I think you're exactly right.
Rand Paul's approach appeared to be to convince his audience to give the Republican Party a favorable view because it has done favorable things for blacks in history.
However, I think a BETTER approach would have been to say he is for liberty first and party second, and explain how liberty is best for all individuals regardless of ethnicity.
Like Ron Paul always says freedom is popular. I think Rand Paul could have done better trying to make a libertarian case, instead of a party based one.
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