Kentucky senator and insurgent Republican Rand Paul denounced Voter ID law during a Friday interview with the New York Times, instantly becoming the most prominent GOP opponent against the legislation that is popular within his party.
“Everybody’s gone completely crazy on this voter ID thing,” Paul told the Times before speaking with a group of black pastors in Memphis, TN. “I think it’s wrong for Republicans to go too crazy on this issue because it’s offending people.”
According to the NYT, Paul did not criticize Voter ID for being bad policy, but for offending voters that Paul thinks could swing to the GOP.
This is a turnaround from the views he expressed at an April 2013 speech he gave at Howard University. In that speech, Paul defended voter ID laws against accusations that it discriminated against minorities.
“Showing your driver’s license to have an honest election I think is not unreasonable,” Paul said, “and I think that’s the main thing Republicans have been for.”