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Tue Nov 13, 2012, 11:59 AM

Welcome to the Rand Paul evolution

He’ll push to loosen marijuana penalties, legalize undocumented immigrants and pursue a less aggressive American foreign policy.

Call it the Rand Paul Evolution.
In the wake of Barack Obama’s reelection win and ahead of a possible 2016 White House bid of his own, the Kentucky Republican plans to mix his hard-line tea party conservatism with more moderate policies that could woo younger voters and minorities largely absent from the GOP coalition. It’s the latest tactic of the freshman senator to inject the Libertarian-minded views shared by his retiring father into mainstream Republican thinking as the party grapples with its future.

In an interview with POLITICO, Paul said he’ll return to Congress this week pushing measures long avoided by his party. He wants to work with liberal Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy and Republicans to eliminate mandatory minimum sentences for pot possession. He wants to carve a compromise immigration plan with an “eventual path” to citizenship for illegal immigrants, a proposal he believes could be palatable to conservatives. And he believes his ideas — along with pushing for less U.S. military intervention in conflicts overseas — could help the GOP broaden its tent and appeal to crucial voting blocs that handed Democrats big wins in the West Coast, the Northeast and along the Great Lakes.

“We have three big regions where we’re not competitive,” Paul said. “And we have to be competitive in those regions.”
Paul, 49, was elected on the tea party wave that fueled GOP landslide victories in 2010, often declaring on the campaign trail that he had a “message” from the tea party: “We have come to take our government back.”
But two years later, the tea party agenda has stalled in Congress, and House Republicans who ran on that purity platform in 2010 began to tout bipartisan compromises with Democrats in 2012. Nationally, the GOP recognizes it has a demographic problem from New England to the Southwest it needs to correct ahead of the 2014 midterm elections and the next White House race in 2016.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1112/83737.html#ixzz2C7g4bMuR

The Democratic party needs to change its stance on the drug war or else we could find ourselves in trouble.


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Response to JRLeft (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 12:04 PM

1. To republicans it is all about votes, not what is right

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Response to Angry Dragon (Reply #1)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 12:09 PM

2. We've been advocating (the base) for legalizing weed for decades.

It is time for us to force our people in office to listen. And yes they will pander for votes, but democratic politicians have no excuse for not presenting legislation to federally decriminalize marijuana.

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Response to JRLeft (Reply #2)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:57 PM

11. Sure they have an excuse ...

... Big Pharma hasn't figured out a way to patent the formula & corner the market for OTC sales yet.
Once they do, you'll be able to get your MJ at CVS, just with an Eli Lilly or Pfizer sticker on the pack.

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Response to JRLeft (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 12:11 PM

3. Paul is a right libertarian... not really news here

He is just finally getting around to some of the libertarian part.

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Response to JCMach1 (Reply #3)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 12:15 PM

4. He still anti gay marriage and abortion.

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Response to JRLeft (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 12:22 PM

5. "Paulisha"... do not believe Rand Paul

Thanks,JRLeft.

This guy is very dangerous. He has not changed and has found empathy and compassion.


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Response to malexand (Reply #5)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 12:25 PM

6. Yes he is because he has always been sane on some issues but is insane on most.

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Response to JRLeft (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 12:51 PM

7. I'm not sure that Paul will like having his name and "evolution" in the same sentence.

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Response to JRLeft (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:34 PM

8. Wheres Carl

I'm new in wordtown but i need to know ... Where is Carl Wolfson and when can i listen to him again?

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Response to JRLeft (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:41 PM

9. Phuck Rand Paul. n/t

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Response to JRLeft (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:56 PM

10. Rand "let's worship the ... whatever-the-hell-it-was" made up thingy?

Yeah, that'll get him votes from mainstream Republicans ...

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