Kentucky Senator Rand Paul spoke today at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

The speech started out with a defense of the Republican Party, dealing with its perceived antagonism toward minorities in this country. Senator Paul argued that in fact the Republican Party has a strong history of supporting minority rights, and Democrats, especially in the South, have been primary opponents to civil rights legislation during the Civil Rights Era. He also pointed out that minorities are still oppressed in ways today. “When food prices rise, it’s a direct result of fifty thousand dollars we borrow every second. Inflation hurts everyone, particularly the poor.”

Official Portrait of Senator Rand PaulPaul moved on to the subject of war, stating, “Some Republicans mistake war for defense. They forget that Reagan argued for peace through strength, not war through strength. The old guard argues for arming Gaddafi, and the the next year they argue that we want boots on the ground to defeat Gaddafi. They’ve got to be involved everywhere all the time. I want you to know that there are Republicans who don’t clamor for war, that many Republicans believe in a strong national defense that serves to preserve the peace.”

Other issues he covered included school choice, which he echoed is the civil rights issue of our time, and drug laws. Both Presidents Bush and Obama could have been put in jail for their entire young adulthood if they were caught doing some of the things they said they did in college. Neither would never have become president. Paul says the current drug laws are not just biased, they are actually bad for everyone. He has introduced bill to repeal federal mandatory minimum sentences, which disproportionately affect minorities and the poor, “those without the means to fight them.” Instead he advocates for states to set their own sentences.

When finished speaking, Senator Paul took about 20 minutes of questions from students and others in attendance. Some were friendly, while others of an attacking nature, but all were handled very well by the Senator, and he received strong applause both at his introduction and when he was finished.

As I said on the Daily Paul The more I see Senator Paul, the more I think he will become president. Like him or not (I love him) he handles everything with the demeanor and capacity of a POTUS. Even the most ridiculous or difficult attacking questions were answered with politeness and directness. He never lost control of the room.

He is actively working to make the Republican Party succeed on every level, from restoring its image to restoring its principles. I would take a handful more Senators and Congressmen like Senator Paul in exchange for just about any we have around today.