Sen. Rand Paul on Howard U. Speech: ‘Much Better Than My Reception from Left-Wing Media’

By Melanie Arter | April 17, 2013 | 2:11 PM EDT

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

( – Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Wednesday that his speech last week at the historically black college of Howard University was “much better than my reception from the left-wing media.”

“I thought my reception at Howard was much better than my reception from the left-wing media. So if you’re here from the left-wing media, I didn’t appreciate your reception, but Howard actually I think was very fair,” Paul said at the Christian Science Monitor Breakfast when asked how he thought his message was perceived.

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“You spoke at Howard University last week. How do you think your message was perceived there, and do you plan on doing anymore outreach speeches like that, and if you so, what would you do differently next time?” Paul was asked.

Paul pointed to inaccurate reporting by the media that described a young man who identified himself as working for President Obama’s super Pac registering voters as “someone from a generic voter registration group.”

“I’ll give you an example of how sometimes reporting’s not accurate. One young man stood up and said, ‘I work for a pro-Obama super PAC registering voters.’ Somebody in the media described him as someone just from a generic voter registration group. He said he worked for the president, so I mean that’s a difficult vote for me to get,” Paul added.

“It wasn’t an easy audience,” Paul said, “but I thought it was the beginning of a conversation.”

Paul said he spoke at Simmons College, the historically black college in Louisville, Ky., three days later. He said he enjoyed meeting former Baltimore Mayor Kurt Schmoke, who, like Paul, championed lesser penalties for non-violent crime.