Speaking before a sold-out New Hampshire Republican Party dinner on Monday, Senator Rand Paul highlighted the need for GOP supporters to embrace diversity if they want to win the White House in 2016.
“We need to be like the rest of America,” Paul said. “We’re going to win when we look like America.
“We need to be white, we need to be brown, we need to be black, we need to be with tattoos, without tattoos, with ponytails, without ponytails, with beards, without.”
Paul also advocated a reshaping of the party image. In front of New Hampshire Republicans, Paul called for the GOP to become the “party of opportunity.”
“We need to be that party that can express it in a way that shows that we care about people,” Paul continued.
“We need to care about people even if they are on government assistance.”
Paul also donated $10,000 to the New Hampshire GOP, which was announced publicly hours before the Monday night event.
This appearance, coupled with a handful of others in recent weeks, further stoked speculation that Paul is himself eyeing a run for the Republican nomination to face off against
Hillary Clintona Democratic opponent in 2016.
Paul also made news recently over his increased interest in the IRS scandal plaguing the Obama administration this past week.
The depth of the scandal is not yet known, but Paul said on Sunday that he believes there exists “written policy” which would prove that the IRS was “targeting people who were opposed to the president” as a specific directive under President Obama.
Such a memo, if it does exist, has not materialized.
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