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Rand Paul: GOP's fixation on voter ID laws a 'dumb idea'

Rand Paul: GOP's fixation on voter ID laws a 'dumb idea'

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Sunday that while he supports the idea behind voter identification laws, he thinks his fellow Republicans are foolish to make them a centerpiece of their party platform.

"It doesn't mean that I think it's unreasonable," Paul said on Meet the Press. "I just think it's a dumb idea for Republicans to emphasize this and say, 'This is how we are going to win the elections."

Since voter ID laws disproportionately affect minorities and the poor, Paul said that emphasizing such laws could understandably drive non-white voters away from the party. --Jon Terbush