Paul: GOP faces 'daunting task' with black voters

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Associated Press

Posted on April 10, 2013 at 5:03 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 11 at 1:04 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul says Republicans face a "daunting task" in connecting with black voters and are often cast as "uncaring" in their policies — something that he says he wants to change.

Paul, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, says in a speech at Howard University that he hopes black voters will be more open to the Republican Party. He says members of his party support policies like school choice, economic opportunity and the decriminalization of drug laws, issues he says would appeal to blacks.

Paul's speech at the historically black college was briefly interrupted when a young man unfurled a banner that included the words "white supremacy." He was removed from the auditorium.

He says Democrats supported Jim Crow laws a century ago that discriminated against blacks.

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