledged the GOP’s inability to connect with black voters, but asserted that Republican, free-market policies are more beneficial to the black community than the “big government” policies of Democrats.
“The Democrats promised equalizing outcomes through unlimited federal assistance while Republicans offered something that seemed less tangible-the promise of equalizing opportunity through free markets,” Paul said. “Now Republicans face a daunting task. Several generations of black voters have never voted Republican and are not very open to even considering the option.”
“The Democrat promise is tangible and puts food on the table, but too often doesn’t lead to jobs or meaningful success,” he continued, adding later, “I would argue that the objective evidence shows that big government is not a friend to African Americans.”
Paul’s speech also addressed school choice and criminal justice reform.
He also made the claim that “the Republican Party has always been the party of civil rights and voting rights.”
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