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article imageIn Detroit visit, Senator Rand Paul seeks diversity for the GOP

By Michael Krebs     Dec 8, 2013 in Politics
Detroit - Speaking at the opening of the Republican Party office in Detroit, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) stressed the need for the GOP to infiltrate markets the party has largely ignored.
Detroit voters, particularly those living under difficult conditions in the heart of the city, are not apt to think of the Republican ticket when it comes time to vote. Likely 2016 presidential contender Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) is hoping to change the perceptions of Detroit voters - and of voters in other distressed urban centers across America.
Expressing his Libertarian-leaning sentiments, Senator Paul spoke to the need for the GOP to be more inclusive in its message of liberty, as the Detroit Free Press reported.
Paul emphasized the need for greater equality across the judicial system, highlighting the racial inequities found in the war on drugs. He also addressed choice in education, saying that liberty's messages do not pertain to specific races.
“We need to be a more diverse party if we’re ever going to win again. We need people with tattoos, ponytails and earrings,” Paul said. “The Democratic Party is more diverse than we are. We lose all the big cities. We have to change or we won’t win nationally again.”
95 percent of African Americans nationally voted for President Obama in the 2012 presidential election, and 97 percent of the African American voting population in Detroit chose Obama.
Paul stressed the need for "economic freedom zones" in the nation's most financially downtrodden cities, and he called for considerable tax cuts for Detroit, according to the Washington Post.
"What we hope to do is create taxes so low that you essentially are able to bail yourselves out, by having more money accumulate in the area over time," Paul said.
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