NEW HAMPSHIRE – Today, in advance of Rand Paul’s first trip to New Hampshire as a candidate for President of the United States, New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley, former New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Kathy Sullivan, and Jake Wagner, former New Hampshire College Republican Chair who has become a member of the Democratic Party after realizing that Republicans like Rand Paul have failed to present solutions for his generation, held a press conference call to discuss the damaging impact a Rand Paul presidency would have on LGBT Granite Staters, young people, women and middle class families across the state. No matter how desperate Rand Paul is to appeal to Granite Staters, it will be impossible for him to hide from his extreme, outdated views during his inaugural stop today, or at any point during the campaign.
Here’s what they said:
Chairman Ray Buckley: We know that Rand Paul isn’t any different than the rest of the GOP 2016ers – pushing policies that will weaken the middle class and our basic rights just like the rest of them. Rand Paul isn’t going to unleash the American dream – he’s an American nightmare. Instead of supporting the middle class, he’s siding with America’s richest individuals. His proposal to institute a “flat tax” doesn’t flatten, or level the playing field – it could actually raise taxes on working Americans and would slash taxes for the wealthy. New Hampshire’s middle class families need a candidate who will help them thrive, not leave them in the dust.
Kathy Sullivan: Rand Paul says he is a different kind of Republican, that he believes in liberty and limited government. He is not being honest. The fact is, Rand Paul, like every other Republican candidate, believes that government should come between a doctor and a patient when it comes to women’s health issues. For Rand Paul, liberty for women stops at the door to the doctor’s office. He even thinks it is okay for an employer to tell a woman that she can’t have insurance coverage for birth control – so much for freedom and liberty. He would go so far as to defund Planned Parenthood, a position that we have rejected here in New Hampshire. This is the same, unoriginal, anti-personal privacy Republican Party rhetoric when it comes to women’s health. New Hampshire women know Rand Paul is not telling the truth when he says he is a “new kind of Republican” – he’s the same old type of Republican who would turn back the clock on women’s rights. It’s time for Rand Paul to stop pretending to be something he is not.
Jake Wagner: I used to be a big fan of Rand Paul for a time--I even have the Facebook profile picture to prove it. He seemed like he was something different from your run of the mill republican. But then, as I went along, I started to hear his positions on things like gay rights, and perhaps even worse, student loans, and I realized he was one and the same as the rest of them. Now, when I realized that what passed for "new and interesting" in the GOP was actually just more of the same stuff I couldn't stand about the party I was part of, I made a decision to cut ties with the Republican party and instead, I proudly now support Democrats in New Hampshire and across the country. Raul Paul tries to confuse millennials every single day by claiming he understands us and what we want from our president. He even started selling Beats headphones and Macbook skins on his website yesterday. But it’s going to take more than a few pairs of headphone covers to convince New Hampshire millennials that he’s the guy for the job. With his extreme policies, more young people aren’t going to Stand with Rand – they’re going to run in the opposite direction.