Rand Paul ‘proud’ to be a Republican because of ‘rich history’ of civil rights

By David Edwards
Sunday, October 13, 2013 11:27 EDT
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Rand Paul speaks to CNN
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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Sunday explained that the GOP’s “rich history” of fighting for civil rights made him proud to be a member of the Republican Party.

During an interview with CNN on Sunday, host Candy Crowley asked Paul if he could ever see himself joining another political party — either an existing party or a new third party.

“I’m just wondering if you see yourself being anything other than a Republican?” Crowley said.

“No, I’ve always been a Republican,” Paul pointed out. “And I’m one of those people who’s actually a real lover of the history of the Republican Party. Through the days of abolition through the days of civil rights, the Republican Party just has a really rich history.”

“In our state, I’m really proud of the fact that the ones that overturned Jim Crow in Kentucky were Republicans fighting against an entirely unified Democrat [sic] Party,” he added. “So, I am proud to be a Republican. Can’t imagine being anything else.”

Watch this video from CNN’s State of the Union, broadcast Oct. 13, 2013.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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