Rand Paul: ‘We Need to Be the Party that Actually Wants to Lower Taxes’

By Susan Jones | March 7, 2014 | 5:54 AM EST

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) spoke on June 13, 2013 at the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference in Washington, D.C. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)

(CNSNews.com) – Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) says Republicans, instead of turning into “Democrat-lite,” need to be bolder with their message, and he says that message should be one of lower taxes.

“We need to be the party that actually wants to lower taxes to stimulate the economy and be proud of that -- and that it will help poor people, it'll help the unemployed if we lower taxes dramatically.

“And I think that's being more bold, and I think that actually will bring more people to our cause,” Paul told Fox News’s Sean Hannity Thursday night.

Paul said  he’s been going to places like Detroit, where most of the people didn’t vote for Republicans. “But we’re the party that’s going to Detroit,” he said. “We’re going to bring jobs and we're going to bring money back to Detroit, or really leave it in Detroit. We're going to be the party you need to look to if you really want to resurrect Detroit from the ashes. The Republicans have an idea.

“And frankly, when I was there, many people came up to me who voted for the president and said, We haven't seen the president. What does he have? What ideas does he have for Detroit? And they are open to the message of Republicans.

“So I think, frankly, if we do that and we're bold and we're for reducing taxes, particularly for people who live in poor circumstances, I think people are going to look to us who haven't looked to us before.”

Hannity asked Paul how it feels to be “the leading Republican” at the moment for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

“I think that might be bad luck,” Paul said. “I'm going to try to move back a little bit. So I'd rather be the underdog. Being ahead, yes, that doesn't sound like a good place to be.

Last December, Sen. Paul went to Detroit to unveil his proposal for "economic freedom zones."

The Economic Freedom Zone Act of 2013 would remove what Paul calls "the shackles of Big Government" by reducing taxes, government regulations and union work requirements. Any Detroit zip code with unemployment greater than one and a half times the national average would qualify as an economic freedom zone, where lower taxes and less red tape would help families and businesses grow and thrive.

"The answer to poverty and unemployment is not another government bailout; it is simply leaving more money in the hands of those who earned it. The Economic Freedom Zones Act of 2013 will do just that," Paul said in a message on his website.