Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., told Republicans at an event in Houston that Texas would “be a Democratic state within 10 years if you don't change,” according to reports of the event.
Paul, speaking at a dinner Saturday hosted by the Harris County Republican Party, told members that the party needed to adapt and be more inclusive in order to continue to hold the Lone Star State.
“That means we evolve. It doesn’t mean we give up on what we believe in, but it means we have to be a welcoming party.” Paul said. “We have to welcome people of all races. We need to welcome people of all classes — business class, working class.”
But it wasn’t just people of different ethnicities and incomes that Paul wanted to include.
“We need to have people with ties and without ties, with tattoos and without tattoos — with earrings, without earrings,” he said. “We need a more diverse party. We need a party that looks like America.”
“We won’t all agree on it,” Paul said. “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 insisted that he still believed in securing the border, a sticking point for Republicans in the immigration debate.
“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,” Paul said. “But it does mean we have to have a different attitude.”
Paul, with his libertarian leanings, appears to be positioning himself as the populist choice for president in 2016.