Rand Paul: NY Times Took Voter ID Comments Out of Context
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) went “On The Record” tonight, where he told Greta Van Susteren that the New York Times took his voter ID comments out of context.
Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky broke Friday with fellow Republicans who have pushed for stricter voting laws as a way to crack down on fraud at the polls, saying that the focus on such measures alienates and insults African-Americans and hurts the party.
“Everybody’s gone completely crazy on this voter ID thing,” Mr. Paul said in an interview. “I think it’s wrong for Republicans to go too crazy on this issue because it’s offending people.”
“It’s funny because you say one thing, it goes around the circle and it comes back, and it’s completely different than what you said,” Paul said. He said he’s aware of voter fraud and thinks it’s not that unreasonable to ask voters to show their driver’s licenses, but he also said that he knows that some people think Republicans are trying to suppress the African-American vote.
“So, I’m very clear to say that we’re not trying to do that, in fact, I’m trying to restore voting rights for minorities who I think have unfairly had their voting rights taken away," he said.
Watch the full interview above.