Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, May 21, 2013
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Preibus argued that Republicans will only be successful in future elections if they work year round to make the GOP more inclusive to Americans from all walks of life – whether they’re young or old, on welfare, from a minority or even bearded and tattooed.
Paul and Preibus made their remarks at the New Hampshire Republican Party’s First Annual Liberty Dinner in Concord Monday night.
“We need to be like the rest of America,” Paul said to the more than 500 people in attendance at Monday night’s sold out dinner. “We need to grow bigger. If you want to be the party of white people, we’re winning all the white vote. But we’re a diverse nation. 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 with tattoos, without tattoos, with pony tails, without pony tails, with beards, without.”
“We need to be that party of opportunity, we need to be that party that can express itself in a way that shows that we care about people,” he added. “We need to care about people even if they are on government assistance. People on unemployment aren’t bad people. People who are on welfare aren’t bad people. We need to be able to express that we’re the party whose going to give them the opportunity to join the rest of us in the middle class.”
To meet that goal, Paul pleaded with those in attendance to become more impassioned about the cause, like many younger voters are.
“We need to be the party that has passion, that believes in things – we don’t want to dilute our message,” he said. “Somehow we have to combine the passion of Patrick Henry – ‘Give me liberty or give me death’ – with the passion of The Proclaimers, who said ‘I will walk 500 miles, and I will walk 500 more. Just to fall down at your door’. We need to have…that sort of passion that young people have…When we do, when we do what we combine that passion again, when we become the party who is like a man coming over a hill singing, then we’ll be a great national party again.”
Preibus also echoed Paul’s statements in his introductory speech, noting that the Republican party needs to run on all cylinders year-round and not just in the immediate months before a big election.
“We can’t be a party anymore that’s a ‘five-month party’ for a presidential election,” he said. “It’s the world of permanent politics. So we’re trying to build out a party that understands that we need to be coast-to-coast, granular, every community…all over the place, New England, non-stop, big party politics all the time registering voters, going to community events, going to swearing-in ceremonies and working non-stop.”
“We can’t be a five-month parachute organization getting huge, raising a lot of money, dropping in and expecting to succeed,” he added.”