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Rand Paul: Republicans Will Win 'When We Look Like America'

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Tuesday, 21 May 2013 01:38 PM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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U.S. Sen. Paul Rand Monday urged New Hampshire Republicans to become more diversified, while criticizing the Obama administration for threatening Americans' civil liberties.

The Kentucky Republican traveled to New Hampshire to speak at the GOP's Liberty Dinner, which also featured national GOP Chairman Reince Priebus, The Union Leader reports.

"We need to grow bigger," said Paul. "If you want to be the party of white people, we're winning all the white votes. We're a diverse nation. We're going to win when we look like America."

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Paul also touched on the ongoing IRS targeting of conservative groups. He told reporters that more facts need to unfold, but his words were stronger before the crowd of more than 500 Republican supporters.

"Somebody's got to be fired, if not go to prison," said Paul.

Likewise, Priebus, appearing before Paul, discussed the IRS scandal and the Justice Department seizure of Associated Press telephone records.

"Now we have government gone wild," Priebus said. "Some people wonder why we're for limited, accountable government. I think recent events should remove any doubt why these principles are so important to the Republican Party."

In his comments before the dinner, Paul, who made a $10,000 donation to the New Hampshire GOP, also spoke about the phone-records seizure.

"I think there should be a very high bar for going after records of the media," Paul said. "I'm a strong believer that the First Amendment does extend some privileges to the media that we want to keep, because the media helps to get news out of people who are opposed to government policy.

“I think if we stifle that, it's essentially akin to stifling dissent."

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