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Rand Paul Has GOP Outreach Idea: Time To Form 'Republican Community Organizers'

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As some GOP voters find themselves concerned with the Republican Party's direction, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has drawn up a solution.

In an interview with CBN News' The Brody File last week, Paul emphasized how Republicans need to make their presence felt in areas that are close to home for Americans.

"Can we go to church, a picnic, a bar-b-que?," Paul said. "How do we relate and let people know that we do care about their situation, about making it better? I think in some ways we might be able to beat the Democrats hands down because the Democrats I think take all of this vote for granted and they’ve left people in rotting schools in the inner cities, full of drugs, full of crime, full of no discipline, really full of no hope."

Paul also took a direct shot at President Barack Obama, highlighting violence in his hometown of Chicago.

"President Obama was supposed to be this great ‘hope and change’ President but if you live in the inner city of Chicago you know what’s going on?," Paul asked. "Mass murder."

Paul's comments arrive a little more than four months after the Republican National Committee announced plans to spend $10 million in 2013 on minority outreach in Hispanic, black and Asian communities. Chairman Reince Priebus credited Obama's campaign for having a better sense of the local areas.

"We have become a party that parachutes into communities four months before an election," Priebus said. "The Obama campaign lived in these communities for years."

Six months into Obama's second term, polls have revealed a multitude of doubts circulating among voters. A Tuesday ABC News-Washington Post poll found that 52 percent of Republicans see the GOP going in the wrong direction. A NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll released Wednesday revealed an 83-percent disapproval rating for Congress, representing an all-time low, and a 45 percent approval rating for Obama, which is the worst figure since August 2011.

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