HOUSTON (CBS Houston) – Sen. Rand Paul made a surprising prediction about the future of Texas Saturday.
The Kentucky politician said “Texas will be a Democratic state within 10 years if you don’t change.”
Paul was in Houston at a dinner with Sen. John Cornyn when he made the prediction. He was trying to push a message for change within the Republican Party.
“That doesn’t mean we give up on what we believe in, but it means we have to be a more welcoming party,” Paul said. “We have to welcome people of all races. We need to welcome people of all classes – business class, working class.”
At the dinner Paul emphasized that the country’s top immigration priority needs to be border security. He added that the Republican party should have a “better attitude” when speaking about resolving America’s broken immigration system.
“People who are Hispanic or Latino, they have to believe that we want them in our party, so it is an attitude thing as much as it is policy,” he stated. “We need to have people with ties and without ties, with tattoos and without tattoos; with earrings, without earrings. We need a more diverse party. We need a party that looks like America.”
Paul has been actively trying to reshape and reorganize the Republican Party’s image. The Republican National Committee has spent millions of dollars in the past year to improve its outreach to minorities in America.
The senator grew up around the Houston area and attended Baylor University in Waco. His father, Ron Paul, was an obstetrician who eventually became a longtime congressman and three-time presidential candidate.