Rand Paul Calls on Colleagues to Be 'Bigger, Better, Bolder' - Not, 'Democrat-Lite'

Barbara Boland
By Barbara Boland | June 16, 2014 | 6:36 PM EDT

"There's a big debate going on. Some say, 'For [Republicans] to be bigger, we have to dilute our message. We need to be Democrat-lite, we need to be more moderate to get more electoral votes,'" Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) told the Iowa Republican state convention on Saturday.

"I couldn't disagree more. In fact, I think at the core of our message, we could be even more bold, more honest, more forthright.

"When Ronald Reagan won a landslide, he ran unabashedly on lowering tax rates for everyone that it would stimulate the economy. And 20 million jobs were created. That's what we need again."

Paul stressed outreach as the key to a Republican victory, noting that he has spent time at African-American campuses.

"If you want a Republican to be the next President of the United States, we are going to have to be a bigger, better, bolder party."

"You guys have a strong force here but frankly the president won Iowa twice so we can't do the same old same old," the Kentucky senator told the. "The definition of insanity is thinking the same thing will get you different results."