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Opening Arguments

Texas blues

Et tu, Rand?

Sen. Rand Paul, who represents Kentucky, said his home state of Texas could easily switch from a Republican stronghold to a Democratic voting block if the GOP doesn’t open its arms and take in more working class and more minorities.

“Texas will be a Democratic state within 10 years if you don’t change,” he said at a Houston dinner with Sen. John Cornyn, CNN reported. “That doesn’t mean we give up on what we believe in, but it means we have to be a more welcoming party. We have to welcome people of all races. We need to welcome people of all classes — business class, working class.”

He said the diversity outreach needs to go beyond ethnicities and target those with different looks that may not be norm for what people perceive as a Republican voter.

“We need to have people with ties and without ties, with tattoos and without tattoos, with earrings without earrings,” he said, CNN reported. “We need a more diverse party. We need a party that looks like America.”

Really? We're still going with the "must look like America" most superficial kind of diversity? OK, go for the kids with tats and earrings but don't give up on what you believe in. I get it. Really. So, if you're presuming that some in that demographic hold Republican values, the question always has been and remains: How do you get those values across to them?