Rand Paul touts his ‘belief in minority rights’

July 25, 2013

Just days after one of his aides announced his resignation following the revelation he had expressed pro-Confederate views, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) says he doesn't think anyone in Congress has a stronger belief in minority rights than he does.

Sen. Rand Paul says his aide Jack Hunter is "incredibly talented."(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

“I’m not easily dissuaded, so it’s not something that makes me shrink away, it makes me come out even stronger to say that I don’t think there’s anyone in Congress who has a stronger belief in minority rights than I do,” Paul said in an interview with Yahoo News.

Jack Hunter, the former Paul aide who once described himself as the “Southern Avenger” and wore a Confederate flag mask, announced his resignation earlier this week. Paul had previously stood by Hunter, calling his past comments“absolutely stupid,” but adding that he didn’t think Hunter held any racist views.

Paul has been reaching out to minorities in the hopes of trying to convince them to vote Republican. He spoke in April at Howard University in Washington, a historically black college. He later acknowledged that he stumbled during the address.

“There are millions and millions of African Americans who go to church and who are, in many ways, religiously conservative. We need to ask them what would it take to get people in your congregation to consider voting for a Republican?" Paul told Yahoo News.

Sean Sullivan covers national politics for “The Fix.”
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