• Rand Paul: Bill Clinton Put ‘Generation Of Black Men In Prison’

    Presidential candidate and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) blasted former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday over her husband’s record on criminal justice and poverty.

    “Your husband passed all the laws that put a generation of black men in prison,”Paul said at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

    Paul said he will compete with Clinton in Philadelphia, where Democrats have a 7-to-1 registration advantage, and other impoverished cities by highlighting his support for criminal justice reform.

    “If I were the nominee, we will compete in Philadelphia,”he said. “I’ll ask Hillary Clinton, what have you done for criminal justice? Your husband passed all the laws that put a generation of black men in prison. Her husband was responsible for that.”

    The freshman senator was referring to President Bill Clinton’s 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, which gave states fiscal incentives to enact tougher sentencing laws and resulted in mass incarceration. President Clinton recently conceded that over-incarceration in the United States stems in part from policies passed under his administration.

    Paul touted policies he would implement to help urban neighborhoods and claimed partial credit for Clinton “changing her tune” and making criminal justice reform one of the most substantive planks of her campaign

    “She’s changing her tune now. She’s changing her tune because people like me have been speaking out against these injustices,”he said. “I’ll also ask her what she’s going to do for poor people in Philadelphia. I have a specific plan that would dramatically lower the taxes for people who live in zip codes of poverty and high unemployment. I would leave billions of dollars in Philadelphia over 10 years. What’s Hillary Clinton going to do?”

    Alicia Powe

    Staff Writer

    Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and Townhall.com.

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