Skip to main content
  1. News
  2. Politics
  3. Political Buzz

Rand Paul says Texas could ‘turn blue’

See also

Tea Party favorite Sen. Rand Paul says if the Republican Party fails to adapt to the country’s changing demographics, it could find itself on the outside looking in, politically – even in Texas.

Speaking at an event hosted by the Harris County Republican Party in Houston on Saturday, Paul – who grew up in Texas – warned that the GOP risks turning the Lone Star State into “a Democratic state within 10 years if you don’t change.”

“That doesn't mean we give up on what we believe in, but it means we have to be a more welcoming party,” Paul said, according to CNN. “We have to welcome people of all races. We need to welcome people of all classes -- business class, working class.”

One area where Republicans could embrace more welcoming policies was in the realm of immigration, Paul said.

“We won’t all agree on it," Paul said, according to Politico. "But I’ll tell you, what I will say and what I’ll continue to say, and it’s not an exact policy prescription ... but if you want to work and you want a job and you want to be part of America, we’ll find a place for you.”

Paul, who was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010 in Kentucky, has been mentioned as a potential GOP presidential contender in 2016. He noted that his viewpoint is also shared by many in the Republican Party, including the Texas Republican Party chairman.

Right now Texas is the largest GOP bastion in the country, but it is nearly 40 percent Hispanic, a demographic that has traditionally supported Democrats.

During his speech, Paul noted the somewhat “tepid response” to his statements.

“Doesn’t mean I don’t believe in securing the border first, doesn’t mean I don’t believe it’s important we have a secure country,” he said. “But it does mean we have to have a different attitude.”

Paul’s father, Ron, was a long-serving U.S. congressman from Texas. He stepped down in 2012. His libertarian-leaning political positions often put him at odds with his own party, and the younger Paul has adopted many of his beliefs and characteristics.



  • Gaza conflict
    Israel official: Ceasefire and expanding Gaza conflict are both being discussed
  • Air Algerie crash
    Conflicting reports about the Air Algerie disappearance begin to emerge
    Top News
  • Arizona execution
    A Senator familiar with torture denounces Joseph Wood's botched execution as such
    US News
  • Ray Rice suspended
    Ravens' running back Ray Rice is suspended for two games for a domestic violence arrest
  • Amazon tribe falls ill
    An Amazonian tribe catches influenza after making first contact with the developed world
  • CIA prison in Poland
    Poland is declared guilty of human rights violations for hosting a secret CIA prison