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Rand Paul: Without change, GOP will "not win again in my lifetime"

By Jake Miller | CBS News |February 14, 2014, 12:36 PM

Just days after warning his party that it will lose its electoral grip on Texas if it doesn’t broaden its appeal, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., offered an even more dire prediction on Thursday: Forget losing Texas – the GOP might never win a presidential election again if it doesn’t change its tune.

“I think Republicans will not win again in my lifetime…unless they become a new GOP, a new Republican Party,” Paul said during an interview with conservative radio host Glenn Beck that aired Thursday. “And it has to be a transformation. Not a little tweaking at the edges.”

The Kentucky Republican said the GOP needs to do a better job of tailoring specific messages to specific groups.

With young people, he said, he would stress an opposition to excessive government surveillance and a respect for personal privacy. And among minority communities, he said, a message of criminal justice reform – including changes to the “war on drugs” and sentencing laws – would resonate.

“There are many people who are open among all these disaffected groups, who really aren’t steadfast supporters of Obama or an ideology,” he explained. “I think they’re open to listening, but we have to have a better message and a better presentation of it.”

Paul said he welcomes a robust debate within the party about how to move forward.


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"What Rand does not understand...

...is that the GOP party hacks would rather have a democrat win, than either of the two aforementioned things happen."

I think he understands that all too well. He's not counting on the old guard having a change of heart, he's counting on voters replacing the old guard.

"Alas! I believe in the virtue of birds. And it only takes a feather for me to die laughing."

The Republican Party Destroyed Itself In Tampa

Rand Paul is correct.

The Republican Party could have secured it's future by NOMINATING RON PAUL IN TAMPA. Had they done that, Ron Paul would be President NOW.


The Republican Party Destroyed Itself and It's Future In Tampa.


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I agree

I was glued to the last election of course and saw all the vote stealing, votes tossed in the trash, deception, Charlie Cheater, Joan the Silencer, lights turned out, parking lot conventions, bones broken, Boehner's the Ayes Have It, last-minute rule changes, wouldn't even give Ron Paul a goddamned speech.

No way will The Party get my money and membership. Only individual Liberty Republicans will get my direct support and vote.

Besides all that, the GOP will never get the youngsters if they keep harping on social issues.

When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign: that the dunces are all in confederacy against him. ~J. Swift

and they will keep harping

don't you dare get an abortion, smoke pot or think about marriage if you're gay.

and they stand right there with the dems on an aggressive foreign policy, pro police state and keynesian economics.

oh brother what a non-choice.

gary johnson is looking better and better.

It happened long before Tampa

Each state race was a sham. It was decided shortly after 2008 that Ron would not win place or show, ever...... and the sheeple went along with it!

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere".

It's hard not to be a menace to society when half the population is happy on their knees. - unknown

Well. Yes, Of Course, Ira. Bush & The Neo-Cons Did It.

Well. Yes, Of Course, Ira. Bush & The Neo-Cons Destroyed The Republican Party and so much more.


Ron Paul was a ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME exception and last chance.

At least THE RON PAUL REVOLUTION showed The World that there are MILLIONS OF AMERICANS who are good people.

In that regard, Ron Paul was and is THE FINEST DIPLOMAT THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ever had by uniting All Good People behind him.


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