Rand Paul, Priebus: Republican Ideas Can Rescue Detroit

Wednesday, 11 Dec 2013 03:43 AM

By Elliot Jager

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Republicans need to engage the African-American community and urban voters by "talking to people with whom we haven't connected well in recent years," Sen. Rand Paul and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus write in Politico magazine.
Paul and Priebus explain why the GOP is establishing a presence in Detroit even though the city is not known as being hospitable to Republican and conservative ideas.

With a unemployment rate of 16.2 percent, Detroit has been mismanaged by Democrats for too long, they argue. Republicans can offer a way toward job creation, entrepreneurship, less government, and more individual freedom.

"We want to advance our ideas and our values not for our own sake but because we believe these ideas are the best path toward expanded economic opportunities, good jobs, strong families and great schools," Paul and Priebus write.

The GOP recently hired Wayne Bradley to liaise with the Michigan's African-American community and the party is also forming a Black Advisory Council in the state.

"If a political party wants to have an impact, it can't be in the business of going only where it already has supporters," they write.

Republicans in Detroit want to offer solutions that are applicable in other urban settings too.

Paul and Priebus conclude: "We can give small businesses the freedom to hire more workers by cutting red tape and government mandates. We can give families the freedom to do what's in their best economic interests by letting them— not bureaucrats— decide everything from what kind of health care they buy to what kind of energy they use.

"And we can give students the freedom to attend good schools by promoting school choice and recognizing that the needs of students— not adults— should come first in our education system."
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