by Tim Brown, Freedom Outpost:
When I asked Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) last year about his views on police demilitarization, reforming drug sentencing, and restoring voting rights to non-violent felons, I posed this question:
“Is your brand of republicanism the new civil rights movement?”
Paul replied, “You know, I think you can look at it that way.”
It was around that time when Paul emerged as a new star of the Republican Party. He was featured on the Time Magazine cover as the “Most Interesting Man in American Politics.”
A unique politician, Paul regularly reaches out to minorities and talks about issues that are taboo in most Republican circles. Paul is “a civil liberties-loving peacenik with millennial appeal,” claimed Politico.
In his race for the Republican nomination, Paul has assigned himself the daunting task of transforming the GOP from a party of “stale and moss-covered” war hawks to a party that is more inclusive and embraces new ideas.
This task has created a difficult political dilemma. How can Paul win more traditional Republicans voters without alienating his libertarian base?
One of the biggest turnoffs among the liberty movement is Paul’s stance on Obama’s Iran deal, which would limit nuclear development in exchanged for relief from sanctions. In March, Paul decided to support the threat from Republicans to sabotage the deal. A month earlier, Paul had stated his opposition to any such sabotage.
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