David Frum

04.09.13

Bravo to Rand Paul for Speaking at Howard University

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I'm not the world's leading Rand Paul fan, to put it mildly, but good for him for speaking at Howard University. Now if he can only refrain from explicating why Lincoln was wrong about the Civil War …

Paul will be delivering a speech at Howard University on Wednesday, where he’ll talk about “the importance of outreach to younger voters, as well as minority groups,” according to his office. He also plans to address school choice and civil liberties.

The Kentucky Republican’s appearance echoes the recommendations made in the Republican National Committee’s autopsy report, detailing why the party lost the 2012 election and urging the party to court minority and young voters. Paul’s positions on foreign policy, Internet freedom, and reforming drug laws appeal to younger voters on college campuses. He also has targeted mandatory minimum sentencing for drug crimes, which disproportionately affects African-Americans.