Rand Paul: “I sense a wave election coming on”

Rand Paul

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has a good feeling about the upcoming mid-term election. Before he dropped in on the quarterly Republican National Committee meeting in Memphis, Tennessee, the Kentucky senator told Fox News that he believes a Republican wave election building due to voter dissatisfaction with Obamacare.

“I sense a wave election coming on,” Paul told America’s Newsroom host Martha McCallum. “I think the American public are unhappy about not being told the truth. We were told that we could keep our doctor, but now we’re told, you know what, if you get cancer or you need to go to MD Anderson, or you get cancer and you need to go to Sloan-Kettering, or you need to go to Harvard or deaconess, you’re told you can’t go.”

Polling data compiled by Real Clear Politics shows that public sentiment toward Obamacare hasn’t shifted. Even though President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats continue to insist that the healthcare debate is over, opposition “is as high as it ever has been in the four-year history of the law,” according to the Pew Research Center.

“We were sold something that has turned out not to be true,” said Paul. “I think a lot of Americans — whether you’re an independent, Democrat, conservative Democrat — they’re unhappy with the President for not being honest with us about what we were getting with his healthcare change.”

Paul explained that Republicans have to do more to reach out to minority voters, telling McCallum that the GOP has to be “a bigger party, a more inclusive party” and, quoting Star Trek’s Captian Kirk, should “boldly go where no Republicans have gone before.”

The Kentucky Republican, and likely 2016 presidential contender, has made minority outreach a big part of his message over the last couple of years. In April 2013, for example, Paul highlighted the need for criminal justice reform and the unfairness of nation’s drug laws to Americans from all walks of life at Howard University, a historically black college. He’s worked across the aisle with Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) to reform mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug crimes.

“I think they want someone to be concerned about what’s going on in their community — long-term unemployment, poverty. I think both parties are concerned, but we’ve tried 50 years of the Democrats passing out money, and it hasn’t worked,” Paul said, pointing to his “economic freedom zones” proposal as an alternative.

Politico reported on Friday that Republican leaders are “reconsidering” Paul, realizing that he could feasibly win the party’s nomination, but wonder about his viability in the 2016 general election. That’s where his efforts to reach out to voters outside of the usual Republican bubble could pay dividends.


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