Rand Paul Reaches Out to Black Caucus for Reform
Before Senator Rand Paul declared he would be seeking the Republican presidential nomination, he already began his quest to incorporate African American votes. In particular, Paul is an advocate for criminal reform, in particular for allowing felons the right to vote. He said that as a Christian, he believes in second chances, and thinks that those who have lost this right should be given just this. According to Politico, Paul is going further, as he plans to meet with the Congressional Black Caucus to discuss how this system can be reformed. This issue has particular importance in the wake of the Baltimore Riots and other demonstrations in reaction to the deaths of African Americans from police across the country. Paul this past week also formed legislation with Congressman Keith Ellison, a Democrat from Minnesota, to “reclassify some nonviolent drug possession offenses from felonies to misdemeanors.”
Paul is remaining active in the senate despite his run for presidency. In particular, he is backing up his words with actions to ensure that there are reforms done in Congress. Paul did this with the NSA, and is now doing this for African Americans. After the Baltimore Riots, the whole nation asked what lawmakers can do to ensure a better tomorrow for this forgotten part of the electorate. Instead of giving lofty speeches, Paul is taking action. Furthermore, he is reaching across the aisle to do so. Throughout the start of his campaign, Paul has shown an equal dedication to his role as senator as to his role as a candidate. This libertarian is about action, and his record should be noted and remembered as we continue the election.